The nature of HHL 73 from optical imaging and integral field spectroscopy

López, R.; Sánchez, S. F.; García-Lorenzo, B.;Gómez, G.; Estalella, R.; Riera, A.; Busquet, G.. The nature of HHL 73 from optical imaging and integral field spectroscopy. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 2008, Vol. Volume 384, Issue 2, pp. 464-476., p. -2008.

We present new results on the nature of the Herbig-Haro-like object 73 (HHL 73, also known as [G84b] 11) based on narrow-band CCD Hα and [SII] images of the HHL 73 field, and integral field spectroscopy (IFS) and radio continuum observations at 3.6 cm covering the emission of the HHL 73 object. The CCD images allow us to resolve the HHL 73 comet-shaped morphology into two components and a collimated emission feature of ~4 arcsec long, reminiscent of a microjet. The IFS spectra of HHL 73 showed emission lines characteristic of the spectra of Herbig-Haro objects. The kinematics derived for HHL 73 are complex. The profiles of the [SII] λλ6717, 6731 Å lines were well fitted with a model of three Gaussian velocity components peaking at VLSR ~= -100, -20 and +35 km s-1. We found differences among the spatial distribution of the kinematic components that are compatible with the emission from a bipolar outflow with two blueshifted (low- and high-velocity) components. Extended radio continuum emission at 3.6 cm was detected showing a distribution in close agreement with the HHL 73 redshifted gas. From the results discussed here, we propose HHL 73 to be a true HH object. IRAS 21432+4719, offset 30-arcsec north-east from the HHL 73 apex, is the most plausible candidate to be driving HHL 73, although the evidence is not conclusive.
Based on observations collected at the Centro Astronómico Hispano Alemán (CAHA) at Calar Alto, operated jointly by the Max-Planck Institut für Astronomie and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC) and in the 2.6-m Nordic Optical Telescope and 2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias.

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