Volume 566, June 2014
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||27 June 2014|
The HH34 outflow as seen in [Fe ii] 1.64 μm by LBT-LUCI⋆
1 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, via di Frascati 33, 00040 Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
2 DIBRIS, Università di Genova, via Dodecaneso 35, 16146 Genova, Italy
3 INAF – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Largo Enrico Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy
Received: 4 April 2014
Accepted: 9 May 2014
Context. Dense atomic jets from young stars copiously emit in [Fe ii] IR lines, which can, therefore, be used to trace the immediate environments of embedded protostars.
Aims. We want to investigate the morphology of the bright [Fe ii] 1.64 μm line in the jet of the source HH34 IRS and compare it with the most commonly used optical tracer [S ii].
Methods. We analyse a 1.64 μm narrow-band filter image obtained with the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) LUCI instrument, which covers the HH34 jet and counterjet. A point spread function deconvolution algorithm was applied to enhance spatial resolution and make the IR image directly comparable to a [S ii] HST image of the same source.
Results. The [Fe ii] emission is detected from both the jet, the (weak) counter-jet, and from the HH34-S and HH34-N bow shocks. The deconvolved image allows us to resolve jet knots close to about 1′′from the central source. The morphology of the [Fe ii] emission is remarkably similar to that of the [S ii] emission, and the relative positions of [Fe ii] and [S ii] peaks are shifted according to proper motion measurements, which were previously derived from HST images. An analysis of the [Fe ii]/[S ii] emission ratio shows that Fe gas abundance is much lower than the solar value with up to 90% of Fe depletion in the inner jet knots. This confirms previous findings on dusty jets, where shocks are not efficient enough to remove refractory species from grains.
Key words: stars: protostars / stars: mass-loss / stars: jets / ISM: jets and outflows / ISM: abundances / techniques: image processing
© ESO, 2014
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