Astrophys. J., 658, 1096-1113 (2007/April-1)
H2O maser observations of candidate post-AGB stars and discovery of three high-velocity water sources.
DEACON R.M., CHAPMAN J.M., GREEN A.J. and SEVENSTER M.N.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present the results of 22 GHz H2O maser observations of a sample of 85 post-asymptotic giant branch (post-AGB) candidate stars, selected on the basis of their OH 1612 MHz maser and far-infrared properties. All sources were observed with the Tidbinbilla 70 m radio telescope, and 21 detections were made; 86 GHz SiO Mopra observations of a subset of the sample are also presented. Of the 21 H2O detections, 15 are from sources that are likely to be massive AGB stars and most of these show typical, regular H2O maser profiles. In contrast, nearly all the detections of more evolved stars exhibited high-velocity H2O maser emission. Of the five sources seen, v223 (W43A, IRAS 18450-0148) is a well-known ``water-fountain'' source that belongs to a small group of post-AGB stars with highly collimated, high-velocity H2O maser emission. A second source in our sample, v270 (IRAS 18596+0315), is also known to have high-velocity emission. We report the discovery of similar emission from a further three sources, d46 (IRAS 15445-5449), d62 (IRAS 15544-5332), and b292 (IRAS 18043-2116). The source d46 is an evolved post-AGB star with highly unusual maser properties. The H2O maser emission from d62 is probably associated with a massive star. The source b292 is a young post-AGB star that is highly likely to be a water-fountain source, with masers detected over a velocity range of 210 km/s.
Masers - ISM: Planetary Nebulae: General - Radio Lines: Stars - Stars: AGB and Post-AGB - Stars: Late-Type - Stars: Winds, Outflows
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