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HOPS: The H2O Southern Galactic Plane Survey

The 5th Zermatt ISM-Symposium Conditions and Impact of Star Formation: New Results with Herschel and Beyond, Zermatt, Switzerland.

A.J. Walsha1, S.L. Breena2, T. Brittona3, K.J. Brooksa3, M.G. Burtona4, M.R. Cunninghama4, J.A. Greena3, L. Harvey-Smitha3, L. Hindsona5, M.G. Hoarea6, B. Indermuehlea3, P.A. Jonesa4, N. Loa7, S.N. Longmorea8, V. Lowea4, C.J. Phillipsa3, C.R. Purcella9, M.A. Thompsona5, J.S. Urquharta3, M.A. Voronkova3, G.L. Whitea1 and M. Whitinga3

a1 Centre for Astronomy, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, 4811, Australia

a2 School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Tasmania, GPO Box 252-37, Hobart 7001, TAS, Australia

a3 CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, PO Box 76, Epping, NSW 1701, Australia

a4 School of Physics, University of NSW, NSW 2052, Australia

a5 Centre for Astrophysics Research, Science and Technology Research Institute, University of Hertfordshire, Herts AL10 9AB, UK

a6 School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

a7 Departmento de Astronomía, Universidad de Chile, Camino El Observat orio 1515, Las Condes, Santiago, Casilla 36-D, Chile

a8 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

a9 School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK


Over the past 3 years, we have conducted a survey of 100 square degrees of the southern Galactic plane with the Mopra radiotelescope (HOPS). The survey includes observations of multiple spectral lines in the 12 mm band, with the most important being the water maser transition at 22.2 GHz and the non-metastable inversion transitions of ammonia. We report on initial results from HOPS, including the detection of 540 water masers, about two-thirds of which appear to be new detections. We also find widespread emission in the NH3 (1,1) line, as well as detec tions in the NH3 (2,2), (3,3), (6,6) and (9,9) lines.

(Online publication November 25 2011)