We have surveyed known large-amplitude variables within 15' of the Galactic center in the SiO J = 1-0 v = 1 and 2 maser lines at 43 GHz, resulting in 79 detections and 58 non-detections. The detection rate of 58 percent is comparable to that obtained in Bulge IRAS source surveys. SiO lines were also detected from four other sources near the program objects. The SiO detection rate increases steeply with the period, particularly for stars with P > 500d, where it exceeds 80%. We found at a given period that the SiO detection rate is approximately double that for OH. These facts suggest that the large-amplitude variables in the Nuclear Disk region are AGB stars similar in their overall properties to the inner and outer bulge IRAS/SiO sources.
- Galaxy: center, kinematics and dynamics
- Stars: AGB and post-AGB
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science