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We present Submillimeter Array (SMA) observations toward the high-mass star-forming region IRAS 18566+0408. Observations at the 1.3 mm continuum and in several molecular line transitions were performed in the compact (2ʺ4 angular resolution) and very-extended (~0ʺ4 angular resolution) configurations. The continuum emission from the compact configuration shows a dust core of 150 M ⊙, while the very-extended configuration reveals a dense (2.6 × 107 cm−3) and compact (~4000 au) condensation of 8 M ⊙. We detect 31 molecular transitions from 14 species including CO isotopologues, SO, CH3OH, OCS, and CH3CN. Using the different k-ladders of the CH3CN line, we derive a rotational temperature at the location of the continuum peak of 240 K. The 12CO(2–1), 13CO(2–1), and SO(65–54) lines reveal a molecular outflow at PA ~ 135° centered at the continuum peak. The extended 12CO(2–1) emission has been recovered with the IRAM 30 m telescope observations. Using the combined data set, we derive an outflow mass of 16.8 M ⊙. The chemically rich spectrum and the high rotational temperature confirm that IRAS 18566+0408 is harboring a hot molecular core. We find no clear velocity gradient that could suggest the presence of a rotational disk-like structure, even at the high-resolution observations obtained with the very-extended configuration.
Silva, Andrea; Zhang, Qizhou; Sanhueza, Patricio; Lu, Xing; Beltran, Maria T.; Fallscheer, Cassandra; Beuther, Henrik; Sridharan, T. K.; and Cesaroni, Riccardo, "SMA Observations of the Hot Molecular Core IRAS 18566+0408" (2017). All Faculty Scholarship for the College of the Sciences. 130.
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