A search for OH 6 GHz maser emission towards southern supernova remnants

Korinne E. McDonnell*, Alan E. Vaughan, Mark Wardle

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OH masers at 1720 MHz have proven to be excellent indicators of interactions between supernova remnants and molecular clouds. Recent calculations suggest that the 6049 MHz OH maser line is excited at higher column densities than for the 1720 MHz line. It is therefore a potentially valuable indicator of remnant-cloud interaction.We present preliminary results of a survey using the Parkes Methanol Multibeam receiver for 6049 MHz and 6035/6030 MHz OH masers towards 36 supernova remnants and four fields in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. While no 6049 MHz masers have been found, three new sites of 6035 and 6030 MHz OH maser emission have been discovered in star-forming regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-233
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS242
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007
EventIAU Symposium 242: Astrophysical masers and their environments - Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 12 Mar 200716 Mar 2007


  • masers
  • radio lines: ISM
  • stars: formation
  • supernova remnants

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