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BIMA N2H+1-0 mapping observations of l183: fragmentation and spin-up in a collapsing, magnetized, rotating, prestellar core

Kirk, Jason M., Crutcher, Richard M. and Ward-Thompson, Derek 2009. BIMA N2H+1-0 mapping observations of l183: fragmentation and spin-up in a collapsing, magnetized, rotating, prestellar core. Astrophysical Journal 701 (2) , pp. 1044-1052. 10.1088/0004-637X/701/2/1044

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Abstract

We have used the Berkeley-Illinois-Maryland Array to make deep N2H+ 1-0 maps of the prestellar core L183, in order to study the spatial and kinematic substructure within the densest part of the core. Three spatially and kinematically distinct clumps are detected, which we label L183-N1, L183-N2, and L183-N3. L183-N2 is approximately coincident with the submillimeter dust peak and lies at the systemic velocity of L183. Thus we conclude that L183-N2 is the central dense core of L183. L183-N1 and 3 are newly discovered fragments of L183, which are marked by velocity gradients that are parallel to, but far stronger than, the velocity gradient of L183 as a whole, as detected in previous single-dish data. Furthermore, the ratio of the large-scale and small-scale velocity gradients, and the ratio of their respective size-scales, are consistent with the conservation of angular momentum for a rotating, collapsing core undergoing spin-up. The inferred axis of rotation is parallel to the magnetic field direction, which is offset from its long axis, as we have seen in other prestellar cores. Therefore, we propose that we have detected a fragmenting, collapsing, filamentary, prestellar core, rotating about its B-field, which is spinning up as it collapses. It will presumably go on to form a multiple protostellar system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: ISM: individual (L183); radio lines: ISM; stars: formation
Publisher: IOP Publishing
ISSN: 0004-637X
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2020 16:09
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/25062

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