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Molecular hydrogen in the outflow from Cep E

Eisloffel, J., Smith, M.D., Davis, C.J., Ray, T.P. (1996) Molecular hydrogen in the outflow from Cep E. Astronomical Journal, 112 (5). pp. 2086-2093. ISSN 0004-6256. (doi:10.1086/118165) (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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Abstract

We present images of the outflow from Cep E in the 1-0 S(1), the 2-1 S(1), and, for the first time in any outflow, the 3-2 S(3) line of molecular hydrogen. These are supplemented by [Fe II]1.64 μm and narrow-band continuum images. We find two almost perpendicular outflows emanating from Cep E. From these and from the spectral energy distribution the Cep E source appears to be a Class 0 binary. Wiggles and sideways positional offsets of bows in the flow are interpreted as due to precession. A crude precession model then yields estimates for the precession angle, precession period, and possibly also for the binary separation. Line ratio maps, built from the molecular hydrogen images, yield the excitational state of the H2 gas. Surprisingly, the 2-1 S(1)/1-0 S(1) and the 3-2 S(3)/1-0 S(1) line ratios are largely constant everywhere in the outflow. Models of slabs of gas at one single or two constant temperatures fail to account for our data, as do fluorescence, and planar J- and C-shock models. Moreover, J-type bow shocks are a possible, though not very probable, explanation for our data, since they work only if the bows are extremely wide. C-type bow shocks, on the other hand, explain our data well.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1086/118165
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB460 Astrophysics
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences > Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Giles Tarver
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 10:37 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 15:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50157 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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