Volume 406, Number 3, August II 2003
|Page(s)||915 - 935|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||17 November 2003|
A multiwavelength study of the S 106 region*
II. Characteristics of the photon dominated region
I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, Zülpicher Straße 77, 50937 Köln, Germany
2 IRAM and Observatoire de Grenoble, BP 53, 38406 Saint Martin d'Hères, France
3 Observatoire de Bordeaux, BP 89, 33270 Floirac, France
4 Institute for Astrophysical Research, Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Corresponding author: N. Schneider, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 6 May 2003
The O star S 106 IR powers a bright, spatially extended ( pc at a distance of 600 pc) photon dominated region (PDR) traced by our observations of FIR fine structure lines and submm molecular transitions. The [C II] 158 μm, [C I] 609 and 370 μm, CO 76, and CO 43 measurements probe the large scale (1.2 pc) PDR emission, whereas [O I] 63 μm, CN , and CS observations are focused on the immediate (~ (0.2 pc)) environment of S 106 IR. A hot ( K) and dense ( cm-3) gas component (emission peaks of [C II] 158 μm, CO 76, and CO 43) is found at S 106 IR. Cooler gas associated with the bulk emission of the molecular cloud is characterized by two emission peaks (one close (20'' east) to S 106 IR and one 120'' to the west) seen in the [C I] and low-J () CO emission lines. In the immediate environment of the star, the molecular and [C I] lines show high-velocity emission due to the interaction of the cloud with the stellar wind of S 106 IR. The intensities of the FIR lines measured with the KAO are compared to those observed with the ISO LWS towards two positions, S 106 IR and 120'' west. We discuss intensities and line ratios of the observed species along a cut through the molecular cloud/H II region interface centered on S 106 IR. The excitation conditions (Tex, opacities, column densities) are derived from an LTE analysis. We find that the temperature at the position of S 106 IR obtained from the [C I] excitation is high (>500 K), resulting in substantial population of the energetically higher state; the analysis of the mid- and high-J CO excitation confirms the higher temperature at S 106 IR. At this position, the [O I] 63 μm line is the most important cooling line, followed by other atomic FIR lines ([O III] 52 μm, [C II] 158 μm) and high-J CO lines, which are more efficient coolants compared to [C I] 21 and 10. We compare the observed line ratios to plane-parallel PDR model predictions and obtain consistent results for UV fluxes spanning a range from 102 to 103.5 G0 and densities around 105 cm-3 only at positions away from S 106 IR. Towards S 106 IR, we estimate a density of at least at temperatures between 200 and 500 K from non-LTE modelling of the CO 1615/1413 ratio and the CO 76 intensity. Our new observations support the picture drawn in the first part of this serie of papers that high-density ( cm-3) clumps with a hot PDR surface are embedded in low- to medium density gas ( cm-3).
Key words: ISM: atoms / ISM: clouds / ISM: individual objects: S 106 / ISM: structure / radio lines: ISM
© ESO, 2003
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