Publication Date

2002

Journal or Book Title

ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL

Abstract

We present the results of the first detailed millimeter and submillimeter molecular line survey of bright-rimmed clouds, observed at FCRAO in the CO (J = 1 → 0), C18O (J = 1 → 0), HCO+ (J = 1 → 0), H13CO+ (J = 1 → 0), and N2H+ (J = 1 → 0) transitions, and at the Heinrich Hertz Telescope in the CO (J = 2 → 1), HCO+ (J = 3 → 2), HCO+ (J = 4 → 3), H13CO+ (J = 3 → 2), and H13CO+ (J = 4 → 3) molecular line transitions. The source list is composed of a selection of bright-rimmed clouds from the catalog of such objects compiled by Sugitani et al. We also present observations of three Bok globules done for comparison with the bright-rimmed clouds. We find that the appearance of the millimeter CO and HCO+ emission is dominated by the morphology of the shock front in the bright-rimmed clouds. The HCO+ (J = 1 → 0) emission tends to trace the swept-up gas ridge and overdense regions, which may be triggered to collapse as a result of sequential star formation. Five of the seven bright-rimmed clouds we observe seem to have an outflow; however, only one shows the spectral line blue-asymmetric signature that is indicative of infall in the optically thick HCO+ emission. We also present evidence that in bright-rimmed clouds the nearby shock front may heat the core from outside-in, thereby washing out the normally observed line infall signatures seen in isolated star-forming regions. We find that the derived core masses of these bright-rimmed clouds are similar to other low- and intermediate-mass star-forming regions.

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This is the pre-published version harvested from ArXiv. The published version is located at http://iopscience.iop.org/0004-637X/577/2/798/

Volume

577

Pages

798-825

Issue

2

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