Ammonia downstream from HH 80 north

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Girart J.M.
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Torrelles J.M.
Girart J.M., Rodríguez L.F., Anglada G., Estalella R., Torrelles J.M., Martí J., Peña M., Ayala S., Curiel S., Noriega-Crespo A.
Astrophysical Journal
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HH 80-81 are two optically visible Herbig-Haro objects located about 5′ south of their exciting source IRAS 18162-2048. Displaced symmetrically to the north of this luminous IRAS source, a possible HH counterpart was recently detected as a radio continuum source with the VLA. This radio source, HH 80 North, has been proposed to be a member of the Herbig-Haro class since its centimeter flux density, angular size, spectral index, and morphology are all similar to those of HH 80. However, no object has been detected at optical wavelengths at the position of HH 80 North, possibly because of high extinction, and the confirmation of the radio continuum source as an HH object has not been possible. In the prototypical Herbig-Haro objects HH 1 and 2, ammonia emission has been detected downstream of the flow in both objects. This detection has been interpreted as a result of an enhancement in the ammonia emission produced by the radiation field of the shock associated with the HH object. In this Letter we report the detection of the (1, 1) and (2, 2) inversion transitions of ammonia downstream HH 80 North. This detection gives strong support to the interpretation of HH 80 North as a heavily obscured HH object. In addition, we suggest that ammonia emission may be a tracer of embedded Herbig-Haro objects in other regions of star formation. A 60 μm IRAS source could be associated with HH 80 North and with the ammonia condensation. A tentative explanation for the far-infrared emission as arising in dust heated by the optical and UV radiation of the HH object is presented.
ISM: individual: (HH 80 north); ISM: jets and outflows; ISM: molecules; Radio continuum: ISM