Journal Article

A comprehensive search for extragalactic 6.7-GHz methanol masers

C. J. Phillips, R. P. Norris, S. P. Ellingsen and D. P. Rayner

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 294, issue 2, pages 265-271
Published in print February 1998 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online February 1998 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
A comprehensive search for extragalactic 6.7-GHz methanol masers

Show Summary Details



We have used the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) to search for 6.7-GHz methanol maser emission towards 87 galaxies. We chose the target sources using several criteria, including far-IR luminosities and the presence of known OH megamasers. In addition, we searched for methanol masers in the nearby starburst galaxy NGC 253, making a full spectral-line synthesis image. No emission was detected in any of the galaxies, with detection limits ranging from 25 to 75 mJy. This is surprising, given the close association of OH and methanol masers in Galactic star formation regions, and significantly constrains models of OH megamaser emission. This absence of maser emission may be a result of low methanol abundances in molecular clouds in starburst galaxies.

Keywords: masers; ISM: molecules; galaxies: ISM; radio lines: galaxies

Journal Article.  0 words. 

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.