A new HCN maser in IRAS 15082-4808

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    We have identified a new vibrational HCN maser at 89.087 GHz in the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star IRAS 15082-4808, a maser which is thought to trace the innermost region of an AGB envelope. The observations of this maser at three epochs are presented: two positive detections and one null detection. The line profile has varied between the positive detections, as has the intensity of the maser. The major component of the maser is found to be offset by -2.0 ± 0.9 km s-1 with respect to the systemic velocity of the envelope, as derived from the 88.631 GHz transition ofHCN. Similar blueshifts are measured in the other nine sources where this maser has been detected. Maser variability with pulsation phase has been investigated for the first time using the 10 stars now available. Comparisons with AGB model atmospheres constrain the position of the formation region of the maser to the region between the pulsation shocks and the onset of dust acceleration, between 2 and 4 stellar radii. © 2014 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)172-181
    Number of pages9
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • AGB and post-AGB-stars
    • Carbon-stars
    • General
    • Identification-masers-stars
    • Individual
    • IRAS 15082-4808-stars
    • Line
    • Variables


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