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Investigations of the Class I methanol masers in NGC 4945


McCarthy, TP and Ellingsen, SP and Breen, SL and Henkel, C and Voronkov, MA and Chen, X, Investigations of the Class I methanol masers in NGC 4945, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 480 pp. 4578-4588. ISSN 0035-8711 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/mnras/sty2192


We have used the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) to conduct further observations of the 36.2-GHz (4−1 → 30E) methanol transition towards the nearby active galaxy NGC 4945. These observations have led to a more accurate determination of the offset between the maser emission and the nucleus of NGC 4945 with a typical synthesized beam of 6 arcsec × 4 arcsec (108 × 72 pc). This corresponds to a factor of 4 improvement with respect to the major axis of the beam. Other transitions of methanol and lines of other molecular species were obtained alongside the 36.2-GHz methanol emission, with strong detections of HC3N (J = 4 → 3) and CS (J = 1 → 0) presented here. We do not detect thermal methanol (5σ upper limit of 5 mJy in a 6 km s−1 channel) from the 48.4-GHz (10 → 00A+) ground-state transition, nor emission from the 44.1-GHz (70 → 61A+) class I maser transition (5σ upper limit of 6 mJy in a 3 km s−1 channel). We also present a comparison of the class I maser emission observed towards NGC 4945 with that from NGC 253 and towards the Galactic giant molecular cloud G 1.6-0.025.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Cosmology and extragalactic astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:McCarthy, TP (Dr Tiege McCarthy)
UTAS Author:Ellingsen, SP (Professor Simon Ellingsen)
ID Code:128215
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2018-09-10
Last Modified:2019-02-27

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