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  • D. Elia
  • E. Schisano
  • S. Molinari
  • T. Robitaille
  • D. Anglés-Alcázar
  • J. Bally
  • C. Battersby
  • M. Benedettini
  • N. Billot
  • L. Calzoletti
  • A. M. Di Giorgio
  • F. Faustini
  • J. Z. Li
  • P. Martin
  • L. Morgan
  • F. Motte
  • J.C. Mottram
  • P. Natoli
  • L. Olmi
  • R. Paladini
  • F. Piacentini
  • M. Pestalozzi
  • S. Pezzuto
  • D. Polychroni
  • M. Smith
  • F. Strafella
  • G. S. Stringfellow
  • L. Testi
  • A. Traficante
  • M. Veneziani
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Original languageEnglish
Article numberL97
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Journal publication date11 May 2010
Volume518
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2010

Abstract

We present a first study of the star-forming compact dust condensations revealed by Herschel in the two 2 \times 2 \degr Galactic Plane fields centered at [l;b] = [30\degr; 0 \degr] and [l;b] = [59\degr; 0 \degr], respectively, and observed during the Science Demonstration Phase for the Herschel infrared Galactic Plane survey (Hi-GAL) Key-Project. Compact source catalogs extracted for the two fields in the five Hi-GAL bands (70, 160, 250, 350 and 500 $\mu$m) were merged based on simple criteria of positional association and spectral energy distribution (SED) consistency into a final catalog which contains only coherent SEDs with counterparts in at least three adjacent Herschel bands. These final source lists contain 528 entries for the l = 30\degr field, and 444 entries for the l = 59\degr field. The SED coverage has been augmented with ancillary data at 24 $\mu$m and 1.1 mm. SED modeling for the subset of 318 and 101 sources (in the two fields, respectively) for which the distance is known was carried out using both a structured star/disk/envelope radiative transfer model and a simple isothermal grey-body. Global parameters like mass, luminosity, temperature and dust properties have been estimated. The Lbol/Menv ratio spans four orders of magnitudes from values compatible with the pre-protostellar phase to embedded massive zero-age main sequence stars. Sources in the l = 59\degr field have on average lower L/M, possibly outlining an overall earlier evolutionary stage with respect to the sources in the l = 30\degr field. Many of these cores are actively forming high-mass stars, although the estimated core surface densities appear to be an order of magnitude below the 1 g cm$^{-2}$ critical threshold for high-mass star formation.

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Original article can be found at: http://www.aanda.org/ Copyright The European Southern Observatory

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