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Revista mexicana de astronomía y astrofísica

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RAGA, A. C. et al. Variable Jets with Non-Top Hat Ejection Cross Sections: A Model For The Knots of the HH 34 Jet. Rev. mex. astron. astrofis [online]. 2011, vol.47, n.2, pp.277-288. ISSN 0185-1101.

We compute axisymmetric, single-sinusoidal mode variable ejection models with a non-top hat ejection velocity cross section. We find that for decreasing edge-to-center velocity ratios one obtains internal working surfaces with progressively more extended bow shock wings. These wings produce [S II] emission which partially fills in the inter-knot regions in predicted intensity maps. We then compute 3-mode models (with parameters appropriate for the HH 34 jet), and compare predicted intensity maps with archival HST images of HH 34. We find that a model with a moderate edge-to-center velocity ratio produces knot structures with morphologies and time-variabilites with clear similarities to the observations of HH 34.

Keywords : ISM [jets and outflows]; ISM [kinematics and dynamics]; stars [mass-loss]; stars [pre-main sequence].

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