A comparison of density structures of a star forming and a non-star-forming globule - DCld303.8-14.2 and Thumbprint Nebula

Kainulainen, J; Lehtinen, K.; Vaisanen P.; Bronfman, L.; Knude, J

Abstract

We present a study of radial density structure of the star forming globule, DCld303.8-14.2 (DC303), and a non-star forming globule, Thumbprint Nebula (TPN), using near-infrared data taken with the ISAAC instrument on the Very Large Telescope. We derive the extinction through the globules using the color excess technique and examine the radial density distribution using Bonnor-Ebert and power-law models. The two globules have significantly different density structures. The extinction profile of DC303 is best fitted with a single power-law with an exponent p = 2.29 ± 0.08. An unstable Bonnor-Ebert model with a dimensionless parameter ξmax = 23 ± 3 provides equally good fit to data. The extinction profile of TPN flattens at small radii, making the profile significantly different from the profile of DC303. We are unable to fit the Bonnor-Ebert model for TPN in a robust manner, but derive the lower limit ξmax ≳ 8 for the dimensionless outer edge. The density profile derived for TPN is typical compared to recently observed pre-protostellar globules, with high ξmax value which could be interpreted as the presence of significant additional support or very slow contraction. © ESO 2007.

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Título según WOS: A comparison of density structures of a star forming and a non-star-forming globule - DCld303.8-14.2 and Thumbprint Nebula
Título según SCOPUS: A comparison of density structures of a star forming and a non-star-forming globule DCld303.8-14.2 and Thumbprint nebula
Título de la Revista: ASTRONOMY ASTROPHYSICS
Volumen: 463
Número: 3
Editorial: EDP SCIENCES S A
Fecha de publicación: 2007
Página de inicio: 1029
Página final: 1037
Idioma: English
URL: http://www.aanda.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20066431
DOI:

10.1051/0004-6361:20066431

Notas: ISI, SCOPUS