Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 305, 875-897 (1999/June-1)
Polarimetry and magnetic field structure of the Herbig-Haro objects HH 1 and HH 2 and their environment.
WARREN-SMITH R.F. and SCARROTT S.M.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present continuum and Hα imaging polarimetry of the Herbig-Haro objects HH1 and HH2, the faint nebulosity which surrounds them, and nearby stars. We also discuss IRAS observations of the area. We find evidence for a strongly dichroic interstellar medium throughout this region, which polarizes local Hα emission and severely distorts the underlying polarization pattern arising in light scattered from the central object VLA1. It also polarizes nearby stars. This dichroism can be explained by alignment of dust in a magnetic field which, on large scales, is aligned at PA = 126° but, on smaller scales, is distorted within the HH1-HH2 system. Its geometry appears consistent with models of star formation in which a large-scale rotating disc drives an outflow via twisted axial field lines. Both HH1 and HH2 are also associated with small-scale polarization patterns. These can best be understood as resulting from internal dichroic extinction arising in a concentration of well-aligned dust grains lying within the shocked Hα-emitting regions of these objects. The polarization of HH1 exhibits spiral structure, which may offer support to magnetized jet models, but the polarization of HH2 is more disordered. Our results suggest that further emission-line polarimetry may offer new insights into the structure of HH objects.
1999, Royal Astronomical Society
magnetic fields - polarization - scattering - stars: formation - dust, extinction - ISM: jets and outflows
Table 2, Fig.7: [WS99] Star N (Nos 1-8). Fig.6: [WS99] IRS-W N=1.
VLA 1 = [SSG85b] VLA 1. Figs 2, 4: features around HH 1-2 and NGC 1999 are not in SIMBAD.
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