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Tracing the mass during low‐mass star formation. II. Modeling the submillimeter emission from preprotostellar cores

Evans, N.J.; Rawlings, J.M.C.; Shirley, Y.L.; Mundy, L.G.; (2001) Tracing the mass during low‐mass star formation. II. Modeling the submillimeter emission from preprotostellar cores. The Astrophysical Journal , 557 (1) pp. 193-208. 10.1086/321639. Green open access

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Abstract

We have modeled the emission from dust in preprotostellar cores, including a self-consistent calculation of the temperature distribution for each input density distribution. Model density distributions include Bonnor-Ebert spheres and power laws. The Bonnor-Ebert spheres fit the data well for all three cores that we have modeled. The dust temperatures decline to very low values ( K) in the centers of these cores, strongly affecting the dust emission. Compared to earlier models that assume constant dust temperatures, our models indicate higher central densities and smaller regions of relatively constant density. Indeed, for L1544, a power-law density distribution, similar to that of a singular, isothermal sphere, cannot be ruled out. For the three sources modeled herein, there seems to be a sequence of increasing central condensation, from L1512 to L1689B to L1544. The two denser cores, L1689B and L1544, have spectroscopic evidence for contraction, suggesting an evolutionary sequence for preprotostellar cores.

Type: Article
Title: Tracing the mass during low‐mass star formation. II. Modeling the submillimeter emission from preprotostellar cores
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1086/321639
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/321639
Language: English
UCL classification: 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/9932
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