Volume 432, Number 2, March III 2005
|Page(s)||L39 - L42|
|Published online||02 March 2005|
Letter to the Editor
First VLBI mapping of circumstellar SiO maser emission
Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Alfonso XII 3, 28014 Madrid, Spain e-mail: email@example.com
2 Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Apartado 112, 28803 Alcalá de Henares, Spain
3 American Astronomical Society, 2000 Florida Avenue, NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20009-1231, USA
Accepted: 27 January 2005
We report the first VLBI map of the 1–0 maser line of 29SiO in the long-period variable star IRC +10011. We have found that this maser emission is composed of multiple spots distributed in an incomplete ring, suggesting that this maser is also amplified tangentially, as already proposed in other SiO circumstellar masers. We present also VLBI maps for the 7 mm 28SiO and 2 1–0 and the 3 mm 2–1 lines. The 29SiO masing region appears to be located in a layer in between the 28SiO 1–0 and 28SiO 2–1 lines. In addition, we confirm that the 86 GHz maser 2–1 forms in an outer region of the circumstellar envelope compared to the other 28SiO masers studied. Finally, we discuss the possible implications of the observational results on the SiO maser pumping theory.
Key words: radio lines: stars / masers / technique: interferometric / stars: circumstellar matter / stars: AGB
© ESO, 2005
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