Monday, May 20, 2013

1305.4150 (L. J. Greenhill et al.)

Dynamical Evidence for a Magnetocentrifugal Wind from a 20 Msun Binary Young Stellar Object    [PDF]

L. J. Greenhill, C. Goddi, C. J. Chandler, L. D. Matthews, E. M. L. Humphreys
In Orion BN/KL, proper motions of 7 mm vibrationally-excited SiO masers trace rotation of a nearly edge-on disk and a bipolar wide-angle outflow 10-100 AU from radio Source I, a binary young stellar object (YSO) of ~20 Msun. Here we map ground-state 7 mm SiO emission with the Very Large Array and track proper motions over 9 years. The innermost and strongest emission lies in two extended arcs bracketing Source I. The proper motions trace a northeast-southwest bipolar outflow 100-1000 AU from Source I with a median 3D motion of ~18 km/s. An overlying distribution of 1.3 cm H2O masers betrays similar flow characteristics. Gas dynamics and emission morphology traced by the masers suggest the presence of a magnetocentrifugal disk-wind. Reinforcing evidence lies in the colinearity of the flow, apparent rotation across the flow parallel to the disk rotation, and recollimation that narrows the flow opening angle ~120 AU downstream. The arcs of ground-state SiO emission may mark the transition point to a shocked super-Alfvenic outflow.
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