Back to Volume
Paper: Methanol Masers and the Circumstellar Disk Hypothesis
Volume: 219, Disks, Planetesimals, and Planets
Page: 162
Authors: de Buizer, J. M.
Abstract: It is not certain whether or not all massive stars form circumstellar disks. The earliest stages in the life of a massive star, when such disks would form, are poorly understood. Recent radio observations of methanol maser emission around young massive stars strongly suggest the existence of disks around these objects. This paper contains a review of what is known about masers and how they relate to massive stars. It discusses the hypothesis that methanol masers trace circumstellar disks around young massive stars, and presents the mid-infrared observations that may lend support to this hypothesis.
Back to Volume