Near-infrared Imaging Polarimetric Study of Orion A molecular cloud
Orion Molecular Cloud (OMC) is the nearest region of massive star formation, which was intensively studied as a representative of star-forming regions. The northern part of Orion A molecular cloud,
OMC-1, -2, -3, and the southern part, OMC-4, are often referred to Integral Shape Filament (ISF), and contain intermediate-sized molecular cores, low and high mass young stars, dozens of Herbig-Haro (HH) objects and molecular outflows.
We present the first wide-field deep near-infrared images of 15′ x 50′ area of the Orion A ISF, obtained by SIRPOL, simultaneous JHKs imaging polarimeter on the IRSF telescope. Point-source aperture polarimetry suggest the magnetic field orientations are perpendicular to the elongation of the filament. Moreover, the hour-glassed shape magnetic field pattern in OMC-1 is confirmed by our polarization maps.
Revealing the lower side of IMF and Searching for planetary mass objects
Initial mass function (IMF) is one of the most important physical parameters in the star formation theory. Many author have investigated the IMF for a long time, however it has not been completely understood. I’m studying the lower side of IMF, in particular the bottom. Here, I’ll introduce some studies related to IMF, and my ongoing works.