ChJAA Vol 2, No 1 (2002) / Wu

A Study of the Energy Sources of Herbig-Haro Objects

Jing-Wen Wu, Yue-Fang Wu, Jun-Zhi Wang, Kai Cai


We make a statistical study of the energy sources of high-velocity phenomena, Herbig-Haro (HH) objects. IRAS counterparts of HH objects are identified. Their colors, brightness, geometric relation to the HH objects and SED are analysed. The sources are found to be concentrated in a band-shaped region in the IRAS color-color diagram. We suggest an explanation of thick surrounding material for this distribution. We propose a new method for identifying the energy sources based on color and brightness. This method is applied to more than 200 HH objects whose energy sources are still unknown. Finally, a group of very young stellar object candidates which have similar properties to the HH energy sources is picked out. Their large-scale distribution is discussed.


star: formation --- ISM: Herbig-Haro objects --- stars: pre-main-sequence

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