Letter to the Editor
Mid- and high-J CO observations towards ultracompact HII regions
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 18 May 2006
Aims.A study of 12 ultracompact HII regions was conducted to probe the physical conditions and kinematics in the inner envelopes of the molecular clumps harboring them.
Methods.The APEX telescope was used to observe the sources in the CO (4–3) and (8–7) lines. Line intensities were modeled with the RATRAN radiative transfer code using power laws for the density and temperature to describe the physical structure of the clumps.
Results.All sources were detected in both lines. The optically thick CO (4–3) line shows predominantly blue skewed profiles reminiscent of infall.
Conclusions.Line intensities can be reproduced well using the physical structure of the clumps taken from the literature. The optically thick line profiles show that CO is a sensitive tracer of ongoing infall in the outer envelopes of clumps harboring ultracompact HII regions and hot molecular cores.
Key words: stars: formation / ISM: clouds / ISM: kinematics and dynamics / ISM: structure / radio lines: ISM / submillimeter
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