SWAG: Distribution and Kinematics of an Obscured AGB Population toward the Galactic Center

13 Nov 2018  ·  Ott Jürgen, Meier David S., Ginsburg Adam, Yusef-Zadeh Farhad, Krieger Nico, Jäschke Cornelia ·

Outflows from AGB stars enrich the Galactic environment with metals and inject mechanical energy into the ISM. Radio spectroscopy can recover both properties through observations of molecular lines... We present results from SWAG: "Survey of Water and Ammonia in the Galactic Center". The survey covers the entire Central Molecular Zone (CMZ), the inner 3.35deg x 0.9deg (~480 x 130pc) of the Milky Way that contains ~5x10^7 Mo of molecular gas. Although our survey primarily targets the CMZ, we observe across the entire sightline through the Milky Way. AGB stars are revealed by their signature of double peaked 22 GHz water maser lines. They are distinguished by their spectral signatures and their luminosities, which reach up to 10^-7 Lo. Higher luminosities are usually associated with Young Stellar Objects located in CMZ star forming regions. We detect a population of ~600 new water masers that can likely be associated with AGB outflows. read more

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Astrophysics of Galaxies