A radio and mid-infrared survey of northern bright-rimmed clouds

Morgan, L.K. and Thompson, M.A. and Urquhart, J.S. and White, Glenn J. and Miao, Jingqi (2004) A radio and mid-infrared survey of northern bright-rimmed clouds. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 426 (2). pp. 535-545. ISSN 0004-6361. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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We have carried out an archival radio, optical and infrared wavelength imaging survey of 44 Bright-Rimmed Clouds (BRCs) using the NRAO/VLA Sky Survey (NVSS) archive, images from the Digitised Sky Survey (DSS) and the Midcourse Space eXperiment (MSX). The data characterise the physical properties of the Ionised Boundary Layer (IBL) of the BRCs. We have classified the radio detections as: that associated with the ionised cloud rims; that associated with possible embedded Young Stellar Objects (YSOs); and that unlikely to be associated with the clouds at all. The stars responsible for ionising each cloud are identified and a comparison of the expected ionising flux to that measured at the cloud rims is presented. A total of 25 clouds display 20 cm radio continuum emission that is associated with their bright optical rims. The ionising photon flux illuminating these clouds, the ionised gas pressure and the electron density of the IBL are determined. We derive internal molecular pressures for 9 clouds using molecular line data from the literature and compare these pressures to the IBL pressures to determine the pressure balance of the clouds. We find three clouds in which the pressure exerted by their IBLs is much greater than that measured in the internal molecular material. A comparison of external pressures around the remaining clouds to a global mean internal pressure shows that the majority of clouds can be expected to be in pressure equilibrium with their IBLs and hence are likely to be currently shocked by photoionisation shocks. We identify one source which shows 20 cm emission consistent with that of an embedded high-mass YSO and confirm its association with a known infrared stellar cluster. This embedded cluster is shown to contain early-type B stars, implying that at least some BRCs are intimately involved in intermediate to high mass star formation.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: 52 E D P SCIENCES 869EI
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Maggie Francis
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2008 21:15
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 08:58
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