Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 476, 4782-4793 (2018/June-1)
Magnetic fields in multiple bright-rimmed clouds in different directions of H II region IC 1396.
SOAM A., MAHESWAR G., LEE C.W., NEHA S. and KIM K.-T.
Abstract (from CDS):
Bright-rimmed clouds (BRCs) form on the edges of H II regions affected by high-energy radiation from a central ionizing source. The UV radiation from the ionizing source results in compression and ionization, causing either cloud disruption or further star formation. In this work, we present R-band polarization measurements towards four BRCs, namely IC 1396A, BRC 37, BRC 38 and BRC 39, located in different directions in the H II region, Sh2-131, in order to map the magnetic field (B-field) in the plane of the sky. These BRCs are illuminated by the O star HD 206267 and present a range of projected on-sky geometries. This provides an opportunity to gain an understanding of the magnetized evolution of BRCs. The B-field geometries of the clouds deduced from the polarization data, after correction for foreground contamination by the interstellar medium, are seen to be connected to the ambient B-fields on large scales. They seem to play an important role in shaping the clouds IC 1396A and BRC 37. BRCs 38 and 39 show a broader and snubber head morphology, possibly because the B-fields are aligned with incoming radiation, as revealed in the simulations. A good general agreement is noted on comparing our observational results with the simulations, supporting the importance of B-fields in BRC evolution. This work is the first step towards systematic mapping the B-fields morphology in multiple BRCs in an expanding H II region, extending our previous work.
© 2018 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
polarization - ISM: clouds - dust, extinction - H ii regions - ISM: magnetic fields
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