MAGMO: polarimetry of 1720-MHz OH masers towards southern star-forming regions

C. S. Ogbodo, J. A. Green, J. R. Dawson, S. L. Breen, S. A. Mao, N. M. McClure-Griffiths, T. Robishaw, L. Harvey-Smith

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From targeted observations of ground-state hydroxyl (OH) masers towards 702 Methanol Multibeam survey 6.7-GHz methanol masers, in the Galactic longitude range from 186 through the Galactic Centre to 20, made as part of the ‘MAGMO’ (Mapping the Galactic Magnetic field through OH masers) project, we present the physical and polarization properties of the 1720-MHz OH maser transition, including the identification of Zeeman pairs. We present 10 new and 23 previously catalogued 1720-MHz OH maser sources detected towards star-forming regions (SFRs). In addition, we also detected 16 1720-MHz OH masers associated with supernova remnants and two sites of diffuse OH emission. Towards the 33 star formation masers, we identify 44 Zeeman pairs, implying magnetic field strengths ranging from −11.4 to +13.2 mG, and a median magnetic field strength of |BLOS| ∼ 6 mG. With limited statistics, we present the in situ magnetic field orientation of the masers and the Galactic magnetic field distribution revealed by the 1720-MHz transition. We also examine the association statistics of 1720-MHz OH SFR masers with other ground-state OH masers, excited-state OH masers, class I and class II methanol masers, and water masers, and compare maser positions with mid-infrared images of the parent SFRs. Of the 33 1720-MHz star formation masers, 10 are offset from their central exciting sources, and appear to be associated with outflow activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-233
Number of pages35
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Galaxies: star formation
  • Magnetic fields
  • Masers


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