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Title:Molecular Spectral Lines In Filamentary Infrared Dark Clouds
Author(s):Lu, Xing
Contributor(s):Liu, Hauyu Baobab; Zhang, Qizhou
Subject(s):Mini-symposium: Astronomical Molecular Spectroscopy in the Age of ALMA
Abstract:Many infrared dark clouds (IRDCs) in our Galaxy have filamentary structures, and some of them present converging filaments to a central hub, known as hub-filament systems (HFSs). These filaments could play a crucial role in feeding gas to the star forming regions at the hub. We analyzed NH$_3$ (J,K)=(1,1) and (2,2) spectral lines data obtained with the Very Large Array (VLA) towards five filamentary IRDCs, and derived the gas temperature based on the line ratios. Furthermore, with the Submillimeter Array (SMA) in the compact and sub-compact configurations, we obtained dust emission and spectra lines at 1.3 mm towards these sources. We found filamentary structures in both dust continuum and spectral line emission, with a characteristic width of 0.1 pc and length of 1 pc. The dust emission is consistent with the infrared extinction features, indicating the existence of dense and cold gas, while massive dust cores are usually associated with the hubs. Complex organic molecules including CH$_3$OH are found towards the dust cores. In particular, optically-thin intermediate density gas tracers, such as C$^{18}$O, reveal a possible trend of gas infall along filaments towards hubs. This is consistent with the scenario that dense gas is accreted onto dense cores through filaments and form high-mass star clusters.
Issue Date:2014-06-17
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Citation Info:Lu, X.; Liu, H.B.; Zhang, Q. MOLECULAR SPECTRAL LINES IN FILAMENTARY INFRARED DARK CLOUDS. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, Urbana, IL, June 16-21, 2014. DOI: 10.15278/isms.2014.TF11
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 by the authors. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-17

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