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2011MNRAS.417.2500G - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 417, 2500-2553 (2011/November-2)

Distances to southern 6.7-GHz methanol masers through H I self-absorption.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present the kinematic distance ambiguity resolutions of over 400 6.7-GHz methanol masers. Using the data sets of the International Galactic Plane Survey we have extracted H I spectra towards the sites of methanol maser emission between longitudes 270° and 67° and examined them for evidence of H I self-absorption. Using well-established criteria we identify 442 resolutions (classified by reliability) with a 1.07:1.11 ratio between near and far kinematic distance assignments. For a sub-sample of 118, we compare our resolutions with those of the literature and find 85±10 per cent agreement. Using the distances we examine the Galactocentric distribution and properties of the masers. We also compare 6.7-GHz maser velocities with those of CS, finding the maser mid-velocity is closely correlated with the CS velocity, typically to within 2.8 km/s.

Abstract Copyright: 2011 CSIRO Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society2011 RAS

Journal keyword(s): masers - surveys - stars: formation

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