Revealing a detailed mass distribution of a high-density core MC27/L1521F in Taurus with ALMA

Kazuki Tokuda, Toshikazu Onishi, Tomoaki Matsumoto, Kazuya Saigo, Akiko Kawamura, Yasuo Fukui, Shu Ichiro Inutsuka, Masahiro N. Machida, Kengo Tomida, Kengo Tachihara, Philippe André

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We present the results of ALMA observations of dust continuum emission and molecular rotational lines toward a dense core MC27 (aka L1521F) in Taurus, which is considered to be at a very early stage of star formation. The detailed column density distributions on size scales from a few tens to ∼10,000 AU are revealed by combining the ALMA (12 m array + 7 m array) data with the published/unpublished single-dish data. The high angular resolution observations at 0.87 mm with a synthesized beam size of ∼0.″74 × 0.″32 reveal that a protostellar source, MMS-1, is not spatially resolved and lacks associated gas emission, while a starless high-density core, MMS-2, has substructures in both dust and molecular emission. The averaged radial column density distribution of the inner part of MC27/L1521F (r ≲ 3000 AU) is ∼ , clearly flatter than that of the outer part, ∼. The complex velocity/spatial structure obtained with previous ALMA observations is located inside the inner flatter region, which may reflect the dynamical status of the dense core.

Original languageEnglish
Article number26
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 20 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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