BIMA and JCMT spectropolarimetric observations of the CO J = 2 - 1 line towards orion KL/IRc2

J. M. Girart, J. S. Greaves, R. M. Crutcher, S. P. Lai

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Abstract

We present results of JCMT and BIMA CO J = 2 - 1 polarization observations towards the Orion KL/IRc2 high mass star forming region. The linear polarization fraction of the JCMT CO J = 2 - 1 spectra presents a clear decrease towards the center of the line, as expected, due to the increase of the optical depth. The position angle remains constant along the spectral line, except at the line center, where the highest optical depth and lower fractional polarization are measured. The combined BIMA and JCMT maps of the redshifted and blueshifted CO emission show a uniform polarization pattern that does not coincide with previous dust continuum observations at similar angular resolution. This suggests that the CO and dust are tracing different spatial components along the line of sight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Volume292
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

Keywords

  • Orion KL/IRc2
  • magnetic fields
  • polarization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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