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Prosac: A submillimeter array survey of low-mass protostars. I. Overview of program: Envelopes, disks, outflows, and hot cores

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  • Jørgensen, Jes Kristian
  • Tyler L. Bourke
  • Philip C. Myers
  • James Di Francesco
  • Ewine F. Van Dishoeck
  • Chin Fei Lee
  • Nagayoshi Ohashi
  • Fredrik L. Schöier
  • Shigehisa Takakuwa
  • David J. Wilner
  • Qizhou Zhang

This paper presents a large spectral line and continuum survey of eight deeply embedded, low-mass protostellar cores using the SMA. High-excitation line emission from 11 molecular species originating in warm and dense gas has been imaged at high angular resolution (1″-3″, typically 200-600 AU) together with continuum emission at 230 GHz (1.3 mm) and 345 GHz (0.8 mm). Compact continuum emission is observed for all sources, which likely originates in marginally optically thick circumstellar disks, with typical lower limits to their masses of 0.1 M (1%-10% of the masses of their envelopes) and a dust opacity law, κv ∝ vβ, with β ≈ 1. Prominent collimated outflows are present in CO 2-1 observations in all sources. The most difiuse outflows are found in the sources with the lowest ratios of disk to envelope mass, and it is suggested that these sources are in a phase where accretion of matter from the envelope has almost finished and the remainder of the envelope material is being dispersed by the outflows. Other characteristic dynamical signatures are inverse P Cygni profiles indicative of infalling motions seen in the 13CO 2-1 lines toward NGC 1333 IRAS 4A and NGC 1333 IRAS 4B. Outflow-induced shocks are present on all scales in the protostellar environments and are most clearly traced by the emission of CH3OH in NGC 1333 IRAS 4A and NGC 1333 IRAS 4B. These observations suggest that the emission of CH3OH and H2CO from these proposed "hot corinos" is related to the shocks caused by the protostellar outflows. Only one source, NGC 1333 IRAS 2A, has evidence for hot, compact CH3OH emission coincident with the embedded protostar.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAstrophysical Journal
Vol/bind659
Udgave nummer1 I
Sider (fra-til)479-498
Antal sider20
ISSN0004-637X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 10 apr. 2007
Eksternt udgivetJa

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