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

Ian W. Stephens, Leslie W. Looney, Woojin Kwon, Charles L.H. Hull, Richard L. Plambeck, Richard M. Crutcher, Nicholas Chapman, Giles Novak, Jacqueline Davidson, John E. Vaillancourt, Hiroko Shinnaga, Tristan 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL15
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 20 2013


  • galaxies: star formation
  • magnetic fields
  • polarization
  • stars: protostars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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