Peering into the heart of a high-mass star forming region: Bispectrum speckle interferometry of the ultracompact H II region K3-50 A*
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany
2 Special Astrophysical Observatory, Nizhnij Arkhyz, Zelenchuk region, Karachai-Cherkesia 357147, Russia
Corresponding author: T. Preibisch, email@example.com
Accepted: 24 December 2003
We present K'-band bispectrum speckle interferometry of the ultracompact H II region K3-50A. Our image resolves the central region into at least 7 point-like objects. We find K'-band counterparts for all but one of the N-band sources discovered by Okamoto et al. ([CITE]), and there are additional K'-band sources which were unresolved in the N-band images. Our reconstructed image also reveals the fine-structure of the cone-shaped nebulosity extending to the south. The brightest K'-band source is located exactly at the tip of the cone-shaped nebulosity. The nebula shows several arcs and the orientation of its main axis agrees very well with the direction of the CO outflow from K3-50A. This nebulosity therefore very likely represents the clumpy inner surface of a partially evacuated cavity excavated by the strong outflows.
Key words: techniques: interferometric / stars: formation / stars: pre-main sequence / H II regions: individual: G70.293+1.600
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