NGC7538 IRS1 N: MODELING A CIRCUMSTELLAR MASER DISK

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Abstract

Abstract

We present an edge-on Keplerian disk model to explain the main component of the 12.2 and 6.7 GHz methanol maser emission detected toward NGC7538-IRS1N. The brightness distribution and spectrum of the line of bright masers are successfully modeled with high amplification of background radio continuum emission along velocity coherent paths through a maser disk. The bend seen in the position-velocity diagram is a characteristic signature of differentially rotating disks. For a central mass of 30M⊙, suggested by other observations, our model fixes the masing disk to have inner and outer radii of ∼270 and ∼750 AU.

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