The molecular environment of massive star forming cores associated with Class II methanol maser emission

S. N. Longmore, M. G. Burton, P. J. Barnes, T. Wong, C. R. Purcell, J. Ott
2007 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
AbstractMethanol maser emission has proven to be an excellent signpost of regions undergoing massive star formation (MSF). To investigate their role as an evolutionary tracer, we have recently completed a large observing program with the ATCA to derive the dynamical and physical properties of molecular/ionised gas towards a sample of MSF regions traced by 6.7GHz methanol maser emission. We find that the molecular gas in many of these regions breaks up into multiple sub-clumps which we separate
more » ... nto groups based on their association with/without methanol maser and cm continuum emission. The temperature and dynamic state of the molecular gas is markedly different between the groups. Based on these differences, we attempt to assess the evolutionary state of the cores in the groups and thus investigate the role of class II methanol masers as a tracer of MSF.
doi:10.1017/s1743921307012677 fatcat:qhlt7mz2yjctxpyuk5qbb3gyem