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The Hi-GAL compact source catalogue – I. The physical properties of the clumps in the inner Galaxy (−71. ◦ 0 < ℓ < 67.◦ 0)

Elia, D and Molinari, S and Schisano, E and Pestalozzi, M and Pezzuto, S and Merello, M and Noriega-Crespo, A and Moore, TJT and Russeil, D and Mottram, JC and Paladini, R and Strafella, F and Benedettini, M and Bernard, JP and Di Giorgio, A and Eden, DJ and Fukui, Y and Plume, R and Bally, J and Martin, PG and Ragan, SE and Jaffa, SE and Motte, F and Olmi, L and Schneider, N and Testi, L and Wyrowski, F and Zavagno, A and Calzoletti, L and Faustini, F and Natoli, P and Palmeirim, P and Piacentini, F and Piazzo, L and Pilbratt, GL and Polychroni, D and Baldeschi, A and Beltrán, MT and Billot, N and Cambrésy, L and Cesaroni, R and García-Lario, P and Hoare, MG and Huang, M and Joncas, G and Liu, SJ and Maiolo, BMT and Marsh, KA and Maruccia, Y and Mège, P and Peretto, N and Rygl, KLJ and Schilke, P and Thompson, MA and Traficante, A and Umana, G and Veneziani, M and Ward-Thompson, D and Whitworth, AP and Arab, H and Bandieramonte, M and Becciani, U and Brescia, M and Buemi, C and Bufano, F and Butora, R and Cavuoti, S and Costa, A and Fiorellino, E and Hajnal, A and Hayakawa, T and Kacsuk, P and Leto, P and Li Causi, G and Marchili, N and Martinavarro-Armengol, S and Mercurio, A and Molinaro, M and Riccio, G and Sano, H and Sciacca, E and Tachihara, K and Torii, K and Trigilio, C and Vitello, F and Yamamoto, H (2017) The Hi-GAL compact source catalogue – I. The physical properties of the clumps in the inner Galaxy (−71. ◦ 0 < ℓ < 67.◦ 0). Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 471 (1). pp. 100-143. ISSN 0035-8711

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Hi-GAL (Herschel InfraRed Galactic Plane Survey) is a large-scale survey of the Galactic plane, performed with Herschel in five infrared continuum bands between 70 and 500 µm. We present a band-merged catalogue of spatially matched sources and their properties derived from fits to the spectral energy distributions (SEDs) and heliocentric distances, based on the photometric catalogues presented in Molinari et al., covering the portion of Galactic plane −71.◦ 0 < ℓ < 67.◦ 0. The band-merged catalogue contains 100 922 sources with a regular SED, 24 584 of which show a 70-µm counterpart and are thus considered protostellar, while the remainder are considered starless. Thanks to this huge number of sources, we are able to carry out a preliminary analysis of early stages of star formation, identifying the conditions that characterize different evolutionary phases on a statistically significant basis. We calculate surface densities to investigate the gravitational stability of clumps and their potential to form massive stars. We also explore evolutionary status metrics such as the dust temperature, luminosity and bolometric temperature, finding that these are higher in protostellar sources compared to pre-stellar ones. The surface density of sources follows an increasing trend as they evolve from pre-stellar to protostellar, but then it is found to decrease again in the majority of the most evolved clumps. Finally, we study the physical parameters of sources with respect to Galactic longitude and the association with spiral arms, finding only minor or no differences between the average evolutionary status of sources in the fourth and first Galactic quadrants, or between 'on-arm' and 'interarm' positions. © 2017 The Authors.

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Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2017 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0201 Astronomical And Space Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2017 11:10
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 05:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/mnras/stx1357
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6953

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