Vol 10, No 2 (2010) / Mu

Characteristics of infrared point sources associated with OH masers

Ji-Mang Mu, Jarken Esimbek, Jian-Jun Zhou, Hai-Juan Zhang


We collect 3249 OH maser sources from the literature published up to April 2007, and compile a new catalog of OH masers. We look for the exciting sources of these masers and their infrared properties from IRAS and MSX data, and make a statistical study. MSX sources associated with stellar 1612MHz OH masers are located mainly above the blackbody line; this is caused by the dust absorption of stellar envelopes, especially in the MSX_A band. The mid-IR sources associated with stellar OH masers are concentrated in a small region in an [A]-[D] vs.[A]-[E] diagram with a small fraction of contamination; this gives us a new criterion to search for new stellar OH masers and distinguish stellar masers from unknown types of OH masers. IR sources associated with 1612MHz stellar OH masers show an expected result: the average flux of sources with F60 > F25 increases with increasing wavelength, while those with F60 < F25 vary little with wavelength, because the sources with F60 < F25 are much hotter than those with F60 > F25.



masers: OH maser — stars: late-type star — catalog — star-forming region— infrared radiation

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