Initial highlights from the Herschel Gould Belt survey

  title={Initial highlights from the Herschel Gould Belt survey},
  author={Ph. Andr'e and Alexander B. Men'shchikov and Sylvain Bontemps and Vera Konyves and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}rique Motte and Nicola Schneider and Pierre Didelon and Vincent Minier and Paolo Saraceno and Derek Ward-Thompson and James Di Francesco and Glenn J. White and Sergio Molinari and Leonardo Testi and Alain Abergel and Matthew Joseph Griffin and Th. Henning and Pierre Royer and Bruno Mer'in and Roland Vavrek and Michael Attard and Doris Arzoumanian and C. D. Wilson and Peter A. R. Ade and H. Aussel and J. P. Baluteau and Milena Benedettini and J-Ph. Bernard and Joris Blommaert and L. Cambr'esy and Pierre Cox and A. M. di Giorgio and P. Hargrave and Martin Hennemann and Min Huang and Jason M. Kirk and Oliver Krause and Ralf Launhardt and Sarah J. Leeks and J. L. Le Pennec and J. Li and P. G. Martin and Anaelle J. Maury and G{\"o}ran Olofsson and Alain Omont and Nicolas Peretto and Stefano Pezzuto and Timo Prusti and H'elene Roussel and Delphine Russeil and Marc Sauvage and Bruce Sibthorpe and A. Sicilia-Aguilar and Luigi Spinoglio and Christoffel Waelkens and Adam L. Woodcraft and Annie Zavagno},
We summarize the first results from the Gould Belt survey, obtained toward the Aquila Rift and Polaris Flare regions during the 'science demonstration phase' of Herschel. Our 70-500 micron images taken in parallel mode with the SPIRE and PACS cameras reveal a wealth of filamentary structure, as well as numerous dense cores embedded in the filaments. Between ~ 350 and 500 prestellar cores and ~ 45-60 Class 0 protostars can be identified in the Aquila field, while ~ unbound starless cores and no… 

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