The Population of Compact Radio Sources in the Orion Nebula Cluster

Jan Forbrich, Victor M. Rivilla, Karl M. Menten, Mark J. Reid, Claire J. Chandler, Urvashi Rau, Sanjay Bhatnagar, Scott J. Wolk, Stefan Meingast

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We present a deep centimeter-wavelength catalog of the Orion Nebula Cluster (ONC), based on a 30h single-pointing observation with the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array in its high-resolution A-configuration using two 1 GHz bands centered at 4.7 GHz and 7.3 GHz. A total of 556 compact sources were detected in a map with a nominal rms noise of 3 muJy/bm, limited by complex source structure and the primary beam response. Compared to previous catalogs, our detections increase the sample of known compact radio sources in the ONC by more than a factor of seven. The new data show complex emission on a wide range of spatial scales. Following a preliminary correction for the wideband primary-beam response, we determine radio spectral indices for 170 sources whose index uncertainties are less than +/-0.5. We compare the radio to the X-ray and near-infrared point-source populations, noting similarities and differences.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2016


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