Volume 563, March 2014
|Number of page(s)||21|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||20 March 2014|
Department of PhysicsUniversity of Helsinki,
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2 Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Astronomy, Pázmány P. s. 1/A, 1117 Budapest, Hungary
3 Université de Toulouse, UPS-OMP, IRAP, 31028 Toulouse Cedex 4, France
4 CNRS, IRAP, 9 Av. colonel Roche, BP 44346, 31028 Toulouse Cedex 4, France
5 Institute of Space and Aeronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, 229-8510 Kanagawa, Japan
6 Department of Astronomy, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 113-0033 Tokyo, Japan
7 Department of Earth Science and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Tokyo 153-8902, Japan
8 Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO (FINCA), University of Turku, Väisäläntie 20, 21500 Piikkiö, Finland
9 National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, 2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, 181-8588 Tokyo, Japan
10 Joint ALMA Observatory, Alonso de Cordova 3107 Vitacura, 763 0355 Santiago, Chile
11 Nobeyama Radio Observatory, NAOJ, 462-2, Nobeyama, Minamisaku, Nagano, Japan
12 Department of Astronomy, Graduate School of Science, the Univ. of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
13 Konkoly Observatory, Research Center for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences ; Konkoly Thege 15-17, 1121 Budapest, Hungary
14 Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, MS 220-6, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA 91125, USA
15 Laboratoire AIM, CEA/DSM-CNRS-Université Paris Diderot, IRFU/Service d’Astrophysique, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
16 College of Science, Ibaraki University, Bunkyo 2-1-1, 310-8512 Mito, Japan
17 IAS, CNRS (UMR8617), Université Paris-Sud, Bât. 121, 91400 Orsay, France
Accepted: 13 January 2014
Context. L1642 is one of the two high galactic latitude (|b| > 30°) clouds confirmed to have active star formation.
Aims. We examine the properties of this cloud, especially the large-scale structure, dust properties, and compact sources at different stages of star formation.
Methods. We present high-resolution far-infrared and submillimetre observations with the Herschel and AKARI satellites and millimetre observations with the AzTEC/ASTE telescope, which we combined with archive data from near- and mid-infrared (2MASS, WISE) to millimetre wavelength observations (Planck).
Results. The Herschel observations, combined with other data, show a sequence of objects from a cold clump to young stellar objects (YSOs) at different evolutionary stages. Source B-3 (2MASS J04351455-1414468) appears to be a YSO forming inside the L1642 cloud, instead of a foreground brown dwarf, as previously classified. Herschel data reveal striation in the diffuse dust emission around the cloud L1642. The western region shows striation towards the NE and has a steeper column density gradient on its southern side. The densest central region has a bow-shock like structure showing compression from the west and has a filamentary tail extending towards the east. The differences suggest that these may be spatially distinct structures, aligned only in projection. We derive values of the dust emission cross-section per H nucleon of σe(250 μm) = 0.5−1.5 × 10-25 cm2/H for different regions of the cloud. Modified black-body fits to the spectral energy distribution of Herschel and Planck data give emissivity spectral index β values 1.8–2.0 for the different regions. The compact sources have lower β values and show an anticorrelation between T and β.
Conclusions. Markov chain Monte Carlo calculations demonstrate the strong anticorrelation between β and T errors and the importance of millimetre wavelength Planck data in constraining the estimates. L1642 reveals a more complex structure and sequence of star formation than previously known.
Key words: ISM: structure / ISM: clouds / stars: formation / submillimeter: ISM / ISM: individual objects: L1642
Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.
The reduced PACS and SPIRE data, including T and beta maps (in FITS format) are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (188.8.131.52) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/563/A125
Appendices are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org
© ESO, 2014
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