Infrared polarimetry of the reflection nebula near L 1551 IRS 5

Tetsuya Nagata, Takuya Yamashita, Shuji Sato, Hiro Suzuki, H. Hough J. H. Hough, Ron Garden, Ian Gatley

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The K-band polarization has been measured in the region extending 30 arcsec to the SW of L1551 IRS 5. The degree of polarization is exceptionally high, reaching ~67 per cent. The large polarizations and the azimuthal pattern of the position angles are attributed to scattering of infrared radiation from IRS 5 by dust grains. The infrared brightness distribution resembles that of the optical nebulosity. We propose that infrared scattering occurs at the 'Walls' of a cavity formed by the interaction of stellar winds with the ambient cloud.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7P-11P
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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