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Paper: AKARI Mapping of an Externally Heated Pre-Stellar Core
Volume: 418, AKARI, a Light to Illuminate the Misty Universe
Page: 79
Authors: Nutter, D.; Ward-Thompson, D.; Stamatellos, D.
Abstract: We present observations of the L1155C pre-stellar core in the Cepheus molecular cloud, taken using the FIS instrument on the AKARI satellite. We compare these data to SCUBA and ISOPHOT data. All of the data show a relation between the position of the emission peak and wavelength, which we interpret as a temperature gradient. We fit modified blackbody curves to the spectral energy distributions at two positions in the core and find that the core is approximately 2 K warmer at one edge than in the centre. We carry out radiative transfer modelling and include the effects from the nearby A6V star BD+67 1263. We generate a good fit to the observed data at all wavelengths, and demonstrate that the appearance of the core at different wavelengths can be explained by the observed temperature gradient, caused by BD+67 1263. Our findings illustrate very clearly that the apparent morphology of a pre-stellar core can be highly dependent on the wavelength of the observation, and that temperature gradients must be taken into account before converting images into column density distributions. This is important to note when interpreting AKARI and Spitzer data and will also be significant for Herschel data.
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