Volume 647, March 2021
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Published online||02 April 2021|
Apertif view of the OH megamaser IRAS 10597+5926: OH 18 cm satellite lines in wide-area H I surveys
ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Postbus 2, 7990 AA Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
2 Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, PO Box 800, 9700 AV Groningen, The Netherlands
3 Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado, 389 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
4 Ruhr University Bochum, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Astronomical Institute (AIRUB), Universitätsstrasse 150, 44780 Bochum, Germany
5 Dept. of Astronomy, Univ. of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa
6 Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute, Profsoyuznaya Str. 84/32, 117997 Moscow, Russia
7 Department of Physics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 50 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
8 CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, Australia Telescope National Facility, PO Box 76, Epping, NSW 1710, Australia
9 Sydney Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia
10 Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
11 Anton Pannekoek Institute, University of Amsterdam, Postbus 94249, 1090 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
12 Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Center for Information Technology, PO Box 11044, 9700 CA Groningen, The Netherlands
Accepted: 13 January 2021
We present the serendipitous detection of the two main OH maser lines at 1667 and 1665 MHz associated with IRAS 10597+5926 at z⊙ = 0.19612 in the untargeted Apertif Wide-area Extragalactic imaging Survey (AWES), and the subsequent measurement of the OH 1612 MHz satellite line in the same source. With a total OH luminosity of log(L/L⊙) = 3.90 ± 0.03, IRAS 10597+5926 is the fourth brightest OH megamaser (OHM) known. We measure a lower limit for the 1667/1612 ratio of R1612 > 45.9, which is the highest limiting ratio measured for the 1612 MHz OH satellite line to date. OH satellite line measurements provide a potentially valuable constraint by which to compare detailed models of OH maser pumping mechanisms. Optical imaging shows that the galaxy is likely a late-stage merger. Based on published infrared and far ultraviolet fluxes, we find that the galaxy is an ultra-luminous infrared galaxy (ULIRG) with log(LTIR/L⊙) = 12.24 that is undergoing a starburst with an estimated star formation rate of 179 ± 40 M⊙ yr−1. These host galaxy properties are consistent with the physical conditions responsible for very bright OHM emission. Finally, we provide an update on the predicted number of OH masers that may be found in AWES and estimate the total number of OH masers that will be detected in each of the individual main and satellite OH 18 cm lines.
Key words: masers / galaxies: groups: individual: IRAS 10597+5926 / radio lines: galaxies / galaxies: ISM / galaxies: interactions / galaxies: starburst
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