The Magnetic Environments of Young Stellar Objects

  • Antonio Chrysostomou
  • Rachel Curran
  • David Aitken


We report on early results of submillimetre polarimetric measurements towards a sample of young stellar objects. The results allow us to infer the magnetic field structure and show a variety of configurations, providing evidence for axial, helical and pinched (i.e. ‘hourglass’) magnetic field configurations. We find that in some cases the field is curved over large scales, implying that it is influenced by the gas kinematics in the local environment, and that at these scales at least, the magnetic field plays a passive rôle in the star formation process.


star formation magnetic fields submillimetre polarimetry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Chrysostomou
    • 1
  • Rachel Curran
    • 1
  • David Aitken
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical SciencesUniversity of HertfordshireHatfieldUK

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