Volume 538, February 2012
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||16 February 2012|
Looking for outflow and infall signatures in high-mass star-forming regions
1 European Southern Observatory, Karl Schwarzschild Str 2, 85748 Garching, Germany
2 Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, PO Box 9513, 2300 RA, Leiden, The Netherlands
3 INAF – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Largo E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy
4 Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Received: 28 October 2011
Accepted: 3 December 2011
Context. Many physical parameters change with time in star-forming regions. Here we attempt to correlate changes in the infall and outflow motions in high-mass star-forming regions with evolutionary stage using JCMT observations.
Aims. From a sample of 45 high-mass star-forming regions in three phases of evolution, we investigate the presence of established infall and outflow tracers to determine whether there are any trends attributable to the age of the source.
Methods. We obtained JCMT observations of HCO+/H13CO+J = 4−3 to trace large-scale infall, and SiO J = 8−7 to trace recent outflow activity. We compared the infall and outflow detections to the evolutionary stage of the host source (high-mass protostellar objects, hypercompact HII regions, and ultracompact HII regions).
Results. We find a surprising lack of SiO detections in the middle stage (hypercompact HII regions), which may be an observational bias. When SiO is detected, we find that the integrated intensity of the line increases with evolutionary stage. The integrated intensity of SiO varies with the full width at half maximum of the H13CO+. All of the sources with infall signatures onto ultracompact HII regions have corresponding outflow signatures as well.
Key words: ISM: molecules / stars: formation / ISM: jets and outflows / submillimeter: ISM / HII regions / ISM: kinematics and dynamics
© ESO, 2012
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