High resolution CO observation of massive star forming regions
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Context. To further understand the processes involved in the formation of
massive stars, we have undertaken a study of the gas dynamics surrounding three
massive star forming regions. By observing the large scale structures at high
resolution, we are able to determine properties such as driving source, and
spatially resolve the bulk dynamical properties of the gas such as infall and
outflow. Aims. With high resolution observations, we are able to determine
which of the cores in a cluster forming massive stars is responsible for the
large scale structures. Methods. We present CO observations of three massive
star forming regions with known HII regions and show how the CO traces both
infall and outflow. By combining data taken in two SMA configurations with JCMT
observations, we are able to see large scale structures at high resolution.
Results. We find large (0.26-0.40 pc), massive (2-3 M_sun) and energetic (13-17
\times 10^44 erg) outflows emanating from the edges of two HII regions
suggesting they are being powered by the protostar(s) within. We find infall
signatures in two of our sources with mass infall rates of order 10-4 M_sun/yr.
Conclusions. We suggest that star formation is ongoing in these sources despite
the presence of HII regions. We further conclude that the source(s) within a
single HII region are responsible for the observed large scale structures; that
these large structures are not the net effect of multiple outflows from
multiple HII regions and hot cores.
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