A Shock‐induced Photodissociation Region in the HH 80/81 Flow: Far‐Infrared Spectroscopy

Sergio Molinari, Alberto Noriega‐Crespo, Luigi Spinoglio
2001 Astrophysical Journal  
The two spectrometers on board the Infrared Space Observatory were used to observe the Herbig-Haro objects HH 80, 81 and 80N, as well as their candidate exciting source IRAS 18162-2048. The fine structure lines of [OI]63um, [OI]145um and [CII]158um are detected everywhere, while [NII]122um and [OIII]88um are only detected toward the HH objects; line ratios confirm for the first time the collisionally excited HH nature of HH 80N. No molecular line is detected in any of the observed positions. We
more » ... use a full shock code to diagnose shock velocities vs~100 km/s toward the HH objects, as expected from the optical spectroscopy. Since proper motions suggest velocities in excess of 600 km/s, the HH objects probably represent the interface between two flow components with velocity differing by ~vs. Aside from the flow exciting source, the [CII]158um line is everywhere brighter than the [OI]63um line, indicating the presence of a Photo-Dissociation Region (PDR) all along the flow. Continuum emission from the HH objects and from other positions along the flow is only detected longword of ~50 micron, and its proportionality to the [CII]158um line flux suggests it is PDR in origin. We propose that the FUV continuum irradiated by the HH objects and the jet is responsible for the generation of a PDR at the walls of the flow cavity. We develop a very simple model which strengthens the plausibility of this hypothesis.
doi:10.1086/318365 fatcat:2o5eb5kbq5frliymnxqscaucs4