Testing the universality of the star-formation efficiency in dense molecular gas
Shimajiri, Y.1; Andre, Ph.1; Braine, J.2; Koenyves, V.1; Schneider, N.3; Bontemps, S.2; Ladjelate, B.1; Roy, A.1; Gao, Y.4,5; Chen, H.6,7,8
Corresponding AuthorShimajiri, Y.(
AbstractContext. Recent studies with, for example, Spitzer and Herschel have suggested that star formation in dense molecular gas may be governed by essentially the same "law" in Galactic clouds and external galaxies. This conclusion remains controversial, however, in large part because different tracers have been used to probe the mass of dense molecular gas in Galactic and extragalactic studies. Aims. We aimed to calibrate the HCN and HCO + lines commonly used as dense gas tracers in extragalactic studies and to test the possible universality of the star-formation efficiency in dense gas (greater than or similar to 10(4) cm(-3)), SFEdense. Methods. We conducted wide-field mapping of the Aquila, Ophiuchus, and Orion B clouds at similar to 0.04 pc resolution in the J = 1-0 transition of HCN, HCO+, and their isotopomers. For each cloud, we derived a reference estimate of the dense gas mass M-Herschel(AV > 8), as well as the strength of the local far-ultraviolet (FUV) radiation field, using Herschel Gould Belt survey data products, and estimated the star-formation rate from direct counting of the number of Spitzer young stellar objects. Results. The (HCO+)-C-13 (1-0) and (HCN)-C-13(1-0) lines were observed to be good tracers of the dense star-forming filaments detected with Herschel. Comparing the luminosities L-HCN and LHCO+ measured in the HCN and HCO+ lines with the reference masses M-Herschel(AV > 8), the empirical conversion factors alpha(Herschel-HCN) (=M-Herschel(AV > 8)/ L-HCN) and alpha(Herschel-HCO+) (=M-Herschel(AV > 8)/LHCO+) were found to be significantly anti-correlated with the local FUV strength. In agreement with a recent independent study of Orion B by Pety et al., the HCN and HCO+ lines were found to trace gas down to A(V) greater than or similar to 2. As a result, published extragalactic HCN studies must be tracing all of the moderate density gas down to n(H2) less than or similar to 10(3) cm(-3). Estimating the contribution of this moderate density gas from the typical column density probability distribution functions in nearby clouds, we obtained the following G(0)-dependent HCN conversion factor for external galaxies: alpha(fit)(Herschel)' (HCN) = 64 x G(0)(0.340). Re-estimating the dense gas masses in external galaxies with alpha(fit)(Herschel)' (HCN) (G(0)), we found that SFEdense is remarkably constant, with a scatter of less than 1.5 orders of magnitude around 4.5 x 10(-8) yr(-1), over eight orders of magnitude in dense gas mass. Conclusions. Our results confirm that SFEdense of galaxies is quasi-universal on a wide range of scales from similar to 1-10 pc to >10 kpc. Based on the tight link between star formation and filamentary structure found in Herschel studies of nearby clouds, we argue that SFEdense is primarily set by the "microphysics" of core and star formation along filaments.
KeywordISM: clouds stars: formation
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WOS Research AreaAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS SubjectAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS IDWOS:000408480100086
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Corresponding AuthorShimajiri, Y.
Affiliation1.Univ Paris Diderot, Lab AIM, CEA DSM, CNRS,IRFU,Serv Astrophys,CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif Sur Yvette, France
2.Univ Bordeaux, CNRS, Lab Astrophys Bordeaux, B18N,Allee Geoffroy St Hilaire, F-33615 Pessac, France
3.Univ Cologne, Phys Inst 1, Zulpicher Str 77, D-50937 Cologne, Germany
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Purple Mt Observ, 2 West Beijing Rd, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Key Lab Radio Astron, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
6.Nanjing Univ, Sch Astron & Space Sci, Nanjing 210093, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
7.Nanjing Univ, Key Lab Modern Astron & Astrophys, Nanjing 210093, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
8.Collaborat Innovat Ctr Modern Astron & Space Expl, Nanjing 210093, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
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Shimajiri, Y.,Andre, Ph.,Braine, J.,et al. Testing the universality of the star-formation efficiency in dense molecular gas[J]. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS,2017,604:25.
APA Shimajiri, Y..,Andre, Ph..,Braine, J..,Koenyves, V..,Schneider, N..,...&Chen, H..(2017).Testing the universality of the star-formation efficiency in dense molecular gas.ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS,604,25.
MLA Shimajiri, Y.,et al."Testing the universality of the star-formation efficiency in dense molecular gas".ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS 604(2017):25.
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