Observations and analysis of water in molecular outflows and shocks
Licentiate thesis, 2010

This thesis describes observations and analysis of molecular outflows from young stellar objects. The observations using the Odin satellite are described in Paper I, where a non-LTE radiative transfer code has been used to estimate the ortho-water abundance in seven molecular outflows and one super-nova remnant. Elevated abundances are found in several sources, as expected in continuous type shocks. Also a correlation between the maximum outflow velocity and the abundance is found. Complementary observations of formyl (HCO+) have been carried out with the Onsala 20 meter antenna. A correlation between formyl and water has previously been observed towards continuum sources in the Milky Way and for that reason we make observations of the sources observed with Odin and proposed for the Herschel Space Observatory. An Accelerated Lamda Iteration code (ALI) is used to obtain information from observed line profiles. Varying the ortho-water abundance, line profiles are computed for various gas densities and kinetic temperatures. For the source HH54 B, observations of CO and H2O have been made using Odin, SEST and Herschel. A simple model of a curved bowshock fits the observations reasonably well and enables us to determine the kinetic temperature and the density of the source. The ALI code is also used to make predictions for the forthcoming observations with Herschel.

interstellar medium

molecules

jets and outflows

pre-main-sequence

stars

supernova remnants

EA, Hörsalsvägen 11, Chalmers
Opponent: Dr. Floris van der Tak, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research Landleven 12, 9747 Groningen, Netherlands

Author

Per Bjerkeli

Chalmers, Department of Radio and Space Science, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics

Odin observations of water in molecular outflows and shocks

Astronomy and Astrophysics,; Vol. 507(2009)p. 1455-1466

Journal article

Subject Categories

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology

Technical report L - Department of Radio and Space Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden

EA, Hörsalsvägen 11, Chalmers

Opponent: Dr. Floris van der Tak, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research Landleven 12, 9747 Groningen, Netherlands