Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 382, 699-716 (2007/December-1)
Magnetic fields in massive star-forming regions.
CURRAN R.L. and CHRYSOSTOMOU A.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present the largest sample of high-mass star-forming regions observed using submillimetre imaging polarimetry. The data were taken using the Submillimetre Common User Bolometer Array (SCUBA) in conjunction with the polarimeter on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii. In total, 16 star-forming regions were observed, although some of these contain multiple cores. The polarimetry implies a variety of magnetic field morphologies, with some very ordered fields. We see a decrease in polarization percentage for seven of the cores. The magnetic field strengths estimated for 14 of the cores, using the corrected Chandrasekhar and Fermi (CF) method, range from <0.1 mG to almost 6 mG. These magnetic fields are weaker on these large scales when compared to previous Zeeman measurements from maser emission, implying the role of the magnetic field in star formation increases in importance on smaller scales. Analysis of the alignment of the mean field direction and the outflow directions reveals no relation for the whole sample, although direct comparison of the polarimetry maps suggests good alignment (to at least one outflow direction per source) in seven out of the 15 sources with outflows.