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ISO-LWS observations of Herbig Ae Be stars II. Molecular lines

Giannini, T; Lorenzetti, D; Tommasi, E; Nisini, B; Benedettini, M; Pezzuto, S; Strafella, F; ... White, GJ; + view all (1999) ISO-LWS observations of Herbig Ae Be stars II. Molecular lines. Astronomy & Astrophysics , 346 (2) pp. 617-625. Green open access

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Abstract

We present the first ISO-LWS observations of the molecular FIR lines in 3 out of a sample of 11 Herbig Ae/Be stars (HAEBE), namely IRAS12496-7650, RCrA and LkHα 234. High-J rotational CO lines (from Jup = 14 to Jup = 19) have been observed in all the spectra, while two (at 79 mu m and 84 mu m) and three OH lines (at 71 mu m, 79 mu m and 84 mu m) were detected in LkHα 234 and RCrA respectively. For all sources the molecular emission has been consistently fitted with a Large Velocity Gradient (LVG) model and it results originated in a warm (T ga 200 K) and dense (nH_2 >~ 10(5) cm(-3) ) gas located in very compact regions having diameters of few hundreds of AU. These three sources are those with the highest density among the stars of the sample; this suggests that the molecular emission arises in regions showing density peaks. By comparing the observed cooling ratios with model predictions, we find that the FUV radiation from the central source (or from a more embedded companion) is the most likely responsible for the line excitation. At least for the sources where OH has been observed, the contribution of shocks to the line emission can be reasonably ruled out because of the absence in the spectra of any water vapour lines, in contrast with the predictions for molecular emission coming from warm shocked environments. Based on observations with ISO, an ESA project with instruments funded by ESA Member States and with the participation of ISAS and NASA}

Type: Article
Title: ISO-LWS observations of Herbig Ae Be stars II. Molecular lines
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1999A%26A...346....
Language: English
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Keywords: Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Astronomy & Astrophysics, stars : circumstellar matter, stars : pre-main sequence, infrared : ISM : lines and bands, infrared : stars, R-CORONAE-AUSTRALIS, LONG-WAVELENGTH SPECTROMETER, MAIN-SEQUENCE OBJECTS, AE/BE STARS, MIDINFRARED EMISSION, HARO OBJECTS, RHO-OPHIUCHI, DARK CLOUDS, COLD DUST, LKH-ALPHA-234
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Physics and Astronomy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10096064
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