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2 National Research Council Canada, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, 5071 West Saanich Rd, Victoria, BC, V9E 2E7, Canada
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8 School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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10 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
11 Department of Astrophysics, CAB, INTA-CSIC, Crta Torrejón a Ajalvir km 4, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain
12 Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany
13 Institute of Astronomy, ETH Zürich, 8093 Zürich, Switzerland
14 Université de Bordeaux, Laboratoire d¿Astrophysique de Bordeaux, France; CNRS/INSU, UMR 5804, Floirac, France
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20 Department of Radio and Space Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Onsala Space Observatory, 439 92 Onsala, Sweden
21 California Institute of Technology, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, MS 150-21, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
22 Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, LERMA UMR CNRS 8112, 5 place Jules Janssen, 92195 Meudon Cedex, France
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25 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Denison University, Granville, OH, 43023, USA
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27 Centre for Star and Planet Formation, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 5-7, 1350 Copenhagen, Denmark
28 Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University, AlbaNova, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
29 Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany
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Accepted: 15 May 2010
Aims. We present preliminary results of the first Herschel spectroscopic observations of NGC 7129 FIRS2, an intermediate mass star-forming region. We attempt to interpret the observations in the framework of an in-falling spherical envelope.
Methods. The PACS instrument was used in line spectroscopy mode (R = 1000–5000) with 15 spectral bands between 63 and 185 μm. This provided good detections of 26 spectral lines seen in emission, including lines of H2O, CO, OH, O I, and C II.
Results. Most of the detected lines, particularly those of H2O and CO, are substantially stronger than predicted by the spherical envelope models, typically by several orders of magnitude. In this paper we focus on what can be learned from the detected CO emission lines.
Conclusions. It is unlikely that the much stronger than expected line emission arises in the (spherical) envelope of the YSO. The region hot enough to produce such high excitation lines within such an envelope is too small to produce the amount of emission observed. Virtually all of this high excitation emission must arise in structures such as as along the walls of the outflow cavity with the emission produced by a combination of UV photon heating and/or non-dissociative shocks.
Key words: stars: formation / ISM: molecules
Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.
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