Thursday, July 18, 2013

1307.4453 (Shari Breen et al.)

Confirmation of the exclusive association between 6.7-GHz methanol masers and high-mass star formation regions    [PDF]

Shari Breen, Simon Ellingsen, Yanett Contreras, James Green, James Caswell, Jamie Stevens, Joanne Dawson, Maxim Voronkov
Recently, a comparison between the locations of 6.7-GHz methanol masers and dust continuum emission has renewed speculation that these masers can be associated with evolved stars. The implication of such a scenario would be profound, especially for the interpretation of large surveys for 6.7-GHz masers, individual studies where high-mass star formation has been inferred from the presence of 6.7-GHz methanol masers, and for the pumping mechanisms of these masers. We have investigated the two instances where 6.7-GHz methanol masers have been explicitly suggested to be associated with evolved stars, and we find the first to be associated with a standard high-mass star formation region, and the second to be a spurious detection. We also find no evidence to suggest that the methanol maser action can be supported in the environments of evolved stars. We thereby confirm their exclusive association with high-mass star formation regions.
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