Australia Telescope Compact Array 1.2-cm observations of the massive star-forming region G305.2+0.2

Walsh, Andrew J., Chapman, Jacqueline F., Burton, Michael G., Wardle, Mark, and Millar, T.J. (2007) Australia Telescope Compact Array 1.2-cm observations of the massive star-forming region G305.2+0.2. Royal Astronomical Society. Monthly Notices, 380 (4). pp. 1703-1714.

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Abstract

We report on Australia Telescope Compact Array observations of the massive star-forming region G305.2+0.2 at 1.2 cm. We detected emission in five molecules towards G305A, confirming its hot core nature. We determined a rotational temperature of 26K for methanol. A non-local thermodynamic equilibrium excitation calculation suggests a kinematic temperature of the order of 200 K. A time-dependent chemical model is also used to model the gas-phase chemistry of the hot core associated with G305A. A comparison with the observations suggest an age of between 2 × 104 and 1.5 × 105 yr. We also report on a feature to the south-east of G305A which may show weak Class I methanol maser emission in the line at 24.933 GHz. The more evolved source G305B does not show emission in any of the line tracers, but strong Class I methanol maser emission at 24.933 GHz is found 3 arcsec to the east. Radio continuum emission at 18.496 GHz is detected towards two HII regions. The implications of the non-detection of radio continuum emission towards G305A and G305B are also discussed.

Item ID: 2365
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: masers; stars; formation; ISM; molecules; infrared
ISSN: 1365-2966
Date Deposited: 07 May 2009 04:14
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