Multiple outflows from the luminous YSO IRAS 07422-2001
Joint Astronomy Centre, 660 N. Aohoku pl., Hilo, 96720, USA
Received: 1 October 2011
Accepted: 14 February 2012
The luminous young stellar object (YSO) IRAS 07422-2001 is studied in the infrared (IR). We discover star forming activity in embedded clusters located in a cloud detected at mid-IR wavelengths in emission. Multiple outflows are discovered from these clusters in the H2 ro-vibrational line at 2.122 μm. We detect at least six outflows from the cluster associated with the IRAS source and another outflow from a source located in a cluster detected ~2.7 arcmin NE of the IRAS source. Additional star formation is taking place in two other cluster candidates within the cloud. Three of the YSOs in the cluster associated with the IRAS source are detected at 11.2 μm at an angular resolution of ~0.8′′. We have a tentative detection of a circumstellar disk in this cluster, seen as an extinction lane in the J and H-band images. The spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of the dominant YSOs in the cluster associated with the IRAS source and in the NE cluster are studied using radiative transfer models and the properties of the YSOs are estimated. The YSO associated with the IRAS source is probably in a very early Class I stage of formation. The source identified as the dominant YSO in the NE cluster appears to be older than the dominant YSO in the cluster associated with the IRAS source, but its observed flux seems to be contaminated by extra emission, which suggests the presence of a young source contributing to the SED at far-IR wavelengths. The star formation observed in the field of IRAS 07422-2001 supports the idea of hierarchical formation of massive star clusters and the growth of massive young stellar objects near the centres of multiple sub-clusters in a star forming clump through competitive accretion.
Key words: stars: formation / stars: pre-main sequence / stars: protostars / ISM: jets and outflows / circumstellar matter
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