SKA studies of in-situ synchrotron radiation from molecular clouds

Clive Dickinson*, R. Beck, R. Crocker, R. M. Crutcher, R. D. Davies, K. Ferriere, G. Fuller, T. Jaffe, D. I. Jones, J. P. Leahy, E. J. Murphy, M. W. Peel, E. Orlando, T. Porter, R. J. Protheroe, T. Robishaw, A. W. Strong, R. A. Watson, F. Yusef-Zadeh

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Abstract

Observations of the properties of dense molecular clouds are critical in understanding the process of star-formation. One of the most important, but least understood, is the role of the magnetic fields. We discuss the possibility of using high-resolution, high-sensitivity radio observations with the SKA to measure for the first time the in-situ synchrotron radiation from these molecular clouds. If the cosmic-ray (CR) particles penetrate clouds as expected, then we can measure the B-field strength directly using radio data. So far, this signature has never been detected from the collapsing clouds themselves and would be a unique probe of the magnetic field. Dense cores are typically ∼ 0.05 pc in size, corresponding to ∼arcsec at ∼kpc distances, and flux density estimates are ∼ mJy at 1 GHz. The SKA should be able to readily detect directly, for the first time, along lines-of-sight that are not contaminated by thermal emission or complex foreground/background synchrotron emission. Polarised synchrotron may also be detectable providing additional information about the regular/turbulent fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProceedings of Science
Volume2014-January
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventAdvancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array, AASKA 2014 - Giardini Naxos, Italy
Duration: Jun 9 2014Jun 13 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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