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Time-Variable Radio Recombination Line Emission in W49A

Presentation #114.07 in the session “High-mass Star Formation”.

Published onJan 11, 2021
Time-Variable Radio Recombination Line Emission in W49A

We present new Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) images of the central region of the W49A star-forming region at 3.6 cm and at 7 mm at resolutions of 0.15 arcsec (1650 au) and 0.04 arcsec (440 au), respectively. The 3.6 cm data reveal new morphological detail in the ultracompact HII region population, as well as several previously unknown and unresolved sources. In particular, source A shows elongated, edge-brightened, bipolar lobes, indicative of a collimated outflow, and source E is resolved into three spherical components. We also present VLA observations of radio recombination lines at 3.6 cm and 7 mm, and IRAM Northern Extended Millimeter Array (NOEMA) observations at 1.2 mm. Three of the smallest ultracompact HII regions (sources A, B2 and G2) all show broad kinematic linewidths, with ΔVFWHM > 40 km s-1. A multi-line analysis indicates that broad linewidths remain after correcting for pressure broadening effects, suggesting the presence of supersonic flows. Substantial changes in linewidth over the 21 year time baseline at both 3.6 cm and 7 mm are found for source G2. At 3.6 cm, the linewidth of G2 changed from 31.7 ± 1.8 km s-1 to 55.6 ± 2.7 km s-1, an increase of +23.9 ± 3.4 km s-1. The G2 source was previously reported to have shown a 3.6 cm continuum flux density decrease of 40% between 1994 and 2015. This source sits near the center of a very young bipolar outflow whose variability may have produced these changes.

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