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Astrochemical Properties of Planck Cold Clumps

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  • Ken'ichi Tatematsu
  • Tie Liu
  • Satoshi Ohashi
  • Patricio Sanhueza
  • Quang Nguyen-Luong
  • Tomoya Hirota
  • Sheng-Yuan Liu
  • Naomi Hirano
  • Minho Choi
  • Miju Kang
  • Mark Thompson
  • Garry Fuller
  • Yuefang Wu
  • James Di Francesco
  • Kee-Tae Kim
  • Ke Wang
  • Isabelle Ristorcelli
  • Mika Juvela
  • Hiroko Shinnaga
  • Maria R. Cunningham
  • And 8 others
  • Masao Saito
  • Jeong-Eun Lee
  • L. Viktor Toth
  • Jinhua He
  • Takeshi Sakai
  • Jungha Kim
  • JCMT Large Program "SCOPE" collaboration
  • TRAO Key Science Program "TOP" collaboration
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


We observed thirteen Planck cold clumps with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope/SCUBA-2 and with the Nobeyama 45 m radio telescope. The N$_2$H$^+$ distribution obtained with the Nobeyama telescope is quite similar to SCUBA-2 dust distribution. The 82 GHz HC$_3$N, 82 GHz CCS, and 94 GHz CCS emission are often distributed differently with respect to the N$_2$H$^+$ emission. The CCS emission, which is known to be abundant in starless molecular cloud cores, is often very clumpy in the observed targets. We made deep single-pointing observations in DNC, HN$^{13}$C, N$_2$D$^+$, cyclic-C$_3$H$_2$ toward nine clumps. The detection rate of N$_2$D$^+$ is 50\%. Furthermore, we observed the NH$_3$ emission toward 15 Planck cold clumps to estimate the kinetic temperature, and confirmed that most of targets are cold ($\lesssim$ 20 K). In two of the starless clumps observe, the CCS emission is distributed as it surrounds the N$_2$H$^+$ core (chemically evolved gas), which resembles the case of L1544, a prestellar core showing collapse. In addition, we detected both DNC and N$_2$D$^+$. These two clumps are most likely on the verge of star formation. We introduce the Chemical Evolution Factor (CEF) for starless cores to describe the chemical evolutionary stage, and analyze the observed Planck cold clumps.


Ken’ichi Tatematsu, et al, 'Astrochemical Properties of Planck Cold Clumps', The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Vol. 228 (2), 20 pp, February 2017, doi:10.3847/1538-4365/228/2/12. © 2017. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

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