Volume 471, Number 3, September I 2007
|Page(s)||L59 - L62|
|Published online||16 July 2007|
Letter to the Editor
Circumbinary molecular rings around young stars in Orion
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 CRyA, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apdo. Postal 3-72 (Xangari), 58089 Morelia, Michoacán, México
3 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
4 Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taipei, Taiwan
Accepted: 6 July 2007
We present high angular resolution 1.3 mm continuum, methyl cyanide molecular line, and 7 mm continuum observations made with the Submillimeter Array and the Very Large Array, toward the most highly obscured and southern part of the massive star forming region OMC1S located behind the Orion Nebula. We find two flattened and rotating molecular structures with sizes of a few hundred astronomical units suggestive of circumbinary molecular rings produced by the presence of two stars with very compact circumstellar disks with sizes and separations of about 50 AU, associated with the young stellar objects 139-409 and 134-411. Furthermore, these two circumbinary rotating rings are related to two compact and bright hot molecular cores. The dynamic mass of the binary systems obtained from our data are ≥4 for 139-409 and ≥0.5 for 134-411. This result supports the idea that intermediate-mass stars will form through circumstellar disks and jets/outflows, as the low mass stars do. Furthermore, when intermediate-mass stars are in multiple systems they seem to form a circumbinary ring similar to those seen in young, multiple low-mass systems (e.g., GG Tau and UY Aur).
Key words: ISM: HII regions / ISM: jets and outflows / ISM: molecules / stars: formation / instrumentation: high angular resolution
© ESO, 2007
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