We present a review of the properties of Class I methanol masers detected in low-mass star forming regions (LMSFRs). These masers, henceforth called LMMIs, are associated with postshock gas in the lobes of chemically active outflows in LMSFRs NGC1333, NGC2023, HH25, and L1157. LMMIs share the main properties with powerful masers in regions of massive star formation and are a low-luminosity edge of the total Class I maser population. However, the exploration of just these objects may push forward the exploration of Class I masers, since many LMSFRs are located only 200-300 pc from the Sun, making it possible to study associated objects in detail. EVLA observations with a 0.2'' spatial resolution show that the maser images consist of unresolved or barely resolved spots with brightness temperatures up to 5 × 105 K. The results are ``marginally'' consistent with the turbulent model of maser emission.
Astrophysical Masers: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe
- Pub Date:
- August 2018
- ISM: jets and outflows;
- radio lines: ISM;
- Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies
- 4 pages, 3 figures, Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 336, 2017