Context. Jets and outflows are key ingredients in the formation of stars across the mass spectrum. In clustered regions, understanding powering sources and outflow components poses a significant problem.
Aims: We aim to understand the dynamics in the outflow(s) from a cluster in the process of forming massive stars.
Methods: We use new VLA observations of the molecular gas (SiO, CS, OCS, and H2CO ) in the massive star forming region IRAS 17233-3606 which contains a number of HII regions. We compare these observations to previously published molecular data for this source in order to get a holistic view of the outflow dynamics.
Results: We find that the dynamics of the various species can be explained by a single large scale (~0.15 pc) outflow when compared to the sizes of the HII regions, with the different morphologies of the blue and red outflow components explained with respect to the morphology of the surrounding envelope. We further find that the direction of the velocity gradients seen in OCS and H2CO are suggestive of a combination of rotation and outflow motions in the warm gas surrounding the HII regions near the base of the large scale outflow.
Conclusions: Our results show that the massive protostars forming within this region appear to be contributing to a single outflow on large scales. This single large scale outflow is traced by a number of different species as the outflow interacts with its surroundings. On the small scales, there appear to be multiple mechanisms contributing to the dynamics which could be a combination of either a small scale outflow or rotation with the dynamics of the large scale outflow.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- March 2015
- radio lines: ISM;
- HII regions;
- ISM: molecules;
- ISM: jets and;
- stars: massive;
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
- 10 pages, 14 figures, Accepted for publication in A&