Constraining Theories of SiO Maser Polarization: Analysis of a π/2 EVPA Change

T. L. Tobin, A. J. Kemball, M. D. Gray

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The full theory of polarized SiO maser emission from the near-circumstellar environment of Asymptotic Giant Branch stars has been the subject of debate, with theories ranging from classical Zeeman origins to predominantly non-Zeeman anisotropic excitation or propagation effects. Features with an internal electric vector position angle (EVPA) rotation of ∼π/2 offer unique constraints on theoretical models. In this work, results are presented for one such feature that persisted across five epochs of SiO ν = 1, J = 1 - 0 VLBA observations of TX Cam. We examine the fit to the predicted dependence of linear polarization and EVPA on angle (θ) between the line of sight and the magnetic field against theoretical models. We also present results on the dependence of mc on θ and their theoretical implications. Finally, we discuss potential causes of the observed differences, and continuing work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-56
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS336
StatePublished - 2017


  • magnetic fields
  • masers
  • polarization
  • stars: AGB and post-AGB

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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