Pilot observations for MALT-45: a Galactic plane survey at 7 mm

Jordan, C.H., Walsh, A.J., Lowe, V., Lo, N., Purcell, C.R., Voronkov, M.A., and Longmore, S.N. (2013) Pilot observations for MALT-45: a Galactic plane survey at 7 mm. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 429 (1). pp. 469-481.

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Abstract

We introduce the Millimetre Astronomer's Legacy Team – 45 GHz (MALT-45) Galactic plane survey and describe pilot survey results with the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA). The pilot survey was conducted to test the instrumentation and observational technique of MALT-45, before commencing the full survey. We mapped two half-square degree regions within the southern Galactic plane around the G333 giant molecular cloud, using fast mosaic mapping. Using the new Compact Array Broad-band Backend on the ATCA, we were able to observe two 2048 MHz spectral windows, centred on frequencies 43.2 and 48.2 GHz. Although only a coarse spectral resolution of around 7 km s−1 was available to us, we detect widespread, extended emission in the CS (1–0) ground state transition. We also detect eight Class I CH3OH masers at 44 GHz and three SiO masers in vibrationally excited (1–0) transitions. We also detect the H53α radio recombination line, non-vibrationally excited SiO (1–0) and emission in the CH3OH 11–00 A+ line.

Item ID: 33383
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2966
Keywords: masers, surveys, stars: formation, ISM: molecules, Galaxy: structure, radio lines: ISM
Funders: ALMA-CONICYT, Center of Excellence in Astrophysics and Associated Techonologies, Centro de Astrofísica
Projects and Grants: ALMA-CONICYT Fund for the Development of Chilean Astronomy Project 31090013, Center of Excellence in Astrophysics and Associated Techonologies PFB 06, Centro de Astrofísica FONDAP 15010003
Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 05:01
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020102 Astronomical and Space Instrumentation @ 50%
02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020104 Galactic Astronomy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences @ 100%
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