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Detection of a high-mass prestellar core candidate in W43-MM1

Nony, T., Louvet, F., Motte, F., Molet, J., Marsh, K., Chapillon, E., Gusdorf, A., Brouillet, N., Bontemps, S., Csengeri, T., Despois, D., Luong, Q. Nguyen, Duarte Cabral, Ana ORCID: and Maury, A. 2018. Detection of a high-mass prestellar core candidate in W43-MM1. Astronomy and Astrophysics 618 , L5. 10.1051/0004-6361/201833863

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Aims. To constrain the physical processes that lead to the birth of high-mass stars it is mandatory to study the very first stages of their formation. We search for high-mass analogs of low-mass prestellar cores in W43-MM1. Methods. We conducted a 1.3 mm ALMA mosaic of the complete W43-MM1 cloud, which has revealed numerous cores with ~2000 au FWHM sizes. We investigated the nature of cores located at the tip of the main filament, where the clustering is minimum. We used the continuum emission to measure the core masses and the 13CS(5-4) line emission to estimate their turbulence level. We also investigated the prestellar or protostellar nature of these cores by searching for outflow signatures traced by CO(2-1) and SiO(5-4) line emission, and for molecular complexity typical of embedded hot cores. Results. Two high-mass cores of ~1300 au diameter and ~60 M⊙ mass are observed to be turbulent but gravitationally bound. One drives outflows and is associated with a hot core. The other core, W43-MM1#6, does not yet reveal any star formation activity and thus is an excellent high-mass prestellar core candidate.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: EDP Sciences
ISSN: 0004-6361
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 February 2019
Date of Acceptance: 27 September 2018
Last Modified: 23 May 2023 16:02

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