University of Hertfordshire

From the same journal

From the same journal

By the same authors

6.7-GHz methanol maser associated outflows: an evolutionary sequence

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Documents

  • 907019

    Accepted author manuscript, 709 KB, PDF document

  • Helena Maria De Villiers
  • A. Chrysostomou
  • M.A. Thompson
  • J.S. Urquhart
  • S.L. Breen
  • M.G. Burton
  • S.P. Ellingsen
  • G.A. Fuller
  • Michele Pestalozzi
  • M. A. Voronkov
  • D. Ward-Thompson
View graph of relations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-128
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Journal publication date1 May 2015
Volume449
Issue1
Early online date17 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

Abstract

We present a continuing study of a sample 44 molecular outflows, observed in 13CO lines, closely associated with 6.7-GHz methanol masers, hence called methanol maser associated outflows (MMAOs). We compare MMAO properties with those of outflows from other surveys in the literature. In general, MMAOs follow similar trends, but show a deficit in number at low masses and momenta, with a corresponding higher fraction at the high end of the distributions. A similar trend is seen for the dynamical time-scales of MMAOs. We argue that the lack of relatively low mass and young flows in MMAOs is due to the inherent selection-bias in the sample, i.e. its direct association with 6.7-GHz methanol masers. This implies that methanol masers must switch on after the onset of outflows (hence accretion), and not before a sufficient abundance of methanol is liberated from icy dust mantles. Consequently the average dynamical age of MMAOs is older than for the general population of molecular outflows. We propose an adjusted evolutionary sequence of outflow and maser occurrence in the hot core phase, where methanol masers turn on after the onset of the outflow phase.

Notes

Date of Acceptance: 23/01/2015

ID: 8301109