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The RMS survey: Ammonia mapping of the environment of young massive stellar objects - II

Billington, SJ, Urquhart, JS, Figura, C, Eden, DJ and Moore, TJT (2018) The RMS survey: Ammonia mapping of the environment of young massive stellar objects - II. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 483 (3). pp. 3146-3167. ISSN 1365-2966

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Abstract

We present the results from NH3 mapping observations towards 34 regions identified by the Red MSX Source (RMS) survey. We have used the Australia Telescope Compact Array to map ammonia (1, 1) and (2, 2) inversion emission spectra at a resolution of 10 arcsec with velocity channel resolution of 0.4 km s−1 towards the positions of embedded massive star formation. Complementary data have been used from the ATLASGAL and GLIMPSE Legacy Surveys in order to improve the understanding of the regions and to estimate physical parameters for the environments. The fields have typical masses of ∼1000 M⊙, radii of ∼0.15 pc, and distances of ∼3.5 kpc. Luminosities range between ∼103 and ∼106 L⊙ and kinetic temperatures between 10 and 40 K. We classify each field into one of two subsets in order to construct an evolutionary system for massive star formation in these regions based on the morphology and relative positions of the NH3 emission, RMS sources, and ATLASGAL thermal dust emission. Differences in morphology between NH3 emission and ATLASGAL clumps are shown to correspond to evolutionary stages of ongoing massive star formation in these regions. The study has been further refined by including the positions of known methanol and water masers in the regions to gain insight into possible protostellar regions and triggered star formation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2018 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 (OUP)
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 12:00
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 20:27
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/mnras/sty3053
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9924

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