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Journal Articles Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A Year : 2022

Orion A's complete 3D magnetic field morphology

M. Tahani
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J. Glover
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W. Lupypciw
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J. L. West
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R. Kothes
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R. Plume
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S. Inutsuka
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M. -Y. Lee
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L. B. G. Knee
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J. C. Brown
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Y. Doi
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T. Robishaw
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M. Haverkorn
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Magnetic fields permeate the interstellar medium and are important in the star formation process. Determining the three-dimensional (3D) magnetic fields of molecular clouds will allow us to better understand their role in the evolution of these clouds and the formation of stars. We fully reconstruct the approximate 3D magnetic field morphology of the Orion A molecular cloud (on scales of a few to ∼100 pc) using Galactic magnetic field models, as well as available line-of-sight and plane-of-sky magnetic field observations. While previous studies identified the 3D magnetic field morphology of the Orion A cloud as an arc shape, in this study we provide the orientation of this arc-shaped field and its plane-of-sky direction for the first time. We find that this 3D field is a tilted, semi-convex (from our point of view) structure and mostly points in the direction of decreasing latitude and longitude on the plane of the sky from our vantage point. The previously identified bubbles and events in this region were key in shaping this arc-shaped magnetic field morphology.
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insu-03745332 , version 1 (04-08-2022)



M. Tahani, J. Glover, W. Lupypciw, J. L. West, R. Kothes, et al.. Orion A's complete 3D magnetic field morphology. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, 2022, 660, ⟨10.1051/0004-6361/202243322⟩. ⟨insu-03745332⟩
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