Gravitational collapse of the OMC-1 region [GA]

We have investigated the global dynamical state of the Integral Shaped Filament in the Orion A cloud using new N$_2$H$^+$ (1-0) large-scale, IRAM30m observations. Our analysis of its internal gas dynamics reveals the presence of accelerated motions towards the Orion Nebula Cluster, showing a characteristic blue-shifted profile centred at the position of the OMC-1 South region. The properties of these observed gas motions (profile, extension, and magnitude) are consistent with the expected accelerations for the gravitational collapse of the OMC-1 region and explain both the physical and kinematic structure of this cloud.

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A. Hacar, J. Alves, M. Tafalla, et. al.
Mon, 13 Mar 17

Comments: 5 pages, 2 figures; Accepted as Letter to the Editor in A&A