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Complex Structure in Class 0 Protostellar Envelopes. II. Kinematic Structure from Single-dish and Interferometric Molecular Line Mapping

Abstract : We present a study of dense molecular gas kinematics in 17 nearby protostellar systems using single-dish and interferometric molecular line observations. The non-axisymmetric envelopes around a sample of Class 0/I protostars were mapped in the N2H+ (J = 1 → 0) tracer with the IRAM 30 m, CARMA, and Plateau de Bure Interferometer, as well as NH3 (1,1) with the Very Large Array. The molecular line emission is used to construct line-center velocity and linewidth maps for all sources to examine the kinematic structure in the envelopes on spatial scales from 0.1 pc to ~1000 AU. The direction of the large-scale velocity gradients from single-dish mapping is within 45° of normal to the outflow axis in more than half the sample. Furthermore, the velocity gradients are often quite substantial, the average being ~2.3 km s-1 pc-1. The interferometric data often reveal small-scale velocity structure, departing from the more gradual large-scale velocity gradients. In some cases, this likely indicates accelerating infall and/or rotational spin-up in the inner envelope; the median velocity gradient from the interferometric data is ~10.7 km s-1 pc-1. In two systems, we detect high-velocity HCO+ (J = 1 → 0) emission inside the highest-velocity N2H+ emission. This enables us to study the infall and rotation close to the disk and estimate the central object masses. The velocity fields observed on large and small scales are more complex than would be expected from rotation alone, suggesting that complex envelope structure enables other dynamical processes (i.e., infall) to affect the velocity field.

Based on observations carried out with the IRAM 30 m Telescope and IRAM Plateau de Bure Interferometer. IRAM is supported by INSU/CNRS (France), MPG (Germany), and IGN (Spain).

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John J. Tobin, Lee Hartmann, Hsin-Fang Chiang, Leslie W. Looney, Edwin A. Bergin, et al.. Complex Structure in Class 0 Protostellar Envelopes. II. Kinematic Structure from Single-dish and Interferometric Molecular Line Mapping. The Astrophysical Journal, 2011, 740, ⟨10.1088/0004-637X/740/1/45⟩. ⟨insu-03622853⟩

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