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Paper: A Masing BAaDE's Window BAaDE: The Bulge Asymmetries and Dynamical Evolution Survey
Volume: 528, New Horizons in Galactic Center Astronomy and Beyond
Page: 361
Authors: Sjouwerman, L. O.; Pihlström, Y. M.; Stroh, M. C.; Lewis, M. O.; Trapp, A. C.; Rich, R. M.; Morris, M. R.; Claussen, M. J.; the BAaDE collaboration
Abstract: We report on the Bulge Asymmetries and Dynamic Evolution (BAaDE) survey which has observed 19,000 MSX color selected red giant stars for SiO maser emission at 43 GHz with the VLA and is in the process of observing 9,000 of these stars with ALMA at 86 GHz in the southern sky. Our setup covers the main maser transitions as well as those of isotopologues and selected carbon lines. Observations of this set of lines allows a far-reaching catalog of line-of-sight velocities in the dust-obscured regions where optical surveys cannot reach. Our preliminary detection rate is close to 70%, predicting a wealth of new information on the distribution of metal rich and carbon rich stars, their kinematics as a function of location in the Galaxy, as well as the occurrence of lines and line ratios between the different transitions in combination with the spectral energy distribution from about 1 to 100 micron. Similar to the OH/IR stars, a clear kinematic signature between disk and bulge stars can be seen. Furthermore, the J=1-0 (v=3) line plays a prominent role in the derived maser properties, indicating diverse and/or variable pumping conditions. we further present a possibility to separate carbon-rich from oxygen-rich AGB stars using MSX colors.
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