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1999A&A...344..923T - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 344, 923-929 (1999/4-3)

A strong magnetic field in the disk of MWC 349.


Abstract (from CDS):

Using Zeeman observations of the H30α recombination line maser transition at 1.3mm we have detected a magnetic field which is associated with the corona of the circumstellar disk of MWC 349. At a radial distance of 40a.u., where the H30α maser is located, the line-of-sight component of the field is approximately parallel to the plane of this edge-on disk, and its average strength is 22mG. The corresponding magnetic energy density is ∼70% of the thermal energy density of the plasma where the maser emission originates, very likely making the detected field dynamically important. Spectral fine structure of the detected Zeeman pattern suggests that the field may have a strong radial component, although other models for the field configurations are possible. The strength of the field at such a large distance from the star makes it unlikely that the field is of stellar origin. We suggest that it is generated by a local disk dynamo.

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Journal keyword(s): magnetic fields - masers - polarization - stars: circumstellar matter - stars: individual: MWC 349 - radio lines: stars

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