Molecular clumps and star formation associated with the infrared dust bubble N131

Molecular clumps and star formation associated with the infrared dust bubble N131

Chuan-Peng Zhang National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100012 Beijing, PR China
zcp0507@gmail.com NAOC-TU Joint Center for Astrophysics, 850000 Lhasa, PR China University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100080 Beijing, PR China
   Jun-Jie Wang National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100012 Beijing, PR China
zcp0507@gmail.com NAOC-TU Joint Center for Astrophysics, 850000 Lhasa, PR China
   Jin-Long Xu National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100012 Beijing, PR China
zcp0507@gmail.com NAOC-TU Joint Center for Astrophysics, 850000 Lhasa, PR China
Received —; accepted —
Key Words.:
infrared: stars — stars: formation — ISM: bubbles — HII regions — radio lines: ISM
Abstract

Context:

Aims:The aim is to explore the interstellar medium around the dust bubble N131 and search for signatures of star formation.

Methods:We have performed a multiwavelength study around the N131 with data taken from large-scale surveys of infrared observation with online archive. We present new observations of three CO isotope variants from Purple Mountain Observatory 13.7 m telescope. We analyzed the distribution of the molecular gas and dust in the environment of the N131. We used color-color diagrams to search for young stellar objects and to identify ionizing star candidates.

Results:The kinematic distance of 8.6 kpc has been adopted as the distance of the bubble N131 from the Sun in this work. We find a ring of clouds in CO emission coincident with the shell of N131 seen in the Spitzer telescope images, and two giant elongated molecular clouds of CO emission appearing on opposite sides of the ringlike shell of N131. There is a cavity within the bubble at 1.4 GHz and 24 m. Seven IRAS point sources are distributed along the ringlike shell of the bubble N131. Fifteen ionizing stars and 63 YSO candidates have been found. The clustered class I and II YSOs are distributed along the elongated clouds in the line of sight.

Conclusions:

1 Introduction

Churchwell et al. (2006, 2007) have detected and cataloged about 600 midinfrared dust (MIR) bubbles between longitudes -60 and +60. The IR dust bubbles may be produced by ionizing O- and/or B-type stars, which are located inside the bubble. The ultraviolet (UV) radiation from ionizing stars may heat dust and ionize the gas to form an expanding bubble shell (Watson et al., 2008). Simpson et al. (2012) present a new catalog of 5106 infrared bubbles created through visual classification via the online citizen science website “The Milky Way Project”111http://www.milkywayproject.org, which provides a crowd-sourced map of bubbles and arcs in the Milky Way, and will enable better statistical analysis of Galactic star-forming sites. Beaumont & Williams (2010) report CO J = 3 - 2 maps of 43 Spitzer identified bubbles, which suggests that expanding shock fronts are poorly bound by molecular gas and that cloud compression by these shocks may be limited. Watson et al. (2008) present an analysis of wind-blown, parsec-sized, midinfrared bubbles, and associated star formation, and suggest that more than a quarter of the bubbles may have triggered the formation of massive objects.

A few individual bubbles have been studied well, such as N22 (Ji et al., 2012), N49 (Watson et al., 2008; Deharveng et al., 2010; Zavagno et al., 2010), N65 (Petriella et al., 2010), N68 (Zhang & Wang, 2012b), and S51 (Zhang & Wang, 2012a). There are many models and observations to explain the dusty wind-blown bubbles, such as bubble N49 of Everett & Churchwell (2010). Recently, we have reported an expanding ringlike shell of the bubble S51, which shows a rare front side located within the shell in the line of sight, by employing CO and CO J = 1 - 0 emission lines of the Mopra Telescope (Zhang & Wang, 2012a). We also investigated the star formation around the bubble N68, which suggests that the massive star formation at the ringlike shell is very active (Zhang & Wang, 2012b).

Clump R.A.(J2000) DEC.(J2000) V V V V T T
              (km s) (km s) (km s) (km s) (K) (K)
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
A 19 51 55.681 26 21 29.87 -8.910.01 -9.250.03 2.630.02 2.140.06 11.400.25 2.040.13
B 19 52 45.568 26 25 54.58 -11.890.02 -12.150.03 2.650.05 2.050.07 7.190.31 2.380.16
C 19 53 01.891 26 28 06.93 -12.240.04 -12.530.08 2.620.09 2.530.17 4.130.26 0.950.16
D 19 51 32.383 26 20 22.06 -9.930.02 -10.150.10 2.300.05 2.230.29 6.070.34 0.950.19
E 19 52 18.309 26 27 02.22 -8.090.03 -8.290.05 1.550.09 1.630.17 5.220.23 1.020.16
F 19 52 51.126 26 19 23.40 -9.800.03 -9.840.12 1.770.06 2.050.37 5.250.36 0.620.16
G 19 52 35.316 26 18 01.05 -10.640.01 -10.680.02 1.970.03 1.330.05 7.350.31 2.240.12
H 19 52 16.594 26 15 45.75 -12.150.03 -12.360.10 1.820.08 1.210.22 2.960.27 0.500.11
I 19 52 02.983 26 16 21.05 -8.310.04 -8.330.09 3.850.10 2.720.28 3.150.29 0.730.15
Table 1: Parameters of the nine spectra
Clump Area Int.T Int.T T T N N M n
(arcmin) (arcminK) (arcminK) (K) (K) (10 cm) (10 cm) (M) (cm)
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) ¡¡(10)
AD 36.59 554.34 102.31 29.15 11.54 15.39 3.36 1438 72
BC 32.23 491.05 122.32 23.17 12.42 21.10 4.71 1775 107
A 13.72 305.22 50.05 29.15 14.56 15.39 5.07 814 177
B 12.63 233.59 58.97 23.17 14.73 21.10 5.69 841 207
C 6.75 118.92 30.93 21.94 17.12 17.12 8.48 669 423
D 2.18 37.48 6.66 20.90 15.12 8.90 5.00 127 439
E 3.70 31.23 7.71 17.10 9.28 3.71 1.25 54 84
F 3.05 40.64 7.53 17.79 12.90 4.88 2.12 76 157
G 3.70 50.50 13.38 18.95 11.19 8.42 2.53 109 170
H 1.31 10.01 2.41 11.89 8.28 1.75 0.58 9 66
I 2.18 27.49 5.15 13.08 8.03 3.35 1.06 27 93
Table 2: Derived parameters of the CO molecular clumps
Name IRAS Source R.A.(J2000) DEC.(J2000)
              Jy Jy Jy Jy K
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)
IR1 19498+2621 19 51 58.18 26 29 46.36 0.31 0.43 3.14 33.82 1855 19.47
IR2 19499+2613 19 52 01.47 26 21 09.56 5.54 22.02 216.90 322.80 40873 32.52
IR3 19500+2617 19 52 09.90 26 24 56.10 0.45 0.27 3.23 322.80 13199 13.41
IR4 19501+2607 19 52 12.62 26 15 03.28 0.44 1.12 9.84 31.69 2627 25.78
IR5 19502+2606 19 52 19.94 26 14 19.75 4.14 1.70 2.99 31.51 3717 19.56
IR6 19502+2618 19 52 21.28 26 26 41.84 0.28 0.27 2.55 53.40 2520 17.16
IR7 19503+2617 19 52 26.01 26 25 28.14 5.96 2.60 2.72 43.68 5149 18.01
IR8 19505+2610 19 52 40.28 26 18 04.06 0.30 0.22 3.38 23.33 1429 21.40
Table 3: IRAS point sources around the bubble N131
GLIMPSE Desig. O-type star
(mag) (mag) (mag) (mag) (mag) (mag) (mag) (mag) (mag) (mag) (mag)
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13)
G063.0696-00.3941 11.34 11.39 11.29 11.23 12.63 11.89 11.60 7.06 -4.04 -4.02 -3.86 O7V-O6.5V
G063.0819-00.3947 11.01 10.94 10.88 10.89 12.65 11.77 11.29 9.26 -4.64 -4.52 -4.42 O5.5V-O5V
G063.0918-00.3962 11.75 11.62 11.43 11.58 13.60 12.59 12.08 10.09 -3.91 -3.85 -3.72 O7.5V
G063.0958-00.4059 11.75 11.82 11.65 11.67 13.70 12.51 12.08 10.29 -3.88 -3.97 -3.75 O7.5V-O7V
G063.0962-00.3644 11.59 11.54 11.51 11.42 13.04 12.07 11.70 8.76 -4.11 -4.14 -3.95 O7V-O6.5V
G063.1020-00.4375 11.55 11.60 11.48 11.43 13.51 12.32 11.87 10.45 -4.12 -4.18 -3.98 O7V-O6V
G063.1050-00.4143 12.16 12.16 11.96 12.26 14.20 12.95 12.53 10.51 -3.43 -3.57 -3.32 O9V-O8.5V
G063.1080-00.4197 10.82 10.90 10.71 10.71 12.61 11.49 11.05 10.01 -4.89 -4.93 -4.74 O4V-O4V
G063.1118-00.4060 10.73 10.65 10.60 10.46 12.31 11.37 10.94 9.05 -4.92 -4.89 -4.74 O4V-O4V
G063.1127-00.4278 12.18 12.16 11.86 12.00 14.11 12.89 12.45 10.51 -3.53 -3.62 -3.40 O9V-O8.5V
G063.1138-00.4385 12.23 12.13 12.08 11.99 14.02 12.95 12.54 9.58 -3.35 -3.40 -3.21 O9.5V-O9V
G063.1143-00.3893 11.09 11.13 11.02 11.04 12.43 11.57 11.26 7.81 -4.44 -4.47 -4.29 O5.5V-O5V
G063.1168-00.4392 10.70 10.79 10.61 10.62 12.57 11.44 11.02 9.94 -4.90 -4.97 -4.77 O4V-03V
G063.1187-00.4133 12.00 11.97 11.73 11.93 13.91 12.71 12.25 10.55 -3.74 -3.81 -3.60 O8V-07.5V
G063.1251-00.4258 10.71 10.73 10.54 10.57 12.56 11.43 11.00 10.03 -4.94 -5.00 -4.80 O4V-03V
Table 4: Ionizing star candidates within bubble

Toward the bubble N131, in this work, we carried out new observations of the transitions of CO, CO, and CO using the telescope of the Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO) at Qinghai province in China. we mainly report several molecular clumps associated well with the IR dust bubble N131. We also aim to explore its surrounding ISM and search for star formation spots. We describe the data in Sect. 2; the results and discussion are presented in Sect. 3; Sect. 4 summarizes the results.

2 Observation and data processing

2.1 The online archive

The data of the online archive used in this work include GLIMPSE (Benjamin et al., 2003; Churchwell et al., 2009), MIPSGAL (Carey et al., 2009), the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)2222MASS is a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation. (Skrutskie et al., 2006), IRAS (Neugebauer et al., 1984), and NVSS (Condon et al., 1998). GLIMPSE is an MIR survey of the inner Galaxy performed with the Spitzer Space Telescope. We used the mosaicked images from GLIMPSE and the GLIMPSE Point-Source Catalog (GPSC) in the Spitzer-IRAC (3.6, 4.5, 5.8, and 8.0 m). IRAC has an angular resolution between and (Fazio et al., 2004; Werner et al., 2004). MIPSGAL is a survey of the same region as GLIMPSE, using the MIPS instrument (24 and 70 m) on Spitzer. The MIPSGAL resolution is 6 at 24 m. The IRAS Point Source Catalog consists of 245889 sources found and verified by the IRAS (InfraRed Astronomy Satellite) at 12, 25, 60, and 100 m. The NRAO VLA Sky Survey (NVSS) is a 1.4 GHz continuum survey covering the entire sky north of -40 declination (Condon et al., 1998); the NVSS survey has a noise of about 0.45 mJy beam.

Figure 1: CO (red line), CO (black line), and CO (green line) spectra at the peaks of the molecular clumps from A to I. The brightness temperature of each CO spectrum is multiplied by 2.
Figure 2: Integrated intensity contours of the CO emission clouds superimposed on the GLIMPSE 8.0 m colorscale. The contour levels range from 5.35 to 32.11 by 2.68 K km s. The integration range is from -14.5 to -6.5 km s. The letters from A to I indicate the positions of nine molecular clumps, and the area of each clump is indicated with dashed ellipse and polygon. The black symbols indicate the positions of IRAS point sources. The white ellipse indicates the position of bubble N131, and the straight lines indicate the position of position-velocity diagram in Fig. 5. The beam size of CO emission is given in the filled red circle. The unit of the color bar is in MJy sr.
Figure 3: Integrated intensity contours of the CO emission clouds superimposed on the MIPSGAL 24 m colorscale. The contour levels range from 2.17 to 8.68 by 1.09 K km s. The integration range is from -14.5 to -6.5 km s. The letters from A to I indicate the positions of nine molecular clumps, and the symbols , , and indicate the positions of class I, class II, and IRAS point sources, respectively. The white ellipse indicates the position of bubble N131. The beam size of CO emission is given in the filled red circle. The unit of the color bar is in MJy sr.

2.2 The CO data of Purple Mountain Observatory

Our CO observations were made during May 2012 using the 13.7-m millimeter telescope of Qinghai Station at the Purple Mountain Observatory at Delingha333http://www.dlh.pmo.cas.cn/. We used the nine-pixel array receiver separated by 180. The receiver was operated in the sideband separation of single sideband mode, which allows for simultaneous observations of three CO J = 1 - 0 isotope variants, with CO in the upper sideband (USB) and CO and CO in the lower sideband (LSB). The half-power beam width (HPBW) is 523, and the main beam efficiency is 50% at 110 GHz. The pointing and tracking accuracies are better than 5. The typical system temperature during our runs was around 110 K and varies by about 10% for each beam. A fast Fourier transform (FFT) spectrometer was used as the back end with a total bandwidth of 1 GHz and 16384 channels. The velocity resolution is about 0.16 km s at 110 GHz.

Figure 4: Integrated intensity contours of the CO emission clouds every 1.0 km s superimposed on the GLIMPSE 8.0 m grayscale. The lowest contour level for each velocity panel from -14.5 to -6.5 km s is 1.59, 1.37, 1.80, 2.24, 1.96, 2.19, 2.80, 1.22, and 0.95 K km s, respectively; the level increment of each panel is equal to the corresponding value of the lowest contour level. The blue, green, and red contours indicate the blueshifted, systematic, and redshifted velocities, respectively. The white ellipse indicates the position of bubble N131.

On-the-fly (OTF) observing mode was applied for mapping observations. The antenna continuously scanned a region of 20 centered on R.A.(J2000) = 195209.61, DEC.(J2000) = 262213.4 with a scan speed of 20 s. The OFF position was chosen at R.A.(J2000) = 194724.00, DEC.(J2000) = 282924.0, where there is extremely weak CO emission based on the CO survey of the Milky Way (Dame et al., 1987, 2001). The rms noise level was 0.2 K in main beam antenna temperature T for CO (1-0), and 0.1 K for CO (1-0) and CO (1-0). The OTF data were then converted to 3-D cube data with a grid spacing of 30. The IRAM software package GILDAS444http://iram.fr/IRAMFR/GILDAS/ and the software package MIRIAD555http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/sma/miriad/ were used for the data reduction.

3 Analysis and the results

3.1 The dimension and distance of the bubble N131

We selected the IR dust bubble N131 from the catalog of Churchwell et al. (2006). They suggest that the N131 is a complete (closed ring) IR dust bubble centered on = 63.084, = -0.395, with an inner short radius r = 5.46, an inner long radius R = 6.18, and an eccentricity of the ellipse = 0.47. By comparing the IR emission with the integrated intensity of CO emission, the dimensions about the ring of cloud are respectively r = 5.20, R = 6.00, and = 0.50 centered on = 63.095, = -0.404, or R.A.(J2000) = 195221.5, DEC.(J2000) = +262124.0. Here, r and R are the semiminor and semimajor axes of the inner ellipse, respectively. By analyzing HCO absorption (V = 22.60.1 km s) against the UC HII region continuum emission (V = -9.32.3 km s), Watson et al. (2003) resolved the distance ambiguity toward G63.05-0.34, which lies on the “far” kinematic distance 8.6 kpc. In fact, there is no distance ambiguity toward N131, because the derived “near” kinematic distance is negative. The G63.05-0.34 is located at the position of the IRAS 19499+2613, which is correlated with CO molecular clump A (V = -10.5 km s) in this work. Watson et al. (2010), however, adopted the velocity of HCO (22.6 km s) in Watson et al. (2003) to obtain a kinematic distance of 2.4 kpc toward the bubble N131. Actually, there is another CO velocity component at 25.0 km s, which is consistent with HCO velocity at 22.6 km s, but not correlated with the ringlike shell of this bubble. This velocity component of 22.6 km s may belong to the foreground of the bubble N131. Therefore, we adopt the kinematic distance D = 8.6 kpc as the distance of the bubble N131. The dimensions of the inner short radius and the inner long radius are D = 13.0 pc and D = 15.0 pc, respectively.

3.2 Parameters of the spectra and molecular clumps

Figure 1 shows several spectra for CO, CO, and CO at the peak locations of nine molecular clumps from A to I (indicated in Fig. 2) defined on the basis of CO contours. For the nine molecular clumps, we detected strong CO and CO emission lines. At any position toward the N131, however, we did not detect any CO emission signal of more than 3. We reported spectral information of the nine molecular clumps in Table 1, and some derived parameters of the molecular clumps in Table 2. In Table 1, column (1) lists the molecular clump name; columns (2) - (3) list the equatorial coordinates; columns (4) - (9) list the LSR velocity V, the full width at half maximum (FWHM) V, and the peak brightness temperature T of each clump using Gaussian fitting for CO emission line. In Table 2, columns (1) - (4) show the name, the dimension, and the integration temperature of each molecular clump, where the area of each clump is indicated with a dashed ellipse and polygon in Fig. 2; columns (5) - (8) show the maximum and mean value of the ionizing temperature and the H column density; columns (9) - (10) show the mass and density of each molecular clump. Here, we assumed each molecular clump is under the local thermal equilibrium (LTE) assumption, and used the theory of the radiation transfer and molecular excitation (Winnewisser et al., 1979; Garden et al., 1991). The excitation temperature T and column density N can be calculated directly, assuming CO emission to be optically thick and the beam-filling factor to be unity. The column densities of H were obtained by adopting typical abundance ratios [H]/[CO]=10 and [CO]/[CO]=60 in the ISM.

Figure 5: The position-velocity diagram of the CO emission clouds along the white straight lines in Fig. 2. The position corresponding to offset 0 is at R.A.(J2000) = 195217.7, DEC.(J2000) = +262205.8. The position angle of clump BC is positive, and that of clump AD is negative. The contour levels rang from 0.97 to 8.72 by 0.97 K for the left panel, while from 1.23 to 11.07 by 1.23 K for the right panel. The color bar of the grayscale for the CO emission is above the diagram. The letters A, B, C, and D correspond to the positions of the same letters as in Fig. 2.

3.3 The ringlike shell

Figure 6: Integrated intensity contours of the CO emission of the blueshifted and redshifted clouds superimposed on the 1.4 GHz NVSS continuum emission contours. The contour levels range from 3.20 to 19.20 by 1.60 K for the blueshifted cloud, and from 3.86 to 23.17 by 1.93 K for the redshifted cloud. The integration range is from -14.5 to -11.5 km s for blueshifted cloud, and from -9.5 to -6.5 km s for redshifted cloud. The contour levels of the 1.4 GHz NVSS continuum emission are 0.95, 1.26, 1.58, 3.16, 6.32, 12.64, 25.29, and 50.58 mJy beam. G63.049-0.348 is an HII region. The letters from A to I indicate the positions of nine molecular clumps, and the symbols indicate the positions of IRAS point sources. The green ellipse indicates the position of bubble N131. The beam size of CO emission is given in the filled black circle.

In Fig. 2, the 8.0 m emission colorscale outlines clearly the distribution of molecular filament and clumpy structure toward the bubble N131. The 8.0 m emission originates mainly in the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Inside the N131, the 8.0 m emission is much weaker than that at the ringlike shell. It is likely that the stellar wind from O- and/or early B-type stars have blown the PAHs onto the ringlike shell. In Fig. 3, the colorscale is the MIPSGAL 24 m emission. Generally, there should be strong 24 m emission and 1.4 GHz continuum emission inside bubble, such as in the dust bubbles S51 (Zhang & Wang, 2012a) and N68 (Zhang & Wang, 2012b). However, having nearly the same distribution as 8.0 m emission, the 24 m emission is very weak inside the bubble N131.

Comparing CO emission in Fig. 2 with CO emission in Fig. 3, we can find that several molecular clumps were connected together to form the ringlike shell of the N131. The inner edge of the ringlike shell has a much sharper gradient of CO emission than the outer edge. Based on the distribution of optically thin CO in Fig. 3, we also found seven clumps A, B, E, F, …, and I along the ringlike shell. The parameters of the clumps in Table 2 show that the dense cores of star formation may be forming in clumps. Therefore, the ringlike shell is a possible birth place of star formation that was triggered by the bubble N131.

3.4 Two elongated molecular clouds

In Fig. 2, we also found there are two giant elongated molecular clouds (AD and BC) of CO emission appearing on opposite sides of the ringlike shell of N131. Morphologically, each cloud is in alignment, and the central axis of each cloud nearly goes through the center of the N131. The densest position of each cloud is located at the ringlike shell of the N131, and the two clouds AD and BC have extensive structure outwardly. On the north and south of the clump A located at the ringlike shell, there also is an expanding tendency in the western direction. This morphology may be caused by the stellar wind within the bubble, but the possibility needs to be explored further.

Using the channel map (Fig. 4) of CO emission to investigate the velocity component of the bubble N131, The green contours in the panel of Fig. 4 show that the systematic velocity of the bubble is about -10.50.5 km s, which is consistent with the velocity of the ionized gas (V = -9.32.3 km s, Watson et al. (2003)). The velocity range of the cloud AD is from -9.5 to -6.5 km s indicated with red contours, while the velocity of the cloud BC is from -14.5 to -11.5 km s indicated with blue contours. We argue that the clouds AD and BC are, respectively, redshifted and blueshifted relative to the ringlike shell of the bubble.

In addition, along the central axis of the clouds AD and BC in Fig. 2, we made a position-velocity diagram in Fig. 5. Both the velocity gradient and velocity dispersion gradient are obvious from clumps A (B) to D (C). The velocity of the clump A on the ringlike shell is higher than that of the clump D, which is consistent with the redshifted velocity distribution of the bubble N68 (Zhang & Wang, 2012b). For the cloud BC, the position-velocity diagram shows that clumps B and C may be two independent components. However, it is also possible that the molecular clumps B and C may be interacting. Figure 6 shows integrated intensity contours of the CO emission of the blueshifted (from -14.5 to -11.5 km s) and redshifted (from -9.5 to -6.5 km s) clouds. There is almost no overlap region between the blue- and redshifted clouds.

3.5 Lyman continuum flux

Figure 7: (a) GLIMPSE CC diagram [5.8]-[8.0] versus [3.6]-[4.5] for sources within a circle of about 10 in radius centered on N131. The classification of class I, II, and III indicates different stellar evolutionary stages as defined by Allen et al. (2004). (b) 2MASS CC diagram versus . The sources for classes I and II are these, detected simultaneously by , , , 3.6, 4.5, 5.8, and 8.0 bands; the sources for class III are located within a circle of 2.60 (0.5r) in a radius centered on N131. The gray squares represent the location of the main sequence and the giant stars (Bessell & Brett, 1988). The parallel dotted lines are reddening vectors. The adopted interstellar reddening law is = 0.282, = 0.175, and = 0.112 (Rieke & Lebofsky, 1985), and the intrinsic colors and are obtained from Martins & Plez (2006).

Figure 6 shows the 1.4 GHz NVSS continuum emission contours. The region of the continuum flux value above 2 noise (or 0.9 mJy beam) was only integrated to consider as the reliable HII region candidates. From Fig. 6, it can be seen that there is no radio continuum emission within N131, except for a clump projected on the plane of the sky towards the center of the bubble. This fact, along with that the 24 m emission being very weak inside the bubble, would indicate that hot dust and ionized gas have been evacuated by stellar wind (Watson et al., 2009). We also found that IR2 is located at the peak of HII region G63.049-0.348 (Gregory et al., 1996), suggesting that the IR2 (IRAS 19499+2613) may be the ionizing star of the HII region.

Assuming that the only radio feature in the center of N131 is associated with the bubble, we derive the radio flux density of the HII region in about 0.016 Jy. The flux was estimated by integrating each pixel for the signals of more than 2 noise from the NVSS fit image. This value should be taken with caution because the NVSS survey has not added the flux contribution from large-scale structures. The number of stellar Lyman photon, absorbed by the gas in the HII region, follows the relation Eq. (1) in Mezger et al. (1974)

(1)

where is a slowly varying function tabulated by Mezger & Henderson (1967), for effective temperature of ionizing star 33000 K and at radio wavelengths, . Finally, we obtained Lyman continuum ionizing photons flux log 46.73 from nebula. Assuming the ionizing stars belong to the O9.5 star with log 47.84 (Panagia, 1973), and the estimated is a factor of 2 lower than the expected ionizing photon flux from these stars (Beaumont & Williams, 2010), it is suggested that there should be about 0.16 ionizing star of O9.5 star to ionize the ISM within the bubble N131.

We also used the Effelsberg radio continuum data from the Galactic plane survey at 2695 MHz (only source component) to derive the Lyman continuum flux(Furst et al., 1990). The beam size of this survey is about 4.3, rms is 20 mK in brightness temperature, and [K/Jy]. Within a circle of 2.60 (0.5r) in radius centered on N131, the average brightness temperature is about 0.3 K, so the intensity is about 0.120 Jy. Using Eq. (1), we obtained the Lyman continuum flux log 47.63. After considering the underestimated factor 2, we found that there is only about 1.24 ionizing star of O9.5 star to ionize the ISM. Therefore, the Effelsberg radio continuum intensity is also weak like the 1.4 GHz NVSS continuum. Maybe it is not enough to ionize the bubble N131 for the weak continuum intensity.

However, we found 15 reliable ionizing star candidates within the bubble (see Sect. 3.7). It is likely that hot dust and ionized gas have been evacuated by a stellar wind from the clustered ionizing stars, and this will lead to underestimating the Lyman continuum ionizing photons flux from the ionizing stars.

3.6 IRAS point sources

Within a circle about 10 in radius centered on N131, we found eight IRAS point sources, indicated in Figs. 2, 3 and 6 with the names IR1, IR2, …, and IR8. These IRAS sources, except IR1, are distributed around the several molecular clumps in the line of sight. Especially, IR4, IR6, and IR8 are correlated well with the molecular clumps A, H, E, and G, respectively. We obtained some parameters of the IRAS point sources in Table 3. Columns (1) - (2) list the source name; columns (3) - (4) list the equatorial coordinates; columns (5) - (8) list the flux of the 12, 25, 60, and 100 m, respectively; columns (9) - (10) list the derived the infrared luminosity (Casoli et al., 1986) and dust temperature (Henning et al., 1990), which are expressed as

(2)
(3)

In the equations above, is the distance from the Sun in kpc, and the emissivity index of dust particles is assumed to be two. Based on the parameters about the infrared luminosity, dust temperature in Table 3, the eight IRAS point sources are probable candidates for young massive stars.

In studying of the occurrence of maser emission from star-forming regions in the very early stages of evolution, Palumbo et al. (1994) found the 22 GHz HO maser emission has a flux of less than 3.1 Jy, and van der Walt et al. (1995) did not find any 6.7 GHz methanol maser toward the IR2 (IRAS 19499+2613). Also, in a study surveying the occurrence of the 22 GHz HO maser emission from bright IR sources in star-forming regions, Palla et al. (1991) found the peak flux of HO maser is less than 2.7 Jy toward the IR4 (IRAS 19501+2607) near clump H.

3.7 Ionizing stars and YSOs

The GLIMPSE color-color (CC) diagram [5.8]-[8.0] versus [3.6]-[4.5] in Fig. 7(a) shows the distribution of class I, II, and III stars, which are located within a circle of about 10 in radius centered on N131. Here we only considered these sources with detection in four Spitzer-IRAC bands (Hora et al., 2008). Class I sources are protostars with circumstellar envelopes; class II sources are disk dominated objects; and class III sources refer to young stars above the main sequence (and contracting towards it), but without accretion characteristics such as H emission (Allen et al., 2004; Petriella et al., 2010).

The reliable ionizing stars are mainly from the class III candidates and centrally distributed in a small region within the bubble, so we only considered the sources within a circle of 2.60 (0.5r) in radius centered on N131. Furthermore to get rid of the background and foreground stars, we used the 2MASS CC diagram versus in Fig. 7(b). Considering the extinction in the Galactic plane as a function of distance to the Sun, Amôres & Lépine (2005) present an average Galaxy ISM extinction A =0.96 mag kpc for one model. The adopted distance of the N131 is 8.6 kpc from the Sun, so we just considered the sources between the extinction range 10.6 6.6 mag. Finally, we obtained 15 reliable ionizing star candidates within the bubble N131. In Table 4, we report the 15 ionizing candidates within the bubble: column (1) specifies the GLIMPSE designation; columns (2) - (8) list the magnitude of four Spitzer-IRAC bands and three 2MASS bands, respectively; column (9) lists the ISM extinction A; the absolute magnitude and spectral type were derived in columns (10) - (13).

YSOs are mainly distributed around the ringlike shell of the bubble, so we selected YSO candidates from class I and class II sources in Fig. 7(a). We then excluded the potential sources belonging to the reddening main sequence and giant stars using the 2MASS CC diagram in Fig. 7(b). These (class I and II) sources in Fig. 7(b) only include those with simultaneous detection in the four Spitzer-IRAC bands and three 2MASS bands. Finally, we found 29 class I stars and 34 class II stars as YSO candidates, which are indicated around the bubble N131 in Fig. 3. We can see that the clustered YSOs are distributed on the clouds AD and BC in the line of sight, and several YSOs are located near the molecular clumps G and H on the ringlike shell. This distribution provides some evidence for star formation triggered by the bubble. Within the bubble, there are two YSO candidates, which are possibly the background or foreground stars. We also found that there is a good correlation between the YSOs and MIPSGAL 24 m distribution.

4 Summary

Based on our CO emission observations of 13.7-m PMO telescope, together with other archival data including GLIMPSE, MIPSGAL, 2MASS, IRAS, and NVSS, we have studied the ISM around the IR dust bubble N131. The main results can be summarized as follows.

1. We found that the ringlike shell of the associated CO clouds is well correlated with the Spitzer 8.0 and 24 m emission, and there are two giant elongated molecular clouds (AD and BC) of CO emission appearing on opposite sides of the ringlike shell of N131. The two elongated clouds may be triggered by the stellar wind from the clustered ionizing stars within the N131, but this possibility needs to be explored further.

2. Contrasting the morphologic distributions between the CO and 8.0 m emissions, we found that the CO radii agree rather well with those from the 8 m image. D = 8.6 kpc was adopted as the distance of the bubble N131 from the Sun.

3. We found there is a cavity within the bubble at 1.4 GHz and 24 m, indicating that hot dust and ionized gas have likely been evacuated by stellar wind.

4. Seven IRAS point sources (IR2, IR3, …, and IR8) are distributed along the ringlike shell of the bubble N131. IR2 (IRAS 19499+2613) is located at the peak of HII region G63.049-0.348. IR2, IR4, IR6, and IR8 are well correlated with the molecular clumps A, H, E, and G, respectively.

5. We found 15 ionizing stars and 63 YSO candidates. The clustered YSOs are distributed along the elongated clouds AD and BC, and several YSOs are located around the clumps G and I. These locations may be the birth places of star formation triggered by the bubble N131.

Acknowledgements.
We wish to thank the anonymous referee and editor Malcolm Walmsley for comments and suggestions that improved the clarity of the paper. We are grateful to the staff at the Qinghai Station of PMO for their assistance during the observations. Thanks go to the Key Laboratory for Radio Astronomy, CAS, for support the operating telescope. This work was supported by the Young Researcher Grant of the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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