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    Radio Continuum Sources Associated with AB Aur

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    We present high angular resolution, high-sensitivity Very Large Array observations at 3.6 cm of the Herbig Ae star AB Aur. This star is of interest since its circumstellar disk exhibits characteristics that have been attributed to the presence of an undetected low mass companion or giant gas planet. Our image confirms the continuum emission known to exist in association with the star, and detects a faint protuberance that extends about 0.′′30\rlap.{''}3 to its SE. Previous theoretical considerations and observational results are consistent with the presence of a companion to AB Aur with the separation and position angle derived from our radio data. We also determine the proper motion of AB Aur by comparing our new observations with data taken about 17 years ago and find values consistent with those found by Hipparcos.Comment: 6 pages, 1 figur

    Observations and Analysis of High-Resolution Magnetic Field Structures in Molecular Clouds

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    Recent high-angular-resolution (up to 0.7") dust polarization observations toward star forming regions are summarized. With the Sub-Millimeter Array, the emission from the dense structures is traced and resolved. The detected magnetic field morphologies vary from hourglass-like structures to isolated patches depending on the evolutionary stage of the source. These observed features have also served as a testbed to develop new analysis methods, with a particular focus on quantifying the role of the magnetic field in the star formation process.Comment: 4 pages, 2 figures; To appear in Proceedings of Magnetic Fields in the Universe: From Laboratory and Stars to Primordial Structures Aug. 21st - 27th 2011, Zakopane, Poland Eds. M. Soida, K. Otmianowska-Mazur, E.M. de Gouveia Dal Pino & A. Lazaria

    Unveiling the nature and interaction of the intermediate/high-mass YSOs in IRAS 20343+4129

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    In order to elucidate the nature of the brightest infrared sources associated with IRAS 20343+4129, IRS1 and IRS3, we observed with the Submillimeter Array (SMA) the 1.3 mm continuum and CO(2-1) emission of the region. Faint millimeter dust continuum emission was detected toward IRS1, and we derived an associated gas mass of ~0.8 Msun. The IRS1 spectral energy distribution agrees with IRS1 being an intermediate-mass Class I source of about 1000 Lsun, whose circumstellar material is producing the observed large infrared excess. We have discovered a high-velocity CO bipolar outflow in the east-west direction, which is clearly associated with IRS1, and the outflow parameters are similar to those of intermediate-mass young stellar objects. Associated with the blue large scale CO outflow lobe, detected with single-dish observations, we only found two elongated low-velocity structures on either side of IRS3. The large-scale outflow lobe is almost completely resolved out by the SMA. Our detected low-velocity CO structures are coincident with elongated H2 emission features. The strongest millimeter continuum condensations in the region are found on either side of IRS3, where the infrared emission is extremely weak, and the CO and H2 elongated structures follow the border of the millimeter continuum emission that is facing IRS3. All these results suggest that the dust is associated with the walls of an expanding cavity driven by IRS3, estimated to be a B2 star. Within and beyond the expanding cavity, the millimeter continuum sources can be sites of future low-mass star formation.Comment: 12 pages, 7 figures, accepted for publication in A&
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