FAUST I. The hot corino at the heart of the prototypical Class I protostar L1551 IRS5

E. Bianchi, C. J. Chandler, C. Ceccarelli, C. Codella, N. Sakai, A. López-Sepulcre, L. T. Maud, G. Moellenbrock, B. Svoboda, Y. Watanabe, T. Sakai, F. Ménard, Y. Aikawa, F. Alves, N. Balucani, M. Bouvier, P. Caselli, E. Caux, S. Charnley, S. ChoudhuryM. de Simone, F. Dulieu, A. Durán, L. Evans, C. Favre, D. Fedele, S. Feng, F. Fontani, L. Francis, T. Hama, T. Hanawa, E. Herbst, T. Hirota, M. Imai, A. Isella, I. Jiménez-Serra, D. Johnstone, C. Kahane, B. Lefloch, L. Loinard, M. J. Maureira, S. Mercimek, A. Miotello, S. Mori, R. Nakatani, H. Nomura, Y. Oba, S. Ohashi, Y. Okoda, J. Ospina-Zamudio, Y. Oya, J. Pineda, L. Podio, A. Rimola, D. Segura Cox, Y. Shirley, V. Taquet, L. Testi, C. Vastel, S. Viti, N. Watanabe, A. Witzel, C. Xue, Y. Zhang, B. Zhao, S. Yamamoto

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The study of hot corinos in Solar-like protostars has been so far mostly limited to the Class 0 phase, hampering our understanding of their origin and evolution. In addition, recent evidence suggests that planet formation starts already during Class I phase, which, therefore, represents a crucial step in the future planetary system chemical composition. Hence, the study of hot corinos in Class I protostars has become of paramount importance. Here we report the discovery of a hot corino towards the prototypical Class I protostar L1551 IRS5, obtained within the ALMA Large Program FAUST. We detected several lines from methanol and its isopotologues (13CH3OH and CH2DOH), methyl formate and ethanol. Lines are bright toward the north component of the IRS5 binary system, and a possible second hot corino may be associated with the south component. The methanol lines non-LTE analysis constrains the gas temperature (∼100 K), density (≥1.5×108 cm−3), and emitting size (∼10 au in radius). All CH3OH and 13CH3OH lines are optically thick, preventing a reliable measure of the deuteration. The methyl formate and ethanol relative abundances are compatible with those measured in Class 0 hot corinos. Thus, based on the present work, little chemical evolution from Class 0 to I hot corinos occurs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 20


  • Astrochemistry
  • Individual object: L1551
  • ISM: molecules
  • Stars: formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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