The magnetic field morphology of the class 0 protostar L1157-mm

I.W. Stephens, L.W. Looney, W. Kwon, C.L.H. Hull, R.L. Plambeck, R.M. Crutcher, N. Chapman, G. Novak, Jacqueline Davidson, J.E. Vaillancourt, H. Shinnaga, T. Matthews

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    We present the first detection of polarization around the Class 0 low-mass protostar L1157-mm at two different wavelengths. We show polarimetric maps at large scales (10″ resolution at 350 μm) from the SHARC-II Polarimeter and at smaller scales (1.″2-4.″5 at 1.3 mm) from the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA). The observations are consistent with each other and show inferred magnetic field lines aligned with the outflow. The CARMA observations suggest a full hourglass magnetic field morphology centered about the core; this is only the second well-defined hourglass detected around a low-mass protostar to date. We apply two different methods to CARMA polarimetric observations to estimate the plane-of-sky magnetic field magnitude, finding values of 1.4 and 3.4 mG. © 2013. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6pp
    JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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