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Observations of the isolated globule B335 with ALMA have yielded absorption features against the continuum that are redshifted from the systemic velocity in both HCN and HCO+ lines. These features provide unambiguous evidence for infall toward a central luminosity source. Previously developed models of inside-out collapse can match the observed line profiles of HCN and HCO+ averaged over the central 50 AU. At the new distance of 100 pc, the inferred infall radius is 0.012 pc, the mass infall rate is 3 × 10-6 Mo yr-1, the age is 5 × 104 years, and the accumulated mass in the central zone is 0.15 , most of which must be in the star or in parts of a disk that are opaque at 0.8 mm. The continuum detection indicates an optically thin mass (gas and dust) of only 7.5 × 10-4 in the central region, consistent with only a very small disk mass.
The Astrophysical Journal814, no. 1, 22 (12 November 2015).