Dense Cores in Perseus: The Influence of Stellar Content and Cluster Environment

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Dense Cores in Perseus: The Influence of Stellar Content and Cluster Environment

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dc.contributor.author Foster, Jonathan B.
dc.contributor.author Rosolowsky, Erik W.
dc.contributor.author Kauffmann, Jens
dc.contributor.author Pineda, Jaime Eduardo
dc.contributor.author Borkin, Michelle Anne
dc.contributor.author Caselli, Paola
dc.contributor.author Myers, Philip C.
dc.contributor.author Goodman, Alyssa A.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-07T14:43:10Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Jonathan, B. Foster, Erik W. Rosolowsky, Jens Kauffmann, Jaime E. Pineda, Michelle A. Borkin, Paola Caselli, Phil C. Myers, and Alyssa A. Goodman. 2009. Dense cores in Perseus: The influence of stellar content and cluster environment. Astrophysical Journal 696(1): 298-319. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0004-637X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4706190
dc.description.abstract We present the chemistry, temperature, and dynamical state of a sample of 193 dense cores or core candidates in the Perseus Molecular cloud and compare the properties of cores associated with young stars and clusters with those which are not. The combination of our NH3 and CCS observations with previous millimeter, submillimeter, and Spitzer data available for this cloud enables us both to determine core properties precisely and to accurately classify cores as starless or protostellar. The properties of cores in different cluster environments and before-and-after star formation provide important constraints on simulations of star formation, particularly under the paradigm that the essence of star formation is set by the turbulent formation of prestellar cores. We separate the influence of stellar content from that of the cluster environment and find that cores within clusters have (1) higher kinetic temperatures (12.9 K versus 10.8 K) and, (2) lower fractional abundances of CCS \((0.6 × 10^{–9}\) versus \(2.0 × 10^{–9})\) and \(NH_3 (1.2 × 10^{–8}\) versus \(2.9 × 10^{–8})\). Cores associated with protostars have (1) slightly higher kinetic temperatures (11.9 K versus 10.6 K), (2) higher NH3 excitation temperatures (7.4 K versus 6.1 K), (3) are at higher column density \((1.2 × 10^{22} cm^{–2}\) versus \(0.6 × 10^{22} cm^{–2})\), have (4) slightly more nonthermal/turbulent \(NH_3\) line widths \((0.14 km \ s^{–1}\) versus \(0.11 km \ s^{–1} FWHM)\), have (5) higher masses \((1.5 M \odot\) versus \(1.0 M \odot)\), and have (6) lower fractional abundance of CCS \((1.4 × 10^{–9}\) versus \(2.4 × 10^{–9})\). All values are medians. We find that neither cluster environment nor protostellar content makes a significant difference to the dynamical state of cores as estimated by the virial parameter—most cores in each category are gravitationally bound. Only the high precision of our measurements and the size of our sample make such distinctions possible. Overall, cluster environment and protostellar content have a smaller influence on the properties of the cores than is typically assumed, and the variation within categories is larger than the differences between categories. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Astronomy en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Engineering and Applied Sciences en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Other Research Unit en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Astronomical Society en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1088/0004-637X/696/1/298 en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject ISM: clouds en_US
dc.subject ISM: molecules en_US
dc.subject radio lines: ISM en_US
dc.title Dense Cores in Perseus: The Influence of Stellar Content and Cluster Environment en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Astrophysical Journal en_US
dash.depositing.author Goodman, Alyssa A.
dc.date.available 2011-02-07T14:43:10Z

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