• stars: formation;
  • stars: pre-main sequence;
  • ISM: individual object: G8.68−0.37;
  • ISM: kinematics and dynamics;
  • ISM: molecules


We present a multi-wavelength observational study towards the high-mass young stellar object G8.68−0.37. A single massive gas-and-dust core is observed in the (sub)millimetre continuum and molecular line emissions. We fitted the spectral energy distribution (SED) from the dust continuum emission. The best-fitting SED suggests the presence of two components with temperature of Td= 20 and 120 K, respectively. The core has a total mass of up to 1.5 × 103 M and a bolometric luminosity of 2.3 × 104 L. Both the mass and luminosity are dominated by the cold component (Td= 20 K). The molecular lines of C18O, C34S, DCN and thermally excited CH3OH are detected in this core. Prominent infall signatures are observed in the 12CO (1 − 0) and (2 − 1). We estimated an infall velocity of 0.45 km s−1 and a mass infall rate of 7 × 10−4 M yr−1. From the molecular lines, we have found a high DCN-to-HCN abundance ratio of 0.07. The overabundant DCN may originate from a significant deuteration in the previous cold pre-protostellar phase. And the DCN should now be rapidly sublimated from the grain mantles to maintain the overabundance in the gas phase.