High spatial resolution observations of NH3 and CH3OH toward the Massive Twin Cores NGC 6334I and NGC 6334I(N)

Beuther, H., Thorwirth, S., Zhang, Q., Hunter, T.R., Megeath, S.T., Walsh, A.J., and Menten, K.M. (2005) High spatial resolution observations of NH3 and CH3OH toward the Massive Twin Cores NGC 6334I and NGC 6334I(N). Astrophysical Journal, 627 (2). pp. 834-844.

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Abstract

Molecular line observations of NH3 (J ; K) ¼ (1; 1) and (2, 2) and CH3OH at 24.93 GHz taken with the Australian Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) toward the massive twin cores NGC 6334I and NGC 6334I(N) reveal significant variations in the line emission between the two massive cores. The UC H ii region/hot core NGC 6334I exhibits strong thermal NH3 and CH3OH emission adjacent to the UC H ii region and coincident with two millimeter continuum peaks observed by T. R. Hunter et al. In contrast, we find neither compact NH3 nor thermal CH3OH line emission toward NGC 6334I(N). There the NH3 emission is distributed over a broad region (>10) without a clear peak, and we find Class I CH3OH maser emission with peak brightness temperatures up to 7000 K. The maser emission peaks appear to be spatially associated with the interfaces between the molecular outflows and the ambient dense gas. Peak NH3 (1, 1) line brightness temperatures 70 K in both regions indicate gas temperatures on the same order. NH3 emission is also detected toward the outflow in NGC 6334I, resulting in an estimated rotational temperature of Trot 19 K. Furthermore, we observe CH3OH and NH3 absorption toward the UC H ii region; the velocity structure is consistent with expanding molecular gas around the UC H ii region. Thermal and kinematic effects possibly imposed from the UC H ii region on the molecular core are also discussed.

Item ID: 9082
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: ISM; individual (NGC 6334I, NGC 6334I, NGC 6334I(N); NGC 6334I(N)); line; profiles; masers; stars: early-type; stars: formation; techniques: interferometric
ISSN: 1538-4357
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2010 01:35
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020104 Galactic Astronomy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences @ 100%
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