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The RMS Survey: Ammonia mapping of the environment of young massive stellar objects II

Billington, S. J., Urquhart, J.S., Figura, C., Eden, D.J., Moore, T.J.T. (2018) The RMS Survey: Ammonia mapping of the environment of young massive stellar objects II. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 483 (3). pp. 3146-3167. ISSN 0035-8711. E-ISSN 1365-2966. (doi:10.1093/mnras/sty3053) (KAR id:70008)


We present the results from NH3 mapping observations towards 34 regions identified by the Red MSX Source (RMS) survey. We have used the Australia Telescope Compact Array to map ammonia (1, 1) and (2, 2) inversion emission spectra at a resolution of 10 arcsec with velocity channel resolution of 0.4 km s−1 towards the positions of embedded massive star formation. Complementary data have been used from the ATLASGAL and GLIMPSE Legacy Surveys in order to improve the understanding of the regions and to estimate physical parameters for the environments. The fields have typical masses of ∼1000 M⊙, radii of ∼0.15 pc, and distances of ∼3.5 kpc. Luminosities range between ∼103 and ∼106 L⊙ and kinetic temperatures between 10 and 40 K. We classify each field into one of two subsets in order to construct an evolutionary system for massive star formation in these regions based on the morphology and relative positions of the NH3 emission, RMS sources, and ATLASGAL thermal dust emission. Differences in morphology between NH3 emission and ATLASGAL clumps are shown to correspond to evolutionary stages of ongoing massive star formation in these regions. The study has been further refined by including the positions of known methanol and water masers in the regions to gain insight into possible protostellar regions and triggered star formation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/mnras/sty3053
Uncontrolled keywords: Stars: massive – Stars: evolution – ISM: general
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: James Urquhart
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2018 10:16 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 17:15 UTC
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