Zooming in to Massive Star Birth.
We present high resolution (0.2", 1000 AU) 1.3 mm ALMA observations of massive infrared dark cloud clump, G028.37+00.07-C1, thought to harbor the early stages of massive star formation. Using $\rm N_2D^+$(3-2) we resolve the previously identified C1-S core, separating the bulk of its emission from two nearby protostellar sources. C1-S is thus identified as a massive ($\sim50\:M_\odot$), compact ($\sim0.1\:$pc diameter) starless core, e.g., with no signs of outflow activity. Being highly deuterated, this is a promising candidate for a pre-stellar core on the verge of collapse. An analysis of its dynamical state indicates a sub-virial velocity dispersion compared to a trans-Alfv\'enic turbulent core model. However, virial equilibrium could be achieved with sub-Alfv\'enic conditions involving $\sim2\:$mG magnetic field strengths.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1701.05953