Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 437, 3803-3811 (2014/February-1)
Multi-epoch VLBA H2O maser observations towards the massive YSOs AFGL 2591 VLA 2 and VLA 3.
TORRELLES J.M., TRINIDAD M.A., CURIEL S., ESTALELLA R., PATEL N.A., GOMEZ J.F., ANGLADA G., CARRASCO-GONZALEZ C., CANTO J., RAGA A. and RODRIGUEZ L.F.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present multi-epoch Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) H2O maser observations towards the massive young stellar objects (YSOs) VLA 2 and VLA 3 in the star-forming region AFGL 2591. Through these observations, we have extended the study of the evolution of the masers towards these objects up to a time-span of ∼ 10 yr, measuring their radial velocities and proper motions. The H2O masers in VLA 3, the most massive YSO in AFGL 2591 ( ∼ 30-40M☉), are grouped within projected distances of ≲ 40 mas ( ≲ 130 au) from VLA 3. In contrast to other H2O masers in AFGL 2591, the masers associated with VLA 3 are significantly blueshifted (up to ∼ 30 km/s) with respect to the velocity of the ambient molecular cloud. We find that the H2O maser cluster as a whole has moved westwards of VLA 3 between the 2001 and 2009 observations, with a proper motion of ∼ 1.2 mas/yr ( ∼ 20 km/s). We conclude that these masers are tracing blueshifted outflowing material, shock excited at the inner parts of a cavity seen previously in ammonia molecular lines and infrared images, and proposed to be evacuated by the outflow associated with the massive VLA 3 source. The masers in the region of VLA 2 are located at projected distances of ∼ 0.7arcsec ( ∼ 2300 au) north from this source, with their kinematics suggesting that they are excited by a YSO other than VLA 2. This driving source has not yet been identified.
© 2013 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013)
masers - stars: formation - ISM: individual objects: AFGL 2591 - ISM: jets and outflows
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