Molecular gas kinematics and high-mass star formation in the spiral arms of the milky way

Luna A.; CARRASCO L.; Ortega, L.; Yam O.; Bronfman, L.


We study the kinematic of the molecular gas using observations of the rotational line 12CO(J=1?0), and also the star formation traced by Ultra-Compact HII regions in the IV galactic quadrant (270° ? l ? 360°). Our results show that there is a connection between 1) high-mass star formation in the spiral arms of the Milky Way, 2) molecular gas of high column density, and 3) the large-scale rigid-body-like motion of the gas. The large-scale rigid-body-like motions observed in the arms imply that there is less angular momentum to dissipate in the formation processes of stellar systems. We show a multiple stellar system under study, embedded in its parent molecular cloud in the Carina arm region. Copyright 2004: IA, UNAM.

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Título de la Revista: Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica: Serie de Conferencias
Volumen: 21
Editorial: no publisher
Fecha de publicación: 2004
Página de inicio: 143
Página final: 144