Multiwavelength study of the high-latitude cloud L1642: Chain of star formation

J. Malinen, M. Juvela, S. Zahorecz, A. Rivera-Ingraham, J. Montillaud, K. Arimatsu, J. Ph Bernard, Y. Doi, L. K. Haikala, R. Kawabe, G. Marton, P. McGehee, V. M. Pelkonen, I. Ristorcelli, Y. Shimajiri, S. Takita, L. V. Tóth, T. Tsukagoshi, N. Ysard

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Context. L1642 is one of the two high galactic latitude (|b| > 30°) clouds confirmed to have active star formation. Aims. We examine the properties of this cloud, especially the large-scale structure, dust properties, and compact sources at different stages of star formation. Methods. We present high-resolution far-infrared and submillimetre observations with the Herschel and AKARI satellites and millimetre observations with the AzTEC/ASTE telescope, which we combined with archive data from near- and mid-infrared (2MASS, WISE) to millimetre wavelength observations (Planck). Results. The Herschel observations, combined with other data, show a sequence of objects from a cold clump to young stellar objects (YSOs) at different evolutionary stages. Source B-3 (2MASS J04351455-1414468) appears to be a YSO forming inside the L1642 cloud, instead of a foreground brown dwarf, as previously classified. Herschel data reveal striation in the diffuse dust emission around the cloud L1642. The western region shows striation towards the NE and has a steeper column density gradient on its southern side. The densest central region has a bow-shock like structure showing compression from the west and has a filamentary tail extending towards the east. The differences suggest that these may be spatially distinct structures, aligned only in projection. We derive values of the dust emission cross-section per H nucleon of σe(250 μm) = 0.5-1.5 × 10-25 cm2/H for different regions of the cloud. Modified black-body fits to the spectral energy distribution of Herschel and Planck data give emissivity spectral index β values 1.8-2.0 for the different regions. The compact sources have lower β values and show an anticorrelation between T and β. Conclusions. Markov chain Monte Carlo calculations demonstrate the strong anticorrelation between β and T errors and the importance of millimetre wavelength Planck data in constraining the estimates. L1642 reveals a more complex structure and sequence of star formation than previously known.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA125
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014



  • ISM: clouds
  • ISM: individual objects: L1642
  • ISM: structure
  • Stars: formation
  • Submillimeter: ISM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Malinen, J., Juvela, M., Zahorecz, S., Rivera-Ingraham, A., Montillaud, J., Arimatsu, K., Bernard, J. P., Doi, Y., Haikala, L. K., Kawabe, R., Marton, G., McGehee, P., Pelkonen, V. M., Ristorcelli, I., Shimajiri, Y., Takita, S., Tóth, L. V., Tsukagoshi, T., & Ysard, N. (2014). Multiwavelength study of the high-latitude cloud L1642: Chain of star formation. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 563, [A125].