The Rosette Eye: The key transition phase in the birth of a massive star

Li, Jin Zeng and Smith, Michael D. and Gredel, Roland and Davis, Chris J. and Rector, Travis A. (2008) The Rosette Eye: The key transition phase in the birth of a massive star. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 679 (2). L101-L104. ISSN 1538-4357. (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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Massive protostars dramatically influence their surroundings via accretion-induced outflows and intense radiation fields. They evolve rapidly, the disk and infalling envelope being evaporated and dissipated in similar to 10(5) yr. Consequently, they are very rare and investigating this important phase of early stellar evolution is extremely difficult. Here we present the discovery of a key transient phase in the emergence of a massive young star, in which ultraviolet radiation from the newborn giant has just punctured through its natal core. The massive young stellar object AFGL 961 II is readily resolved in the near-infrared. Its morphology closely resembles a cat's eye and is here dubbed the "Rosette Eye." Emerging ionized flows blow out an hourglass-shaped nebula, which, along with the existence of strong near-infrared excess, suggests the existence of an accretion disk in the perpendicular direction. The lobes of the hourglass, however, are capped with arcs of static H-2 emission produced by fluorescence. This study has strong implications for our understanding of how massive stars embark on their formation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: accretion, accretion disks; ISM : jets and outflows; stars : early-type; stars : formation; stars
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences > Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Jane Griffiths
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2009 14:17
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2014 09:22
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