Volume 463, Number 3, March I 2007
|Page(s)||1029 - 1037|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||19 December 2006|
DCld303.8-14.2 and Thumbprint nebula
European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
2 Observatory, PO Box 14, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland e-mail: [jkainula;lehtinen]@astro.helsinki.fi
3 South African Astronomical Observatory, PO Box 9, Observatory, 7935, South Africa e-mail: email@example.com
4 Universidad de Chile, Departamento de Astronomía, Casilla 36-D, Santiago, Chile e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Niels Bohr Institute, Juliane Maries Vej 32, 2100, Copenhagen Ø, Denmark e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 5 December 2006
We present a study of radial density structure of the star forming globule, DCld303.8-14.2 (DC303), and a non-star forming globule, Thumbprint nebula (TPN), using near-infrared data taken with the ISAAC instrument on the Very Large Telescope. We derive the extinction through the globules using the color excess technique and examine the radial density distribution using Bonnor-Ebert and power-law models. The two globules have significantly different density structures. The extinction profile of DC303 is best fitted with a single power-law with an exponent ± 0.08. An unstable Bonnor-Ebert model with a dimensionless parameter 23 ± 3 provides equally good fit to data. The extinction profile of TPN flattens at small radii, making the profile significantly different from the profile of DC303. We are unable to fit the Bonnor-Ebert model for TPN in a robust manner, but derive the lower limit for the dimensionless outer edge. The density profile derived for TPN is typical compared to recently observed pre-protostellar globules, with high value which could be interpreted as the presence of significant additional support or very slow contraction.
Key words: stars: formation / ISM: clouds / ISM: individual objects: DCld303.8-14.2 / ISM: individual objects: Thumbprint Nebula
© ESO, 2007
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