Mass Flows in Cometary UCHII Regions

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From: Qingfeng Zhu [view email]
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 16:29:05 GMT   (748kb)
Mass Flows in Cometary UCHII Regions
Authors: Qing-Feng Zhu, John H. Lacy, Daniel T. Jaffe, Thomas K. Greathouse, Matthew J. Richter
Comments: 34 pages, including 14 figures and 1 table, to be published in ApJ, September 2005
High spectral and spatial resolution, mid-infrared fine structure line observations toward two ultracompact HII (UCHII) regions (G29.96 -0.02 and Mon R2) allow us to study the structure and kinematics of cometary UCHII regions. In our earlier study of Mon R2, we showed that highly organized mass motions accounted for most of the velocity structure in that UCHII region. In this work, we show that the kinematics in both Mon R2 and G29.96 are consistent with motion along an approximately paraboloidal shell. We model the velocity structure seen in our mapping data and test the stellar wind bow shock model for such paraboloidal like flows. The observations and the simulation indicate that the ram pressures of the stellar wind and ambient interstellar medium cause the accumulated mass in the bow shock to flow along the surface of the shock. A relaxation code reproduces the mass flow's velocity structure as derived by the analytical solution. It further predicts that the pressure gradient along the flow can accelerate ionized gas to a speed higher than that of the moving star. In the original bow shock model, the star speed relative to the ambient medium was considered to be the exit speed of ionized gas in the shell.
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