High-resolution observations of OH (1720 MHz) masers toward the Galactic center

F. Yusef-Zadeh*, D. A. Roberts, W. M. Goss, D. A. Frail, A. J. Green

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High-resolution VLA observations of 1720 MHz OH maser emission from Sagittarius A East and the circumnuclear disk with spatial and spectral resolutions of ≈2″.5 × 1″.3 and 0.27 km s-1 are reported. This follow-up observational study focuses on the recent discovery of a number of such OH maser features and their intense, circularly polarized maser lines detected toward these Galactic center sources. The 1720 MHz maser line of OH arises from collisionally excited gas behind a C-type shock and is an important diagnostic of the interaction process that may occur between molecular clouds and associated X-ray - emitting shell-type supernova remnants. The present observations have confirmed that the observed Stokes V signal is due to Zeeman splitting, and the OH masers are angularly broadened by the scattering medium toward the Galactic center. The scale length of the magnetic field fluctuations in the scattering medium toward the Galactic center is estimated to be greater than 0.1-0.2 pc using the correlation of the position angles of the scatter-broadened maser spots. In addition, the kinematics of the maser spots associated with Sgr A East are used to place a 5 pc displacement between this extended radio structure and the Galactic center.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-236
Number of pages7
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 1
StatePublished - Feb 10 1999


  • Galaxies: ISM
  • Galaxy: center
  • ISM: individual (Sagittarius A East, Sagittarius A West)
  • ISM: magnetic fields

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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