3 years ago

Zooming in to Massive Star Birth.

Ke Wang, Michael J. Butler, Paola Caselli, Jonathan C. Tan, Shuo Kong, Francesco Fontani

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

DOI: arXiv:1701.05953v4

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