SiO maser survey of the Galactic disk IRAS sources. II. |l| ≤ 3° and |b| ≤ 3°, the Galactic center area

Shuji Deguchi, Takahiro Fujii, Hideyuki Izumiura, Osamu Kameya, Yoshikazu Nakada, Jun Ichi Nakashima, Takafumi Ootsubo, Nobuharu Ukita

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A survey has been made in the SiO J = 1-0, v = 1 and 2 transitions (∼43 GHz) for color-selected IRAS sources in the Galactic-center region of |l| ≤ 3° and |b| ≤ 3° using the Nobeyama 45 m telescope. We have detected 86 of 176 observed sources in the SiO masers. Distances to the sources are deduced from IRAS 12 and 25 μm flux densities and range approximately from 5 to 12 kpc. Radial velocities of the detected sources spread between -300 and 310 km s-1. The longitude-velocity (l-v) diagram exhibits an empty region of sources at l = -0°.4-1°.0 and Vlsr = 20-150 km s-1, which is interpreted as an under-sampling effect of sources in the IRAS catalog at the Galactic central disk. The rotation rate, velocity dispersion, tilt angle of the rotation axis, and velocity shift at l = 0° are derived by fitting the velocities of the sources with a straight line as a function of Galactic longitude. These quantities are compatible with those obtained from previous observations of bulge stars with |b| > 3°. The average radial velocity of subsamples of stars tends to increase with distance, suggesting the presence streaming motion of stars in a barlike bulge. We conclude that most of the IRAS sources in the sample belong to the bulge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-595
Number of pages25
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Circumstellar matter
  • Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics
  • Masers
  • Radio lines: stars
  • Stars: late-type

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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