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  1. ISO Spectroscopy of Proto-Planetary Nebulae

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    Hrivnak, Bruce J.

    2000-01-01

    The goal of this program was to determine the chemical properties of the dust shells around protoplanetary nebulae (PPNs) through a study of their short-wavelength (6-45 micron) infrared spectra. PPNs are evolved stars in transition from the asymptotic giant branch to the planetary nebula stages. Spectral features in the 10 to 20 gm region indicate the chemical nature (oxygen- or carbon-rich), and the strengths of the features relate to the physical properties of the shells. A few bright carbon-rich PPNs have been observed to show PAH features and an unidentified 21 micron emission feature. We used the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) to observe a sample of IRAS sources that have the expected properties of PPNs and for which we have accurate positions. Some of these have optical counterparts (proposal SWSPPN01) and some do not (SWSPPN02). We had previously observed these from the ground with near-infrared photometry and, for those with visible counterparts, visible photometry and spectroscopy, which we have combined with these new ISO data in the interpretation of the spectra. We have completed a study of the unidentified emission feature at 21 micron in eight sources. We find the shape of the feature to be the same in all of the sources, with no evidence of any substructure. The ratio of the emission peak to continuum ranges from 0.13 to 1.30. We have completed a study of seven PPNs and two other carbon-rich objects for which we had obtained ISO 2-45 micron observations. The unidentified emission features at 21 and 30 micron were detected in six sources, including four new detections of the 30 micron feature. This previously unresolved 30 micron feature was resolved and found to consist of a broad feature peaking at 27.2 micron (the "30 micron" feature) and a narrower feature peaking at 25.5 micron (the "26 micron" feature). This new 26 micron feature is detected in eight sources and is particularly strong in IRAS Z02229+6208 and 16594-4656. The unidentified

  2. ISO Spectroscopy of Proto-Planetary Nebulae

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    Hrivnak, Bruce J.

    2000-01-01

    The goal of this program was to determine the chemical properties of the dust shells around protoplanetary nebulae (PPNs) through a study of their short-wavelength (6-45 micron) infrared spectra. PPNs are evolved stars in transition from the asymptotic giant branch to the planetary nebula stages. Spectral features in the 10 to 20 gm region indicate the chemical nature (oxygen- or carbon-rich), and the strengths of the features relate to the physical properties of the shells. A few bright carbon-rich PPNs have been observed to show PAH features and an unidentified 21 micron emission feature. We used the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) to observe a sample of IRAS sources that have the expected properties of PPNs and for which we have accurate positions. Some of these have optical counterparts (proposal SWSPPN01) and some do not (SWSPPN02). We had previously observed these from the ground with near-infrared photometry and, for those with visible counterparts, visible photometry and spectroscopy, which we have combined with these new ISO data in the interpretation of the spectra. We have completed a study of the unidentified emission feature at 21 micron in eight sources. We find the shape of the feature to be the same in all of the sources, with no evidence of any substructure. The ratio of the emission peak to continuum ranges from 0.13 to 1.30. We have completed a study of seven PPNs and two other carbon-rich objects for which we had obtained ISO 2-45 micron observations. The unidentified emission features at 21 and 30 micron were detected in six sources, including four new detections of the 30 micron feature. This previously unresolved 30 micron feature was resolved and found to consist of a broad feature peaking at 27.2 micron (the "30 micron" feature) and a narrower feature peaking at 25.5 micron (the "26 micron" feature). This new 26 micron feature is detected in eight sources and is particularly strong in IRAS Z02229+6208 and 16594-4656. The unidentified

  3. IFU spectroscopy of southern planetary nebulae - III

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    Ali, A.; Dopita, M. A.; Basurah, H. M.; Amer, M. A.; Alsulami, R.; Alruhaili, A.

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, we describe integral field spectroscopic observations of four southern Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe), M3-4, M3-6, Hen2-29 and Hen2-37 covering the spectral range 3400-7000 Å. We derive the ionization structure, the physical conditions, the chemical compositions and the kinematical characteristics of these PNe and find good agreement with previous studies that relied upon the long-slit technique in their co-spatial area. From their chemical compositions as well as their spatial and kinematic characteristics, we determined that Hen2-29 is of the Peimbert type I (He- and N-rich), while the other three are of type II. The strength of the nebular He II line reveals that M3-3, Hen2-29 and Hen2-37 are of mid to high excitation classes while M3-6 is a low-excitation PN. A series of emission-line maps extracted from the data cubes were constructed for each PN to describe its overall structure. These show remarkable morphological diversity. Spatially resolved spectroscopy of M3-6 shows that the recombination lines of C II, C III, C IV and N III are of nebular origin, rather than arising from the central star as had been previously proposed. This result increases doubts regarding the weak emission-line star (WELS) classification raised by Basurah et al. In addition, they reinforce the probability that most genuine cases of WELS arise from irradiation effects in close binary central stars.

  4. PLANETARY NEBULAE IN FACE-ON SPIRAL GALAXIES. II. PLANETARY NEBULA SPECTROSCOPY

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    Herrmann, Kimberly A.; Ciardullo, Robin E-mail: rbc@astro.psu.ed

    2009-09-20

    As the second step in our investigation of the mass-to-light ratio of spiral disks, we present the results of a spectroscopic survey of planetary nebulae (PNe) in five nearby, low-inclination galaxies: IC 342, M74 (NGC 628), M83 (NGC 5236), M94 (NGC 4736), and M101 (NGC 5457). Using 50 setups of the WIYN/Hydra and Blanco/Hydra spectrographs, and 25 observations with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope's Medium Resolution Spectrograph, we determine the radial velocities of 99, 102, 162, 127, and 48 PNe, respectively, to a precision better than 15 km s{sup -1}. Although the main purpose of this data set is to facilitate dynamical mass measurements throughout the inner and outer disks of large spiral galaxies, our spectroscopy has other uses as well. Here, we co-add these spectra to show that, to first order, the [O III] and Balmer line ratios of PNe vary little over the top {approx}1.5 mag of the PN luminosity function. The only obvious spectral change occurs with [N II], which increases in strength as one proceeds down the luminosity function. We also show that typical [O III]-bright planetaries have E(B - V) {approx} 0.2 of circumstellar extinction, and that this value is virtually independent of [O III] luminosity. We discuss the implications this has for understanding the population of PN progenitors.

  5. Orion Nebula and Planetary Nebulae

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    Dufour, Reginald J.

    1998-01-01

    This report summarizes the research performed at Rice University related to NASA-Ames University consortium grant NCC2-5199 during the two year period 1996 September 1 through 1998 August 31. The research program, titled Orion Nebula and Planetary Nebulae, involved the analysis of Hubble Space Telescope (HST) imagery and spectroscopy of the Orion Nebula and of the planetary nebulae NGC 6818 and NGC 6210. In addition, we analyzed infrared spectra of the Orion Nebula taken with the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) The primary collaborators at NASA-Ames were Drs. R. H. Rubin, A. G. C. M. Tielens, S. W. J. Colgan, and S. D. Lord (Tielens & Lord has since changed institutions). Other collaborators include Drs. P. G. Martin (CITA, Toronto), G. J. Ferland (U. KY), J. A. Baldwin (CTIO, Chile), J. J. Hester (ASU), D. K. Walter (SCSU), and P. Harrington (U. MD). In addition to the Principal Investigator, Professor Reginald J. Dufour of the Department of Space Physics & Astronomy, the research also involved two students, Mr. Matthew Browning and Mr. Brent Buckalew. Mr. Browning will be graduating from Rice in 1999 May with a B.A. degree in Physics and Mr. Buckalew continues as a graduate student in our department, having recently received a NASA GSRP research fellowship (sponsored by Ames). The collaboration was very productive, with two refereed papers already appearing in the literature, several others in preparation, numerous meeting presentations and two press releases. Some of our research accomplishments are highlighted below. Attached to the report are copies of the two major publications. Note that this research continues to date and related extensions of it recently has been awarded time with the HST for 1999-2000.

  6. Orion Nebula and Planetary Nebulae

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    Dufour, Reginald J.

    1998-01-01

    This report summarizes the research performed at Rice University related to NASA-Ames University consortium grant NCC2-5199 during the two year period 1996 September 1 through 1998 August 31. The research program, titled Orion Nebula and Planetary Nebulae, involved the analysis of Hubble Space Telescope (HST) imagery and spectroscopy of the Orion Nebula and of the planetary nebulae NGC 6818 and NGC 6210. In addition, we analyzed infrared spectra of the Orion Nebula taken with the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) The primary collaborators at NASA-Ames were Drs. R. H. Rubin, A. G. C. M. Tielens, S. W. J. Colgan, and S. D. Lord (Tielens & Lord has since changed institutions). Other collaborators include Drs. P. G. Martin (CITA, Toronto), G. J. Ferland (U. KY), J. A. Baldwin (CTIO, Chile), J. J. Hester (ASU), D. K. Walter (SCSU), and P. Harrington (U. MD). In addition to the Principal Investigator, Professor Reginald J. Dufour of the Department of Space Physics & Astronomy, the research also involved two students, Mr. Matthew Browning and Mr. Brent Buckalew. Mr. Browning will be graduating from Rice in 1999 May with a B.A. degree in Physics and Mr. Buckalew continues as a graduate student in our department, having recently received a NASA GSRP research fellowship (sponsored by Ames). The collaboration was very productive, with two refereed papers already appearing in the literature, several others in preparation, numerous meeting presentations and two press releases. Some of our research accomplishments are highlighted below. Attached to the report are copies of the two major publications. Note that this research continues to date and related extensions of it recently has been awarded time with the HST for 1999-2000.

  7. Optical spectroscopy of carbon-rich proto-planetary nebulae

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    Hrivnak, Bruce J.

    1995-01-01

    In this paper, we present a medium-resolution (3 A) spectroscopic study of six proto-planetary nebulae (PPN), post-asymptotic giant branch (AGB) objects with large infrared excesses. All six are found to display the spectra of G supergiants. However, they also show molecular carbon features, C2 and in most cases C3, and strong absorption lines due to s-process elements. Other evidences of a carbon-rich nature are found in published molecular-line millimeter emissions (CO and HCN) and 3.3 micrometer features attributed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These properties are all in accord with what one would expect in a post-AGB star in which carbon-rich materials formed in thermal pulses is dredged up to the surface of a mass-losing object. A correlation is found between the presence of molecular C2 absorption and the presence of the unidentified 21 micrometer emission feature. This strengthens the suggestion that carbon is a major component of the molecule producing this unidentified feature. Four additional proto-planetary nebulae which share some of these properties are also discussed.

  8. Spectroscopy of planetary nebulae in the region of Canis Major

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    Kniazev, A. Yu.

    2012-11-01

    We present the results of a pilot project of spectroscopic observations for planetary nebulae (PNe) and PN candidates in Canis Major, a sky region where the remnant of a disrupted dwarf galaxy cannibalized by the Milky Way may be located. The spectra of seven objects were taken while testing the SALT spectrograph (South African Astronomical Observatory). All elemental abundances have been obtained by the T e method, where the electron temperature is calculated directly using the measured weak auroral [OIII] λ 4363 Å and/or [NII] λ 5755 Å lines. We have measured the intensities of all the detected emission lines and determined the abundances of oxygen and several other elements (N, Ne, S, Cl, C, and He) in all PNe. The radial velocity for one PN has been measured for the first time and the velocities for all of the remaining PNe have been measured with a considerably better accuracy than that of the previously published ones. The elemental abundances for three PNe have been calculated for the first time and the accuracies of determining the abundances for three others have been improved. The measured heavy-element abundance ratios (S/O, Ne/O, Cl/O) are in good agreement with their typical values for HII regions. Among the PNe studied, ESO 428-05 is the first and so far the most likely candidate for belonging to the remnants of a possible dwarf galaxy disrupted by the tidal interaction with the Milky Way.

  9. High Dispersion UV Spectroscopy of the Planetary Nebula NGC 3918

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    Torres-Peimbert, Silvia

    NGC 3918 is one of the brightest PN in the sky. Carefully studied it might be the best PN to construct a very detailed model because it has a very homogeneous density distribution. Pena and Torres-Peimbert (1983) from an IUE high dispersion exposure of 120^m found that the resonance lines intensity ratio of NV 1239/1242 is equal to 1.2 ± 0.1 while that of CIV is normal (1.9 ± 0.2). This result should be verified, because if true, it implies that there is absorption by intervening hot gas of large N(NV)/N(ClV) column density ratio. This gas could be part of the general low density interstellar medium or could be in the form of a very extended envelope, perhaps produced by the first stage of mass loss from the progenitor star. We would like to secure more high dispersion IUE spectra of this planetary nebula to further investigate these problems.

  10. Nebular Spectroscopy: A Guide on Hii Regions and Planetary Nebulae

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    Peimbert, Manuel; Peimbert, Antonio; Delgado-Inglada, Gloria

    2017-08-01

    We present a tutorial on the determination of the physical conditions and chemical abundances in gaseous nebulae. We also include a brief review of recent results on the study of gaseous nebulae, their relevance for the study of stellar evolution, galactic chemical evolution, and the evolution of the universe. One of the most important problems in abundance determinations is the existence of a discrepancy between the abundances determined with collisionally excited lines and those determined by recombination lines: this is called abundance discrepancy factor (ADF) problem, and we review results related to it. Finally, we discuss the possible reasons for the large t 2 values observed in gaseous nebulae.

  11. Halos around planetary nebulae

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    Jewitt, D. C.; Danielson, G. E.; Kupferman, P. N.

    1986-01-01

    Preliminary results of a CCD survey designed to detect and investigate faint halos around planetary nebulae are reported. A TI 800 x 800 pixel CCD was used to take deep exposures of 44 planetary nebulae. The exposures were obtained through an H-alpha filter at the Cassegrain focus of the Palomar 1.5 m telescope. Spatial resolutions of 1 to 2 arcsec were obtained across 400 arcsec wide fields. The images, which are in many cases considerably deeper than any previously taken, reveal numerous planetary nebula halos. About two-thirds of the studied nebulae possess extensive outer halos, here defined as any extended emission beyond the 10 percent isophote. Ionized sulphur electron density measurements show that in some nebulae, the mass in the halo is comparable to the mass contained in the primary H II region. The data have been used to place constraints on the mode of origin of the halos. It is likely that the halos originate either by dynamical separation of a single ejected shell of gas or by the ejection of two or more such shells from the central star. It is possible but less likely that the halos are caused by excitation of the preplanetary stellar wind and improbable that the halos represent reflection nebulae.

  12. Neutral matter in planetary nebulae

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    Dinerstein, Harriet L.

    1991-01-01

    A review of current studies of neutral envelopes is presented with particular attention given to the use of the envelopes as test cases for understanding the ionization and thermal structure of photodissociation regions. The study of near-IR H2 emission is discussed with detailed spectra given for a few planetary nebulae, and airborne observations of far-IR atomic lines are discussed. These two methods can discern photodissociation regions with warm gas and UV flux is fairly prominent. The use of resonance-absorption-line spectroscopy is also reviewed with respect to the analysis of the Na D lines, and thereby allows the measurement of integrated columns of material through the shell. The methods provide evidence for the notion that planetary nebulae consist of more than just ionized material; large amounts of neutral and molecular material are being confirmed, which has important implications for the mass-loss episode of the nebulae.

  13. Near-infrared spectroscopy of planetary nebulae: How strong is the H2 emission?

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    Dinerstein, H. L.; Carr, J.; Harvey, P. M.; Lester, D. F.

    1986-01-01

    In an effort to understand the systematics of the H2 emission from planetary nebulae, a program of near-infared spectroscopy using the University of Texas infrared reticon spectrometer was started. This instrument has a 1x32 element InSb photodiode array as a detector. All of the observations reported were made on the McDonald Observatory 2.7 m telescope, with spectra resolving power lambda/delta lambda = 600. The spectral coverage allows the measurement strengths of Brackett gamma He I 2.113 microns, HE II 2.189 microns and the v = 1=0 S(1) line of H2 at 2.122 microns. One of the most important advantages of this instrument is that we are able to resolve H2 from the adjacent He I line. Most previous observations of planetaries have been made at spectral resolving powers of about 100, which blend these lines. The contribution of the He I line has generally been dismissed as being unimportant, but we show that this may not be valid. Our higher resolving power also improves the line-to-continuum contrast; in some cases, the continuum is the limiting factor in detecting faint lines.

  14. IFU Spectroscopy of Southern Planetary Nebulae V: Low-Ionisation Structures

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    Ali, A.; Dopita, M. A.

    2017-08-01

    In this fifth paper of the series, we examine the spectroscopy and morphology of four southern Galactic planetary nebulae Hen 2-141, NGC 5307, IC 2553, and PB 6 using new integral field spectroscopy data. The morphologies and ionisation structures of the sample are given as a set of emission-line maps. In addition, the physical conditions, chemical compositions, and kinematical characteristics of these objects are derived. The results show that PB 6 and Hen 2-141 are of very high excitation classes and IC 2553 and NGC 5307 are mid to high excitation objects. The elemental abundances reveal that PB 6 is of Type I, Hen 2-141 and IC 2553 are of Type IIa, and NGC 5307 is of Type IIb/III. The observations unveil the presence of well-defined low-ionisation structures or `knots' in all objects. The diagnostic diagrams reveal that the excitation mechanism of these knots is probably by photoionisation of dense material by the nebular central stars. The physical analysis of six of these knots show no significant differences with their surrounding nebular gas, except their lower electron densities. In spite of the enhancement of the low-ionisation emission lines of these knots, their chemical abundances are nearly comparable to their surrounding nebulae, with the exception of perhaps slightly higher nitrogen abundances in the NGC 5307 knots. The integrated spectrum of IC 2553 reveals that nearly all key lines that have led researchers to characterise its central star as a weak-emission line star type are in fact of nebular origin.

  15. Imaging and high-resolution spectroscopy of the Planetary Nebula NGC 3242

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    Gómez-Muñoz, Marco Antonio; Wendolyn Blanco Cárdenas, Mónica; Vázquez, Roberto; Zavala, Saúl A.; Guillén, Pedro F.; Ayala, Sandra A.

    2015-08-01

    We present a high-resolution imaging and high-dispersion spectroscopy study of the complex morphological and kinematical structure of the planetary nebula NGC 3242. We analyze narrowband Hα, [O III] and [N II] images, addressing important morphological features: in the [O III] image we found one knot oriented to PA=-4°, in the [N II] image, three knots oriented at PA1=155°, PA2=+157°, and PA3=-45.5°, and in the Hα image, two bubbles in the internal region, one of them oriented toward SE and the other toward NW. Additionally we used the unsharp-masking technique and found faint structures in the halo that have not been studied before. These structures are presented in two pairs of arcs, one pair oriented toward PA=-35° and the other toward PA=140°. NGC 3242 is a morphologically rich PN with bubbles, asymmetrical outflows, and some knots in a double-shell nebular structure. Ground-based long-slit echelle spectra were obtained crossing NGC 3242 at twelve different positions to precisely determine kinematical features in the structure of the nebula. We obtain a systemic velocity of VLSR=-6.6 km/s. We have used the software SHAPE (Steffen et al. 2011, IEEE Trans. Vis. Comput. Graphics, 17, 454), to reconstruct a 3D model of NGC 3242 which fits all our observational data. Preliminary results (deprojected velocities and kinematical ages) of all these structures will be presented.This project has been supported by grant PAPIIT-DGAPA-UNAM IN107914. MWB is in grateful receipt of a DGAPA-UNAM postdoctoral scholarship. MAG acknowledges CONACYT for his graduate scholarship.

  16. Spectroscopy of Planetary Nebulae at the Bright End of the Luminosity Function

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    Rilinger, Anneliese; Kwitter, Karen B.; Balick, Bruce; Corradi, R. L. M.; Galera Rosillo, Rebeca; Jacoby, George H.; Shaw, Richard A.

    2017-01-01

    We have obtained spectra of 8 luminous planetary nebulae (PNe) in M31 and 4 in the Large Magellanic Cloud with the goal of understanding their properties and those of their progenitor stars. These PNe are at or near the M* region (the most luminous PNe) in their respective galaxies. M31 PNe were observed at the Gran Telescopio Canarias using the OSIRIS spectrograph; LMC PNe were observed with the FORS2 spectrograph at the Very Large Telescope. Line intensities were measured in IRAF. Using our n-level atom program, ELSA (Johnson, et.al, 2006, Planetary Nebulae in our Galaxy and Beyond, 234, 439), we determined temperature, density, and elemental abundances for each nebula. We then modeled the nebulae and central stars with Cloudy (Ferland, et al. 1998, PASP, 110, 761). We plan to use these models of the central stars to estimate the masses and ages of the progenitor stars. We hope to discover whether the progenitor stars of M* PNe exhibit consistently different characteristics from those of other PNe progenitors.

  17. Heavy Element Abundances in Planetary Nebulae from Deep Optical Echelle Spectroscopy

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    Mashburn, Amanda; Sterling, Nicholas C.; Dinerstein, Harriet L.; Garofali, Kristen; Jensema, Rachael; Turbyfill, Amanda; Wieser, Hannah-Marie N.; Reed, Evan C.; Redfield, Seth

    2016-01-01

    We present the abundances of neutron(n)-capture elements (atomic number Z > 30) and iron determined from deep optical echelle spectroscopy of 14 Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe). The spectra were obtained with the 2D-coudé spectrograph on the 2.7-m Harlan J. Smith telescope at McDonald Observatory. The abundances of n-capture elements can be enhanced in PNe due to slow n-capture nucleosynthesis in the progenitor asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars. The high spectral resolution of these data (R = 36,700) allow most n-capture element emission lines to be resolved from other nebular and telluric features. We detect Kr in all of the observed PNe (with multiple ions detected in several objects), while Br, Rb, and Xe were each detected in 4--5 objects. Using the new Kr ionization correction factors (ICFs) of Sterling et al. (2015, ApJS, 218, 25), we find [Kr/O] abundances ranging from 0.05 to 1.1 dex. We utilize approximate ICFs for the other n-capture elements, and find slightly lower enrichments for Br and Rb (-0.1 to 0.7 dex), while Xe is enhanced relative to solar by factors of two to 30. The [Xe/Kr] ratios range from -0.3 to 1.4 dex, indicating a significant range in neutron exposures in PN progenitor stars. Interestingly, the largest [Xe/Kr] ratio is found in the thick-disk PN NGC 6644, which has a lower metallicity than the other observed PNe. We detect iron emission lines in all but one target. Fe can be depleted into dust grains in ionized nebulae, and its abundance thus provides key information regarding dust-to-gas ratios and grain destruction processes. We find that [Fe/O] ranges from -1.3 to -0.7 dex in the observed PNe, a smaller spread of depletion factors than found in recent studies (Delgado-Inglada & Rodriguez 2014, ApJ, 784, 173) though this may be due in part to our smaller sample. These data are part of a larger study of heavy elements in PNe, which will provide more accurate determinations of n-capture element abundances than previous estimates in

  18. Far-infrared emission line spectroscopy of planetary nebulae from the KAO

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    Dinerstein, Harriet L.

    1994-01-01

    The main focus of the overall project was to study the properties of planetary nebulae using far-infrared emission lines. The observations were conducted with the 'cooled grating spectrometer' or CGS, a moderate-resolution echelle spectrometer designed and built at the Ames Research Center. During the first few years of the program, the emphasis was on emission lines of doubly-ionized oxygen and nitrogen ((O III) 52 and 88 microns, (N III) 57 microns), which arise in the ionized regions of the nebulae. Starting around 1989, our emphasis shifted to observing fine-structure lines of neutral oxygen and singly-ionized carbon ((O I) 63 and 145 microns, (C II) 157 microns), which arise from predominantly neutral material outside the ionized regions. This program was typically assigned one or two observing flights per year. Because these studies required obtaining a substantial sample of objects in order to reach meaningful conclusions, publication of comprehensive papers summarizing all of the results is still pending. However, numerous interim reports based on the airborne results as well as on closely-related supporting observations have been published during the grant period. The bibliographic information for these reports is given in the publications section. An overall summary of the planetary nebula results was presented at the Airborne Astronomy Symposium (20th Anniversary of the KAO) on 8 July 1994; reprints will be provided when available. In parallel with the planetary nebula study, we also observed the (O III) and (N III) lines in several H II regions, and attempted (unsuccessfully) to detect these lines in several old nova remnants and the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A.

  19. Atomic hydrogen in planetary nebulae

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    Schneider, Stephen E.; Silverglate, Peter R.; Altschuler, Daniel R.; Giovanardi, Carlo

    1987-01-01

    The authors searched for neutral atomic hydrogen associated with 22 planetary nebulae and three evolved stars in the 21 cm line at the Arecibo Observatory. Objects whose radial velocities permitted discrimination from Galactic H I were chosen for observation. Hydrogen was detected in absorption from IC 4997. From the measurements new low limits are derived to the mass of atomic hydrogen associated with the undetected nebulae. Radio continuum observations were also made of several of the nebulae at 12.6 cm. The authors reexamine previous measurements of H I in planetary nebulae, and present the data on a consistent footing. The question of planetary nebula distances is considered at length. Finally, implications of the H I measurements for nebular evolution are discussed and it is suggested that atomic hydrogen seen in absorption was expelled from the progenitor star during the final 1000 yr prior to the onset of ionization.

  20. The formation of planetary nebulae

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    Sparks, W. M.

    1973-01-01

    A hydrodynamic model of a star consisting of a helium shell and a hydrogen-rich shell overlying a hard core is proposed in order to find out what causes the ejection of stellar mass with low velocities that form planetary nebulae. Observations indicate that a planetary nebula is composed of hydrogen-rich material, while the remaining remnant of the star is of helium or heavier material.

  1. 2-45 Micron Infrared Spectroscopy of Carbon-Rich Proto-Planetary Nebulae

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    Hrivnak, Bruce J.; Volk, Kevin; Kwok, Sun

    2000-01-01

    Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) 2-45 micron observations of seven proto-planetary nebulae (PPNs) and two other carbon-rich objects are presented. The unidentified emission features at 21 and 30 microns are detected in six sources, including four new detections of the 30 micron feature. This previously unresolved 30 micron feature is now resolved and found to consist of a broad feature peaking at 27.2 microns (the '30 micron' feature) and a narrower feature at 25.5 microns (the '26 micron' feature). This new 26 micron feature is detected in eight sources and is particularly strong in IRAS Z02229 + 6208 and 16594-4656. The unidentified infrared (UIR) emission features at 3.3, 6.2, 7.7, and 11.3 microns which are commonly observed in planetary nebulae and H II regions, are also seen in these PPNs. However, their strengths relative to the continuum plateaus at 8 and 12 microns are weaker than in planetary nebulae. The 6.9 micron feature, seen almost exclusively in PPNs, is strong. New millimeter CO and HCN observations were made; they support the carbon-rich nature of the objects and yield the expansion velocities of the gaseous envelopes. The spectral energy distributions of these PPNs were fitted with a radiative-transfer model, taking into account the emission features at 21, 26, and 30 microns. A significant fraction of the total energy output is emitted in these features: as high as 20% in the 30 micron feature and 8% in the 21 micron feature. The fact that so much energy is carried in these features suggests that the material responsible for these features must be made of abundant elements and most likely involves carbon. SiS, appears to be ruled out as the emitter of the 21 micron feature due to the absence of a predicted companion feature.

  2. 2-45 Micron Infrared Spectroscopy of Carbon-Rich Proto-Planetary Nebulae

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    Hrivnak, Bruce J.; Volk, Kevin; Kwok, Sun

    2000-01-01

    Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) 2-45 micron observations of seven proto-planetary nebulae (PPNs) and two other carbon-rich objects are presented. The unidentified emission features at 21 and 30 microns are detected in six sources, including four new detections of the 30 micron feature. This previously unresolved 30 micron feature is now resolved and found to consist of a broad feature peaking at 27.2 microns (the '30 micron' feature) and a narrower feature at 25.5 microns (the '26 micron' feature). This new 26 micron feature is detected in eight sources and is particularly strong in IRAS Z02229 + 6208 and 16594-4656. The unidentified infrared (UIR) emission features at 3.3, 6.2, 7.7, and 11.3 microns which are commonly observed in planetary nebulae and H II regions, are also seen in these PPNs. However, their strengths relative to the continuum plateaus at 8 and 12 microns are weaker than in planetary nebulae. The 6.9 micron feature, seen almost exclusively in PPNs, is strong. New millimeter CO and HCN observations were made; they support the carbon-rich nature of the objects and yield the expansion velocities of the gaseous envelopes. The spectral energy distributions of these PPNs were fitted with a radiative-transfer model, taking into account the emission features at 21, 26, and 30 microns. A significant fraction of the total energy output is emitted in these features: as high as 20% in the 30 micron feature and 8% in the 21 micron feature. The fact that so much energy is carried in these features suggests that the material responsible for these features must be made of abundant elements and most likely involves carbon. SiS, appears to be ruled out as the emitter of the 21 micron feature due to the absence of a predicted companion feature.

  3. HUBBLE'S PLANETARY NEBULA GALLERY

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    2002-01-01

    [Top left] - IC 3568 lies in the constellation Camelopardalis at a distance of about 9,000 light-years, and has a diameter of about 0.4 light-years (or about 800 times the diameter of our solar system). It is an example of a round planetary nebula. Note the bright inner shell and fainter, smooth, circular outer envelope. Credits: Howard Bond (Space Telescope Science Institute), Robin Ciardullo (Pennsylvania State University) and NASA [Top center] - NGC 6826's eye-like appearance is marred by two sets of blood-red 'fliers' that lie horizontally across the image. The surrounding faint green 'white' of the eye is believed to be gas that made up almost half of the star's mass for most of its life. The hot remnant star (in the center of the green oval) drives a fast wind into older material, forming a hot interior bubble which pushes the older gas ahead of it to form a bright rim. (The star is one of the brightest stars in any planetary.) NGC 6826 is 2,200 light- years away in the constellation Cygnus. The Hubble telescope observation was taken Jan. 27, 1996 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. Credits: Bruce Balick (University of Washington), Jason Alexander (University of Washington), Arsen Hajian (U.S. Naval Observatory), Yervant Terzian (Cornell University), Mario Perinotto (University of Florence, Italy), Patrizio Patriarchi (Arcetri Observatory, Italy) and NASA [Top right ] - NGC 3918 is in the constellation Centaurus and is about 3,000 light-years from us. Its diameter is about 0.3 light-year. It shows a roughly spherical outer envelope but an elongated inner balloon inflated by a fast wind from the hot central star, which is starting to break out of the spherical envelope at the top and bottom of the image. Credits: Howard Bond (Space Telescope Science Institute), Robin Ciardullo (Pennsylvania State University) and NASA [Bottom left] - Hubble 5 is a striking example of a 'butterfly' or bipolar (two-lobed) nebula. The heat generated by fast winds causes

  4. HUBBLE'S PLANETARY NEBULA GALLERY

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    2002-01-01

    [Top left] - IC 3568 lies in the constellation Camelopardalis at a distance of about 9,000 light-years, and has a diameter of about 0.4 light-years (or about 800 times the diameter of our solar system). It is an example of a round planetary nebula. Note the bright inner shell and fainter, smooth, circular outer envelope. Credits: Howard Bond (Space Telescope Science Institute), Robin Ciardullo (Pennsylvania State University) and NASA [Top center] - NGC 6826's eye-like appearance is marred by two sets of blood-red 'fliers' that lie horizontally across the image. The surrounding faint green 'white' of the eye is believed to be gas that made up almost half of the star's mass for most of its life. The hot remnant star (in the center of the green oval) drives a fast wind into older material, forming a hot interior bubble which pushes the older gas ahead of it to form a bright rim. (The star is one of the brightest stars in any planetary.) NGC 6826 is 2,200 light- years away in the constellation Cygnus. The Hubble telescope observation was taken Jan. 27, 1996 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. Credits: Bruce Balick (University of Washington), Jason Alexander (University of Washington), Arsen Hajian (U.S. Naval Observatory), Yervant Terzian (Cornell University), Mario Perinotto (University of Florence, Italy), Patrizio Patriarchi (Arcetri Observatory, Italy) and NASA [Top right ] - NGC 3918 is in the constellation Centaurus and is about 3,000 light-years from us. Its diameter is about 0.3 light-year. It shows a roughly spherical outer envelope but an elongated inner balloon inflated by a fast wind from the hot central star, which is starting to break out of the spherical envelope at the top and bottom of the image. Credits: Howard Bond (Space Telescope Science Institute), Robin Ciardullo (Pennsylvania State University) and NASA [Bottom left] - Hubble 5 is a striking example of a 'butterfly' or bipolar (two-lobed) nebula. The heat generated by fast winds causes

  5. Shock modelling of Planetary Nebulae

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    Cuesta, L.; Phillips, J. P.; Mampaso, A.

    1994-06-01

    The kinematics of Planetary Nebulae are analyzed in terms of the solutions to the equations of hydrodynamic equilibrium developed by J. Canto. We apply our analysis to the Planetary Nebulae NGC 6905 and NGC 6537. A detailed spectroscopic study of these objects reveals the existence of high nuclear velocities, together with complex kinematic structures and unusual emission line intensities. Shock ionization clearly plays a key role in these nebulae. Remarkably good agreement is obtained when comparing the synthetic maps and spectra resulting from the shock solutions with the observational data.

  6. Spectroscopy and Photoionization Model of Planetary Nebulae: NGC 6543 and NGC 7662

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    Puspitaningrum, Evaria; Lutfi Malasan, Hakim; Kawakita, Hideyo

    2016-11-01

    Spectroscopic observations in the wavelength range of λλ4000 — 8000 Å of the planetary nebulae (PN), NGC 6543 and NGC 7662, have been undertaken in 2014 using the compact spectrograph attached to the 28-cm Schmidt-Cassegrainian reflector at Koyama Astronomical Observatory. We derived physical parameters of NGC 6543 and NGC 7662 from the analyses of observed emission lines, i.e. electron temperature, density, and elemental abundances. To obtain more reliable physical quantities of NGC 6543 and NGC 7662, the use of photoionization model is needed. We use the computer code, CLOUDY C13.3 to build detailed photoionization models of NGC 6543 and NGC 7662. Model of NGC 6543 and 7662 can be constructed by providing sufficient information on physical parameters of the central stars and the nebula. In this work, input parameters to construct the photoionization model of NGC 6543 and NGC 7662 are distance, temperature and luminosity of central star and nebula parameters. The model results were compared with observational result taken in 2014. Observed and modeled temperatures were deduced from [O III] λλ(4959 + 5007) Å /λ4636 Å and the electron density from [S II] λλ 6716/6731 Å. There are some discrepancies between observed and modeled due to limitations inherent with the resolution and quality of spectroscopic data. Further spectroscopic observations with higher resolution of NGC 6543 and NGC 7662 is recommended.

  7. Deprojection of planetary nebula images

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    Volk, Kevin; Leahy, Denis A.

    1993-11-01

    Several optical or radio images of planetary nebulae have been deprojected using the algorithm described in Leahy & Volk (1993). For each image 16 radial cuts from the center of the nebula were independently deprojected assuming either spherical symmetry or a weighting of the emissivity distribution towards the plane of the sky. The deprojection was carried out using the optical line images of Balick (1987) for the Ring Nebula (NGC 6720, PN G063.1+13.9) and NGC 40 (PN G120.0+09.8) and for the 15 GHz radio image of M3-35 (PN G071.6-02.3) from Aaquist & Kwok (1991). These three nebulae were chosen due to their generally ellipsoidal shapes as seen projected on the sky, but in all three cases the deprojection indicates that the nebuale are neither oblate or prolate ellipsoidal shells. Instead, these nebulae have two main regions of emission roughly oppositely positioned around the central star each of which covers a solid angle of approximately pi steradians, and most of the emission is in more or less cylindrical bands with very little emissivity at the 'poles' of the nebulae. The nebulae are therefore more barrel-shaped than ellipsoid-shaped. While the possibility that planetary nebulae are cylindrical in shape has been studied in the past, these results indicate that the body of the nebula is far more patchy than had been postulated which may resolve some of the difficulties that the hypothesis of cylindrical symmetry has had. Such shapes are more complicated than the simplest form of the interacting winds model of planetary nebula formation predicts, but can be explained if the progenitor red giant wind was rather asymmetrical.

  8. IFU spectroscopy of southern planetary nebulae IV: a physical model for IC 418

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    Dopita, M. A.; Ali, A.; Sutherland, R. S.; Nicholls, D. C.; Amer, M. A.

    2017-09-01

    We describe high spectral resolution, high dynamic range integral field spectroscopy of IC 418 covering the spectral range 3300-8950 Å and compare with earlier data. We determine line fluxes, derive chemical abundances, provide a spectrum of the central star and determine the shape of the nebular continuum. Using photoionization models, we derive the reddening function from the nebular continuum and recombination lines. The nebula has a very high inner ionization parameter. Consequently, radiation pressure dominates the gas pressure and dust absorbs a large fraction of ionizing photons. Radiation pressure induces increasing density with radius. From a photoionization analysis we derive central star parameters; log Teff = 4.525 K, log L*/L⊙ = 4.029, log g = 3.5 and using stellar evolutionary models we estimate an initial mass of 2.5 < M/M⊙ < 3.0. The inner filamentary shell is shocked by the rapidly increasing stellar wind ram pressure, and we model this as an externally photoionized shock. In addition, a shock is driven into the pre-existing asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stellar wind by the strong D-Type ionization front developed at the outer boundary of the nebula. From the dynamics of the inner mass-loss bubble and from stellar evolutionary models, we infer that the nebula became ionized in the last 100-200 yr, but evolved structurally during the ∼2000 yr since the central star evolved off the AGB. The estimated current mass-loss rate (\\dot{M} = 3.8× 10^{-8} M_{⊙} yr-1) and terminal velocity (v∞ ∼ 450 km s-1) are sufficient to excite the inner mass-loss bubble. While on the AGB, the central star lost mass at \\dot{M} = 2.1× 10^{-5} M_{⊙} yr-1 with outflow velocity ∼14 km s-1.

  9. Abundance Analysis of 17 Planetary Nebulae from High-Resolution Optical Spectroscopy

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    Sherrard, Cameroun G.; Sterling, Nicholas C.; Dinerstein, Harriet L.; Madonna, Simone; Mashburn, Amanda

    2017-06-01

    We present an abundance analysis of 17 planetary nebulae (PNe) observed with the 2D-coudé echelle spectrograph on the 2.7-m Harlan J. Smith telescope at McDonald Observatory. The spectra cover the wavelength range 3600--10,400 Å at a resolution R = 36,700, and are the first high-resolution optical spectra for many objects in our sample. The number of emission lines detected in individual nebulae range from ~125 to over 600. We derive temperatures, densities, and abundances from collisionally-excited lines using the PyNeb package (Luridiana et al. 2015, A&A, 573, A42) and the ionization correction factor scheme of Delgado-Inglada et al. (2014, MNRAS, 440, 536). The abundances of light elements agree with previous estimates for most of the PNe. Several objects exhibit emission lines of refractory elements such as K and Fe, and neutron-capture elements that can be enriched by the s-process. We find that K and Fe are depleted relative to solar by ~0.3--0.7~dex and 1-2 dex, respectively, and find evidence for s-process enrichments in 10 objects. Several objects in our sample exhibit C, N, and O recombination lines that are useful for abundance determinations. These transitions are used to compute abundance discrepancy factors (ADFs), the ratio of ionic abundances derived from permitted lines to those from collisionally-excited transitions. We explore relations among depletion factors, ADFs, s-process enrichment factors, and other nebular stellar and nebular properties. We acknowledge support from NSF awards AST-901432 and AST-0708429.

  10. Gallery of Planetary Nebula Spectra

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    Kwitter, Karen B.; Henry, Richard B. C.

    In the course of our abundance studies over the past decade we have accumulated more than 120 high-quality, medium resolution spectra of planetary nebulae (PNe) from 3600-9600 Å using the KPNO 2.1m Goldcam CCD spectrograph and the CTIO 1.5m RC spectrograph. Results have been published in, e.g., Kwitter & Henry (1998); Henry, Kwitter & Balick (2004); and Milingo et al. (2006). We have created this website as a place where the spectra are available for graphical display, and where PN atlas information and image links are tabulated. The URL is: http://oit.williams.edu/nebulae

  11. The Formation of a Planetary Nebula.

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    Harpaz, Amos

    1991-01-01

    Proposes a scenario to describe the formation of a planetary nebula, a cloud of gas surrounding a very hot compact star. Describes the nature of a planetary nebula, the number observed to date in the Milky Way Galaxy, and the results of research on a specific nebula. (MDH)

  12. The Formation of a Planetary Nebula.

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    Harpaz, Amos

    1991-01-01

    Proposes a scenario to describe the formation of a planetary nebula, a cloud of gas surrounding a very hot compact star. Describes the nature of a planetary nebula, the number observed to date in the Milky Way Galaxy, and the results of research on a specific nebula. (MDH)

  13. XSHOOTER spectroscopy of the enigmatic planetary nebula Lin49 in the Small Magellanic Cloud

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    Otsuka, Masaaki; Kemper, F.; Leal-Ferreira, M. L.; Aleman, I.; Bernard-Salas, J.; Cami, J.; Ochsendorf, B. B.; Peeters, E.; Scicluna, P.

    2016-10-01

    We performed a detailed spectroscopic analysis of the fullerene C60-containing planetary nebula (PN) Lin49 in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) using XSHOOTER at the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope and the Spitzer/Infrared Spectrograph instruments. We derived nebular abundances for nine elements. We used TLUSTY to derive photospheric parameters for the central star. Lin49 is C-rich and metal-deficient PN (Z ˜ 0.0006). The nebular abundances are in good agreement with asymptotic giant branch nucleosynthesis models for stars with initial mass 1.25 M⊙ and metallicity Z = 0.001. Using the TLUSTY synthetic spectrum of the central star to define the heating and ionizing source, we constructed the photoionization model with CLOUDY that matches the observed spectral energy distribution (SED) and the line fluxes in the UV to far-IR wavelength ranges simultaneously. We could not fit the ˜1-5 μm SED using a model with 0.005-0.1-μm-sized graphite grains and a constant hydrogen density shell owing to the prominent near-IR excess, while at other wavelengths the model fits the observed values reasonably well. We argue that the near-IR excess might indicate either (1) the presence of very small particles in the form of small carbon clusters, small graphite sheets, or fullerene precursors, or (2) the presence of a high-density structure surrounding the central star. We found that SMC C60 PNe show a near-IR excess component to lesser or greater degree. This suggests that these C60 PNe might maintain a structure nearby their central star.

  14. The planetary nebula NGC 6826

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    Feibelman, W. A.

    1981-01-01

    Monochromatic photographs have established the NGC 6826 nebula as the third member of a group of very rare triple-shell planetaries (Feibelman, 1971, 1974). Kaler (1974) also characterized NGC 6826 as a giant halo planetary. Numerous errors and confusing statements regarding its size, structure and stratification are discussed, and the correct dimensions of the nebula are reported: the inner ring is 12.7 arcsec x 8.7 arcsec (Feibelman, 1971); the outer ring is 27 arcsec x 24 arcsec according to Curtis (1918), 25.7 arcsec x 24.4 arcsec according to Feibelman (1971), and 36 arcsec x 36 arcsec according to Coleman et al. (1975). The halo measurements range in diameter from 110 arcsec (Duncan, 1937) to 130 arcsec (Kaler, 1974) to 142 arcsec (Millikan, 1974). Values for the distance of NGC 6826 range from 0.75-1.16 kpc (Cahn and Kaler, 1971) to 2.265 kpc (Cudworth, 1974).

  15. Imaging the transition between pre-planetary and planetary nebulae: integral field spectroscopy of hot post-AGB stars with NIFS

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    Gledhill, T. M.; Forde, K. P.

    2015-02-01

    We present 2-2.4 μm integral field spectroscopy of a sample of hot post-asymptotic giant branch stars with early-B spectral types, using the Near-infrared Integral Field Spectrometer instrument on Gemini North. These stars are just beginning to ionize their immediate environments and turn into planetary nebulae (PNe). We use molecular hydrogen emission lines together with hydrogen and helium recombination lines to explore the distribution of molecular and atomic gas and the extent of the developing ionized region. We see a range of evolutionary stages: IRAS 18062+2410 and IRAS 18379-1707 have recently developed compact and unresolved regions of photoionized H within axisymmetric molecular envelopes, with the former object increasing its Brγ flux by a factor of 5.3 in 14 years; IRAS 22023+5249 and IRAS 20462+3416 have extended Brγ nebulae and in the latter object only weak H2 emission remains; IRAS 19336-0400 is at a more advanced stage of PN formation where H2 is mostly dissociated and we see structure in both the H and He recombination line nebulae. IRAS 19200+3457 is the only object not to show the He I line at 2.058 μm and is probably the least evolved object in our sample; the H2 emission forms a ring around the star and we suggest that this object may be a rare example of a `round' pre-PN in transition to a `round' PN.

  16. Abundances, planetary nebulae, and stellar evolution

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    Aller, Lawrence H.

    1994-01-01

    Among Henry Norris Russell's many achievements were his contributions to solar and stellar spectroscopy, in particular, to an analysis of the chemical composition of the solar atmosphere. The question of composition differences between stars was hotly debated; some distinguished astronomers argued that all stars had the solar composition. Some early challenges to this doctrine are described. Determinations of chemical compositions of gaseous nebulae were much more difficult. If we observe the lines of a given chemical element in one ionization stage in a stellar spectrum, we can deduce readily the abundance of that element. No such luxury is available for a planetary or diffuse gaseous nebula. We must measure lines of as many ionization stages as we can. Furthermore, a nebula is an extended object. Often detailed spectroscopy is at hand only for narrow pencil columns taken through the image. Different observers use a variety of apertures. Fortunately it is possible to calculate theoretical spectra for any arbitrary cross section taken through a symmetrical model, so UV, optical, and IR observations all can be compared properly with a prediction. The value of high-resolution spectra obtained with instruments such as the Hamilton Echelle Spectrograph at Lick Observatory is emphasized. Improved fluxes for weak but important transitions are found. Close blends of lines of different ions can be resolved, and checks can be made on predictions of atomic parameters such as Einstein A-values and collision strengths. High spectral resolution data have been obtained and reduced for 22 planetary nebulae of varying size, structure, stellar population membership, dustiness, level of excitation, evolutionary status, and chemical compositions. The promise seems justified that with such extensive, high quality data, additional insights on nebular genesis and late states of stellar evolution can be found. The present survey is confined to nebulae of high surface brightness, but

  17. Abundances, planetary nebulae, and stellar evolution

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    Aller, Lawrence H.

    1994-09-01

    Among Henry Norris Russell's many achievements were his contributions to solar and stellar spectroscopy, in particular, to an analysis of the chemical composition of the solar atmosphere. The question of composition differences between stars was hotly debated; some distinguished astronomers argued that all stars had the solar composition. Some early challenges to this doctrine are described. Determinations of chemical compositions of gaseous nebulae were much more difficult. If we observe the lines of a given chemical element in one ionization stage in a stellar spectrum, we can deduce readily the abundance of that element. No such luxury is available for a planetary or diffuse gaseous nebula. We must measure lines of as many ionization stages as we can. Furthermore, a nebula is an extended object. Often detailed spectroscopy is at hand only for narrow pencil columns taken through the image. Different observers use a variety of apertures. Fortunately it is possible to calculate theoretical spectra for any arbitrary cross section taken through a symmetrical model, so UV, optical, and IR observations all can be compared properly with a prediction. The value of high-resolution spectra obtained with instruments such as the Hamilton Echelle Spectrograph at Lick Observatory is emphasized. Improved fluxes for weak but important transitions are found. Close blends of lines of different ions can be resolved, and checks can be made on predictions of atomic parameters such as Einstein A-values and collision strengths. High spectral resolution data have been obtained and reduced for 22 planetary nebulae of varying size, structure, stellar population membership, dustiness, level of excitation, evolutionary status, and chemical compositions. The promise seems justified that with such extensive, high quality data, additional insights on nebular genesis and late states of stellar evolution can be found. The present survey is confined to nebulae of high surface brightness, but

  18. Abundances, planetary nebulae, and stellar evolution

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    Aller, Lawrence H.

    1994-01-01

    Among Henry Norris Russell's many achievements were his contributions to solar and stellar spectroscopy, in particular, to an analysis of the chemical composition of the solar atmosphere. The question of composition differences between stars was hotly debated; some distinguished astronomers argued that all stars had the solar composition. Some early challenges to this doctrine are described. Determinations of chemical compositions of gaseous nebulae were much more difficult. If we observe the lines of a given chemical element in one ionization stage in a stellar spectrum, we can deduce readily the abundance of that element. No such luxury is available for a planetary or diffuse gaseous nebula. We must measure lines of as many ionization stages as we can. Furthermore, a nebula is an extended object. Often detailed spectroscopy is at hand only for narrow pencil columns taken through the image. Different observers use a variety of apertures. Fortunately it is possible to calculate theoretical spectra for any arbitrary cross section taken through a symmetrical model, so UV, optical, and IR observations all can be compared properly with a prediction. The value of high-resolution spectra obtained with instruments such as the Hamilton Echelle Spectrograph at Lick Observatory is emphasized. Improved fluxes for weak but important transitions are found. Close blends of lines of different ions can be resolved, and checks can be made on predictions of atomic parameters such as Einstein A-values and collision strengths. High spectral resolution data have been obtained and reduced for 22 planetary nebulae of varying size, structure, stellar population membership, dustiness, level of excitation, evolutionary status, and chemical compositions. The promise seems justified that with such extensive, high quality data, additional insights on nebular genesis and late states of stellar evolution can be found. The present survey is confined to nebulae of high surface brightness, but

  19. Planetary nebulae and stellar evolution

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    Maran, S. P.

    1983-01-01

    Newly defined characteristics of planetary nebulae (PN) derived from analysis of a photometric survey of 57 PN are reported. The data were combined with measurements of 27 other PN made since 1918 and were found to indicate core masses ranging from 0.55-1.0 solar mass. N/O elemental abundance ratios observed were correlated with the planetary nuclei masses, and were in direct proportion. IUE data on PN that overlapped a large part of the survey indicated that the PN in the galactic disk are more massive than PN in the halo. It is suggested that PN evolve into white dwarfs, a hypothesis supported by astrometric solutions for three nearby visual binaries featuring white dwarfs with well-determined masses. It is noted, however, that PN with masses exceeding one solar mass have been sighted in the Magellanic Clouds.

  20. Birth and early evolution of planetary nebulae

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    Parthasarathy, M.

    2000-06-01

    Birth and early evolution of planetary nebulae is described. The study of the young planetary nebula Hen 1357 (Stingray Nebula) with HST is discussed. The observed characteristics of few interesting PPNe and PNe are described. The presence of multiple arcs or rings, knots, jets, collimated and bipolar out flows and disks shows the complex nature of mass loss process during the AGB and post-AGB phases of evolution.

  1. Where Do Messy Planetary Nebulae Come From?

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    Kohler, Susanna

    2017-03-01

    If you examined images of planetary nebulae, you would find that many of them have an appearance that is too messy to be accounted for in the standard model of how planetary nebulae form. So what causes these structures?Examples of planetary nebulae that have a low probability of having beenshaped by a triple stellar system. They are mostly symmetric, with only slight departures (labeled) that can be explained by instabilities, interactions with the interstellar medium, etc. [Bear and Soker 2017]A Range of LooksAt the end of a stars lifetime, in the red-giant phase, strong stellar winds can expel the outer layers of the star. The hot, luminous core then radiates in ultraviolet, ionizing the gas of the ejected stellar layers and causing them to shine as a brightly colored planetary nebula for a few tens of thousands of years.Planetary nebulae come in a wide variety of morphologies. Some are approximately spherical, but others can be elliptical, bipolar, quadrupolar, or even more complex.Its been suggested that non-spherical planetary nebulae might be shaped by the presence of a second star in a binary system with the source of the nebula but even this scenario should still produce a structure with axial or mirror symmetry.A pair of scientists from Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Ealeal Bear and Noam Soker, argue that planetary nebulae with especially messy morphologies those without clear axial or point symmetries may have been shaped by an interacting triple stellar system instead.Examples of planetary nebulae that might have been shaped by a triple stellar system. They have some deviations from symmetry but also show signs of interacting with the interstellar medium. [Bear and Soker 2017]Departures from SymmetryTo examine this possibility more closely, Bear and Soker look at a sample of thousands planetary nebulae and qualitatively classify each of them into one of four categories, based on the degree to which they show signs of having been shaped by a

  2. Using Planetary Nebulae to Teach Physics

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    Kwitter, Karen B.

    2011-05-01

    We have developed an interactive website, "Gallery of Planetary Nebula Spectra," (www.williams.edu/Astronomy/research/PN/nebulae/) that contains high-quality optical-to-near-infrared spectra, atlas information, and bibliographic references for more than 160 planetary nebulae that we have observed in the Milky Way Galaxy. To make the material more accessible to students, I have created three undergraduate-level exercises that explore physics-related aspects of planetary nebulae. "Emission Lines and Central Star Temperature” uses the presence or absence of emission lines from species with different ionization potentials to rank the temperatures of the exciting stars in a selection of nebulae. "Interstellar Reddening” uses the observed Balmer decrement in a sample of planetary nebulae at different Galactic latitudes to infer the distribution of interstellar dust in the Milky Way. Finally, "Determining the Gas Density in Planetary Nebulae,” which I will focus on here, uses the observed intensity ratio of the 6717 Å and 6731 Å emission lines from singly ionized sulfur to determine the electron density in the nebular gas. These exercises demonstrate that planetary nebula spectra are useful real-world examples illustrating a variety of physical principles, including the behavior of blackbodies, wavelength-dependent particle scattering, recombination-line ratios, atomic physics, and statistical mechanics.

  3. Integral field spectroscopy of planetary nebulae: mapping the line diagnostics and hydrogen-poor zones with VLT FLAMES

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    Tsamis, Y. G.; Walsh, J. R.; Péquignot, D.; Barlow, M. J.; Danziger, I. J.; Liu, X.-W.

    2008-05-01

    Results from the first dedicated study of Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe) by means of optical integral field spectroscopy with the Very Large Telescope Fibre Large Array Multi Element Spectrograph Argus integral field unit are presented. Three typical Galactic disc PNe have been mapped with the 11.5 × 7.2-arcsec2 Argus array: 2D spectral maps of the main shell of NGC5882 and of large areas of NGC 6153 and NGC 7009 with 297 spatial pixels per target were obtained at subarcsec resolutions. A corresponding number of 297 spectra per target were obtained in the 396.4-507.8nm range. Spatially resolved maps of emission lines and of nebular physical properties such as electron temperatures, densities and ionic abundances were produced. The abundances of helium and of doubly ionized carbon and oxygen, relative to hydrogen, were derived from optical recombination lines (ORLs), while those of O2+ were also derived from the classic collisionally excited lines (CELs). The occurrence of the abundance discrepancy problem, pertaining to oxygen, was investigated by mapping the ratio of ORL/CEL abundances for O2+ [the abundance discrepancy factor (ADF)] across the face of the PNe. The ADF varies between targets and also with position within the targets, attaining values of ~40 in the case of NGC 6153 and ~30 in the case of NGC 7009. Correlations of the ADF with geometric distance from the central star and plasma surface brightness (for NGC 6153), as well as with [OIII] electron temperature, plasma ionization state and other physical properties of the targets are established. Very small values of the temperature fluctuation parameter in the plane of the sky, t2A(O2+), are found in all cases. It is argued that these results provide further evidence for the existence in run-of-the-mill PNe of a distinct nebular component consisting of hydrogen-deficient, super-metal-rich plasma. The zones containing this posited component appear as undulations in the CII and OII ORL abundance

  4. Planetary Nebula NGC 7293 also Known as the Helix Nebula

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    2005-05-05

    This ultraviolet image from NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the planetary nebula NGC 7293 also known as the Helix Nebula. It is the nearest example of what happens to a star, like our own Sun, as it approaches the end of its life when it runs out of fuel, expels gas outward and evolves into a much hotter, smaller and denser white dwarf star. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07902

  5. Size distribution of planetary nebulae

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    Asvarov, Abdul; Allahverdiyev, Ahad

    2015-08-01

    Despite a very long history of investigations, the nature and origin of planetary nebulae (PNe) are not fully understood. It is obvious that the observational properties of PNe are influenced by the properties of the central star and the conditions in the environment. In this presentation in order to understand the effects of these components we have modeled the evolution of radio luminosity and the expansion of PNe in the framework of different hypothesis on the origin of these objects. In this we have used the observational data on the central stars and clustered this data into gourps with the similar parameters of the central stars. For the each of these groups of PNe we have built statistical dependences radio luminosity - diameter, number of PNe - diameter which are then compared to the modeled ones. Unfortunately, the comparison of simulations with observations did not allow us to choose between the known models of the evolution of the PN shell. However with the increase of statistics the approach considered in this presentation may become more productive.

  6. GALEX Observations of Planetary Nebulae

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    Panda, Swayamtrupta

    2016-05-01

    The first ultraviolet (UV) photometric observations of planetary nebulae (PNe) are presented using observations made by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX). We have found 108 PNe detected by GALEX and resolved their angular diameters in near-UV (NUV) and also in far-UV (FUV) for 28 PNe considering a 3σ emission level beyond the background. Of the PNe, 57 are elliptical, 41 are circular and the rest 10 are bipolar in NUV. The emission lines that contribute to the NUV intrinsic flux are C III] and He II. The measured intrinsic luminosities considering the sole contribution from the central stars have been found to lie in the range of 10^37-10^51 erg/s. The comparative study of the angular sizes against effective wavelengths in 5 distinct regimes has shown that the listed PNe are bright in NUV which opens up the discussion related to the extent of hotness, the very high temperatures of the CSPNe and the exact nature of it. The intensity contour plots of the PNe have also provided us with over 10 well-defined candidates having bipolar morphological signatures, the origin and evolution of whose can be traced back to the dynamics of stellar winds in the post-AGB stage.

  7. Reconstruction and visualization of planetary nebulae.

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    Magnor, Marcus; Kindlmann, Gordon; Hansen, Charles; Duric, Neb

    2005-01-01

    From our terrestrially confined viewpoint, the actual three-dimensional shape of distant astronomical objects is, in general, very challenging to determine. For one class of astronomical objects, however, spatial structure can be recovered from conventional 2D images alone. So-called planetary nebulae (PNe) exhibit pronounced symmetry characteristics that come about due to fundamental physical processes. Making use of this symmetry constraint, we present a technique to automatically recover the axisymmetric structure of many planetary nebulae from photographs. With GPU-based volume rendering driving a nonlinear optimization, we estimate the nebula's local emission density as a function of its radial and axial coordinates and we recover the orientation of the nebula relative to Earth. The optimization refines the nebula model and its orientation by minimizing the differences between the rendered image and the original astronomical image. The resulting model allows creating realistic 3D visualizations of these nebulae, for example, for planetarium shows and other educational purposes. In addition, the recovered spatial distribution of the emissive gas can help astrophysicists gain deeper insight into the formation processes of planetary nebulae.

  8. Luminosities and masses for three central stars of planetary nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds from ultraviolet spectroscopy with the IUE

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    Stecher, T. P.; Savedoff, M. P.; Maran, S. P.; Gull, T. R.; Aller, L. H.

    1982-01-01

    Physical parameters of the central stars of the planetary nebulae (PN) P40, N2, and N5 are determined from UV observations by the IUE spacecraft and emission line-data. The observations took place on May 23 and 26, 1981. Derived properties, such as the H-beta, color excess, nebular hydrogen emission, helium emission, and stellar continuum emission, the stellar radius, surface gravity, Zanstra temperature, luminosity, absolute bolometric magnitude, apparent visual magnitude, mass, and Zanstra parameter for the three PN central stars are presented. All the masses were over one solar mass, suggesting a specific PN nuclei mass. The finding was corroborated by all luminosities exceeding the Eddington luminosity for a 0.6 solar mass star, which has previously been calculated for the white dwarf core of a PN.

  9. Nebular properties of proto-planetary nebulae

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    Kwok, Sun; Volk, Kevin; Hrivnak, Bruce J.

    1990-01-01

    Recent ground-based observations of cool IRAS sources have led to the discovery of many candidates for protoplanetary nebulae (PPN). These objects have cool dust shells and molecular envelopes reminiscent of the circumstellar envelopes of asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars. Observations of PPN confirm that the circumstellar envelope ejected during the AGB phase dominates the infrared continuum of post-AGB objects. It is suggested that an infrared sequence can be traced throughout the evolutionary phases from AGB to planetary nebulae.

  10. Reddening of planetary nebulae - NGC 2392

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    Zipoy, D. M.

    1976-01-01

    A method for finding the reddening of planetary nebulae is proposed which makes use of the fact that the color of a hot star is an insensitive function of its temperature. Spectrophotometric data of NGC 2392 are presented and used to compute its color excess by the present method as well as older methods; the present method appears to be viable. These results combined with previous measurements tend to support the idea that reddening is variable over the surface of the nebula.

  11. COMPARING SYMBIOTIC NEBULAE AND PLANETARY NEBULAE LUMINOSITY FUNCTIONS

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    Frankowski, Adam; Soker, Noam E-mail: soker@physics.technion.ac.i

    2009-10-01

    We compare the observed symbiotic nebulae (SyN) luminosity function (SyNLF) in the [O III] lambda5007 A line to the planetary nebulae (PN) luminosity function (PNLF) and find that the intrinsic SyNLF (ISyNLF) of galactic SyNs has-within its uncertainty of 0.5-0.8 mag-very similar cutoff luminosity and general shape to those of the PNLF. The [O III]/(Halpha+[N II]) line ratios of SyNs and PNs are shown to be also related. Possible implications of these results for the universality of the PNLF are briefly outlined.

  12. CCH and HNC in Planetary Nebulae

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    Schmidt, Deborah; Ziurys, Lucy M.

    2015-06-01

    A survey of CCH and HNC has been conducted towards a sample of ten planetary nebulae of varying ages using the Submillimeter Telescope (SMT) of the Arizona Radio Observatory (ARO) at 1 mm. The N = 3 → 2 transition of CCH at 262 GHz and the J = 3 → 2 line of HNC at 272 GHz were observed using the ALMA Band 6 receiver at the SMT. The molecules were detected in most of the sources where HCN and HCO^+ had been identified in a previous survey. Molecular abundances for CCH and HNC have been determined in these nebulae, as well as [HCN]/[HNC] ratios. These observations further support the notion that the chemistry in planetary nebulae remains active despite the ultraviolet radiation field from the central white dwarf star.

  13. Masses of the Planetary Nebula Central Stars in the Galactic Globular Cluster System from HST Imaging and Spectroscopy

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    Jacoby, George H.; De Marco, Orsola; Davies, James; Lotarevich, I.; Bond, Howard E.; Harrington, J. Patrick; Lanz, Thierry

    2017-02-01

    The globular cluster (GC) system of our Galaxy contains four planetary nebulae (PNe): K 648 (or Ps 1) in M15, IRAS 18333-2357 in M22, JaFu 1 in Pal 6, and JaFu 2 in NGC 6441. Because single-star evolution at the low stellar mass of present-epoch GCs was considered incapable of producing visible PNe, their origin presented a puzzle. We imaged the PN JaFu 1 with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to obtain photometry of its central star (CS) and high-resolution morphological information. We imaged IRAS 18333-2357 with better depth and resolution, and we analyzed its archival HST spectra to constrain its CS temperature and luminosity. All PNe in Galactic GCs now have quality HST data, allowing us to improve CS mass estimates. We find reasonably consistent masses between 0.53 and 0.58 M ⊙ for all four objects, though estimates vary when adopting different stellar evolutionary calculations. The CS mass of IRAS 18333-2357, though, depends strongly on its temperature, which remains elusive due to reddening uncertainties. For all four objects, we consider their CS and nebula masses, their morphologies, and other incongruities to assess the likelihood that these objects formed from binary stars. Although generally limited by uncertainties (∼0.02 M ⊙) in post-AGB tracks and core mass versus luminosity relations, the high-mass CS in K 648 indicates a binary origin. The CS of JaFu 1 exhibits compact, bright [O iii] and Hα emission, like EGB 6, suggesting a binary companion or disk. Evidence is weaker for a binary origin of JaFu 2. Based, in part, on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained [from the Data Archive] at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555. These observations are associated with program GO-11558.

  14. Nebular UV Absorption Lines in Planetary Nebulae

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    Dinerstein, Harriet

    We propose to continue our Cycle 1 program of studying the Lyman and Werner bands of H_2, seen in absorption against the UV continua of planetary nebula central stars, which arise within neutral-molecular envelopes surrounding the ionized gas. These are the pump lines for a fluorescent cascade of near-infrared emission lines which are observed in many planetary nebulae. By observing the UV lines we can probe the chemical and thermal structure of the envelopes, as well as measure molecular column densities and clarify the excitation processes for the infrared lines. In Cycle 1 we were granted time for three targets, one of which was successfully observed shortly before submission of this proposal. Although the data were not yet available for examination, similar target observed by the project team revealed a rich set of H_2 circumstellar absorption features, demonstrating the feasibility of our program. FUSE spectra also include absorption features from atomic species such as O I and C II, which give rise to important far-infrared fine-structure cooling lines that likewise have been observed from planetary nebulae. In Cycle 2, we add as a secondary goal a search for nebular components of the O VI 032, 1038 AA absorption lines, which trace the presence of hot shocked gas, in nebulae with anomalously strong optical recombination lines of ions of oxygen and nitrogen. This will test a plausible hypothesis for the origin of this anomaly.

  15. Planetary nebulae near the Galactic Centre: chemical abundances

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    Cavichia, O.; Costa, R. D. D.; Maciel, W. J.; Mollá, M.

    2014-10-01

    In this work, we report physical parameters and abundances derived for a sample of high extinction planetary nebulae located in the Galactic bulge, near the Galactic Centre, based on low dispersion spectroscopy secured at the SOAR telescope using the Goodman spectrograph. The results show that the abundances of our sample are similar to those from other regions of the bulge. Nevertheless, the average abundances of the Galactic bulge do not follow the observed trend of the radial abundance gradient in the disk.

  16. Heat conduction fronts in planetary nebulae

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    Soker, Noam

    1994-01-01

    We present arguments which suggest that many of the x-ray, some optical, and some UV observations of planetary nebulae, can be explained by the presence of heat conduction fronts. The heat flows from the hot bubble formed by the shocked fast wind to the cool shell and halo. Heat conduction fronts are likely to account for emission of x rays from plasma at lower temperature than the expected temperature of the hot bubble. In the presence of magnetic fields, only a small fraction of the fast wind luminosity emerges as radiation. Heat conduction fronts can naturally produce some unusual line flux ratios, which are observed in some planetary nebulae. Heat conduction fronts may heat the halo and cause some material at the inner surface of the shell to expand slower than the rest of the shell. In the presence of an asymmetrical magnetic field, this flow, the x-ray intensity, and the emission lines, may acquire asymmetrical structure as well.

  17. Very Large Telescope deep echelle spectroscopy of Galactic planetary nebulae NGC 6153, M 1-42 and Hf 2-2

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    McNabb, I. A.; Fang, X.; Liu, X.-W.

    2016-09-01

    We present deep spectroscopy of three Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe) with large abundance discrepancy factors: NGC 6153, M 1-42 and Hf 2-2. The spectra were obtained with Very Large Telescope/Ultraviolet and Visual Echelle Spectrograph and cover the whole optical range (3040-11 000 Å) with a spectral resolution of ˜20 000. For all three PNe, several hundred emission lines were detected and identified, with more than 70 per cent of them as permitted lines. Most of these permitted lines are excited by recombination. Numerous weak optical recombination lines (ORLs) of O II, C II, N II and Ne II were detected in the spectra and accurate fluxes measured. Line flux tables were compiled and ready for use by the community of nebular astrophysics. These ORLs were critically analysed using the effective recombination coefficients recently calculated for the optical recombination spectrum of N II and O II under the physical conditions of photoionized gaseous nebulae. Plasma diagnostics based on the heavy element ORLs were carried out using the new atomic data. Elemental abundances derived from the ORLs were systematically higher than those derived from the collisionally excited lines (CELs) by a factor of ˜11, 22 and 80 for NGC 6153, M 1-42 and Hf 2-2, respectively. The electron temperatures derived from the heavy element ORLs are systematically lower than those derived from the CELs. These ORL versus CEL abundance and temperature discrepancies, previously observed in the three PNe through deep spectroscopy with medium to low spectral resolution, are thus confirmed by our analysis of the deep echelle spectra using the new atomic data.

  18. Molecular line mapping of (young) planetary nebulae

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    Bujarrabal, Valentín

    2016-07-01

    In this contribution, I will review recent results obtained from high-resolution observations of molecular emission of planetary nebulae in the millimeter and submillimeter waves, stressing the easy interpretation of the data and the great amount of quantitative results obtained from them. Radio interferometers have been shown to be very efficient in the observation of our objects and, particularly since the arrival of ALMA, the amount of results is becoming impressive. We will deal mainly with young planetary nebulae or protoplanetary nebulae, since, as we will see, molecular lines tend to be weak in evolved objects because of photodissociation. In relatively young nebulae, the molecular gas represents most of the nebular material and can be well observed in line emission in mm- and submm-waves. Those observations have yielded many quantitative and accurate results on the structure, dynamics, and physical conditions of this largely dominant nebular component. In more evolved sources, we can follow the evolution of the chemical composition, although the data become rare.

  19. Hot Gas in Planetary Nebulae

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    Gruendl, Robert A.; Chu, You-Hua; Guerrero, Martin

    2003-01-01

    It was successfully obtained the FUSE spectra of all targets awarded. The analysis of the spectra has been a complex task due to the superposition of the P-Cygni profile from the wind of the central star and absorption components from low ionization and molecular species in the nebular shell. In six of the eight targets there are narrow O VI absorption components that may arise from the interface layer between the hot (l0(exp 6) K) interior gas and the surrounding warm (l0(exp 4) K) dense nebular shell. To better determine whether these narrow O VI absorption lines arise from the interface region we have obtained ground-based high-dispersion spectroscopic observations of the central star and nebula to pin-point the precise line-of-sight velocity of the nebular emission lines. The comparison between these optical spectra with the far-UV spectra obtained with FUSE is complete. The analysis shows that in most cases the narrow O VI absorption components have velocities slightly redshifted from the emission lines which arise from the approaching side of the nebular shell. Preliminary results have been published in two papers.

  20. Hot Gas in Planetary Nebulae

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    Gruendl, Robert A.; Chu, You-Hua; Guerrero, Martin

    2003-01-01

    It was successfully obtained the FUSE spectra of all targets awarded. The analysis of the spectra has been a complex task due to the superposition of the P-Cygni profile from the wind of the central star and absorption components from low ionization and molecular species in the nebular shell. In six of the eight targets there are narrow O VI absorption components that may arise from the interface layer between the hot (l0(exp 6) K) interior gas and the surrounding warm (l0(exp 4) K) dense nebular shell. To better determine whether these narrow O VI absorption lines arise from the interface region we have obtained ground-based high-dispersion spectroscopic observations of the central star and nebula to pin-point the precise line-of-sight velocity of the nebular emission lines. The comparison between these optical spectra with the far-UV spectra obtained with FUSE is complete. The analysis shows that in most cases the narrow O VI absorption components have velocities slightly redshifted from the emission lines which arise from the approaching side of the nebular shell. Preliminary results have been published in two papers.

  1. The current research of planetary nebulae distance measurement

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    Yang, Yuan-yuan; Zhu, Hui; Tian, Wen-wu; Wu, Dan

    2015-08-01

    Planetary Nebula is an important tracer of Galactic chemical history and evolution, star and interstellar evolution. Distance as a basic physical parameter of planetary nebula, is crucial to study its size, luminosity, ionized mass, formation rate, space density and Galactic distribution. Distance of planetary nebula has been studied for several decades, but most of their distances are not well determined, e.g. only thirty-one planetary nebulae have distance measurement with uncertainty within 20%. We summarize major distance measurement methods of planetary nebulae, i.e., trigonometric parallax, cluster member, expansion parallax, spectroscopic parallax, reddening, Na D absorption, determinations of central star gravities, Shklovsky method, kinematics method, and then discuss the limitations and applications scope of each method in detail. Actually, applying different methods to the same planetary nebulae can have a huge difference in distance, and even the same method can lead to great difference for the same planetary nebula. We focus on the kinematics method applied to planetary nebulae either seriously effected by Galactic extinction or having no observable centra star but being radio bright. The kinematics distance has been used in our on-going project of radio planetary nebulae distance measurement.

  2. The evolution of planetary nebulae. VII. Modelling planetary nebulae of distant stellar systems

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    Schönberner, D.; Jacob, R.; Sandin, C.; Steffen, M.

    2010-11-01

    Aims: By means of hydrodynamical models we do the first investigations of how the properties of planetary nebulae are affected by their metal content and what can be learned from spatially unresolved spectrograms of planetary nebulae in distant stellar systems. Methods: We computed a new series of 1D radiation-hydrodynamics planetary nebulae model sequences with central stars of 0.595 M⊙ surrounded by initial envelope structures that differ only by their metal content. At selected phases along the evolutionary path, the hydrodynamic terms were switched off, allowing the models to relax for fixed radial structure and radiation field into their equilibrium state with respect to energy and ionisation. The analyses of the line spectra emitted from both the dynamical and static models enabled us to systematically study the influence of hydrodynamics as a function of metallicity and evolution. We also recomputed selected sequences already used in previous publications, but now with different metal abundances. These sequences were used to study the expansion properties of planetary nebulae close to the bright cut-off of the planetary nebula luminosity function. Results: Our simulations show that the metal content strongly influences the expansion of planetary nebulae: the lower the metal content, the weaker the pressure of the stellar wind bubble, but the faster the expansion of the outer shell because of the higher electron temperature. This is in variance with the predictions of the interacting-stellar-winds model (or its variants) according to which only the central-star wind is thought to be responsible for driving the expansion of a planetary nebula. Metal-poor objects around slowly evolving central stars become very dilute and are prone to depart from thermal equilibrium because then adiabatic expansion contributes to gas cooling. We find indications that photoheating and line cooling are not fully balanced in the evolved planetary nebulae of the Galactic halo

  3. HUBBLE CAPTURES UNVEILING OF PLANETARY NEBULA

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    2002-01-01

    This Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 image captures the infancy of the Stingray nebula (Hen-1357), the youngest known planetary nebula. In this image, the bright central star is in the middle of the green ring of gas. Its companion star is diagonally above it at 10 o'clock. A spur of gas (green) is forming a faint bridge to the companion star due to gravitational attraction. The image also shows a ring of gas (green) surrounding the central star, with bubbles of gas to the lower left and upper right of the ring. The wind of material propelled by radiation from the hot central star has created enough pressure to blow open holes in the ends of the bubbles, allowing gas to escape. The red curved lines represent bright gas that is heated by a 'shock' caused when the central star's wind hits the walls of the bubbles. The nebula is as large as 130 solar systems, but, at its distance of 18,000 light-years, it appears only as big as a dime viewed a mile away. The Stingray is located in the direction of the southern constellation Ara (the Altar). The colors shown are actual colors emitted by nitrogen (red), oxygen (green), and hydrogen (blue). The filters used were F658N ([N II]), F502N ([O III]), and F487N (H-beta). The observations were made in March 1996. Credit: Matt Bobrowsky, Orbital Sciences Corporation and NASA

  4. Chemical Abundances of Compact Planetary Nebulae

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    Lee, Ting-Hui; Shaw, Richard A.; Stanghellini, letizia; Riley, Ben

    2015-08-01

    We present preliminary results from an optical spectroscopic survey of compact planetary nebulae (PNe) in the Galactic disk. This is an ongoing optical+infrared spectral survey of 150 compact PNe to build a deep sample of PN chemical abundances. We obtained optical spectra of PNe with the Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope and Goodman High-Throughput Spectrograph between 2012 and 2015. These data were used to calculate the nebulae diagnostics such as electron temperature and density for each PN, and to derive the elemental abundances of He, N, O Ne, S and Ar. These abundances are vital to understanding the nature of the PNe, and their low- to intermediate-mass progenitor stars.

  5. CARBON ABUNDANCE IN SMALL MAGELLANIC CLOUD PLANETARY NEBULAE THROUGH ADVANCED CAMERA FOR SURVEYS PRISM SPECTROSCOPY: CONSTRAINING STELLAR EVOLUTION AT LOW METALLICITY

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    Stanghellini, Letizia; Shaw, Richard A.; Lee, T.-H.; Balick, Bruce; Villaver, Eva E-mail: shaw@noao.edu E-mail: balick@astro.washington.edu

    2009-09-01

    We perform near ultraviolet ACS prism spectroscopy of 11 Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) planetary nebulae (PNe) with the main aim of deriving the abundance of carbon. The analysis of the ACS spectra provides reliable atomic carbon abundances for all but a couple of our targets; ionic C{sup 2+} abundances are calculated for all target PNe. With the present paper we more than double the number of SMC PNe with known carbon abundances, providing a good database to study the elemental evolution in low- and intermediate-mass stars at low metallicity. We study carbon abundances of Magellanic Cloud PNe in the framework of stellar evolution models and the elemental yields. Constraining SMC and LMC stellar evolutionary models is now possible with the present data, through the comparison of the final yields calculated and the CNO abundances observed. We found that SMC PNe are almost exclusively carbon rich, and that for the most part they have not undergone the hot bottom burning phase, contrary to about half of the studied LMC PNe. The yields from stellar evolutionary models with LMC and SMC metallicities broadly agree with the observations. In particular, evolutionary yields for M {sub to} < 3.5 M {sub sun} well encompass the abundances of round and elliptical PNe in the SMC. We found that the carbon emission lines are major coolants for SMC PNe, more so than in their LMC counterparts, indicating that metallicity has an effect on the physics of PNe, as predicted by Stanghellini et al.

  6. Ices Under Conditions of Planetary Nebulae

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    Yeghikyan, A. G.

    2017-07-01

    A large number of molecules are observed in planetary nebulae, both simple, the most common (H2, CO and OH), and more complex (H2O, SiO, HCN, HNC, HCO+), and even the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and fullerenes containing a few dozen and more atoms. The water molecules are observed, as a rule, in the young objects, in the gas phase (water "fountains" and related water masers) and solid phase (emission of crystalline ice particles), and, regardless of the C/O ratio, water and carbon-containing molecules may be linked to the same object. On the other hand, the results of calculations by the well known Cloudy computer program given in this paper for stationery models, show that the abundance of water ice in planetary nebulae, other conditions being equal, is dependent on the ionization rate of hydrogen, which depends in turn on the flux of energetic particles (protons and alpha particles) in the range of MeV energies and higher. The possibility of the increased flux of such particles in planetary nebulae under conditions of the standard interacting stellar winds scenario is discussed, when the flux may locally exceed by 1-3 orders of magnitude that of caused by galactic cosmic rays. Calculated water ice column densities reach values up to 1018-1019 cm-2 at the usual average ISM H2 ionisation rate of 10-16s -1 and sharply decrease for the thousands times larger rates. Known observed results of NGC 6302 show for the column density of crystalline ice about 1019cm-2 close to the calculated one.

  7. Silicon and magnesium in planetary nebulae

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    Harrington, J. P.; Marionni, P. A.

    1981-01-01

    The IUE satellite spectra of some planetary nebulae show features due to silicon and magnesium: Si III wavelengths 1883, 1892; Si IV wavelengths 1394, 1403; Mg II wavelengths 2796, 2804 and Mg V wavelengths 2784, 2929. With the aid of modeling techniques, the corresponding elemental abundances are found. In addition to previous observations of NGC 7662 and IC 418, data were found for NGC 2440, Hu 1-2, IC 2003 and IC 2165. Silicon appears depleted by up to an order of magnitude relative to the sun. Large variations of magnesium abundance are found, which are likely to reflect differing degrees of depletion due to grain formation.

  8. Planetary nebulae and the interstellar medium

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    Aller, L. H.

    1986-01-01

    In addition to available published data on planetary nebulae (PN), some 40 objects largely concentrated towards the galactic center and anticenter regions were included. All were observed with the Lick 3(sup m) telescope and image tube scanner. Abundances of C, N, O, Ne, Cl, and Ar were determined by a procedure in which theoretical models were used to obtain ionization correction factors (ICF). Of the 106 PN, 66 are N-rich and 40 are N-poor. There appear to be no significant differences between the average compositions in the solar neighborhood and the average taken over the entire observable portion of the galaxy.

  9. KINEMATIC DISTANCES OF GALACTIC PLANETARY NEBULAE

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    Yang, A. Y.; Tian, W. W.; Zhu, H.; Wu, D.; Leahy, D. A. E-mail: ayyang@bao.ac.cn

    2016-03-15

    We construct H i absorption spectra for 18 planetary nebulae (PNs) and their background sources using data from the International Galactic Plane Survey. We estimate the kinematic distances of these PNs, among which 15 objects’ kinematic distances are obtained for the first time. The distance uncertainties of 13 PNs range from 10% to 50%, which is a significant improvement with uncertainties of a factor of two or three smaller than most previous distance measurements. We confirm that PN G030.2−00.1 is not a PN because of its large distance found here.

  10. Hierarchies of Models: Toward Understanding Planetary Nebulae

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    Knuth, Kevin H.; Hajian, Arsen R.; Clancy, Daniel (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Stars like our sun (initial masses between 0.8 to 8 solar masses) end their lives as swollen red giants surrounded by cool extended atmospheres. The nuclear reactions in their cores create carbon, nitrogen and oxygen, which are transported by convection to the outer envelope of the stellar atmosphere. As the star finally collapses to become a white dwarf, this envelope is expelled from the star to form a planetary nebula (PN) rich in organic molecules. The physics, dynamics, and chemistry of these nebulae are poorly understood and have implications not only for our understanding of the stellar life cycle but also for organic astrochemistry and the creation of prebiotic molecules in interstellar space. We are working toward generating three-dimensional models of planetary nebulae (PNe), which include the size, orientation, shape, expansion rate and mass distribution of the nebula. Such a reconstruction of a PN is a challenging problem for several reasons. First, the data consist of images obtained over time from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and spectra obtained from Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO). These images are of course taken from a single viewpoint in space, which amounts to a very challenging tomographic reconstruction. Second, the fact that we have two disparate and orthogonal data types requires that we utilize a method that allows these data to be used together to obtain a solution. To address these first two challenges we employ Bayesian model estimation using a parameterized physical model that incorporates much prior information about the known physics of the PN. In our previous works we have found that the forward problem of the comprehensive model is extremely time consuming. To address this challenge, we explore the use of a set of hierarchical models, which allow us to estimate increasingly more detailed sets of model parameters. These hierarchical models of increasing complexity are akin

  11. Hierarchies of Models: Toward Understanding Planetary Nebulae

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    Knuth, Kevin H.; Hajian, Arsen R.; Clancy, Daniel (Technical Monitor)

    2003-01-01

    Stars like our sun (initial masses between 0.8 to 8 solar masses) end their lives as swollen red giants surrounded by cool extended atmospheres. The nuclear reactions in their cores create carbon, nitrogen and oxygen, which are transported by convection to the outer envelope of the stellar atmosphere. As the star finally collapses to become a white dwarf, this envelope is expelled from the star to form a planetary nebula (PN) rich in organic molecules. The physics, dynamics, and chemistry of these nebulae are poorly understood and have implications not only for our understanding of the stellar life cycle but also for organic astrochemistry and the creation of prebiotic molecules in interstellar space. We are working toward generating three-dimensional models of planetary nebulae (PNe), which include the size, orientation, shape, expansion rate and mass distribution of the nebula. Such a reconstruction of a PN is a challenging problem for several reasons. First, the data consist of images obtained over time from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and spectra obtained from Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO). These images are of course taken from a single viewpoint in space, which amounts to a very challenging tomographic reconstruction. Second, the fact that we have two disparate and orthogonal data types requires that we utilize a method that allows these data to be used together to obtain a solution. To address these first two challenges we employ Bayesian model estimation using a parameterized physical model that incorporates much prior information about the known physics of the PN. In our previous works we have found that the forward problem of the comprehensive model is extremely time consuming. To address this challenge, we explore the use of a set of hierarchical models, which allow us to estimate increasingly more detailed sets of model parameters. These hierarchical models of increasing complexity are akin

  12. Abundances in the Planetary Nebula IC 5217

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    Hyung, Siek; Aller, Lawrence H.; Feibelman, Walter A.; Lee, Woo-Baik; Fisher, Richard R. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    High resolution optical wavelength spectroscopic data were secured in the optical wavelengths, 3700A - 10,050A, for the planetary nebula IC 5217 with the Hamilton Echelle Spectrograph at Lick Observatory. These optical spectra have been analyzed along with the near-UV and UV archive data. Diagnostic analyses indicate a nebular physical condition with electron temperature of about 10,700 K (from the [O III] lines) and the density of N(sub epsilon) = 5000/cm. Ionic concentrations have been derived with the representative diagnostics, and with the aid of a photoionization model construction, we derived the elemental abundances. Contrary to the previous studies found in the literature, He and C appear to be depleted compared to the average planetary nebula and to the Sun (and S marginally so), while the remaining elements appear to be close to the average value. IC 5217 may have evolved from an O-rich progenitor and the central star temperature of IC 5217 is likely to be 92,000 K.

  13. Observational and Theoretical Studies of Pre-Planetary Nebulae

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    Dwarkadas, V. V.; Sahai, R.; York, D. G.; Thorburn, J.; Lee, C.-F.

    2005-12-01

    Pre-planetary nebulae (PPNs) are objects representing the crucial evolutionary phase between the completion of the AGB phase and the planetary nebula (PN) phase. PNs are formed from PPNs when the central stars becomes hot enough to ionize the circumstellar medium. We have started a project to study, both observationally and theoretically, the nature of these objects. In this poster we report on early results from our studies. On the observational side we show results from echelle spectroscopy of two extended PPNs, IRAS 20068+4051 and IRAS 09371+1212 (Frosty Leo). The spectra allow us to determine the spectral type and properties of the central star. The extended nature of the objects permits an evaluation of the expansion properties of the nebula, using appropriate approximations. These properties can be used to provide constraints on the theoretical models, which are intended to investigate the formation and evolution of outflows around these stars expanding into the surrounding dense AGB wind. High-resolution numerical simulations of collimated outflow expansion have been carried out using the Zeus-3D finite-difference hydrodynamics code. In particular we have investigated the scenario when the outflow is turned off after a finite time. First results from these calculations are presented. This work is partially supported by NASA through grant number HST-AR-10317 awarded by the Space Science Telescope Institute to RS and VVD. VVD's research is also supported by NSF award AST 0319261.

  14. Morpho-kinematic modeling of planetary nebulae

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    Chan, Tsz-Pan (Henry)

    2009-11-01

    The Planetary Nebulae (PNe) are the transition phase between asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star and white dwarfs for stars with masses between 1 and 8 M⊙. They were originally thought to be well-studied and can be explained with simple models. With the advance of imaging technology especially on Space Telescope (HST), the shapes of PNe have been found to be much more complex than we assumed to be. We aimed to investigate on the basic but mysterious intrinsic three-dimensional structures using the newly developed modeling software. Astronomers usually use the morphological classification on group and classify different properties of PNe. Over the past century many attempts have been made for this classification to seek for explaining and understanding the threedimensional structure that is responsible for the observed images. There have been two beliefs in explaining the variety of shapes of PNe and among them the most amazing one is that the morphologies can be accounted by different orientations of a single structure (Khromov & Kohoutek, 1968). Motivated by the study of Ring Nebula on its intrinsic structure, we investigated the possibility that different types of morphology in PNe can be explained by a single model. We used the newly developed modeling code SHAPE (Steffen et al., 2006), which cooperates the use of spatial information as well as its kinematics, and aimed to quantitatively investigate the basic structure inside PNe. We investigated two classical nebulae: NGC 2346 and NGC 2440. We proposed a simple but adequate model for these nebulae. Stimulated optical images and the p-v arrays were derived by the modeling code SHAPE to make comparison with the observed data to seek for the correctness of the model. Hubble velocity field and inverse square law density distribution were assumed throughout the modeling process. This model provides insights in seeking further adequate intrinsic structure of PNe.

  15. Binarity and the Abundance Discrepancy Problem in Planetary Nebulae

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    Corradi, Romano L. M.; García-Rojas, Jorge; Jones, David; Rodríguez-Gil, Pablo

    2015-04-01

    The discrepancy between abundances computed using optical recombination lines and collisionally excited lines is a major unresolved problem in nebular astrophysics. Here, we show that the largest abundance discrepancies are reached in planetary nebulae with close binary central stars. We illustrate this using deep spectroscopy of three nebulae with a post common-envelope (CE) binary star. Abell 46 and Ou 5 have O2+/H+ abundance discrepancy factors larger than 50, and as high as 300 in the inner regions of Abell 46. Abell 63 has a smaller discrepancy factor around 10, which is still above the typical values in ionized nebulae. Our spectroscopic analysis supports previous conclusions that, in addition to “standard” hot ({{T}e} ˜ 104 K) gas, there exists a colder ({{T}e} ˜ 103 K), ionized component that is highly enriched in heavy elements. These nebulae have low ionized masses, between 10-3 and 10-1 M⊙ depending on the adopted electron densities and temperatures. Since the much more massive red giant envelope is expected to be entirely ejected in the CE phase, the currently observed nebulae would be produced much later, during post-CE mass loss episodes when the envelope has already dispersed. These observations add constraints to the abundance discrepancy problem. We revise possible explanations. Some explanations are naturally linked to binarity such as, for instance, high-metallicity nova ejecta, but it is difficult at this stage to depict an evolutionary scenario consistent with all of the observed properties. We also introduce the hypothesis that these nebulae are the result of tidal destruction, accretion, and ejection of Jupiter-like planets.

  16. Birth and early evolution of a planetary nebula

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    Bobrowsky, Matthew; Sahu, Kailash C.; Parthasarathy, M.; García-Lario, Pedro

    1998-04-01

    The final expulsion of gas by a star as it forms a planetary nebula - the ionized shell of gas often observed surrounding a young white dwarf - is one of the most poorly understood stages of stellar evolution,. Such nebulae form extremely rapidly (about 100 years for the ionization) and so the formation process is inherently difficult to observe. Particularly puzzling is how a spherical star can produce a highly asymmetric nebula with collimated outflows. Here we report optical observations of the Stingray nebula,, which has become an ionized planetary nebula within the past few decades. We find that the collimated outflows are already evident, and we have identified the nebular structure that focuses the outflows. We have also found a companion star, reinforcing previous suspicions that binary companions play an important role in shaping planetary nebulae and changing the direction of successive outflows.

  17. Ultraviolet spectra of planetary nebulae. X - Physical conditions in the compact planetary nebula Sw St 1

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    Flower, D. R.; Goharji, A.; Cohen, M.

    1984-01-01

    Photoelectric visual and ultraviolet observations of the compact planetary nebula Sw St 1 are analyzed. The electron density, determined from the C III 1907/1909 A line ratio, is N(e) = (1.1 + or - 0.1) x 10 to the 5th/cu cm, consistent with the high emission measure and high critical frequency determined from observations of the thermal radio emission. The C/O abundance ratio in the nebula is found to be N(C)/N(O) = 0.72 + or - 0.1, i.e. the envelope is oxygen-rich, as suggested by the identification of the silicate feature in the 8-13 micron infrared spectrum. Difficulties remain in accurately determining the reddening constant to the nebula and its electron temperature.

  18. Ultraviolet spectra of planetary nebulae. X - Physical conditions in the compact planetary nebula Sw St 1

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    Flower, D. R.; Goharji, A.; Cohen, M.

    1984-01-01

    Photoelectric visual and ultraviolet observations of the compact planetary nebula Sw St 1 are analyzed. The electron density, determined from the C III 1907/1909 A line ratio, is N(e) = (1.1 + or - 0.1) x 10 to the 5th/cu cm, consistent with the high emission measure and high critical frequency determined from observations of the thermal radio emission. The C/O abundance ratio in the nebula is found to be N(C)/N(O) = 0.72 + or - 0.1, i.e. the envelope is oxygen-rich, as suggested by the identification of the silicate feature in the 8-13 micron infrared spectrum. Difficulties remain in accurately determining the reddening constant to the nebula and its electron temperature.

  19. Young planetary nebula with OH molecules - NGC 6302

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    Payne, H.E.; Phillips, J.A.; Terzian, Y.

    1988-03-01

    The results of a sensitive survey of planetary nebulae in all four ground-state OH lines are reported. The results confirm that evolved planetary nebulas are not OH sources in general. However, one interesting object was not detected: an OH 1612 MHz maser in the young planetary nebula NGC 6302. This nebula may be in a brief evolutionary stage, similar to the young and compact planetary nebula Vy 2-2, where OH has already been detected. In addition, the results of further observations of NGC 6302 are reported, including VLA observations of the 1612 MHz line and continuum emission and detections of rotationally excited OH lines at 5-cm wavelength in absorption. 28 references.

  20. THE ROTTEN EGG NEBULA A PLANETARY NEBULA IN THE MAKING

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    2002-01-01

    The object shown in these NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope images is a remarkable example of a star going through death throes just as it dramatically transforms itself from a normal red giant star into a planetary nebula. This process happens so quickly that such objects are quite rare, even though astronomers believe that most stars like the Sun will eventually go through such a phase. This star, with the prosaic name of OH231.8+4.2, is seen in these infrared pictures blowing out gas and dust in two opposite directions. So much dust has been cast off and now surrounds the star that it cannot be seen directly, only its starlight that is reflected off the dust. The flow of gas is very fast, with a velocity up to 450,000 mph (700,000 km/h). With extreme clarity, these Hubble Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) images reveal that the fast-moving gas and dust are being collimated into several thin streamers (on the right) and a jet-like structure (on the left), which can be seen extending away from the centers of both pictures. On the right, wisps of material in jet-like streamers appear to strike some dense blobs of gas. This interaction must produce strong shock waves in the gas. The pictures represent two views of the object. The color image is a composite of four images taken with different NICMOS infrared filters on March 28, 1998. It shows that the physical properties of the material, both composition and temperature, vary significantly throughout the outflowing material. The black-and-white image was taken with one NICMOS infrared filter. That image is able to show more clearly the faint detail and structure in the nebula than can be achieved with the color composites. Observations by radio astronomers have found many unusual molecules in the gas around this star, including many containing sulfur, such as hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide. These sulfur compounds are believed to be produced in the shock waves passing through the gas

  1. THE ROTTEN EGG NEBULA A PLANETARY NEBULA IN THE MAKING

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    2002-01-01

    The object shown in these NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope images is a remarkable example of a star going through death throes just as it dramatically transforms itself from a normal red giant star into a planetary nebula. This process happens so quickly that such objects are quite rare, even though astronomers believe that most stars like the Sun will eventually go through such a phase. This star, with the prosaic name of OH231.8+4.2, is seen in these infrared pictures blowing out gas and dust in two opposite directions. So much dust has been cast off and now surrounds the star that it cannot be seen directly, only its starlight that is reflected off the dust. The flow of gas is very fast, with a velocity up to 450,000 mph (700,000 km/h). With extreme clarity, these Hubble Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) images reveal that the fast-moving gas and dust are being collimated into several thin streamers (on the right) and a jet-like structure (on the left), which can be seen extending away from the centers of both pictures. On the right, wisps of material in jet-like streamers appear to strike some dense blobs of gas. This interaction must produce strong shock waves in the gas. The pictures represent two views of the object. The color image is a composite of four images taken with different NICMOS infrared filters on March 28, 1998. It shows that the physical properties of the material, both composition and temperature, vary significantly throughout the outflowing material. The black-and-white image was taken with one NICMOS infrared filter. That image is able to show more clearly the faint detail and structure in the nebula than can be achieved with the color composites. Observations by radio astronomers have found many unusual molecules in the gas around this star, including many containing sulfur, such as hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide. These sulfur compounds are believed to be produced in the shock waves passing through the gas

  2. The distances of highly evolved planetary nebulae

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    Phillips, J. P.

    2005-02-01

    The central stars of highly evolved planetary nebulae (PNe) are expected to have closely similar absolute visual magnitudes MV. This enables us to determine approximate distances to these sources where one knows their central star visual magnitudes, and levels of extinction. We find that such an analysis implies values of D which are similar to those determined by Phillips; Cahn, Kaler & Stanghellin; Acker, and Daub. However, our distances are very much smaller than those of Zhang; Bensby & Lundstrom, and van de Steene & Zijlstra. The reasons for these differences are discussed, and can be traced to errors in the assumed relation between brightness temperature and radius. Finally, we determine that the binary companions of such stars can be no brighter than MV~ 6mag, implying a spectral type of K0 or later in the case of main-sequence stars.

  3. X-Ray Observations of Planetary Nebulae

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    Guerrero, M. A.; Chu, Y.-H.; Gruendl, R. A.

    2004-07-01

    Planetary nebulae (PNe) are an exciting addition to the zoo of X-ray sources. Recent Chandra and XMM-Newton observations have detected diffuse X-ray emission from shocked fast winds in PN interiors as well as bow-shocks of fast collimated outflows impinging on the nebular envelope. Point X-ray sources associated with PN central stars are also detected, with the soft X-ray (<0.5 keV) emission originating from the photospheres of stars hotter than ˜100,000 K, and the hard X-ray (≫0.5 keV) emission from instability shocks in the fast stellar wind itself or from a low-mass companion's coronal activity. X-ray observations of PNe offer a unique opportunity to directly examine the dynamic effects of fast stellar winds and collimated outflows, and help us understand the formation and evolution of PNe.

  4. Radial velocities of Planetary Nebulae revisited

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    Vázquez, Roberto; Ayala, Sandra A.; Wendolyn Blanco Cárdenas, Mónica; Contreras, María E.; Gómez-Muñoz, Marco Antonio; Guillén, Pedro F.; Olguín, Lorenzo; Ramos-Larios, Gerardo; Sabin, Laurence; Zavala, Saúl A.

    2015-08-01

    We present a new determination of radial velocities of a sample of Galactic Planetary Nebulae (PNe) using a systematic method and the same instrumental setting: the long-slit high-dispersion Manchester Echelle Spectrograph (MES) on the 2.1-m telescope at the San Pedro Mártir Observatory (OAN-SPM; Mexico). This project was inspired by the work of Schneider et al. (1983, A&AS, 52, 399), which has been an important reference during the last decades. Radial velocities of gaseous nebulae can be obtained using the central wavelength of a Gaussian fit, even when there is an expansion velocity, as expected in PNe, but with not enough resolution to see a spectral line splitting. We have used the software SHAPE, a morpho-kinematic modeling and reconstruction tool for astrophysical objects (Steffen et al. 2011, IEEE Trans. Vis. Comput. Graphics, 17, 454), to prove that non-uniform density or brightness, on an expanding shell, can lead to mistaken conclusions about the radial velocity. To determine radial velocities, we only use the spectral data in which a spectral line-splitting is seen, avoiding thus the problem of the possible biased one-Gaussian fit. Cases when this method is not recommended are discussed.This project has been supported by grant PAPIIT-DGAPA-UNAM IN107914. MWB is in grateful receipt of a DGAPA-UNAM postdoctoral scholarship. MAG acknowledges CONACYT for his graduate scholarship.

  5. Temperature Scale of Central Stars Planetary Nebulae

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    Kruk, Jeffry

    2005-01-01

    The goal of this project was to gain new insight into both the true temperatures of the central stars of planetary nebulae and their evolutionary histories. The temperature scale of the hottest central stars of planetary nebulae is poorly known. The temperature diagnostics available at visible wavelengths are not useful for these very hot stars, or suffer from as-yet unresolved systematic uncertainties. However, the combination of FUSE FUV spectra and HST NUV spectra allows precise temperature determinations by utilizing ionization balances of C III, C IV and O V, O VI lines. The sample comprises hot hydrogen-rich central stars covering the hottest phase of post-AGB evolution (T_eff greater than 70,000K). The spectra were analyzed with fully metal line blanketed NLTE model atmospheres in order to determine T_eff, surface gravity, and chemical composition. In addition to the temperature scale, the spectra help address the question of metal abundances at the surface of these stars. Depending on the particular star, the metal abundances are either dominated by ongoing diffusion processes or they originate from dredge-up phases during previous AGB evolution. The sample was selected so as to include objects that were expected to exhibit both processes, in order to assess their relative importance and to gain insight into the evolutionary history of the stars. The objects that show qualitatively a metal abundance pattern which points at dredge-up phases, can be used to quantitatively check against abundance predictions of stellar evolution theory. The other objects, where gravitational diffusion and radiative acceleration determine the photospheric metal abundances, will be used to check our NLTE models which for the first time include diffusion processes self-consistently.

  6. A New Population of Galactic Bulge Planetary Nebulas

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    Stenborg, T. N.

    A new population of Galactic bulge planetary nebulas is presented. Nebula candidates were discovered by systematically reviewing archival [OIII] on/off band survey imaging of the central -5° ≤ l ≤ 5°, -5° ≤ b ≤ 5° region around the Galactic centre. An image segmentation and interleaving scheme was developed to facilitate this review. The resultant candidates (> 200) were then double checked against complementary archival Hα sky survey data to screen for obvious planetary nebula (PN) mimics or spurious image artefacts. Confirmatory spectroscopy of the PN candidates was pursued with thin slit, fibre multiobject and wide field spectrographs. Custom software was built to streamline interfacing with third-party spectroscopic management tools and a parallel greedy set cover algorithm implemented for efficient field selection in constrained multi-object observations. The combined imaging and spectroscopic evidence yielded true (4), probable (31) and possible (83) PNs toward the bulge. Secondary discoveries such as new PN mimics and late type stars were by-products of the confirmatory spectroscopy. Instances of literature PN duplication encountered during the investigation were noticed and documented. Spectral analysis of new PNs, including those obtained with a new optimised sky subtraction technique devised and demonstrated here, provided diagnostic data allowing radial velocity and Balmer decrement determination. Using a combined diameter and radial velocity criterion, bona fide bulge PNs were distinguished from new foreground PNs. Where Balmer decrements were available for new bulge PNs, differential aperture photometry was used to provide a modest data increment to Galactic bulge planetary nebula luminosity function (PNLF). The PNLF was revised with data from some new bulge PNs, but more significantly, by a series of corrections to the data derived from previously known bulge PNs (~225), such as improved filter transmission effects, statistically

  7. The Extended Region Around the Planetary Nebula NGC 3242

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    2009-04-03

    This ultraviolet image from NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 3242, a planetary nebula frequently referred to as Jupiter Ghost. The small circular white and blue area at the center of the image is the well-known portion of the nebula.

  8. Molecular hydrogen ion /H2+/ absorption in planetary nebulae

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    Feibelman, W. A.; Boggess, A.; Mccracken, C. W.; Hobbs, R. W.

    1981-01-01

    Several IUE spectra of planetary nebulae show an absorption feature shortward of 1500 A which is believed to be due to H2(+). The nebulae are excited by stars of spectral type O3-O7 or continuum, and all but one have double-shell structure.

  9. Haloes of Planetary Nebulae from the INT WFC

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    Corradi, R. L. M.

    2002-10-01

    The images of the three planetary nebulae displayed on the following page were obtained by Romano Corradi at the INT with the Wide Field Camera, that covers a field of view of 34*34 arcmin. They are very deep exposures (one to three hours exposure time) obtained through an Ha+[NII] narrow-band filter, and were aimed at studying the faint haloes that are known to surround a large fraction of planetary nebulae.

  10. Trigonometric Parallaxes of Central Stars of Planetary Nebulae

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    2007-02-01

    unresolved close companions are detected. Key words: astrometry — planetary nebulae: general — stars : AGB and post - AGB — stars : distances 1. INTRODUCTION... hot , hydrogen-rich star , and is still unusual, despite the fact that the temperature derived now by Barstow et al. (2003) for RE 1738+665 (and for...TRIGONOMETRIC PARALLAXES OF CENTRAL STARS OF PLANETARY NEBULAE Hugh C. Harris,1 Conard C. Dahn, Blaise Canzian, Harry H. Guetter, S. K. Leggett,2

  11. Classification of ISO SWS01 spectra of proto-planetary nebulae: a search for precursors of planetary nebulae with [WR] central stars

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    Szczerba, Ryszard; Stasińska, Grażyna; Siódmiak, Natasza; Górny, Sławomir K.

    2003-02-01

    We have analyzed ISO SWS 01 observations for 61 proto-planetary nebulae candidates and classified their spectra according to their dominant chemistry. On the basis of our classification and the more general classification of SWS 01 spectra by Kraemer et al. (2002) we discuss the connection between proto-planetary nebulae candidates and planetary nebulae, with emphasis on possible precursors of planetary nebulae with [WR] central stars.

  12. A survey for PAH emission in H II regions, planetary and proto-planetary nebulae

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    Demuizon, M.; Cox, P.; Lequeux, J.

    1989-01-01

    The results of a systematic investigation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emission in H II regions, planetary nebulae (PN), and proto-planetary nebulae (PNN), are reported. Data is obtained from the low resolution spectra (LRS) of IRAS. The results show that: PAHs are formed in carbon rich objects; and PAH emission is ubiquitous in general interstellar medium and requires the presence of ultraviolet photons, in planetary and proto-planetary nebulae, PAH emission is seen only where an ionizing flux is present and in carbon rich objects.

  13. A Study of the Planetary Nebula M57

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    Archie, Deithra; Moore, Brian

    2000-01-01

    We present an overview of the objects known as planetary nebulae. These emission nebulae are the end-product of the evolution of a dying star. our ground-based imagery is of the most famous of these objects, M57, also known as the Ring Nebula. Taken with the 2.12-meter telescope at San Pedro Matir in Baja, Mexico, these seeing-limited images show variations in ionization, density and temperature as a function of position in the nebula. Our ground-based imagery is compared to similar HST archival images.

  14. Observations of the planetary nebula RWT 152 with OSIRIS/GTC

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    Aller, A.; Miranda, L. F.; Olguín, L.; Solano, E.; Ulla, A.

    2016-11-01

    RWT 152 is one of the few known planetary nebulae with an sdO central star. We present subarcsecond red tunable filter Hα imaging and intermediate-resolution, long-slit spectroscopy of RWT 152 obtained with OSIRIS/GTC (Optical System for Imaging and low-Intermediate-Resolution Integrated Spectroscopy/Gran Telescopio Canarias) with the goal of analysing its properties. The Hα image reveals a bipolar nebula with a bright equatorial region and multiple bubbles in the main lobes. A faint circular halo surrounds the main nebula. The nebular spectra reveal a very low excitation nebula with weak emission lines from H+, He+ and double-ionized metals, and absence of emission lines from neutral and single-ionized metals, except for an extremely faint [N II] λ6584 emission line. These spectra may be explained if RWT 152 is a density-bounded planetary nebula. Low nebular chemical abundances of S, O, Ar, N and Ne are obtained in RWT 152, which, together with the derived high peculiar velocity (˜ 92-131 km s-1), indicate that this object is a halo planetary nebula. The available data are consistent with RWT 152 evolving from a low-mass progenitor (˜1 M⊙) formed in a metal-poor environment.

  15. The SPM Kinematic Catalogue of Planetary Nebulae

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    López, J. A.; Richer, M.; Riesgo, H.; Steffen, W.; Meaburn, J.; García-Segura, G.; Escalante, K.

    2006-06-01

    We present a progress report on the San Pedro Mártir Kinematic Catalogue of Planetary Nebulae. Both, galactic PNe from the disk, bulge and halo populations, and PNe from galaxies in the local group from a diverse range of metallicities have been observed. Most of the observations have been made with the 2.1-m SPM telescope and the Manchester Echelle Spectrometer (Meaburn et al. 2003, RevMexAA, 39, 185). The data consists of spatially resoved long slit spectra at resolutions of ˜ 10 km s^{-1}. For most galactic targets more than one slit positions has been observed. The interpretation of the 3D structures and outflows derived from the kinematic data is being performed with the aid of SHAPE (see the contributions by Steffen, López, & Escalante, Steffen & López in this symposium). This unique database of high dispersion spectra will allow a firm characterisation of nebular shell properties in relation to progenitors from diverse stellar populations.

  16. Abundances in Eight M31 Planetary Nebulae

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    Hensley, Kerry G.; Kwitter, Karen B.; Corradi, Romano; Galera-Rosillo, R.; Balick, Bruce; Henry, Richard B. C.

    2014-06-01

    As part of a continuing project using planetary nebulae (PNe) to study the chemical evolution and formation history of M31 (see accompanying poster by Balick et al.), we obtained spectra of eight PNe in the fall of 2013 with the OSIRIS spectrograph on the GTC. All of these PNe are located outside M31’s inner disk and bulge. Spectral coverage extended from 3700-7800Å with a resolution of ~6 Å. Especially important in abundance determinations is the detection of the weak, temperature-sensitive auroral line of [O III], at 4363Å, which is often contaminated by Hg I 4358Å from streetlights; the remoteness of the GTC eliminated this difficulty. We reduced and measured the spectra using IRAF, and derived nebular diagnostics and abundances with ELSA, our in-house five-level-atom program. Here we report the chemical abundances determined from these spectra. The bottom line is that the oxygen abundances in these PNe are all within a factor of 2-3 of the solar value, (as are all the other M31 PNe our team has previously measured) despite the significant range of galactocentric distance. Future work will use these abundances to constrain models of the central star to estimate progenitor masses and ages. In particular we will use the results to investigate the hypothesis that these PNe might represent a population related to the encounter between M31 and M33 ~3 Gy ago. We gratefully acknowledge support from Williams College.

  17. Planetary nebula progenitors that swallow binary systems

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    Soker, Noam

    2016-01-01

    I propose that some irregular messy planetary nebulae (PNe) owe their morphologies to triple-stellar evolution where tight binary systems evolve inside and/or on the outskirts of the envelope of asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars. In some cases, the tight binary system can survive, in others, it is destroyed. The tight binary system might break up with one star leaving the system. In an alternative evolution, one of the stars of the broken-up tight binary system falls towards the AGB envelope with low specific angular momentum, and drowns in the envelope. In a different type of destruction process, the drag inside the AGB envelope causes the tight binary system to merge. This releases gravitational energy within the AGB envelope, leading to a very asymmetrical envelope ejection, with an irregular and messy PN as a descendant. The evolution of the triple-stellar system can be in a full common envelope evolution or in a grazing envelope evolution. Both before and after destruction (if destruction takes place), the system might launch pairs of opposite jets. One pronounced signature of triple-stellar evolution might be a large departure from axisymmetrical morphology of the descendant PN. I estimate that about one in eight non-spherical PNe is shaped by one of these triple-stellar evolutionary routes.

  18. New young planetary nebulae in IPHAS

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    Viironen, K.; Mampaso, A.; Corradi, R. L. M.; Rodríguez, M.; Greimel, R.; Sabin, L.; Sale, S. E.; Unruh, Y.; Delgado-Inglada, G.; Drew, J. E.; Giammanco, C.; Groot, P.; Parker, Q. A.; Sokoloski, J.; Zijlstra, A.

    2009-07-01

    Aims: We search for very small-diameter galactic planetary nebulae (PNe) representing the earliest phases of PN evolution. The IPHAS catalogue of Hα-emitting stars provides a useful basis for this study since all sources present in this catalogue must be of small angular diameter. Methods: The PN candidates are selected based on their location in two colour-colour diagrams: IPHAS (r' - Hα) vs. (r' - i'), and 2MASS (J - H) vs. (H - K_s). Spectroscopic follow-up was carried out on a sample of candidates to confirm their nature. Results: We present a total of 83 PN candidates. We were able to obtain spectra or find the classification from the literature for 35 candidates. Five of these objects are likely to be new PNe, including one large bipolar PN discovered serendipitously close to an emission-line star. PN distances deduced from extinction-distance relations based on IPHAS field-star photometry are presented for the first time. These yield distance estimates for our objects in the range 2 kpc and 6 kpc. From the data in hand, we conclude that four of the discovered objects are probably young PNe.

  19. Planetary nebulae in the Small Magellanic Cloud

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    Ventura, P.; Stanghellini, L.; Di Criscienzo, M.; García-Hernández, D. A.; Dell'Agli, F.

    2016-08-01

    We analyse the planetary nebulae (PNe) population of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), based on evolutionary models of stars with metallicities in the range 10-3 ≤ Z ≤ 4 × 10-3 and mass 0.9 M⊙ < M < 8 M⊙, evolved through the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) phase. The models used account for dust formation in the circumstellar envelope. To characterize the PNe sample of the SMC, we compare the observed abundances of the various species with the final chemical composition of the AGB models: this study allows us to identify the progenitors of the PNe observed, in terms of mass and chemical composition. According to our interpretation, most of the PNe descend from low-mass (M < 2 M⊙) stars, which become carbon rich, after experiencing repeated third dredge-up episodes, during the AGB phase. A fraction of the PNe showing the signature of advanced CNO processing are interpreted as the progeny of massive AGB stars, with mass above ˜6 M⊙, undergoing strong hot bottom burning. The differences with the chemical composition of the PNe population of the Large Magellanic Cloud is explained on the basis of the diverse star formation history and age-metallicity relation of the two galaxies. The implications of this study for some still highly debated points regarding the AGB evolution are also commented.

  20. The Chemical Diversity of Planetary Nebulae

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    Dinerstein, Harriet L.; Geballe, T. R.; Sterling, N. C.

    2014-01-01

    The metallicity of the progenitor star of a planetary nebula (PN) can be inferred from measurements of elements whose abundances are unaffected by nucleosynthesis during the star’s evolution. In practice, nearly all of the observable elements that qualify, such as O, Ne, S, and Ar, are α species (built up by α-capture reactions). On the other hand, the total elemental abundances of the Fe-group nuclei are not directly measurable in ionized nebulae due to the highly refractory character of Fe and most other Fe-group elements. Although emission lines of several Fe ions are seen in many PNe, they generally indicate mildly to severely subsolar gas-phase abundances that are interpreted as the consequence of depletion into dust. The identification of a near-infrared emission line of Zn, the least refractory (by far) Fe-group element, by Dinerstein & Geballe (2001, ApJ, 562, 515) provided the first practical tracer of Fe/H in PNe. In this poster, we recap results to date from observations of Zn in 21 PNe from a range of Milky Way populations including the thin and thick disk and three Local Group dwarf galaxies. Combined with the results of Smith, Zijlstra, & Dinerstein (2013, MNRAS, submitted) for several objects in the Galactic Bulge, we find that PNe echo the abundance patterns of their parent populations: PNe with spatio-kinematic properties of Fe-poor stellar populations (e.g. the thick disk and bulge) tend to have subsolar zinc (<[Zn/H]> ≈ -0.6 dex) accompanied by elevated [O/Zn]. This conforms to the composition profile of the corresponding stars, if [Zn/H] and [O/Zn] can be taken as proxies for [Fe/H] and [α/Fe] respectively. Deducing the Fe/H metallicity of a PN from an α element alone is inadvisable, as a low-[Fe/H], high-[α/Fe] pattern is indistinguishable from one of solar [Fe/H] and [α/Fe]. To estimate [Fe/H] in a PN for which Zn measurements are unavailable or not feasible, the best approach is to measure an α species and scale by [α/Fe] typical

  1. On planetary nebulae as sources of carbon dust: Infrared emission from planetary nebulae of the galactic halo

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    Dinerstein, Harriet L.; Lester, Daniel F.

    1990-01-01

    Planetary nebulae of the galactic disk are generally seen to emit a thermal continuum due to dust grains heated by stellar and nebular photons. This continuum typically peaks between 25 and 60 micron m, so that the total power emitted by the dust is sampled well by the broad-band measurements made by IRAS. Researchers examine here the characteristics of the infrared emission from the four planetary nebulae which are believed on the basis of their low overall metallicities to belong to the halo population. These nebulae are of particular interest because they are the most metal-poor ionized nebulae known in our Galaxy, and offer the opportunity to probe possible dependences of the dust properties on nebular composition. Researchers present fluxes extracted from co-addition of the IRAS data, as well as ground-based near infrared measurements. Each of the four halo objects, including the planetary nebula in the globular cluster M15, is detected in at least one infrared band. Researchers compare the estimated infrared excesses of these nebulae (IRE, the ratio of measured infrared power to the power available in the form of resonantly-trapped Lyman alpha photons) to those of disk planetary nebulae with similar densities but more normal abundances. Three of the halo planetaries have IRE values similar to those of the disk nebulae, despite the fact that their Fe- and Si-peak gas phase abundances are factors of 10 to 100 lower. However, these halo nebulae have normal or elevated C/H ratios, due to nuclear processing and mixing in their red giant progenitors. Unlike the other halo planetaries, DDDM1 is deficient in carbon as well as in the other light metals. This nebula has a substantially lower IRE than the other halo planetaries, and may be truly dust efficient. Researchers suggest that the deficiency is due to a lack of the raw material for producing carbon-based grains, and that the main bulk constituent of the dust in these planetary nebulae is carbon.

  2. Abundances of Planetary Nebula NGC 5315

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    Pottasch, S. R.; Beintema, D. A.; Koorneef, J.; Salas, J. Bernard; Feibelman, W. A.; Oegerle, William R. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The ISO and IUE spectra of the elliptical nebula NGC 5315 is presented. These spectra axe combined with the spectra in the visual wavelength region to obtain a complete, extinction corrected, spectrum. The chemical composition of the nebulae is then calculated and compared to previous determinations. The HST Nicmos observations of the nebula in 3 emission lines are also presented. These observations are used to determine the helium abundance as a function of position in the nebula. A discussion is given of possible evolutionary effects.

  3. Magnetic fields in central stars of planetary nebulae?

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    Jordan, S.; Bagnulo, S.; Werner, K.; O'Toole, S. J.

    2012-06-01

    Context. Most planetary nebulae have bipolar or other non-spherically symmetric shapes. Magnetic fields in the central star may be responsible for this lack of symmetry, but observational studies published to date have reported contradictory results. Aims: We search for correlations between a magnetic field and departures from the spherical geometry of the envelopes of planetary nebulae. Methods: We determine the magnetic fields from spectropolarimetric observations of ten central stars of planetary nebulae. The results of the analysis of the observations of four stars were previously presented and discussed in the literature, while the observations of six stars, plus additional measurements of a star previously observed, are presented here for the first time. Results: All our determinations of magnetic field in the central planetary nebulae are consistent with null results. Our field measurements have a typical error bar of 150-300 G. Previous spurious field detections using data acquired with FORS1 (FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph) of the Unit Telescope 1 (UT1) of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) were probably due to the use of different wavelength calibration solutions for frames obtained at different position angles of the retarder waveplate. Conclusions: There is currently no observational evidence of magnetic fields with a strength of the order of hundreds Gauss or higher in the central stars of planetary nebulae. Based on observations collected at the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, Chile, under programme ID 072.D-0089 (PI = Jordan) and 075.D-0289 (PI = Jordan).

  4. An Interactive Gallery of Planetary Nebula Spectra

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    Kwitter, K. B.; Henry, R. B. C.

    2002-12-01

    We have created a website containing high-quality moderate-resolution spectra of 88 planetary nebulae (PNe) from 3600 to 9600 Å, obtained at KPNO and CTIO. Spectra are displayed in a zoomable window, and there are templates available that show wavelength and ion identifications. In addition to the spectra themselves, the website also contains a brief discussion of PNe as astronomical objects and as contributors to our understanding of stellar evolution, and a table with atlas information for each object along with a link to an image. This table can be re-ordered by object name, galactic or equatorial coordinates, distance from the sun, the galactic center, or the galactic plane. We envision that this website, which concentrates a large amount of data in one place, will be of interest to a variety of users. PN researchers might need to check the spectrum of a particular object of interest; the non-specialist astronomer might simply be interested in perusing such a collection of spectra; and finally, teachers of introductory astronomy can use this database to illustrate basic principles of atomic physics and radiation. To encourage such use, we have written two simple exercises at a basic level to introduce beginning astronomy students to the wealth of information that PN spectra contain. We are grateful to Adam Wang of the Williams College OIT and to his summer student teams who worked on various apects of the implementation of this website. This work has been supported by NSF grant AST-9819123 and by Williams College and the University of Oklahoma.

  5. Asymmetric Planetary Nebulae VI: the conference summary

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    De Marco, O.

    2014-04-01

    The Asymmetric Planetary Nebulae conference series, now in its sixth edition, aims to resolve the shaping mechanism of PN. Eighty percent of PN have non spherical shapes and during this conference the last nails in the coffin of single stars models for non spherical PN have been put. Binary theories abound but observational tests are lagging. The highlight of APN6 has been the arrival of ALMA which allowed us to measure magnetic fields on AGB stars systematically. AGB star halos, with their spiral patterns are now connected to PPN and PN halos. New models give us hope that binary parameters may be decoded from these images. In the post-AGB and pre-PN evolutionary phase the naked post-AGB stars present us with an increasingly curious puzzle as complexity is added to the phenomenologies of objects in transition between the AGB and the central star regimes. Binary central stars continue to be detected, including the first detection of longer period binaries, however a binary fraction is still at large. Hydro models of binary interactions still fail to give us results, if we make an exception for the wider types of binary interactions. More promise is shown by analytical considerations and models driven by simpler, 1D simulations such as those carried out with the code MESA. Large community efforts have given us more homogeneous datasets which will yield results for years to come. Examples are the ChanPlaN and HerPlaNe collaborations that have been working with the Chandra and Herschel space telescopes, respectively. Finally, the new kid in town is the intermediate-luminosity optical transient, a new class of events that may have contributed to forming several peculiar PN and pre-PN.

  6. The Stingray nebula: watching the rapid evolution of a newly born planetary nebula.

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    Bobrowsky, M.; Sahu, K. C.; Parthasarathy, M.; García-Lario, Pedro

    The formation and early evolution of planetary nebulae represent one of the most poorly understood phases of stellar evolution ( Kwok, 1987; Maddox, 1995). One of the youngest, the Stingray Nebula (He3-1357) ( Henize, 1967; Henize, 1976), shows all the tell-tale signs of a newly born planetary nebula: it has become ionized only within the past few decades ( Parthasarathy et al., 1993); the mass-loss from the central star has ceased within the past few years; and the central star is becoming hotter and fainter as expected from a star on its way to becoming a DA white dwarf ( Parthasarathy et al., 1995). The Stingray Nebula thus provides the ideal laboratory for examining the early structure and evolution of this class of objects. Images of the Stingray Nebula, obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope, show for the first time that its multiple expulsions of matter are focused by an equatorial ring and bubbles of gas located on opposite sides of the ring ( Bobrowsky et al., 1995). The position angle of the outflows has changed, possibly as a result of precessional motion induced by the presence of a companion star. This is consistent with the precessing jet model by Livio & Pringle (1996). Indeed, we have reported the discovery of a companion star in the Stingray Nebula ( Bobrowsky et al., 1998). Finally, we present evidence of the companion star dynamically distorting the gas in this newly-born planetary nebula.

  7. On the formation of ansae in planetary nebulae

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    Soker, Noam

    1990-01-01

    Formation mechanisms for the two optical bright knots in planetary nebulae, 'ansae', are investigated. Adiabatic two-dimensional numerical simulations of the interacting winds flow at early stages of the planetary nebulae evolution are performed. It is found that no real focusing of the shocked fast wind material toward the symmetry axis occurs, and thus the interaction of winds by itself will not form the ansae. A model is proposed, in which jets from the central star form the ansae. These jets are presumably being formed during the few hundred years in the period between the end of the slow wind and the beginning of the fast wind. It is shown that a companion to the progenitor red giant can lead to the degree of asymmetry observed in elliptical planetary nebulae.

  8. The open cluster NGC 2818 and its associated planetary nebula

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    Pedreros, M. )

    1989-12-01

    New CCD UBV photometry of the open cluster NGC 2818 central region indicates that previously derived values of distance and reddening for the cluster have been considerably overestimated, leading to erroneous values for the physical parameters of its associated planetary nebula (PK 261 + 8.1 deg). The analysis of the new data yields E(B-V) = 0.18 + or - 0.03 and V(0)-M(v) = 11.80 + or - 0.2 (2.3 + or - 0.2 kpc) for the cluster's color excess and distance modulus, respectively. If cluster membership is assumed for the planetary nebula, the above estimates result in physical parameters that compare better with those of a typical planetary nebula in the Galaxy and the Magellanic Clouds. 26 refs.

  9. Effects of dust formation on chemical abundances. [in planetary nebulae

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    Shields, G. A.

    1983-01-01

    Gas-phase abundances of C, Mg, Si, Ca, and Fe have been measured for a number of planetary nebulae on the basis of optical, ultraviolet, and infrared emission-line intensities. The abundances of Si, Ca, and Fe show characteristic depletions of one to two orders-of-magnitude as a result of grain formation. Magnesium shows a similar depletion in the outer parts of several planetary nebulae, but it is undepleted in their inner parts. Carbon is not detectably depleted by grain formation. Efficient condensation of refractory elements can easily occur during the early stages of formation of a planetary nebula; but the observed, residual gas-phase abundances are not understood. Observations of molecules in the envelopes of late-type stars may provide useful clues.

  10. On the formation of ansae in planetary nebulae

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    Soker, Noam

    1990-01-01

    Formation mechanisms for the two optical bright knots in planetary nebulae, 'ansae', are investigated. Adiabatic two-dimensional numerical simulations of the interacting winds flow at early stages of the planetary nebulae evolution are performed. It is found that no real focusing of the shocked fast wind material toward the symmetry axis occurs, and thus the interaction of winds by itself will not form the ansae. A model is proposed, in which jets from the central star form the ansae. These jets are presumably being formed during the few hundred years in the period between the end of the slow wind and the beginning of the fast wind. It is shown that a companion to the progenitor red giant can lead to the degree of asymmetry observed in elliptical planetary nebulae.

  11. Spectropolarimetry and the physical structure of proto-planetary nebulae

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    Schmidt, G. D.; Cohen, M.

    1981-01-01

    Optical spectropolarimetry and spectrophotometry are presented of the two bipolar nebulae GL 618 and M2-9. A comparison of the polarization in the emission lines and the continuum is used to construct geometrical and physical models for each object. It is found that the forbidden lines arise largely in the visible nebulae, whereas the permitted lines are formed in a central high-density region and are scattered with the stellar continuum by dust grains in the lobes. Condensations are found to be an important component of the lobes, reinforcing the view that these bipolars represent a very early phase in the life of a planetary nebula.

  12. The abundances of neon, sulfur, and argon in planetary nebulae

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    Beck, S. C.; Lacy, J. H.; Townes, C. H.; Aller, L. H.; Geballe, T. R.; Baas, F.

    1981-01-01

    New infrared observations of Ne II, Ar III, and S IV are used in optical observations of other ionization states of the considered elements to evaluate the abundances of neon, argon, and sulfur in 18 planetary nebulae. Attention is also given to one or more of the infrared lines in 18 other nebulae. It is pointed out that S IV was detected in approximately 90% of the observed objects, while Ar III was found in about 80%, and Ne II in roughly one-third. It is noted that optical observations typically include only a limited region of the nebula, while the infrared measurements frequently involve integration over the entire nebular image.

  13. Trace of planetary nebula evolution by distance-independent parameters

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    Zhang, C. Y.; Kwok, S.

    1993-01-01

    Using existing infrared and radio data on a sample of 432 planetary nebulae, we derived a number of distance-independent parameters for comparison with evolutionary models of planetary nebulae. We find that many of the observed properties of planetary nebulae can be explained by current central star evolutionary models, even if the time scales are subject to significant change by a factor of up to an order of magnitude. Specifically, we find that the evolutionary tracks are well separated in the radio surface brightness-central star temperature plane, therefore allowing us to determine the core mass of individual planetary nebulae. We also obtain the luminosity and gravity of the central stars of individual nebulae, from their temperature and core mass, without relying on the distance assumptions. We find that our results of the core mass are in good agreement with those of Mendez et al. (1992) and Tylenda et al. (1991). A systematic, large discrepancy is found between the luminosity found in this work and that found by Gathier and Pottasch (1986).

  14. Planetary Nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds

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    Dopita, M. A.

    The relative closeness, the low reddening, and accurately known distance to the Magellanic Clouds give the ideal set of circumstances to pursue quantitative examinations of individual stellar at metallicities lower than solar. Our understanding of the population of PN in the Magellanic Clouds has been much enhanced recently by imaging and spectroscopic studies using the HST. With the HST, details of the internal nebular structure are resolved as well as ground-based telescopes resolve galactic PN. In the UV, the low line of sight reddening ensures that high signal to noise nebular and central star spectra can be obtained; sufficient to examine the P-Cygni profiles of the mass-losing central stars in some cases. In conjuction with ground-based spectrophotometry, absolute flux, expansion velocity and density information, this data set permits fully self consistent diameters, ages, masses, and abundances to be derived for the nebulae, and the central stars can be accurately placed on the H-R Diagram. Thus, we can examine the details of the evolution, and of the mass- and age-dependent dredge-up processes in a way which is just not possible in the case of Galactic PN. A brief summary of the highlights of the results: * The younger, low excitation, compact planetary nebulae appear to have a central reservoir of dense atomic and molecular gas. This gas lies close to the central star and is undergoing ionisation and being accelerated into outflow, consistent with the "two-wind" model of PN evolution and shaping. * The PN previously classified as nitrogen-rich objects (Peimbert Type I), show the bipolar "butterfly" symmetry that is also a characteristic of their Galactic counterparts. These have been shown to have the most massive precursor stars, as had been long suspected for the Galactic Type I PN. * The PN divide into two evolutionary groups according to kinematic age / size relationships, which may be identified with stars which leave the AGB as He- or as H- burners

  15. s-process enrichment in the planetary nebula NGC 3918

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    García-Rojas, J.; Madonna, S.; Luridiana, V.; Sterling, N. C.; Morisset, C.

    2015-05-01

    We present deep, high-resolution (R˜40000) UVES at VLT spectrophotometric data of the planetary nebula NGC 3918. This is one of the deepest spectra ever taken of a planetary nebula. We have identified and measured more than 700 emission lines and, in particular, we have detected very faint lines of several neutron-capture elements (s-process elements: Kr, Xe and Rb) that enable us to compute their chemical abundances with unprecedented accuracy, thus constraining the efficiency of the s-process and convective dredge-up.

  16. Photodestruction of PAHs in Planetary Nebulae

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    Boechat-Roberty, H. M.; Neves, R.; Pilling, S.; de Souza G. G., B.; Lago, A.

    It is known that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are mainly formed in the dust shells of late stages of AGB type carbon rich stars. After the ejection of H-rich envelope those stars become the proto-planetary nebulae (PPNs). The chemistry in PPNs has been strongly modified by the UV photons coming from the hot central star and by the X-rays associated with its high-velocity winds. Benzene (C6H6) and small PAHs like Anthracene (C14H10) were effectively detected in the PPNs CRL 618 (Cernicharo et al. 2001) and Red Rectangle (Vijh, Witt & Gordon 2004) respectively. The goal of this work is to experimentally study photoabsorption, photoionization and photodissociation processes of the benzene, biphenyl (C12H10), naphthalene (C10H8), phenanthrene (C14H10) and methyl-anthracene (C14H9(CH3)). The measurements were taken at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), using soft X-ray and UV photons from a toroidal grating monochromator TGM beamline (12-310 eV). The experimental set-up consists of a high vacuum chamber with a Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (TOF-MS). Mass spectra were obtained using PhotoElectron PhotoIon Coincidence (PEPICO) technique. Kinetic energy distributions and abundances for each ionic fragment have been obtained from the analysis of the corresponding peak shapes in the mass spectra. Dissociative and non-dissociative photoionization cross sections for some molecules were also determined (see for example: Boechat-Roberty, Pilling & Santos 2005). We have observed that PAHs molecules are extreme resistant to UV photons, confirming that PAHs absorb the UV photons and after some internal energetic rearrangements, they can emit in the IR range. However, these molecules are destroyed by soft X-rays photons producing several ionic fragments, some of them with great kinetic energy. In the mass spectra of the Benzene and methyl-anthracene molecules, the observed ionic fragments C4H2+, C6H2+, C4HCH3 and C2HCH3, could correspond to the same

  17. INFRARED STUDY OF FULLERENE PLANETARY NEBULAE

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    Garcia-Hernandez, D. A.; Acosta-Pulido, J. A.; Manchado, A.; Garcia-Lario, P.; Stanghellini, L.; Shaw, R. A.; Cataldo, F. E-mail: amt@iac.es E-mail: Pedro.Garcia-Lario@sciops.esa.int E-mail: letizia@noao.edu

    2012-12-01

    We present a study of 16 planetary nebulae (PNe) where fullerenes have been detected in their Spitzer Space Telescope spectra. This large sample of objects offers a unique opportunity to test conditions of fullerene formation and survival under different metallicity environments because we are analyzing five sources in our own Galaxy, four in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), and seven in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). Among the 16 PNe studied, we present the first detection of C{sub 60} (and possibly also C{sub 70}) fullerenes in the PN M 1-60 as well as of the unusual {approx}6.6, 9.8, and 20 {mu}m features (attributed to possible planar C{sub 24}) in the PN K 3-54. Although selection effects in the original samples of PNe observed with Spitzer may play a potentially significant role in the statistics, we find that the detection rate of fullerenes in C-rich PNe increases with decreasing metallicity ({approx}5% in the Galaxy, {approx}20% in the LMC, and {approx}44% in the SMC) and we interpret this as a possible consequence of the limited dust processing occurring in Magellanic Cloud (MC) PNe. CLOUDY photoionization modeling matches the observed IR fluxes with central stars that display a rather narrow range in effective temperature ({approx}30,000-45,000 K), suggesting a common evolutionary status of the objects and similar fullerene formation conditions. Furthermore, the data suggest that fullerene PNe likely evolve from low-mass progenitors and are usually of low excitation. We do not find a metallicity dependence on the estimated fullerene abundances. The observed C{sub 60} intensity ratios in the Galactic sources confirm our previous finding in the MCs that the fullerene emission is not excited by the UV radiation from the central star. CLOUDY models also show that line- and wind-blanketed model atmospheres can explain many of the observed [Ne III]/[Ne II] ratios using photoionization, suggesting that possibly the UV radiation from the central star, and

  18. Kn 26, a new quadrupolar planetary nebula

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    Guerrero, M. A.; Miranda, L. F.; Ramos-Larios, G.; Vázquez, R.

    2013-03-01

    Once classified as an emission line source, the planetary nebula (PN) nature of the source Kn 26 has only recently been recognized in digital sky surveys. To investigate the spectral properties and spatio-kinematical structure of Kn 26, we have obtained high spatial-resolution optical and near-IR narrow-band images, high-dispersion long-slit echelle spectra, and intermediate-resolution spectroscopic observations. The new data reveal an hourglass morphology typical of bipolar PNe. A detailed analysis of its morphology and kinematics discloses the presence of a second pair of bipolar lobes, making Kn 26 a new member of the subclass of quadrupolar PNe. The time lapse between the ejection of the two pairs of bipolar lobes is much shorter than their dynamical ages, implying a rapid change in the preferential direction of the central engine. The chemical composition of Kn 26 is particularly unusual among PNe, with a low N/O ratio (as for type II PNe) and a high helium abundance (as for type I PNe), although not atypical among symbiotic stars. Such an anomalous chemical composition may have resulted from the curtailment of the time in the asymptotic giant branch by the evolution of the progenitor star through a common envelope phase. Based on observations made with the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) and the William Herschel Telescope (WHT) on the island of La Palma in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), the 2.1-m telescope of the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional at the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir (OAN-SPM), and the 1.5-m telescope at the Observatorio de Sierra Nevada (OSN), Granada, Spain. NOT is operated jointly by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. WHT is operated by the Isaac Newton Group. The 2.1-m telescope at the OAN-SPM is a national facility operated by the Instituto de Astronomía of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The 1.5-m telescope at the OSN is operated by the

  19. Planetary Fabry-Perot spectroscopy

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    Trauger, J. T.

    1988-01-01

    Application of high spectral resolution, Earth-based Fabry-Perot spectroscopy to the study of planetary atmospheres, for which current topics are outer planet HD and H2 spectra (atmospheric structure, D/H ratio), Mars CO2, CO, O2, and H2O spectra (atomspheric photochemistry), Venus H2O and HDO, associated laboratory spectroscopy (especially H2 overtone bands, HDO) was accomplished. Monochromatic charge coupled device (CCD) imaging photometry of the Jovian nebula, with images taken in rapid sequence among the diagnostic spectral lines of ionized sulfur species, provided self-supporting snapshots of the Jupiter/Io plasma conditions (spatially resolved electron and ion densities and temperatures), covering the post-Voyager period from 1981 and leading up to the Galileo tour in the early 1990s. High spectral resolution Fabry-Perot/charge coupled device (CCD) imaging of comets (OI, CI, and H2O(+) velocity maps and spatial distriubtions), and Io's charge exchanged neutral jet was studied.

  20. The Eclipsing Central Stars of the Planetary Nebulae Lo 16 and PHR J1040-5417

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    Hillwig, Todd C.; Frew, David; Jones, David; Crispo, Danielle

    2017-01-01

    Binary central stars of planetary nebula are a valuable tool in understanding common envelope evolution. In these cases both the resulting close binary system and the expanding envelope (the planetary nebula) can be studied directly. In order to compare observed systems with common envelope evolution models we need to determine precise physical parameters of the binaries and the nebulae. Eclipsing central stars provide us with the best opportunity to determine high precision values for mass, radius, and temperature of the component stars in these close binaries. We present photometry and spectroscopy for two of these eclipsing systems; the central stars of Lo 16 and PHR 1040-5417. Using light curves and radial velocity curves along with binary modeling we provide physical parameters for the stars in both of these systems.

  1. Evolution of the central stars of young planetary nebulae

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    Hajduk, M.; van Hoof, P. A. M.; Zijlstra, A. A.

    2015-01-01

    Aims: The evolution of central stars of planetary nebulae was so far documented in just a few cases. However, spectra collected a few decades ago may provide a good reference for studying the evolution of central stars using the emission line fluxes of their nebulae. We investigated evolutionary changes of the [O iii] 5007 Å line flux in the spectra of planetary nebulae. Methods: We compared nebular fluxes collected during a decade or longer. We used literature data and newly obtained spectra. A grid of cloudy models was computed using existing evolutionary models, and the models were compared with the observations. Results: An increase of the [O iii] 5007 Å line flux is frequently observed in young planetary nebulae hosting H-rich central stars. The increasing nebular excitation is the response to the increasing temperature and hardening radiation of the central stars. We did not observe any changes in the nebular fluxes in the planetary nebulae hosting late-type Wolf-Rayet (WR) central stars. This may indicate a slower temperature evolution (which may stem from a different evolutionary status) of late-[WR] stars. Conclusions: In young planetary nebulae with H-rich central stars, the evolution can be followed using optical spectra collected during a decade or longer. The observed evolution of H-rich central stars is consistent with the predictions of the evolutionary models provided in the literature. Late-[WR] stars possibly follow a different evolutionary path. Reduced spectra from the Torun and SAAO observatories are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/573/A65

  2. Resolving shocked and UV excited components of H2 emission in planetary nebulae with high-resolution near-infrared spectroscopy

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    Kaplan, Kyle; Dinerstein, Harriet L.; Jaffe, Daniel Thomas

    2016-06-01

    Planetary nebulae (PNe) form when low and intermediate-mass stars eject their outer layers into the ISM at the end of the AGB phase. Many PNe exhibit near-infrared (NIR) emission from molecular hydrogen (H2). This NIR emission arises from radiative decay out of excited rotation-vibration (rovibrational) states. The rovibrational states can be populated by excitation to higher electronic states through absorption of a far-UV photon followed by a radiative cascade to the electronic ground state, or by collisions (e.g., in a hot gas). The two processes populate the rovibrational levels of H2 differently, so the observed emergent emission spectrum provides an effective probe of the mechanisms that excite the H2. Many PNe display line intensity ratios that are intermediate between these two processes (Otsuka et al. 2013). With the advantages of the high spectral resolution (R~40000), broad wavelength coverage (1.45-2.45 μm), and high spatial resolution of the Immersion GRating Infrared Spectrometer (IGRINS, Park et al. 2014), we are able to differentiate components in position-velocity space: we see a slowly expanding UV-excited H2 shell in the PN M 1-11 and two faster moving “bullets” of thermalized H2 that we interpret as shocked gas from a bipolar outflow. We also present observations of several other PNe that exhibit similar morphologies of thermalized and UV-excited H2 components.

  3. High-Resolution Spectroscopy of the Planetary Nebulae PM 1-242, PM 1-318 and PM 1-322

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    Miranda, L. F.; Vázquez, R.; Guerrero, M. A.; Pereira, C. B.; Iñiguez-Garín, E.

    2010-05-01

    We have recently confirmed the planetary nebula (PN) nature of PM 1-242, PM 1-318 and PM 1-322. Here we present high-resolution long-slit spectra of these three PNe in order to analyze their internal kinematics and to investigate their physical structure. PM 1-242 is a tilted ring and not an elliptical PN as suggested by direct images. The object is probably related to ring-like PNe and shows an unusual point-symmetric brightness distribution in the ring. PM 1-318 is a pole-on elliptical PN, instead of a circular one as suggested by direct images. PM 1-322 is spatially unresolved and its spectrum shows large differences between the forbidden lines and Hα profiles, with the latter showing a double-peaked profile and relatively extended wings (FWZI ~325 km s-1). These properties are found in other PNe that are suspected to host a symbiotic central star.

  4. Optical Spectrum of the Compact Planetary Nebula IC 5117

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    Hyung, Siek; Aller, Lawrence H.; Feibelman, Walter A.; Lee, Seong-Jae; Fisher, Richard R. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    High resolution spectroscopic data of the very compact planetary nebula IC 5117 are obtained in the optical wavelengths, 3700A - 10050A, with the Hamilton Echelle Spectrograph at Lick Observatory, and which have been analyzed along with the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) UV archive data. Although a diagnostic diagram shows significant density and temperature fluctuations, our analysis indicates that the nebular gas may be represented by a homogeneous shell of extremely high density gas, N(sub epsilon) approx. 90 000 /cu cm. The average electron temperatures, e.g. indicated by the [OIII] diagnostics, are around 12 000 K. We construct a photoionization model to represent most of the observed line intensities, and the physical condition of this compact nebulosity. Based on the semi-empirical ionization correction approach, and model indications, we derived the elemental abundances: He, C, N, O, Ne, and Ar appear to be normal or marginally depleted compared to the average planetary nebula, while the remaining elements, S, Cl, and K appear to be enhanced. IC 5117 is perhaps a very young compact planetary nebula, slightly more evolved than the other well-known compact planetary nebula IC 4997. The central stellar temperature is likely to be around 120 000 K, evolved from a C-rich AGB progenitor.

  5. Search for variability of five central stars of planetary nebulae

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    Paunzen, E.; Netopil, M.; Rode-Paunzen, M.

    2017-01-01

    The central stars of planetary nebulae are interesting objects which are important to understand the very late stages of stellar evolution. They exhibit variability due to binarity, stellar winds, and pulsation. We searched for variability in five of such objects and found only upper limits. However, also this null result is important for the understanding of these stars.

  6. The Extended Region Around the Planetary Nebula NGC 3242

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    2009-01-01

    This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 3242, a planetary nebula frequently referred to as 'Jupiter's Ghost.'

    The unfortunate name of 'planetary nebula' for this class of celestial object is a historical legacy credited to William Herschel during the 18th century a time when telescopes where small and objects like these, at least the central region, looked very similar to gas-giant planets such as Saturn and Jupiter. In fact, NGC 3242 has no relation to Jupiter or any other planet.

    Telescopes and their detectors have dramatically improved over the past few centuries. Our understanding of what planetary nebulae truly are has improved accordingly.

    When stars with a mass similar to our sun approach the end of their lives by exhausting supplies of hydrogen and helium fuel in their cores, they swell up into cool red-giant stars. In a last gasp before death, they expel the layers of gas in their outer atmosphere. This exposes the core of the dying star, a dense hot ball of carbon and oxygen called a white dwarf. The white dwarf is so hot that it shines very brightly in the ultraviolet. The ultraviolet light from the white dwarf, in turn, ionizes the gaseous material expelled by the star causing it to glow. A planetary nebula is really the death of a low-mass star.

    Although low-mass stars like our sun live for billions of years, planetary nebulae only last for about ten thousand years. As the central white dwarf quickly cools and the ultraviolet light dwindles, the surrounding gas also cools and fades.

    In this image of NGC 3242 from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, the extended region around the planetary nebula is shown in dramatic detail. The small circular white and blue area at the center of the image is the well-known portion of the famous planetary nebula. The precise origin and composition of the extended wispy white features is not known for certain. It is most likely material ejected during the star's red

  7. The Extended Region Around the Planetary Nebula NGC 3242

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    2009-01-01

    This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 3242, a planetary nebula frequently referred to as 'Jupiter's Ghost.'

    The unfortunate name of 'planetary nebula' for this class of celestial object is a historical legacy credited to William Herschel during the 18th century a time when telescopes where small and objects like these, at least the central region, looked very similar to gas-giant planets such as Saturn and Jupiter. In fact, NGC 3242 has no relation to Jupiter or any other planet.

    Telescopes and their detectors have dramatically improved over the past few centuries. Our understanding of what planetary nebulae truly are has improved accordingly.

    When stars with a mass similar to our sun approach the end of their lives by exhausting supplies of hydrogen and helium fuel in their cores, they swell up into cool red-giant stars. In a last gasp before death, they expel the layers of gas in their outer atmosphere. This exposes the core of the dying star, a dense hot ball of carbon and oxygen called a white dwarf. The white dwarf is so hot that it shines very brightly in the ultraviolet. The ultraviolet light from the white dwarf, in turn, ionizes the gaseous material expelled by the star causing it to glow. A planetary nebula is really the death of a low-mass star.

    Although low-mass stars like our sun live for billions of years, planetary nebulae only last for about ten thousand years. As the central white dwarf quickly cools and the ultraviolet light dwindles, the surrounding gas also cools and fades.

    In this image of NGC 3242 from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, the extended region around the planetary nebula is shown in dramatic detail. The small circular white and blue area at the center of the image is the well-known portion of the famous planetary nebula. The precise origin and composition of the extended wispy white features is not known for certain. It is most likely material ejected during the star's red

  8. Carbon Chemistry in Planetary Nebulae: Observations of the CCH Radical

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    Schmidt, Deborah Rose; Ziurys, Lucy

    2015-08-01

    The presence of infrared (IR) emission features observed in interstellar environments is consistent with models that suggest they are produced by complex organic species containing both aliphatic and aromatic components (Kwok & Zhang 2011). These IR signals change drastically over the course of the AGB, proto-planetary, and planetary nebulae phases, and this dramatic variation is yet to be understood. The radical CCH is a potential tracer of carbon chemistry and its evolution in dying stars. CCH is very common in carbon-rich circumstellar envelopes of AGB stars, and is present in the proto-planetary nebulae. It has also been observed at one position in the very young planetary nebula, NGC 7027 (Hasegawa & Kwok 2001), as well as at one position in the Helix Nebula (Tenenbaum et al. 2009) - a dense clump east of the central white dwarf. In order to further probe the chemistry of carbon, we have initiated a search for CCH in eight PNe previously detected in HCN and HCO+ from a survey conducted by Schmidt and Ziurys, using the telescopes of the Arizona Radio Observatory (ARO). Observations of the N=1→0 transition of CCH at 87 GHz have been conducted using the new ARO 12-m ALMA prototype antenna, while measurements of the N=3→2 transition at 262 GHz are being made with the ARO Sub-Millimeter Telescope (SMT). We also have extended our study in the Helix Nebula. Thus far, CCH has been detected at 8 new positions across the Helix Nebula, and appears to be widespread in this source. The radical has also been identified in K4-47, M3-28, K3-17, and K3-58. These sources represent a range of nebular ages. Additional observations are currently being conducted for CCH in other PNe, as well as abundance analyses. These results will be presented.

  9. The Chandra planetary nebula survey (CHANPLANS). II. X-ray emission from compact planetary nebulae

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    Freeman, M.; Kastner, J. H.; Montez, R. Jr.; Balick, B.; Frew, D. J.; De Marco, O.; Parker, Q. A.; Jones, D.; Miszalski, B.; Sahai, R.; Blackman, E.; Frank, A.; Chu, Y.-H.; Guerrero, M. A.; Zijlstra, A.; Bujarrabal, V.; Corradi, R. L. M.; Nordhaus, J.; and others

    2014-10-20

    We present results from the most recent set of observations obtained as part of the Chandra X-ray observatory Planetary Nebula Survey (CHANPLANS), the first comprehensive X-ray survey of planetary nebulae (PNe) in the solar neighborhood (i.e., within ∼1.5 kpc of the Sun). The survey is designed to place constraints on the frequency of appearance and range of X-ray spectral characteristics of X-ray-emitting PN central stars and the evolutionary timescales of wind-shock-heated bubbles within PNe. CHANPLANS began with a combined Cycle 12 and archive Chandra survey of 35 PNe. CHANPLANS continued via a Chandra Cycle 14 Large Program which targeted all (24) remaining known compact (R {sub neb} ≲ 0.4 pc), young PNe that lie within ∼1.5 kpc. Results from these Cycle 14 observations include first-time X-ray detections of hot bubbles within NGC 1501, 3918, 6153, and 6369, and point sources in HbDs 1, NGC 6337, and Sp 1. The addition of the Cycle 14 results brings the overall CHANPLANS diffuse X-ray detection rate to ∼27% and the point source detection rate to ∼36%. It has become clearer that diffuse X-ray emission is associated with young (≲ 5 × 10{sup 3} yr), and likewise compact (R {sub neb} ≲ 0.15 pc), PNe with closed structures and high central electron densities (n{sub e} ≳ 1000 cm{sup –3}), and is rarely associated with PNe that show H{sub 2} emission and/or pronounced butterfly structures. Hb 5 is one such exception of a PN with a butterfly structure that hosts diffuse X-ray emission. Additionally, two of the five new diffuse X-ray detections (NGC 1501 and NGC 6369) host [WR]-type central stars, supporting the hypothesis that PNe with central stars of [WR]-type are likely to display diffuse X-ray emission.

  10. The peculiar planetary nebula 75+35 deg 1

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    Feibelman, Walter A.

    1987-04-01

    The high galactic latitude planetary nebula 75+35°1 was observed in the low-dispersion mode of the IUE. The UV spectrum is characterized by a strong continuum that matches the energy distribution of a blackbody curve of 90,000K±5000K. A color temperature of 94,000K±4000K is derived. The spectral type mimics that of an O7.5 V star. A very strong N V λ1240 feature with a P Cygni profile is present. There is no trace of C III] λ1909 which is usually the strongest emission line in planetary nebulae. A very slight depression in the λ2200 region suggests very little interstellar absorption with an upper limit of E(B-V) = 0.025 mag, as would be expected for a high galactic latitude object. The ultraviolet observations, in context with the optical data, indicate that this object is not a typical planetary.

  11. a Study of HCO+ and CS in Planetary Nebulae

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    Edwards, Jessica L.; Ziurys, L. M.; Woolf, N. J.

    2011-06-01

    Millimeter-wave observations have been conducted towards a sample of planetary nebulae (PNe) using the 12-meter and Sub-millimeter telescopes of the Arizona Radio Observatory. HCO+ was observed in the J=3-2 transition at 1 mm and the J=1-0 transition at 3 mm. CS was observed in the J=5-4, J=3-2, and J=2-1 transitions at 1, 2, and 3 mm, respectively. Both molecules have been detected in NGC 6537 (Red Spider Nebula), K4-47, and M2-48, as well as NGC 6720 (Ring Nebula) and NGC 6853 (Dumbbell Nebula), which are both over 7,000 years old. Although a number of molecular line surveys of circumstellar envelopes have been done and one conducted towards a very young PNe, the molecular content of planetary nebulae is not well characterized. It was previously thought that the high ultraviolet radiation field of the central star would destroy any molecules leftover from the circumstellar envelope; however, molecules clearly exist well into the PNe stage. These data are currently being analyzed and molecular abundances being determined, which will be compared to those seen in diffuse interstellar material. The implications of these observations will be discussed in relation to the molecular content of diffuse clouds and the origins of the diffuse interstellar bands.

  12. The planetary nebula system and dynamics of NGC 5128. I - Planetary nebulae as standard candles

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    Hui, Xiaohui; Ford, Holland C.; Ciardullo, Robin; Jacoby, George H.

    1993-01-01

    We present the result of a planetary nebula (PN) survey of the nearby giant elliptical galaxy NGC 5128 performed with CCD cameras at the prime focus of the CTIO 4 m telescope. By comparing CCD images centered on the characteristic emission line forbidden O III 5007 A and on the adjacent continuum, we identify a total of 785 PNs in areas extending 20 kpc along the photometric major axis and covering the whole galaxy to 10 kpc. From these data, we form a complete sample of 224 PNs extending to a dereddened limiting magnitude of m5007 = 24.8, which extends 1.5 mag down the PN luminosity function (PNLF). Adopting a foreground extinction of E(B-V) = 0.1, we derive a distance to the galaxy of 3.5 +/- 0.2 Mpc, in excellent agreement with the surface brightness fluctuation method. No population effect on the bright cutoff of PNLF is observed in the isophotal radius range of 2-16 kpc, but the luminosity specific PN density seems to increase with radius inside of 7 kpc, in agreement with the alpha(2.5)-color relation observed for other galaxies.

  13. THE EVOLUTION OF THE KINEMATICS OF NEBULAR SHELLS IN PLANETARY NEBULAE IN THE MILKY WAY BULGE

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    Richer, Michael G.; Lopez, Jose Alberto; Garcia-Diaz, Maria Teresa; Clark, David M.; Pereyra, Margarita; Diaz-Mendez, Enrique E-mail: jal@astrosen.unam.m E-mail: dmclark@astrosen.unam.m E-mail: e.d.mendez@tcu.ed

    2010-06-10

    We study the line widths in the [O III]{lambda}5007 and H{alpha} lines for two groups of planetary nebulae in the Milky Way bulge based upon spectroscopy obtained at the Observatorio Astronomico Nacional in the Sierra San Pedro Martir (OAN-SPM) using the Manchester Echelle Spectrograph. The first sample includes objects early in their evolution, having high H{beta} luminosities, but [O III]{lambda}5007/H{beta} < 3. The second sample comprises objects late in their evolution, with He II {lambda}4686/H{beta}>0.5. These planetary nebulae represent evolutionary phases preceding and following those of the objects studied by Richer et al. in 2008. Our sample of planetary nebulae with weak [O III]{lambda}5007 has a line width distribution similar to that of the expansion velocities of the envelopes of asymptotic giant branch stars and shifted to systematically lower values as compared to the less evolved objects studied by Richer et al. The sample with strong He II {lambda}4686 has a line width distribution indistinguishable from that of the more evolved objects from Richer et al., but a distribution in angular size that is systematically larger and so they are clearly more evolved. These data and those of Richer et al. form a homogeneous sample from a single Galactic population of planetary nebulae, from the earliest evolutionary stages until the cessation of nuclear burning in the central star. They confirm the long-standing predictions of hydrodynamical models of planetary nebulae, where the kinematics of the nebular shell are driven by the evolution of the central star.

  14. Multiple outflows in the planetary nebula NGC 6058

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    Guillén, P. F.; Vázquez, R.; Miranda, L. F.; Zavala, S.; Contreras, M. E.; Ayala, S.; Ortiz-Ambriz, A.

    2013-07-01

    We present narrow-band [O III]λ5007 and Hα images, as well as long-slit high-resolution echelle spectra of the planetary nebula NGC 6058. Our data reveal that NGC 6058 is a multipolar planetary nebula of ˜45 arcsec in extent that is formed by four bipolar outflows oriented at different position angles. Assuming homologous expansion for all the structures, and a distance of 3.5 kpc, we obtain polar velocities of ˜68 km s-1 for three of them. The estimated kinematical ages suggest that the three oldest outflows were ejected at intervals of ˜1100 and ˜400 yr, during which the ejection axis changed its orientation by ˜60° and ˜40°, respectively. Although an inner ring-like structure is suggested by the direct images, the kinematics shows that no equatorial ring or toroid exists in the nebula. On the contrary, the long-slit spectra reveal that the ring-like structure corresponds to a fourth outflow that is oriented almost perpendicular to the other three. This fourth outflow is the youngest one and appears to be interacting with the other three, creating a protruding zone that sweeps material in a region almost perpendicular to the major axes of the oldest outflows. This structure also presents two bright arcuate regions along the direction of the older outflows, and on opposite sides of the central star. From our model, we suggest that NGC 6058 could be at an intermediate evolutionary stage between starfish planetary nebulae and multipolar planetary nebula with apparent equatorial lobes.

  15. The ionization structure of planetary nebulae 10: NGC 2392

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    Barker, Timothy

    1989-01-01

    Spectrophotometric observations of emission-line intensities over the spectral range 1400 to 7200 A were made in six positions in the planetary nebula NGC 2392. Standard equations used to correct for the existence of elements in other than the optically observable ionization stages give consistent results for the different positions that are in excellent agreement with abundances calculated using ultraviolet lines, and there is no evidence for any abundance gradient in the nebula. The logarithmic abundances agree well with determinations by Aller and Keyes.

  16. Ultraviolet observations of close-binary and pulsating nuclei of planetary nebulae; Winds and shells around low-mass supergiants; The close-binary nucleus of the planetary nebula HFG-1; A search for binary nuclei of planetary nebulae; UV monitoring of irregularly variable planetary nuclei; and The pulsating nucleus of the planetary nebula Lo 4

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    Bond, Howard E.

    1992-01-01

    A brief summary of the research highlights is presented. The topics covered include the following: binary nuclei of planetary nebulae; other variable planetary nuclei; low-mass supergiants; and other IUE-related research.

  17. THE DECELERATION OF NEBULAR SHELLS IN EVOLVED PLANETARY NEBULAE

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    Pereyra, Margarita; Richer, Michael G.; Lopez, Jose Alberto E-mail: richer@astrosen.unam.mx

    2013-07-10

    We have selected a group of 100 evolved planetary nebulae (PNe) and study their kinematics based upon spatially-resolved, long-slit, echelle spectroscopy. The data have been drawn from the San Pedro Martir Kinematic Catalogue of PNe. The aim is to characterize in detail the global kinematics of PNe at advanced stages of evolution with the largest sample of homogenous data used to date for this purpose. The results reveal two groups that share kinematics, morphology, and photo-ionization characteristics of the nebular shell and central star luminosities at the different late stages under study. The typical flow velocities we measure are usually larger than seen in earlier evolutionary stages, with the largest velocities occurring in objects with very weak or absent [N II] {lambda}6584 line emission, by all indications the least evolved objects in our sample. The most evolved objects expand more slowly. This apparent deceleration during the final stage of PNe evolution is predicted by hydrodynamical models, but other explanations are also possible. These results provide a template for comparison with the predictions of theoretical models.

  18. Spitzer mid-infrared spectroscopic observations of planetary nebulae

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    Mata, H.; Ramos-Larios, G.; Guerrero, M. A.; Nigoche-Netro, A.; Toalá, J. A.; Fang, X.; Rubio, G.; Kemp, S. N.; Navarro, S. G.; Corral, L. J.

    2016-06-01

    We present Spitzer Space Telescope archival mid-infrared (mid-IR) spectroscopy of a sample of 11 planetary nebulae (PNe). The observations, acquired with the Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph (IRS), cover the spectral range 5.2-14.5 μm that includes the H2 0-0 S(2) to S(7) rotational emission lines. This wavelength coverage has allowed us to derive the Boltzmann distribution and calculate the H2 rotational excitation temperature (Tex). The derived excitation temperatures have consistent values ≃900 ± 70 K for different sources despite their different structural components. We also report the detection of mid-IR ionic lines of [Ar III], [S IV], and [Ne II] in most objects, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon features in a few cases. The decline of the [Ar III]/[Ne II] line ratio with the stellar effective temperature can be explained either by a true neon enrichment or by high density circumstellar regions of PNe that presumably descend from higher mass progenitor stars.

  19. MULTIPOLAR PLANETARY NEBULAE: NOT AS GEOMETRICALLY DIVERSIFIED AS THOUGHT

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    Chong, S.-N.; Imai, H.; Chibueze, J.; Kwok, Sun; Tafoya, D. E-mail: sunkwok@hku.hk

    2012-12-01

    Planetary nebulae (PNe) have diverse morphological shapes, including point-symmetric and multipolar structures. Many PNe also have complicated internal structures such as tori, lobes, knots, and ansae. A complete accounting of all the morphological structures through physical models is difficult. A first step toward such an understanding is to derive the true three-dimensional structure of the nebulae. In this paper, we show that a multipolar nebula with three pairs of lobes can explain many such features, if orientation and sensitivity effects are taken into account. Using only six parameters-the inclination and position angles of each pair-we are able to simulate the observed images of 20 PNe with complex structures. We suggest that multipolar structure is an intrinsic structure of PNe and the statistics of multipolar PNe have been severely underestimated in the past.

  20. Continuous infrared emission of proto- and young-planetary nebulae

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    Szczerba, Ryszard

    1989-01-01

    Evolutionary sequences of planetary nebulae (PNe) were calculated beginning from the moment of shell ejection to its dissipation and IR spectra of the outgoing radiation were obtained for different stages of the evolution. To solve the coupled hydrodynamical and radiation transfer problem a computer code was used in which gas and dust are treated as two separate hydrodynamical components. The models, which are calculated for two grain materials (graphite and silicate) have a size distribution of particles based on that found for the interstellar medium. In the computations, the recent optical properties of graphite and astronomical silicate grains tabulated by Draine (1987) were employed. It was assumed that silicate of graphite grains exist below some critical temperature equal to 1300 or to 1700 K, respectively. Infrared model spectra are compared with the IR radiation emitted by some proto- and some young-planetary nebulae. The observed IR continua can be quite well matched with our models with grains having a reasonable size range.

  1. Spatial studies of planetary nebulae with IRAS

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    Hawkins, G. W.; Zuckerman, B.

    1991-01-01

    The infrared sizes at the four IRAS wavelengths of 57 planetaries, most with 20-60 arcsec optical size, are derived from spatial deconvolution of one-dimensional survey mode scans. Survey observations from multiple detectors and hours confirmed (HCON) observations are combined to increase the sampling to a rate that is sufficient for successful deconvolution. The Richardson-Lucy deconvolution algorithm is used to obtain an increase in resolution of a factor of about 2 or 3 from the normal IRAS detector sizes of 45, 45, 90, and 180 arcsec at wavelengths 12, 25, 60, and 100 microns. Most of the planetaries deconvolve at 12 and 25 microns to sizes equal to or smaller than the optical size. Some of the planetaries with optical rings 60 arcsec or more in diameter show double-peaked IRAS profiles. Many, such as NGC 6720 and NGC 6543 show all infrared sizes equal to the optical size, while others indicate increasing infrared size with wavelength. Deconvolved IRAS profiles are presented for the 57 planetaries at nearly all wavelengths where IRAS flux densities are 1-2 Jy or higher.

  2. Elemental abundances in high-excitation planetary nebulae

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    Marionni, P. A.; Harrington, J. P.

    1981-01-01

    The IUE satellite was used to obtain low dispersion spectra of the high excitation planetary nebulae IC 351, IC 2003, NGC 2022, IC 2165, NGC 2440, Hu 1-2, and IC 5217. Numerical modeling was undertaken to determine the chemical composition of these objects with particular emphasis on obtaining elemental carbon and nitrogen abundances. Large variations in the C/N ratio from object to object are suggested.

  3. Discovery of planetary nebulae using predictive mid-infrared diagnostics

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    Parker, Quentin A.; Cohen, Martin; Stupar, Milorad; Frew, David J.; Green, Anne J.; Bojicic, Ivan; Guzman-Ramirez, Lizette; Sabin, Laurence; Vogt, Frédéric

    2012-12-01

    We demonstrate a newly developed mid-infrared (MIR) planetary nebula (PN) selection technique. It is designed to enable efficient searches for obscured, previously unknown, PN candidates present in the photometric source catalogues of Galactic plane MIR sky surveys. Such selection is now possible via new, sensitive, high-to-medium resolution, MIR satellite surveys such as those from the Spitzer Space Telescope and the all-sky Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite missions. MIR selection is based on how different colour-colour planes isolate zones (sometimes overlapping) that are predominately occupied by different astrophysical object types. These techniques depend on the reliability of the available MIR source photometry. In this pilot study, we concentrate on MIR point-source detections and show that it is dangerous to take the MIR GLIMPSE (Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire) photometry from Spitzer for each candidate at face value without examining the actual MIR image data. About half of our selected sources are spurious detections due to the applied source detection algorithms being affected by complex MIR backgrounds and the deblending of diffraction spikes around bright MIR point sources into point sources themselves. Nevertheless, once this additional visual diagnostic checking is performed, valuable MIR-selected PN candidates are uncovered. Four turned out to have faint, compact, optical counterparts in our Hα survey data missed in previous optical searches. We confirm all of these as true PNe via our follow-up optical spectroscopy. This lends weight to the veracity of our MIR technique. It demonstrates sufficient robustness that high-confidence samples of new Galactic PN candidates can be extracted from these MIR surveys without confirmatory optical spectroscopy and imaging. This is problematic or impossible when the extinction is large.

  4. MORPHOLOGY OF THE RED RECTANGLE PROTO-PLANETARY NEBULA

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    Koning, N.; Kwok, Sun; Steffen, W. E-mail: sunkwok@hku.hk

    2011-10-10

    The morphology of the Red Rectangle (RR) exhibits several singular attributes. Most prominent are a series of linear features perpendicular to the symmetry axis which appear as 'ladder rungs' across the nebula. At the edge of each 'rung' gas seemingly flows from bright knots in a parabolic shape toward the center of the nebula. We present a new model of the RR which explains these features as a projection effect of the more common concentric arcs seen in other proto-planetary nebulae (e.g., Egg Nebula). Using the three-dimensional morpho-kinematic modeling software SHAPE, we have created a model of the RR that consists of spherical shells evacuated by a bi-conical outflow. When the symmetry axis is oriented perpendicular to the line of sight, the spherical shells become linear, thereby reproducing the 'rungs' seen in the RR. When oriented at different inclinations, the linear features become spherical as observed in the Egg Nebula. The model also accurately reproduces the bright knots and the parabolic outflows from these knots that have proven difficult to explain in the past. Using this model, we are able to place a lower limit on the speed of the outflow of {approx}158 km s{sup -1}.

  5. Narrowband HST imagery of the young planetary nebula Henize 1357

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    Bobrowsky, M.

    1994-01-01

    We present Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Planetary Camera observations showing the first optically resolved images of the planetary nebula Henize 1357 . The small size of this object has heretofore precluded optical investigations of its morphology. In H-beta, He 3-1357 appears to have an equatorial ring of enhanced density tilted approximately 56 deg from our line of sight. In addition, there are bubbles of gas above and below the ring with areas of decreased brightness near the poles where a fast stellar wind has broken through the red giant envelope. He 3-1357 has been evolving very rapidly, becoming a planetary nebula only within the past few decades. Assuming a distance of 5.6 kpc, the radius of the nebula is 0.02 pc, implying an expansion age of 2650 yr, although it has been ionized for no more than 40 yr. The H-beta flux is now 5.8 x 10(exp -11) ergs/sq cm/s which implies an ionized mass of 0.2 solar mass, log L*/solar luminosity = 3.7, and a core mass of 0.59 solar mass.

  6. The carbon-rich proto-planetary nebula IRAS 22272 + 5435

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    Hrivnak, Bruce J.; Kwok, Sun

    1991-01-01

    Ground-based photometry and spectroscopy is presented for IRAS 22272 + 5435, a 9th mag star with a large infrared excess. The flux distribution is 'double-peaked', with a visible and near-infrared component due to the reddened photosphere and a far-infrared component presumably due to a detached dust shell. About equal amounts of energy are detected from each. The spectrum is that of a peculiar G supergiant, Gp Ia. In addition, strong molecular bands of C3 and C2 are observed. The flux distribution is modeled and, together with published molecular-line radio observations, allows the determination of basic parameters of the central star and the dust shell. The source has the characteristics one would expect of a proto-planetary nebula, an object in transition from the asymptotic giant branch to the planetary nebula phase.

  7. The carbon-rich proto-planetary nebula IRAS 22272 + 5435

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    Hrivnak, B.J.; Kwok, Sun Calgary, University )

    1991-04-01

    Ground-based photometry and spectroscopy is presented for IRAS 22272 + 5435, a 9th mag star with a large infrared excess. The flux distribution is 'double-peaked', with a visible and near-infrared component due to the reddened photosphere and a far-infrared component presumably due to a detached dust shell. About equal amounts of energy are detected from each. The spectrum is that of a peculiar G supergiant, Gp Ia. In addition, strong molecular bands of C3 and C2 are observed. The flux distribution is modeled and, together with published molecular-line radio observations, allows the determination of basic parameters of the central star and the dust shell. The source has the characteristics one would expect of a proto-planetary nebula, an object in transition from the asymptotic giant branch to the planetary nebula phase. 31 refs.

  8. The carbon-rich proto-planetary nebula IRAS 22272 + 5435

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    Hrivnak, Bruce J.; Kwok, Sun

    1991-04-01

    Ground-based photometry and spectroscopy is presented for IRAS 22272 + 5435, a 9th mag star with a large infrared excess. The flux distribution is 'double-peaked', with a visible and near-infrared component due to the reddened photosphere and a far-infrared component presumably due to a detached dust shell. About equal amounts of energy are detected from each. The spectrum is that of a peculiar G supergiant, Gp Ia. In addition, strong molecular bands of C3 and C2 are observed. The flux distribution is modeled and, together with published molecular-line radio observations, allows the determination of basic parameters of the central star and the dust shell. The source has the characteristics one would expect of a proto-planetary nebula, an object in transition from the asymptotic giant branch to the planetary nebula phase.

  9. Fourier spectroscopy and planetary research

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    Hanel, R. A.; Kunde, V. G.

    1974-01-01

    The application of Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (FTS) to planetary research is reviewed. The survey includes FTS observations of the sun, all the planets except Uranus and Pluto, the Galilean satellites and Saturn's rings. Instrumentation and scientific results are considered and the prospects and limitations of FTS for planetary research in the forthcoming years are discussed.

  10. A Study of Planetary Nebulae Possessing Binary Central Stars

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    Tyndall, Amy A.

    2014-01-01

    In this thesis, detailed studies of three different types of binary central stars within planetary nebulae (bCSPNe) are presented, with the aim of investigating the effects such a range of binary systems has on the morphology and kinematics of the surrounding nebulae, as well as discussing what the implication is for the interaction between the stars themselves. A close binary, an intermediate period binary, and a compact binary system are examined. The close binary PN HaTr 4 is the first system to be studied via detailed spatio-kinematical analysis and modelling, and it is one of few known to contain a post-common envelope (CE) central star system. CE evolution is believed to play an important role in the shaping of PNe, but the exact nature of this role is yet to be understood. High spatial and spectral resolution spectroscopy is presented alongside deep narrow-band imagery to derive the three-dimensional morphology of HaTr 4. The nebula is found to display an extended ovoid morphology with an enhanced equatorial region consistent with a toroidal waist - a feature believed to be typical amongst PNe with post-CE central stars. The nebular symmetry axis is found to lie perpendicular to the orbital plane of the central binary, concordant with the idea that the formation and evolution of HaTr 4 has been strongly influenced by its central binary. Next, PN LoTr 1 is studied using a combination of spectra and photometry, and is thought to contain an intermediate-period binary central star system (P = 100-1500 d). Here, we confirm the binary nature of the central star of LoTr 1, consisting of a K1 III star and a hot white dwarf (WD). The nebula of LoTr 1 presents a very different morphology than that of other seemingly similar bCSPNe possessing barium stars, A70 and WeBo 1 (included in this study for direct comparison), which may be an indication of a difference in their mass-transfer episodes. There is no evidence of barium enhancement in the K1 III companion, but it is

  11. H2 in low-ionization structures of planetary nebulae

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    Akras, Stavros; Gonçalves, Denise R.; Ramos-Larios, Gerardo

    2017-02-01

    We report the detection of near-IR H2 emission from the low-ionization structures (knots) in two planetary nebulae. The deepest ever high-angular-resolution H2 (1-0) S(1) at 2.122 μm, H2 (2-1) S(1) at 2.248 μm and Brγ images of K 4-47 and NGC 7662, obtained using the Near InfraRed Imager and Spectrometer (NIRI) at Gemini-North, are analysed here. K 4-47 reveals a remarkable highly collimated bipolar structure not only in the optical but also in the molecular hydrogen emission. The H2 emission emanates from the walls of the bipolar outflows and also from the pair of knots at the tip of the outflows. The H2 (1-0) S(1)/(2-1) S(1) line ratio ranges from ∼7 to ∼10, suggesting the presence of shock interactions. Our findings can be explained by the interaction of a jet/bullet ejected from the central star with the surrounding asymptotic giant branch material. The strongest H2 line, (1-0) S(1), is also detected in several low-ionization knots located at the periphery of the elliptical planetary nebula NGC 7662, but only four of these knots are detected in the H2 (2-1) S(1) line. These four knots exhibit an H2 line ratio between 2 and 3.5, which suggests that the emission is caused by the UV ionizing flux of the central star. Our data confirm the presence of H2 gas in both fast- and slow-moving low-ionization knots, which has only been confirmed before in the nearby Helix nebula and Hu 1-2. Overall, the low-ionization structures of planetary nebulae are found to have similar traits to photodissociation regions.

  12. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE IMAGING OF THE BINARY NUCLEUS OF THE PLANETARY NEBULA EGB 6

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    Liebert, James; Bond, Howard E.; Ciardullo, Robin; Dufour, P.; Meakes, Michael G.; Renzini, Alvio; Gianninas, A. E-mail: bond@stsci.edu E-mail: mgmeakes@gmail.com E-mail: alvio.renzini@oapd.inaf.it

    2013-05-20

    EGB 6 is an ancient, low-surface-brightness planetary nebula. The central star, also cataloged as PG 0950+139, is a very hot DAOZ white dwarf (WD) with an apparent M dwarf companion, unresolved from the ground but detected initially through excesses in the JHK bands. Its kinematics indicates membership in the Galactic disk population. Inside of EGB 6 is an extremely dense emission knot-completely unexpected since significant mass loss from the WD should have ceased {approx}10{sup 5} yr ago. The electron density of the compact nebula is very high (2.2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 6} cm{sup -3}), as indicated by collisional de-excitation of forbidden emission lines. Hubble Space Telescope imaging and grism spectroscopy are reported here. These resolve the WD and apparent dM companion-at a separation of 0.''166, or a projected 96{sub -45}{sup +204} AU at the estimated distance of 576{sub -271}{sup +1224} pc (using the V magnitude). Much to our surprise, we found that the compact emission nebula is superposed on the dM companion, far from the photoionizing radiation of the WD. Moreover, a striking mid-infrared excess has recently been reported in the Spitzer/IRAC and MIPS bands, best fit with two dust shells. The derived ratio L{sub IR}/L{sub WD} = 2.7 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} is the largest yet found for any WD or planetary nucleus. The compact nebula has maintained its high density for over three decades. We discuss two possible explanations for the origin and confinement of the compact nebula, neither of which is completely satisfactory. This leaves the genesis and confinement of the compact nebula an astrophysical puzzle, yet similar examples appear in the literature.

  13. The Making of a Pre-Planetary Nebula

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    Kohler, Susanna

    2017-07-01

    The gas expelled by dying stars gets twisted into intricate shapes and patterns as nebulae form. Now a team of researchers might have some answers about how this happens.Whats a Pre-Planetary Nebula?This H-R diagram for the globular cluster M5 shows where AGB stars lie: they are represented by blue markers here. The AGB is one of the final stages in a low- to intermediate-mass stars lifetime. [Lithopsian]When a low- to intermediate-mass star approaches the end of its lifetime, it moves onto the Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) in the Herzsprung-Russell diagram. As the star exhausts its fuel here, it shrugs off its outer layers. These layers of gas then encase the stars core, which is not yet hot enough to ionize the gas and cause it to glow.Instead, during this time the gas is relatively cool and dark, faintly reflecting light from the star and emitting only very dim infrared emission of its own. At this stage, the gas represents a pre-planetary nebula. Only later when the stellar core contracts enough to heat up and emit ionizing radiation does the nebula begin to properly glow, at which point it qualifies as a full planetary nebula.Images of OH231 in optical light (top) and 12CO (bottom) taken from the literature. [See Balick et al. 2017 for full credit]Unexpected ShapesPre-planetary nebulae are a very short-lived evolutionary stage, so weve observed only a few hundred of them which has left many unanswered questions about these objects.One particular mystery is that of their shapes: if these nebulae are formed by stars expelling their outer layers, we would naively expect them to be simple spherical shells and yet we observe pre-planetary nebulae to have intricate shapes and patterns. How does the star create these asymmetric shapes? A team of scientists led by Bruce Balick (University of Washington, Seattle) has now used simulations to address this question.Injecting MassBalick and collaborators use 3D hydrodynamic simulations to model one particular pre-planetary

  14. Optical spectrum of the planetary nebula M 2-24

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    Zhang, Y.; Liu, X.-W.

    2003-06-01

    We have obtained medium-resolution, deep optical long-slit spectra of the bulge planetary nebula (PN) M 2-24. The spectrum covers the wavelength range from 3610-7330 Å. Over two hundred emission lines have been detected. The spectra show a variety of optical recombination lines (ORLs) from C, N, O and Ne ions. The diagnostic diagram shows significant density and temperature variations across the nebula. Our analysis suggests that the nebula has a dense central emission core. The nebula was thus studied by dividing it into two regions: 1) a high ionization region characterized by an electron temperature of Te=16 300 K and a density of log Ne(cm-3) = 6.3; and 2) a low ionization region represented by Te=11 400 K and log Ne(cm-3) = 3.7. A large number of ORLs from C, N, O and Ne ions have been used to determine the abundances of these elements relative to hydrogen. In general, the resultant abundances are found to be higher than the corresponding values deduced from collisionally excited lines (CELs). This bulge PN is found to have large enhancements in two alpha -elements, magnesium and neon. Full Table 2 is available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.126.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/404/545

  15. CO in the bipolar planetary nebula NGC 2346

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    Healy, A.P.; Huggins, P.J.

    1988-03-01

    Observations of the CO (2-1) line in the bipolar (bowtie) planetary nebula NGC 2346 were made to study the distribution and kinematics of the molecular gas. The CO emission is dominated by two distinct components with a velocity separation of 21 km/s, but weaker emission extends over a total range of 56 km/s. The velocity-integrated map of CO is elongated along the minor axis of the optical nebula and is consistent with other observations in indicating that dense matter at the nebular waist plays an important role in the bipolar structure. Along the major axis of the nebula, the redshifted and blueshifted CO components are offset about the center, which is consistent with a tilted geometry suggested by the kinematics of the ionized gas. Along the minor axis at low intensity levels there is evidence for some degree of continuous CO distribution around the nebular waist. Mass estimates show that 40 percent or more of the total mass of the nebula is in the form of molecular gas. 18 references.

  16. Interaction of planetary nebulae with the interstellar medium

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    Borkowski, Kazimierz J.; Sarazin, Craig L.; Soker, Noam

    1990-01-01

    The interaction of a moving planetary nebula (PN) with the interstellar medium is considered. The PN shell is compressed first in the direction of the stellar motion. This produces a dipole asymmetry in the surface brightness of the nebula, typically at a nebular density of about 40/cu cm if the nebula is located in the Galactic plane. In the later stages of the interaction, this part of the shell is significantly decelerated with respect to the central star, and the PN becomes strongly asymmetric in shape. This distortion and the subsequent stripping of the nebular gas away from the central star typically occurs at a low nebular density of about 6/cu cm. The morphology of PNs with central stars whose proper motions exceed 0.015 arcsec/yr was examined, and it was found that many of the extended nebulae are interacting with the interstellar medium (ISM). The sample doubles the number of known PNs interacting with the ISM. The morphology of nearby PNs was examined, and a number of strongly asymmetric nebuale were found.

  17. Extended red emission from dust in planetary nebulae

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    Furton, D. G.; Witt, A. N.

    1992-02-01

    Results are presented of a long-slit spectrophotometric survey of the optical continuum emission of 20 PNs covering a wide range of C/O ratios, and the detection of the broad red-emission band known as extended red emission (ERE) in seven of these objects is reported. In PNs where ERE is detected, the band is found to have an average integrated intensity of 0.0019 erg/sq cm/s/sr and to contribute approximately 15 percent of the flux in the continuum between 550 and 820 nm. The ERE band observed in planetary nebulae is compared to the ERE band observed in reflection nebulae; they are found to be similar in band profile and intensity. It is discovered that the presence or absence of ERE in PNs is correlated with the C/O ratio in the sense that none of the oxygen-rich nebulae in this sample exhibit the ERE band above the present detection limit, while most carbon-rich nebulae do. It is claimed that this supports the identification of ERE as the photoluminescence of hydrogenated amorphous dust grains.

  18. Spectrophotometry of Bowen resonance fluorescence lines in three planetary nebulae

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    O'Dell, C. R.; Miller, Christopher O.

    1992-01-01

    The results are presented of a uniquely complete, carefully reduced set of observations of the O III Bowen fluorescence lines in the planetary nebulae NGC 6210, NGC 7027, and NGC 7662. A detailed comparison with the predictions of radiative excitation verify that some secondary lines are enhanced by selective population by the charge exchange mechanism involving O IV. Charge exchange is most important in NGC 6210, which is of significantly lower ionization than the other nebulae. In addition to the principal Bowen lines arising from Ly-alpha pumping of the O III O1 line, lines arising from pumping of the O3 line are also observed. Comparison of lines produced by O1 and O3 with the theoretical predictions of Neufeld indicate poor agreement; comparison with the theoretical predictions of Harrington show agreement with NGC 7027 and NGC 7662.

  19. [Fe III] EMISSION LINES IN THE PLANETARY NEBULA NGC 2392

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    Zhang, Y.; Chau, W.; Hsia, C.-H.; Kwok, S.; Fang, X.; Liu, X.-W.; Koning, N.

    2012-07-20

    NGC 2392 is a young double-shell planetary nebula (PN). Its intrinsic structure and shaping mechanism are still not fully understood. In this paper we present new spectroscopic observations of NGC 2392. The slits were placed at two different locations to obtain the spectra of the inner and outer regions. Several [Fe III] lines are clearly detected in the inner region. We infer that NGC 2392 might have an intrinsic structure similar to the bipolar nebula Mz 3, which also exhibits a number of [Fe III] lines arising from the central regions. In this scenario, the inner and outer regions of NGC 2392 correspond to the inner lobes and the outer outflows of Mz 3, respectively. We construct a three-dimensional morpho-kinematic model to examine our hypothesis. We also compare the physical conditions and chemical composition of the inner and outer regions, and discuss the implications on the formation of this type of PN.

  20. Magellanic cloud planetary nebula with suspected strong forbidden iron lines

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    Aller, L. H.; Czyzak, S. J.

    1983-01-01

    The relatively high-excitation nebula (Westerlund-Smith object 25) in the large Magellanic cloud shows prominent forbidden lines of [Ar IV], the close [Ne IV] pair λ4724, 4726, [Ca V] λ5309, [Fe V] λ4227, and probably [Fe VI] and [Fe VII], as well. A conventional interpretation of observations secured with a vidicon detector at the Cerro Tololo 4-m telescopes indicates an essentially “normal” helium abundance but depletions of N, O, Ne, and other elements with respect to our own galaxy. When a comparison is made with diffuse nebulae or H II regions in the large Magellanic cloud, we find helium to be more abundant, oxygen to be depleted, and nitrogen, neon, and argon to be comparable. The abundance of sulfur is uncertain. Iron in the gaseous phase is certainly more plentiful than in conventional planetaries. PMID:16593294

  1. The rapidly evolving planetary nebula Hen 3-1357

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    Gry, C.

    Hen 3-1357 (known as the 'Stingray Nebula') is the youngest Planetary Nebula known in the sky. It has become ionized within the past few decades and its central star seems to be still rapidly evolving in the H-R diagram towards hotter effective temperatures. With this proposal we want to determine the current effective temperature of the central star and the characteristics of the stellar wind thirteen years after its discovery with IUE. This will enable us to determine whether the rapid spectral changes observed in the last few years are the consequence of an episodic post-AGB mass loss event or the result of a continuous evolution in the H-R digram. In any of these cases, the observations will help us to understand this short and, thus, still poorly known transition phase which leads to the formation of a new PN.

  2. The ionization structure of planetary nebulae. 3: NGC 7009

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    Barker, T.

    1982-01-01

    Spectrophotometric observations of emission line intensities were made in 8 positions in the planetary nebula NGC 7009. For the 6 brightest positions, the coverage is from 1400 A to 10,000 A. Standard equations used to correct for the existence of elements in other than the optical observable ionization stages give results over a wide range of ionization that are consistent and agree with abundances calculated using ultraviolet lines. This result is particularly gratifying for N because previously the standard formula gave inconsistent abundances in NGC 7009. The major outstanding problem is that the lambda 4267 CII line implies a C(2+) abundance as much as 12 times greater than that determined from the UV lines. This discrepancy is greatest nearest the central star, as is the case in the planetary nebula NGC 6720. The logarithmic abundances (relative to H=12.00) are: He=11.07, 0=8.68, N=8.10, Ne=8.16, C=8.18, Ar=6.36, and S=7.12. The average of the Ne, Ar, and S abundances agrees to within 5% of that for NGC 6720, but the O, N, nd C abundances average 1.9 times lower in NGC 7009, suggesting that here may have been mixing of processed material in the planetary precursor in NGC 6720.

  3. Hubble Space Telescope Image: Planetary Nebula IC 4406

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    2001-01-01

    This Hubble Space Telescope image reveals a rainbow of colors in this dying star, called IC 446. Like many other so-called planetary nebulae, IC 4406 exhibits a high degree of symmetry. The nebula's left and right halves are nearly mirror images of the other. If we could fly around IC 446 in a spaceship, we would see that the gas and dust form a vast donut of material streaming outward from the dying star. We do not see the donut shape in this photograph because we are viewing IC 4406 from the Earth-orbiting HST. From this vantage point, we are seeing the side of the donut. This side view allows us to see the intricate tendrils of material that have been compared to the eye's retina. In fact, IC 4406 is dubbed the 'Retina Nebula.' The donut of material confines the intense radiation coming from the remnant of the dying star. Gas on the inside of the donut is ionized by light from the central star and glows. Light from oxygen atoms is rendered blue in this image; hydrogen is shown as green, and nitrogen as red. The range of color in the final image shows the differences in concentration of these three gases in the nebula. This image is a composite of data taken by HST's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in June 2001 and in January 2002 by Bob O'Dell (Vanderbilt University) and collaborators, and in January by the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI). Filters used to create this color image show oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen gas glowing in this object.

  4. Hubble Space Telescope Image: Planetary Nebula IC 4406

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    2001-01-01

    This Hubble Space Telescope image reveals a rainbow of colors in this dying star, called IC 446. Like many other so-called planetary nebulae, IC 4406 exhibits a high degree of symmetry. The nebula's left and right halves are nearly mirror images of the other. If we could fly around IC 446 in a spaceship, we would see that the gas and dust form a vast donut of material streaming outward from the dying star. We do not see the donut shape in this photograph because we are viewing IC 4406 from the Earth-orbiting HST. From this vantage point, we are seeing the side of the donut. This side view allows us to see the intricate tendrils of material that have been compared to the eye's retina. In fact, IC 4406 is dubbed the 'Retina Nebula.' The donut of material confines the intense radiation coming from the remnant of the dying star. Gas on the inside of the donut is ionized by light from the central star and glows. Light from oxygen atoms is rendered blue in this image; hydrogen is shown as green, and nitrogen as red. The range of color in the final image shows the differences in concentration of these three gases in the nebula. This image is a composite of data taken by HST's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in June 2001 and in January 2002 by Bob O'Dell (Vanderbilt University) and collaborators, and in January by the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI). Filters used to create this color image show oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen gas glowing in this object.

  5. Stellar Populations in the Local Group: Contribution from Planetary Nebulae

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    Maciel, W. J.; Costa, R. D. D.; Idiart, T. E. P.; Escudero, A. V.

    2007-05-01

    The role of planetary nebulae (PN) as a key indicator of stellar populations both in the Milky Way and in galaxies of the Local Group has been emphasized in some recent publications (see for example Maciel et al. 2006, Planetary nebulae beyond the Milky Way, ed. L. Stanghellini, J.R. Walsh, N. G. Douglas, Springer, p.209; Richer and McCall 2006, ibid, p. 220; Buzzoni et al. 2006, MNRAS (in press); Ciardullo, R. 2006, IAU Symposium 234, ed. M.J. Barlow, R.H. Mendez, ASP, in press). As the offspring of stars within a reasonably large mass bracket (0.8 to about 8 solar masses), PN encompass an equally large age spread, as well as different spatial and kinematic distributions. For example, in spiral galaxies PN have different properties depending on their location in the disk, bulge or halo populations. They usually present bright emission lines and can be easily distinguished from other emission line objects, so that their chemical composition and spatiokinematical properties are relatively well determined. Therefore, they are particularly suitable for stellar population studies. In this work, we take into account the available data samples of PN in Local Group galaxies and compare the derived information from different objects, particularly regarding the luminosity-specific PN number density, the chemical composition, space distribution and kinematics. Data by our own group on the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds are combined with recent surveys and theoretical analyses of other galaxies in the Local Group. Special emphasis is given to the disk and bulge populations of PN in the Milky Way and M31, including an analysis of the metallicity distribution, presence of abundance gradients and a determination of the luminosity function from planetary nebulae.

  6. The Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function at the dawn of Gaia

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    Ciardullo, Robin

    2012-09-01

    The [O iii] λ5007 Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function (PNLF) is an excellent extragalactic standard candle. In theory, the PNLF method should not work at all, since the luminosities of the brightest planetary nebulae (PNe) should be highly sensitive to the age of their host stellar population. Yet the method appears robust, as it consistently produces ≲10 % distances to galaxies of all Hubble types, from the earliest ellipticals to the latest-type spirals and irregulars. It is therefore uniquely suited for cross-checking the results of other techniques and finding small offsets between the Population I and Population II distance ladders. We review the calibration of the method and show that the zero points provided by Cepheids and the Tip of the Red Giant Branch are in excellent agreement. We then compare the results of the PNLF with those from Surface Brightness Fluctuation measurements, and show that, although both techniques agree in a relative sense, the latter method yields distances that are ˜15 % larger than those from the PNLF. We trace this discrepancy back to the calibration galaxies and argue that, due to a small systematic error associated with internal reddening, the true distance scale likely falls between the extremes of the two methods. We also demonstrate how PNLF measurements in the early-type galaxies that have hosted Type Ia supernovae can help calibrate the SN Ia maximum magnitude-rate of decline relation. Finally, we discuss how the results from space missions such as Kepler and Gaia can help our understanding of the PNLF phenomenon and improve our knowledge of the physics of local planetary nebulae.

  7. A Mid-IR Search for Planetary Nebulae

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    Wachter, Stefanie

    2015-01-01

    Motivated by the dearth of relatively faint, compact planetary nebulae (PNe) in uncrowded fields that could serve as potential spectral calibration sources for the Euclid Mission, we have conducted a search for PNe at high Galactic latitudes based on WISE data. Previous studies have largely focused on the Galactic Plane or searched for mid-IR counterparts to optically selected PNe. We instead identify the WISE mid-IR color locus of PNe and investigate the cataloged sources fulfilling these color criteria. We will present preliminary results from this study, including new PNe candidates.

  8. IUE observations of the perplexing bipolar planetary nebula NGC 2346

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    Feibelman, W. A.; Aller, L. H.

    1983-01-01

    A preliminary analysis of International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) low-dispersion spectrograms of NGC 2346, obtained at various phases of the eclipsing nucleus, shows features typical of a high-excitation planetary nebula. Variations in line profiles, intensities, and stellar continuum are observed as a function of time. An orbital period of 16.0 days was determined from 1.8m(v) variations measured by the IUE Fine Error Sensor (FES) and agrees with the period derived from radial velocity measurements by Mendez.

  9. Chemical evolution models for NGC 6822 using planetary nebulae abundances

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    Hernández-Martínez, Liliana; Carigi, Leticia; Peña, Miriam; Peimbert, Manuel

    2012-08-01

    We present chemical evolution models for the dwarf irregular NGC 6822, using chemical abundances of Planetary Nebulae (PNe) and HII regions and also the mass of gas (M gas ) as observational constraints. Chemical evolution models have been calculated to reproduce the abundances as derived from both, collisionally excited lines (CELs) and recombination lines (RLs). In our models, the chemical contribution of low and intermediate mass stars (LIMS) is time delayed, while for the massive stars the chemical contribution is instantaneous, as in Franco & Carigi (2008). The chemical contribution of SNIa is included in our model, thus we are also able to reproduce the observational Fe/H abundance obtained from A stars.

  10. X-ray observations of planetary nebulae with binary nuclei

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    Apparao, K. M. V.; Berthiaume, G. D.; Nousek, J. A.

    1992-01-01

    Einstein and EXOSAT satellite observations of X-ray emission from the planetary nebulae A63 and LoTr 5 are reviewed. Both of these systems contain binary central stars. No flux was detected from A63 (central star UU Sge). LoTr 5 (central star IN Com) is a previously unreported X-ray emitter; it showed no statistically significant X-ray variability. Three models for the source of the X-ray emission in such systems are considered in the light of these and previous results.

  11. The UKST survey of planetary nebulae in the Small Magellanic Cloud.

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    Morgan, D. H.

    1995-09-01

    This paper describes the results of a search for planetary nebulae on objective-prism plates which were taken with the UK 1.2-m Schmidt Telescope and cover the entire Small Magellanic Cloud. Co-ordinates and finding charts are given for nine new planetary nebula candidates. A total of 62 objects were detected and their spatial distribution is discussed.

  12. Models of the Thermal Evolution of an Initially Hot Solar Nebula: Implications for Planetary Material

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    Cassen, P.

    2000-01-01

    We develop models of the thermal evolution of the solar nebula designed to test the hypothesis that planetary objects began to form as the nebula cooled from an initially hot state, and compare the results of the models with meteoritic and planetary data.

  13. Probing the Properties of Two Galaxies with Planetary Nebulae

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    Fogel, J. K. J.; Jacoby, G. H.; Shaw, R. A.; Stanghellini, L.; Van de Steene, G. C.; Dopita, M.

    2002-12-01

    By measuring the abundances in nebulae, and distinguishing the enrichment of processed elements (primarily He, C, N, and O) from non-processed elements, (chiefly Ar, Ne, S) we are able to probe both the chemical enrichment around the planetary nebula and the population type of the progenitor star. Where we can also determine the evolutionary state, and therefore the mass, of the central star, we can also determine the time since the progenitor was formed. Because of these useful properties, studies of 18 PNs in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and six PNs in the Galactic bulge were undertaken to investigate the stellar population and PN properties in these contrasting environments. We also have spectra for eight more PN of sufficient quality to perform this analysis on them for a total of 14 planetaries out of the 95 new PN identified by Jacoby & Van de Steene. Neither of these sets of planetaries had been studied before because of the observational difficulties in obtaining high quality data. For the PNs in the Galactic center, the high extinction made it difficult to obtain the traditional optical diagnostic lines; while the study of LMC PNs required the high spatial resolution of HST to resolve the nebular structure. Moderate-dispersion spectra from MSSSO and spectral images from HST/STIS were used to examine in more detail the results of Stanghellini et al. (2000), where chemical enrichments were found in asymmetric PNs, relative to round or elliptical PNs. For the LMC planetaries, where we observed many diagnostic lines, it was straightforward to create models that matched the observed quantities very well, which then yielded a direct determination of the chemical abundances. Moderate dispersion spectra of the Galactic center PNs yielded far fewer measurable emission lines, and required extensive modeling using Gary Ferland's CLOUDY code to determine the chemical abundances. Jeffrey Fogel's research was supported by the NOAO/KPNO Research Experiences for

  14. The IRAS low-resolution spectra of planetary nebulae

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    Volk, Kevin; Cohen, Martin

    1990-01-01

    This paper presents the low-resolution spectra of 170 planetary nebulae observed by IRAS, most of which were not included in the Atlas of Low-Resolution Spectra. These have been classified into eight groups based upon the spectral morphology, with emphasis on the dust continuum rather than the spectral lines. The Low-Resolution Spectrometer (LRS) spectra are nearly evenly divided between spectra which show only a dust continuum with no lines, and spectra where there are strong lines with a dust continuum appearing longwards of about 15 microns. A study has been made of the strength of the 11.3-micron PAH emission feature as a function of the nebular C/O ratio, combining ground-based and LRS data. The C/O ratio for IC 2621 is derived from IUE spectra and used in this study. The 11.3-micron feature is present with essentially constant strength in all nebulae with C/O above about 1. Only marginal evidence exists for its presence below C/O about 1 and then at a level about 5 times lower than in carbon-rich nebulae.

  15. The remarkably high excitation planetary nebula GC 6537

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    Aller, Lawrence H.; Hung, Siek; Feibelman, Walter A.

    1999-01-01

    NGC 6537 is an unusually high excitation point symmetric planetary nebula with a rich spectrum. Its kinematical structures are of special interest. We are here primarily concerned with the high resolution spectrum as revealed by the Hamilton echelle Spectrograph at Lick Observatory (resolution ≈ 0.2 Å) and supplemented by UV and near-UV data. These extensive data permit a determination of interstellar extinction, plasma diagnostics, and ionic concentrations. The photoionization models that have been used successfully for many planetary nebulae are not entirely satisfactory here. The plasma electron temperature of a photoionization model cannot much exceed 20,000 K, but plasma diagnostics show that regions emitting radiation of highly ionized atoms such as [Neiv] and [Nev] are much hotter, showing that shock excitation must be important, as suggested by the remarkable kinematics of this object. Hence, instead of employing a strict photoionization model, we are guided by the nebular diagnostics, which reveal how electron temperature varies with ionization potential and accommodates density effects. The predictions of the photoionization model may be useful in estimating ionization correction factor. In effect, we have estimated the chemical composition by using both photoionization and shock considerations. PMID:10318889

  16. The remarkably high excitation planetary nebula GC 6537.

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    Aller, L H; Hung, S; Feibelman, W A

    1999-05-11

    NGC 6537 is an unusually high excitation point symmetric planetary nebula with a rich spectrum. Its kinematical structures are of special interest. We are here primarily concerned with the high resolution spectrum as revealed by the Hamilton echelle Spectrograph at Lick Observatory (resolution approximately 0.2 A) and supplemented by UV and near-UV data. These extensive data permit a determination of interstellar extinction, plasma diagnostics, and ionic concentrations. The photoionization models that have been used successfully for many planetary nebulae are not entirely satisfactory here. The plasma electron temperature of a photoionization model cannot much exceed 20,000 K, but plasma diagnostics show that regions emitting radiation of highly ionized atoms such as [NeIV] and [NeV] are much hotter, showing that shock excitation must be important, as suggested by the remarkable kinematics of this object. Hence, instead of employing a strict photoionization model, we are guided by the nebular diagnostics, which reveal how electron temperature varies with ionization potential and accommodates density effects. The predictions of the photoionization model may be useful in estimating ionization correction factor. In effect, we have estimated the chemical composition by using both photoionization and shock considerations.

  17. Broad Halpha Wing Formation in the Planetary Nebula IC 4997.

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    Lee; Hyung

    2000-02-10

    The young and compact planetary nebula IC 4997 is known to exhibit very broad wings with a width exceeding 5000 km s-1 around Halpha. We propose that the broad wings are formed through Rayleigh-Raman scattering that involves atomic hydrogen, by which Lybeta photons with a velocity width of a few 102 km s-1 are converted to optical photons and fill the Halpha broad wing region. The conversion efficiency reaches 0.6 near the line center, where the scattering optical depth is much larger than 1, and rapidly decreases in the far wings. Assuming that close to the central star there exists an unresolved inner compact core of high density, nH approximately 109-1010 cm-3, we use the photoionization code "CLOUDY" to show that sufficient Lybeta photons for scattering are produced. Using a top-hat-incident profile for the Lybeta flux and a scattering region with a H i column density NHi=2x1020 cm-2 and a substantial covering factor, we perform a profile-fitting analysis in order to obtain a satisfactory fit to the observed flux. We briefly discuss the astrophysical implications of the Rayleigh-Raman processes in planetary nebulae and other emission objects.

  18. Planetary Nebulae: Reviews and Previews of a Rapidly Evolving Field

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    Balick, Bruce

    2015-01-01

    Observational results from the ground and space in the past decade and covering the entire spectrum have jolted and energized research into the nature, the formation, and the evolution of planetary nebulae (PNs). The 101-level bubble structure of PNs turned out to be a pleasant but misleading fantasy as observations by HST and ALMA revealed basic details of their infancy. Some combination of close geriatric binary stars (the precusrors of SN Ia's) and magnetic fields dredged into the dusty winds appear to play vital roles in the ejection and collimation of AGB atmospheres. As a result, PNe and their antecedents, AGB stars and prePNs, are providing an array of new opportunities to study asymmetric wind formation, complex gas dynamics, CNO production rates in various galactic environments, and galaxy structure and evolution. I shall review the highlights of recent results, summarize their interpretations, and show some of the observational opportunities to monitor in the next decade, many of which couple strongly to research to related fields.This talk is dedicated to the career of Olivier Chesneau (1972-2014) who pioneered new high-resolution imaging methods that peered into the deep inner cores of nascent planetary nebulae. We remember Olivier as everyone's enthusiastic friend and colleague whose career ended in full stride.

  19. Hydrodynamic instability of the solar nebula in the presence of a planetary core

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    Perri, F.; Cameron, A. G. W.

    1974-01-01

    When a planetary core composed of condensed matter accumulates in the primitive solar nebula, the gas in the nebula becomes gravitationally concentrated as an envelope about the planetary core. An analysis of models of such gaseous envelopes indicates that giant planets (such as Jupiter and Saturn) formed in a massive primitive solar nebula of the type constructed by Cameron and Pine (1973). When the mass of the accumulating planetary core becomes sufficiently great, the surrounding gaseous envelope will become hydrodynamically unstable against collapse onto the planetary core. Much of the surrounding gas also may be compressed onto the core by the background pressure of the gas.

  20. A Planetary Nebula around Nova V458 Vulpeculae Undergoing Flash Ionization

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    Wesson, R.; Barlow, M. J.; Corradi, R. L. M.; Drew, J. E.; Groot, P. J.; Knigge, C.; Steeghs, D.; Gaensicke, B. T.; Napiwotzki, R.; Rodriguez-Gil, P.; Zijlstra, A. A.; Bode, M. F.; Drake, J. J.; Frew, D. J.; Gonzalez-Solares, E. A.; Greimel, R.; Irwin, M. J.; Morales-Rueda, L.; Nelemans, G.; Parker, Q. A.; Sale, S. E.; Sokoloski, J. L.; Somero, A.; Uthas, H.; Walton, N. A.; Warner, B.; Watson, C. A.; Wright, N. J.

    2008-11-01

    Nova V458 Vul erupted on 2007 August 8 and reached a visual magnitude of 8.1 a few days later. Hα images obtained 6 weeks before the outburst as part of the IPHAS Galactic plane survey reveal an 18th magnitude progenitor surrounded by an extended nebula. Subsequent images and spectroscopy of the nebula reveal an inner nebular knot increasing rapidly in brightness due to flash ionization by the nova event. We derive a distance of 13 kpc based on light travel time considerations, which is supported by two other distance estimation methods. The nebula has an ionized mass of 0.2 M⊙ and a low expansion velocity: this rules it out as ejecta from a previous nova eruption, and is consistent with it being a ~14,000 year old planetary nebula, probably the product of a prior common envelope (CE) phase of evolution of the binary system. The large derived distance means that the mass of the erupting WD component of the binary is high. We identify two possible evolutionary scenarios, in at least one of which the system is massive enough to produce a Type Ia supernova upon merging.

  1. Near-infrared spectroscopy of the proto-planetary nebula CRL 618 and the origin of the hydrocarbon dust component in the interstellar medium

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    Chiar, J. E.; Pendleton, Y. J.; Geballe, T. R.; Tielens, A. G.

    1998-01-01

    A new 2.8-3.8 micrometers spectrum of the carbon-rich protoplanetary nebula CRL 618 confirms the previous detection of a circumstellar 3.4 micrometers absorption feature in this object (Lequeux & Jourdain de Muizon). The high resolution and high signal-to-noise ratio of our spectrum allow us to derive the detailed profile of this absorption feature, which is very similar to that observed in the spectrum of the Galactic center and also resembles the strong 3.4 micrometers emission feature in some post-asymptotic giant branch stars. A weak 3.3 micrometers unidentified infrared band, marginally detected in the CRL 618 spectrum of Lequeux & Jourdain de Muizon, is present in our spectrum. The existence of the 3.4 micrometers feature implies the presence of relatively short-chained, aliphatic hydrocarbon materials (-CH2-/-CH3 approximately = 2-2.5) in the circumstellar environment around CRL 618. It also implies that the carriers of the interstellar 3.4 micrometers feature are produced at least in part in circumstellar material, and it calls into question whether any are produced by the processing of interstellar ices in dense interstellar clouds, as has been previously proposed. Other features in the spectrum are recombination lines of hydrogen, rotational and vibration-rotation lines of molecular hydrogen, and a broad absorption probably due to a blend of HCN and C2H2 bands.

  2. Near-infrared spectroscopy of the proto-planetary nebula CRL 618 and the origin of the hydrocarbon dust component in the interstellar medium.

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    Chiar, J E; Pendleton, Y J; Geballe, T R; Tielens, A G

    1998-11-01

    A new 2.8-3.8 micrometers spectrum of the carbon-rich protoplanetary nebula CRL 618 confirms the previous detection of a circumstellar 3.4 micrometers absorption feature in this object (Lequeux & Jourdain de Muizon). The high resolution and high signal-to-noise ratio of our spectrum allow us to derive the detailed profile of this absorption feature, which is very similar to that observed in the spectrum of the Galactic center and also resembles the strong 3.4 micrometers emission feature in some post-asymptotic giant branch stars. A weak 3.3 micrometers unidentified infrared band, marginally detected in the CRL 618 spectrum of Lequeux & Jourdain de Muizon, is present in our spectrum. The existence of the 3.4 micrometers feature implies the presence of relatively short-chained, aliphatic hydrocarbon materials (-CH2-/-CH3 approximately = 2-2.5) in the circumstellar environment around CRL 618. It also implies that the carriers of the interstellar 3.4 micrometers feature are produced at least in part in circumstellar material, and it calls into question whether any are produced by the processing of interstellar ices in dense interstellar clouds, as has been previously proposed. Other features in the spectrum are recombination lines of hydrogen, rotational and vibration-rotation lines of molecular hydrogen, and a broad absorption probably due to a blend of HCN and C2H2 bands.

  3. Evolution of Planetary Nebulae with WR-type Central Stars

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    Danehkar, Ashkbiz

    2014-04-01

    This thesis presents a study of the kinematics, physical conditions and chemical abundances for a sample of Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe) with Wolf-Rayet (WR) and weak emission-line stars (wels), based on optical integral field unit (IFU) spectroscopy obtained with the Wide Field Spectrograph (WiFeS) on the Australian National University 2.3 telescope at Siding Spring Observatory, and complemented by spectra from the literature. PNe surrounding WR-type stars constitute a particular study class for this study. A considerable fraction of currently well-identified central stars of PNe exhibit 'hydrogen-deficient' fast expanding atmospheres characterized by a large mass-loss rate. Most of them were classified as the carbon-sequence and a few of them as the nitrogen-sequence of the WR-type stars. What are less clear are the physical mechanisms and evolutionary paths that remove the hydrogen-rich outer layer from these degenerate cores, and transform it into a fast stellar wind. The aim of this thesis is to determine kinematic structure, density distribution, thermal structure and elemental abundances for a sample of PNe with different hydrogen-deficient central stars, which might provide clues about the origin and formation of their hydrogen-deficient stellar atmospheres. Hα and [N II] emission features have been used to determine kinematic structures. Based on spatially resolved observations of these emission lines, combined with archival Hubble Space Telescope imaging for compact PNe, morphological structures of these PNe have been determined. Comparing the velocity maps from the IFU spectrograph with those provided by morpho-kinematic models allowed disentangling of the different morphological components of most PNe, apart from the compact objects. The results indicate that these PNe have axisymmetric morphologies, either bipolar or elliptical. In many cases, the associated kinematic maps for PNe around hot WR-type stars also show the presence of so-called fast

  4. An imaging and spectroscopic study of the planetary nebulae in NGC 5128 (Centaurus A). Planetary nebulae catalogues

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    Walsh, J. R.; Rejkuba, M.; Walton, N. A.

    2015-02-01

    Context. Planetary nebulae (PNe) are excellent tracers of the common low mass stars through their strong and narrow emission lines. The velocities of large numbers of PNe are excellent tracers of galaxy kinematics. NGC 5128, the nearest large early-type galaxy, offers the possibility to gather a large sample. Aims: Imaging and spectroscopic observations of PNe in NGC 5128 were obtained to find and measure their velocities. Combined with literature data, a large sample of high quality kinematic probes is assembled for dynamical studies. Methods: NTT imaging was obtained in 15 fields in NGC 5128 across 1° with EMMI and [O III] and off-band filters. Newly detected sources, combined with literature PN, were used as input for FLAMES multi-fibre spectroscopy in MEDUSA mode. Spectra of the 4600-5100 Å region were analysed and velocities measured based on [O III]4959, 5007 Å and often Hβ. Results: The chief results are catalogues of 1118 PN candidates and 1267 spectroscopically confirmed PNe in NGC 5128. The catalogue of PN candidates contains 1060 PNe discovered with NTT EMMI imaging and 58 from literature surveys. The spectroscopic PN catalogue has FLAMES radial velocity and emission line measurements for 1135 PNe, of which 486 are new. Another 132 PN radial velocities are available from the literature. For 629 PNe observed with FLAMES, Hβ was measured in addition to [O III]. Nine targets show double-lined or more complex profiles, and their possible origin is discussed. FLAMES spectra of 48 globular clusters were also targetted: 11 had emission lines detected (two with multiple components), but only 3 are PNe likely to belong to the host globular. Conclusions: The total of 1267 confirmed PNe in NGC 5128 with radial velocity measurements (1135 with small velocity errors) is the largest collection of individual kinematic probes in an early-type galaxy. This PN dataset, as well as the catalogue of PN candidates, are valuable resources for detailed investigation of NGC

  5. The planetary nebula Abell 48 and its [WN] nucleus

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    Frew, David J.; Bojičić, I. S.; Parker, Q. A.; Stupar, M.; Wachter, S.; DePew, K.; Danehkar, A.; Fitzgerald, M. T.; Douchin, D.

    2014-05-01

    We have conducted a detailed multi-wavelength study of the peculiar nebula Abell 48 and its central star. We classify the nucleus as a helium-rich, hydrogen-deficient star of type [WN4-5]. The evidence for either a massive WN or a low-mass [WN] interpretation is critically examined, and we firmly conclude that Abell 48 is a planetary nebula (PN) around an evolved low-mass star, rather than a Population I ejecta nebula. Importantly, the surrounding nebula has a morphology typical of PNe, and is not enriched in nitrogen, and thus not the `peeled atmosphere' of a massive star. We estimate a distance of 1.6 kpc and a reddening, E(B - V) = 1.90 mag, the latter value clearly showing the nebula lies on the near side of the Galactic bar, and cannot be a massive WN star. The ionized mass (˜0.3 M⊙) and electron density (700 cm-3) are typical of middle-aged PNe. The observed stellar spectrum was compared to a grid of models from the Potsdam Wolf-Rayet (PoWR) grid. The best-fitting temperature is 71 kK, and the atmospheric composition is dominated by helium with an upper limit on the hydrogen abundance of 10 per cent. Our results are in very good agreement with the recent study of Todt et al., who determined a hydrogen fraction of 10 per cent and an unusually large nitrogen fraction of ˜5 per cent. This fraction is higher than any other low-mass H-deficient star, and is not readily explained by current post-AGB models. We give a discussion of the implications of this discovery for the late-stage evolution of intermediate-mass stars. There is now tentative evidence for two distinct helium-dominated post-AGB lineages, separate to the helium- and carbon-dominated surface compositions produced by a late thermal pulse. Further theoretical work is needed to explain these recent discoveries.

  6. Orbital resonances in the solar nebula - Implications for planetary accretion

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    Weidenschilling, S. J.; Davis, D. R.

    1985-01-01

    The influence of gas drag and gravitational perturbations by a planetary embryo on the orbit of a planetesimal in the solar nebula was examined. Non-Keplerian rotation of the gas causes secular decay of the orbit. If the planetesimal's orbit is exterior to the perturber's, resonant perturbations oppose this drag and can cause it to be trapped in a stable orbit at a commensurability of order j/(j + 1), where j is an integer. Numerical and analytical demonstrations show that resonant trapping occurs for wide ranges of perturbing mass, planetesimal size, and j. Induced eccentricities are large, causing overlap of orbits for bodies in different resonances with j greater than 2. Collisions between planetesimals in different resonances, or between resonant and nonresonant bodies, result in their disruption. Fragments smaller than a critical size can pass through resonances under the influence of drag and be accreted by the embryo. This effect speeds accretion and tends to prevent dynamical isolation of planetary embryos, making gas-rich scenarios for planetary formation more plausible.

  7. SHAPING THE GLOWING EYE PLANETARY NEBULA, NGC 6751

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    Clark, D. M.; Garcia-Diaz, Ma. T.; Lopez, J. A.; Steffen, W. G.; Richer, M. G. E-mail: tere@astrosen.unam.m E-mail: wsteffen@astrosen.unam.m

    2010-10-20

    NGC 6751 is a highly structured multiple-shell planetary nebula (PN) with a bipolar outflow. In this work, we present a comprehensive set of spatially resolved, high spectral resolution, long-slit spectra and deep imaging from San Pedro Martir, Gemini, the H{alpha} composite full sky survey and archive images from the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer. This material allows us to identify all the main morphological components and study their detailed kinematics. We find a thick equatorial structure fragmented into multiple knots that enclose a fast expanding bubble with a filamentary surface structure. The knotty ring is surrounded by faint emission from a disk-like envelope. Lobes with embedded filaments form a bipolar outflow. The equatorial ring is tilted with respect to the line of sight and with respect to the bipolar outflow. A spherical halo surrounds the PN and there is material further out identified as a fragmented outer halo. This information is used to derive a three-dimensional morpho-kinematic model using the code SHAPE that closely replicates the observed image and long-slit spectra of the nebula, providing a fair representation of its complex structure. NGC 6751 is located close to the galactic plane and its large-scale surrounding environment is shown to be a gas-rich region. We find indications that the PN is interacting with the interstellar medium. Emission components from an extended nebulosity located a couple of arcminutes away from the nebula have radial velocities that are inconsistent with the rest of NGC 6751 and are confirmed as originating from the ambient material, not related to the PN, in agreement with a previous suggestion.

  8. Discovering Planetary Nebula Geometries: Explorations with a Hierarchy of Models

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    Huyser, Karen A.; Knuth, Kevin H.; Fischer, Bernd; Schumann, Johann; Granquist-Fraser, Domhnull; Hajian, Arsen R.

    2004-11-01

    Astronomical objects known as planetary nebulae (PNe) consist of a shell of gas expelled by an aging star. In cases where the gas shell can be assumed to be ellipsoidal, the PN can be easily modeled in three spatial dimensions. We utilize a model that joins the physics of PNe to this geometry and generates simulated nebular images. Hubble Space Telescope images of actual PNe provide data with which the model images may be compared. We employ Bayesian model estimation and search the parameter space for values that generate a match between observed and model images. The forward model is characterized by thirteen parameters; consequently model estimation requires the search of a 13-dimensional parameter space. The `curse of dimensionality,' compounded by a computationally intense forward problem, makes forward searches extremely time-consuming and frequently causes them to become trapped in a local solution. We find that both the speed and quality of the search can be improved by reducing the dimensionality of the search space. Our basic approach utilizes a hierarchy of models of increasing complexity. Earlier studies establish that a hierarchical sequence converges more quickly, and to a better solution, than a search relying only on the most complex model. Here we report results for a hierarchy of five models. The first three models treat the nebula as a 2D image, estimating its position, angular size, orientation and rim thickness. The last two models explore its characteristics as a 3D object and enable us to characterize the physics of the nebula. This live-model hierarchy is applied to real ellipsoidal PNe to estimate their geometric properties and gas density profiles.

  9. Discovering Planetary Nebula Geometries: Explorations with a Hierarchy of Models

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    Huyser, Karen A.; Knuth, Kevin H.; Fischer, Bernd; Schumann, Johann; Granquist-Fraser, Domhnull; Hajian, Arsen R.

    2004-01-01

    Astronomical objects known as planetary nebulae (PNe) consist of a shell of gas expelled by an aging medium-sized star as it makes its transition from a red giant to a white dwarf. In many cases this gas shell can be approximately described as a prolate ellipsoid. Knowledge of the physics of ionization processes in this gaseous shell enables us to construct a model in three dimensions (3D) called the Ionization-Bounded Prolate Ellipsoidal Shell model (IBPES model). Using this model we can generate synthetic nebular images, which can be used in conjunction with Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images of actual PNe to perform Bayesian model estimation. Since the IBPES model is characterized by thirteen parameters, model estimation requires the search of a 13-dimensional parameter space. The 'curse of dimensionality,' compounded by a computationally intense forward problem, makes forward searches extremely time-consuming and frequently causes them to become trapped in local solutions. We find that both the speed and of the search can be improved by judiciously reducing the dimensionality of the search space. Our basic approach employs a hierarchy of models of increasing complexity that converges to the IBPES model. Earlier studies establish that a hierarchical sequence converges more quickly, and to a better solution, than a search relying only on the most complex model. Here we report results for a hierarchy of five models. The first three models treat the nebula as a 2D image, while the last two models explore its characteristics as a 3D object and enable us to characterize the physics of the nebula. This five-model hierarchy is applied to HST images of ellipsoidal PNe to estimate their geometric properties and gas density profiles.

  10. Discovering Planetary Nebula Geometries: Explorations with a Hierarchy of Models

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    Huyser, Karen A.; Knuth, Kevin H.; Fischer, Bernd; Schumann, Johann; Granquist-Fraser, Domhnull; Hajian, Arsen R.

    2004-01-01

    Astronomical objects known as planetary nebulae (PNe) consist of a shell of gas expelled by an aging medium-sized star as it makes its transition from a red giant to a white dwarf. In many cases this gas shell can be approximately described as a prolate ellipsoid. Knowledge of the physics of ionization processes in this gaseous shell enables us to construct a model in three dimensions (3D) called the Ionization-Bounded Prolate Ellipsoidal Shell model (IBPES model). Using this model we can generate synthetic nebular images, which can be used in conjunction with Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images of actual PNe to perform Bayesian model estimation. Since the IBPES model is characterized by thirteen parameters, model estimation requires the search of a 13-dimensional parameter space. The 'curse of dimensionality,' compounded by a computationally intense forward problem, makes forward searches extremely time-consuming and frequently causes them to become trapped in local solutions. We find that both the speed and of the search can be improved by judiciously reducing the dimensionality of the search space. Our basic approach employs a hierarchy of models of increasing complexity that converges to the IBPES model. Earlier studies establish that a hierarchical sequence converges more quickly, and to a better solution, than a search relying only on the most complex model. Here we report results for a hierarchy of five models. The first three models treat the nebula as a 2D image, while the last two models explore its characteristics as a 3D object and enable us to characterize the physics of the nebula. This five-model hierarchy is applied to HST images of ellipsoidal PNe to estimate their geometric properties and gas density profiles.

  11. The latest eruption of planetary nebula IC 2165

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    Bohigas, J.; Rodríguez, M.; Dufour, R. J.

    2013-10-01

    Open slit high dispersion spectroscopic observations of the inner region of planetary nebula (PN) IC 2165 indicate that the object has a relatively uniform and high electron temperature, with its density being much larger close to the PN nucleus. Abundances imply that it is a non-type I PN. Calcium and iron have been heavily depleted into grains. The ionized mass is at least ˜ 0.05 M_⊙. A photoionization model (CLOUDY, version 10.00) assuming an inverse square law for the density and abundances typical of a non-type I PN, produced a fair replica of the spectrum and of all electron density and temperature sensitive line ratios, but not of the global properties of this object. All evidence indicates that IC 2165 was produced by a metal poor 2 M_⊙ A5 V star that took off some 2×10^9 yr ago.

  12. Spectroscopic observations of the planetary nebula ME 2-1

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    Moreno, H.; Gutierrez-Moreno, A.; Cortes, G.; Hamuy, M.

    1994-06-01

    Observations of the planetary nebula Me 2-1 were obtained with different setups, in order to analyze some effects of contamination produced by the second-order ultraviolet spectrum in the first-order red, for wavelengths longer than approximately 6000 A. This contamination problem will be discussed elsewhere. Here we present the obervations of Me 2-1, which include a wide wavelength range, from about 3100 to 10,200 A. A comparison with previous results is shown for the wavelength intervals in common. From these data, the most relevant nebular parameters are derived, using lines in the optical and near IR regions. Some parameters corresponding to the central star are also determined. The results are compared with previously obtained values.

  13. Two planetary nebulae with tori of different development.

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    Kerber, F.; Claeskens, J.-F.

    1997-02-01

    In this paper we discuss the morphology of two bipolar planetary nebulae (PNe) based on broad-band (ESO/SERC) and narrow-band ([OIII] and Halpha_) images. At first sight both objects are similar and show two pronounced bright knots - the usual signature of a torus seen edge-on. We demonstrate though that the two objects are not two of a kind at this point but are rather representing two different stages of evolution. The brightness distribution found in Wei1-5 is well explained by a homogeneous torus with a ratio of radius to thickness of 2. KeWe1 is a complicated object showing point symmetry. It can be understood in terms of an incomplete ring, probably a torus caught in the process of breaking up due to the action of a strong wind from the central star.

  14. FORMATION OF FULLERENES IN H-CONTAINING PLANETARY NEBULAE

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    GarcIa-Hernandez, D. A.; Manchado, A.; Stanghellini, L.; Shaw, R. A.; Villaver, E.; Szczerba, R.; Perea-Calderon, J. V. E-mail: amt@iac.e E-mail: shaw@noao.ed E-mail: eva.villaver@uam.e E-mail: Jose.Perea@sciops.esa.in

    2010-11-20

    Hydrogen depleted environments are considered an essential requirement for the formation of fullerenes. The recent detection of C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} fullerenes in what was interpreted as the hydrogen-poor inner region of a post-final helium shell flash planetary nebula (PN) seemed to confirm this picture. Here, we present strong evidence that challenges the current paradigm regarding fullerene formation, showing that it can take place in circumstellar environments containing hydrogen. We report the simultaneous detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and fullerenes toward C-rich and H-containing PNe belonging to environments with very different chemical histories such as our own Galaxy and the Small Magellanic Cloud. We suggest that PAHs and fullerenes may be formed by the photochemical processing of hydrogenated amorphous carbon. These observations suggest that modifications may be needed to our current understanding of the chemistry of large organic molecules as well as the chemical processing in space.

  15. Shaping planetary nebulae with jets in inclined triple stellar systems

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    Akashi, Muhammad; Soker, Noam

    2017-08-01

    We conduct three-dimensional hydrodynamical simulations of two opposite jets launched obliquely to the orbital plane around an asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star and within its dense wind, and demonstrate the formation of a 'messy' planetary nebula (PN), namely a PN lacking any type of symmetry (i.e. highly irregular). In building the initial conditions, we assume that a tight binary system orbits the AGB star and that the orbital plane of the tight binary system is inclined to the orbital plane of the binary system and the AGB star (the triple system plane). We further assume that the accreted mass on to the tight binary system forms an accretion disc around one of the stars and that the plane of the disc is tilted to the orbital plane of the triple system. The highly asymmetrical and filamentary structures that we obtain support the notion that messy PNe might be shaped by triple stellar systems.

  16. The central planetary nebulae populations of external galaxies with SAURON

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    Sarzi, Marc

    2012-08-01

    Thanks to SAURON integral-field observations we uncovered the planetary nebulae (PNe) populations inhabiting the central and nuclear regions of our galactic neighbours M32 and M31, respectively, and discuss the significant differences between their corresponding PNe luminosity functions in light of the properties of their parent stellar populations. In particular, we conclude that the lack of bright PNe in the nuclear regions of M31 is likely linked to the nearly Solar value for the stellar metallicity, consistent with previous suggestions that a larger metallicity would bias the horizontal-branch (HB) populations toward bluer colors, leading to fewer red HB stars capable of producing PNe and more blue HB stars that instead could contribute to the far-UV flux observed in metal-rich early-type galaxies and, incidentally, in the nucleus of M31.

  17. An ISO and IUE Study of Planetary Nebula NGC 2440

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    Salas, J. Bernard; Pottasch, S. R.; Feibelman, W. A.; Wesselius, P. R.; Oegerle, William R. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The infrared and ultraviolet spectra of planetary nebula NGC 2440 is presented. The observations were made respectively by the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) and International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) These data, in conjunction with published optical observations have been used to derive electron temperature and density. A trend of electron temperature with ionization potential is found. In particular the electron temperature increases from 11000 to 18000 K with increasing IBM. The electron density has a constant value of 4500/cu cm in agreement with previous determination. The chemical abundance has been derived for the following elements; helium, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, neon, sulfur and argon. The ionization correction factor turns out to be very small (almost unnecessary) for all species except sulfur.

  18. The spectrum of the planetary nebula IC 418

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    Hyung, Siek; Aller, Lawrence H.; Feibelman, Walter A.

    1994-07-01

    A detailed high-spectral-resolution study of the spectrum of IC 418 is made for the region 3650 to 10050 A, using the Hamilton echelle spectrograph of Lick Observatory, and of the UV spectral region with archival International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) data. From high-resolution images in both the near- and mid-infrared, Hora et al. (1993) showed that IC 418 probably has a compact shell interior to the detached, well-known, main shell emission. If one assumes a black body or Hubeny (or standard LTE) model atmosphere energy distribution, it does not appear possible to construct a fully satisfactory nebula model that will simultaneously represent the H-beta flux, the (O III) 5007/H-beta ratio, and the scale of this planetary nebula (PN). Fortunately, IUE and IR data supply information on ions in addition to those optically observed so that the chemical composition can be reasonably well established by summing over concentrations of observed ions. In spite of the fact that IC 418 is carbon rich in sense of having a C/O ratio exceeding the solar value, it is a 'metal-poor' object. Possibly it resembles IC 4997 but in a more advanced evolutionary phase. The central star is variable and has a strong wind.

  19. Detection of new emission structures around planetary nebulae

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    Hua, C. T.; Dopita, M. A.; Martinis, J.

    1998-12-01

    Deep monochromatic observations are presented for 22 galactic planetary nebulae (PNe) performed through narrow-band interference filters, in the direct imaging mode with i) the New Zealand (MJUO) f/7.8 Mc-Lellan telescope, ii) the Observatoire de Haute Provence (OHP) f/6 120-cm telescope, and iii) and the Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) ATT 2.3 metre telescope. Some of them are observed for the first time. Conspicuous secondary structures are detected far around the conventional nebular pictures. Such features could be relics of early mass ejections during the post-AGB phase of the progenitors. Alternatively, they are more plausibly projections of external loops/bubbles of the ``bar-bell'' shape upon the waist (for face-on PNe). We suggest that such structures (cf. Sh 1-89, Hua 1997) are intrinsic to all PNe. Their apparently diverse morphologies would ``simply'' result from projections of a same PN intrinsic structure at different view angles onto the plane of sky and with respect to the major axis as well. In addition we report the detection of a new nebula in the field of NGC 3699 (50'' distant). Absolute fluxes are provided for three emission lines. The observations were carried out at the Siding Spring Observatory operated by the Australian National University, Australia. NGC 6853 was observed at the Haute Provence Observatory-CNRS 1.20-m telescope, France.

  20. International Ultraviolet Explorer satellite observations of seven high-excitation planetary nebulae.

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    Aller, L H; Keyes, C D

    1980-03-01

    Observations of seven high-excitation planetary nebulae secured with the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellite were combined with extensive ground-based data to obtain electron densities, gas kinetic temperatures, and ionic concentrations. We then employed a network of theoretical model nebulae to estimate the factors by which observed ionic concentrations must be multiplied to obtain elemental abundances. Comparison with a large sample of nebulae for which extensive ground-based observations have been obtained shows nitrogen to be markedly enhanced in some of these objects. Possibly most, if not all, high-excitation nebulae evolve from stars that have higher masses than progenitors of nebulae of low-to-moderate excitation.

  1. Finding Variable Stars in Planetary Nebula using the ISIS Subtraction Software

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    Long, Jacob; Nault, K.; Hillwig, T. C.

    2013-01-01

    In order to explain the great variety of observed shapes among planetary nebulae, we are examining the theory that binary central stars of planetary nebulae are a significant factor in their shaping. We determine if the central star of planetary nebulae is binary by looking for photometric periodic variability, a common feature of close binary systems. Using existing data we evaluate the variability using the ISIS image subtraction software. We have detected variability in the central star of Pe 1-9, a previously known close binary system. We also show results for a number of additional targets.

  2. Planetary systems and real planetary nebulae from planet destruction near white dwarfs

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    Bear, Ealeal; Soker, Noam

    2015-07-01

    We suggest that tidal destruction of Earth-like and icy planets near a white dwarf (WD) might lead to the formation of one or more low-mass - Earth-like and lighter - planets in tight orbits around the WD. The formation of the new WD planetary system starts with a tidal breakup of the parent planet to planetesimals near the tidal radius of about 1 R⊙. Internal stress forces keep the planetesimal from further tidal breakup when their radius is less than about 100 km. We speculate that the planetesimals then bind together to form new sub-Earth daughter-planets at a few solar radii around the WD. More massive planets that contain hydrogen supply the WD with fresh nuclear fuel to reincarnate its stellar-giant phase. Some of the hydrogen will be inflated in a large envelope. The envelope blows a wind to form a nebula that is later (after the entire envelope is lost) ionized by the hot WD. We term this glowing ionized nebula that originated from a planet a real planetary nebula (RPN). This preliminary study of daughter-planets from a planet and the RPN scenarios are of speculative nature. More detailed studies must follow to establish whether the suggested scenarios can indeed take place.

  3. Improved spectral descriptions of planetary nebulae central stars

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    Weidmann, W. A.; Méndez, R. H.; Gamen, R.

    2015-07-01

    Context. At least 492 central stars of Galactic planetary nebulae (CSPNs) have been assigned spectral types. Since many CSPNs are faint, these classification efforts are frequently made at low spectral resolution. However, the stellar Balmer absorption lines are contaminated with nebular emission; therefore in many cases a low-resolution spectrum does not enable the determination of the H abundance in the CSPN photosphere. Whether or not the photosphere is H deficient is arguably the most important fact we should expect to extract from the CSPN spectrum, and should be the basis for an adequate spectral classification system. Aims: Our purpose is to provide accurate spectral classifications and contribute to the knowledge of central stars of planetary nebulae and stellar evolution. Methods: We have obtained and studied higher quality spectra of CSPNs described in the literature as weak emission-line star (WELS). We provide descriptions of 19 CSPN spectra. These stars had been previously classified at low spectral resolution. We used medium-resolution spectra taken with the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph (GMOS). We provide spectral types in the Morgan-Keenan (MK) system whenever possible. Results: Twelve stars in our sample appear to have normal H rich photospheric abundances, and five stars remain unclassified. The rest (two) are most probably H deficient. Of all central stars described by other authors as WELS, we find that at least 26% of them are, in fact, H rich O stars, and at least 3% are H deficient. This supports the suggestion that the denomination WELS should not be taken as a spectral type, because, as a WELS is based on low-resolution spectra, it cannot provide enough information about the photospheric H abundance.

  4. A new statistical distance scale for planetary nebulae

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    Ali, Alaa; Ismail, H. A.; Alsolami, Z.

    2015-05-01

    In the first part of the present article we discuss the consistency among different individual distance methods of Galactic planetary nebulae, while in the second part we develop a new statistical distance scale based on a calibrating sample of well determined distances. A set composed of 315 planetary nebulae with individual distances are extracted from the literature. Inspecting the data set indicates that the accuracy of distances is varying among different individual methods and also among different sources where the same individual method was applied. Therefore, we derive a reliable weighted mean distance for each object by considering the influence of the distance error and the weight of each individual method. The results reveal that the discussed individual methods are consistent with each other, except the gravity method that produces higher distances compared to other individual methods. From the initial data set, we construct a standard calibrating sample consists of 82 objects. This sample is restricted only to the objects with distances determined from at least two different individual methods, except few objects with trusted distances determined from the trigonometric, spectroscopic, and cluster membership methods. In addition to the well determined distances for this sample, it shows a lot of advantages over that used in the prior distance scales. This sample is used to recalibrate the mass-radius and radio surface brightness temperature-radius relationships. An average error of ˜30 % is estimated for the new distance scale. The newly distance scale is compared with the most widely used statistical scales in literature, where the results show that it is roughly similar to the majority of them within ˜±20 % difference. Furthermore, the new scale yields a weighted mean distance to the Galactic center of 7.6±1.35 kpc, which in good agreement with the very recent measure of Malkin 2013.

  5. Deuterium Astration in the Planetary Nebula Sh 2-216?

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    Oliveira, Cristina M.; Chayer, P.; Moos, H. Warren; Kruk, J. W.; Rauch, T.

    2006-12-01

    Sh 2-216 is a large and old low surface brightness planetary nebula at a distance of 130 pc. Its central star, WD0439+466, has been observed by FUSE and STIS allowing us to derive abundances of several elements along the sightline: D/H = (0.76 + 0.12 -0.11)E-5, O/H = (0.89 + 0.13 0.11)E-4, and N/H = (3.24 + 0.61 0.53)E-5. This fairly short sightline contains a large amount of hydrogen, most of which is in molecular form (J=0 through J=9), leading to an average volume density of 0.54 cm^(-3), higher than that of similar sightlines. In addition, we detect also absorption by HD J=0,1 and CO. We argue that most of the gas along this sightline is associated with the planetary nebula and that the low D/H ratio is likely the result of this gas being recently astrated. This would be the first time that the D/H ratio has been directly measured in astrated gas. The O/H and N/H ratios derived here are lower than typical values measured in other PN; however there is a large scatter in PN abundances. For these two species, ionization corrections not taken into account here might be important. Financial support to U. S. participants has been provided in part by NASA contract NAS5-32985 to Johns Hopkins University.

  6. High-resolution spectra of the planetary nebula NGC 6803

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    Lee, S.-J.; Hyung, S.

    2013-01-01

    We present the high-dispersion spectra of the elliptical ring shaped planetary nebula NGC 6803, secured with the Hamilton Echelle Spectrograph attached to the 3-m Shane telescope of Lick Observatory. Numerous lines from neutral to quadruply ionized ions are presented in the wavelength region from 3650 to 9900 Å. We also use the low dispersion UV spectral data obtained with the 60-cm interstellar ultraviolet explorer. In spite of its simplistic symmetrical bilateral shape, the diagnostics imply that the physical condition of the nebular shell is very complex with a huge density range of 1300-80 000 cm-3. A comparison of the 1995 and 2001 [Ar iv] data suggests that the density increase occurred near the inner shell boundary. In spite of a huge ionization potential range, the average electron temperature indicated by primary diagnostic lines is relatively low, i.e., Te ≤ 9500 K, except for [Cl iv], from which we derive a temperature that is around 11 500 K. We derived the chemical abundances of He, C, N, O, Ne, S, Ar, Cl, and K, based on the physical condition suggested by diagnostics and photo-ionization analysis. The chemical abundances of NGC 6803 are mostly enhanced when compared with the average Galactic planetary nebula. The effective temperature of its central star appears to be about 90 000 K and its luminosity about 2400 L⊙, assuming a distance of 3000 pc. The evolutionary track implies that NGC 6803 might have been evolved from a companion star of about 1.0 M⊙ in a binary system, or from a single progenitor of about 1.5 M⊙, born in a metal-rich zone near the Galactic plane. Table 2 is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  7. The Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Asymmetry in the External Wind

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    Dwarkadas, Vikram V.; Chevalier, Roger A.; Blondin, John M.

    1996-02-01

    We have modeled planetary nebulae (PNs) in the context of the interacting stellar winds model. If the two interacting winds have constant properties, the velocity of the PN shell tends toward a constant with time and the shape becomes self-similar. Additionally, if the velocity of the fast wind is much higher than the expansion velocity of the shell, the interior of the hot shocked bubble becomes isobaric. Using semi-analytical methods, complemented by hydrodynamic simulations, we have calculated the shapes of PNs in the self-similar stage. An asymmetric density profile is assumed for the slow outer wind. The asymmetry is modeled using different functions, which depend on the degree of asymmetry and the steepness of the density profile in the angular direction. We include the effects of the ambient wind velocity, which has not received much attention since the work of Kahn & West (1985). The fact that typical PN velocities (10-40 km s-1) are only marginally greater than typical red giant wind velocities (5-20 km s-1) indicates that this is an important parameter. The morphological appearance is a consequence of the density contrast, steepness of the density profile and velocity of the ambient medium; classification of PNs purely on the basis of the first two factors may be misleading. Moderate values of the density contrast result in a cusp at the equator. A higher density contrast coupled with a low velocity for the external medium gives rise to extremely bipolar nebulae. For large density contrasts and a significant value of the slow wind velocity, the surface density maximum of the shell shifts away from the equator, giving rise to peanut-shaped structures with pronounced equatorial bulges. If the external wind velocity is small compared to the expansion velocity of the nebula, the PNs tend to be more bipolar, even with a moderate density contrast. If the PN velocity is close to that of the external wind, the shape is relatively spherical. However, a velocity

  8. Discovery of a [WO] central star in the planetary nebula Th 2-A

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    Weidmann, W. A.; Gamen, R.; Díaz, R. J.; Niemela, V. S.

    2008-09-01

    Context: About 2500 planetary nebulae are known in our Galaxy but only 224 have central stars with reported spectral types in the Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae (Acker et al. 1992; Acker et al. 1996). Aims: We have started an observational program aiming to increase the number of PN central stars with spectral classification. Methods: By means of spectroscopy and high resolution imaging, we identify the position and true nature of the central star. We carried out low resolution spectroscopic observations at CASLEO telescope, complemented with medium resolution spectroscopy performed at Gemini South and Magellan telescopes. Results: As a first outcome of this survey, we present for the first time the spectra of the central star of the PN Th 2-A. These spectra show emission lines of ionized C and O, typical in Wolf-Rayet stars. Conclusions: We identify the position of that central star, which is not the brightest one of the visual central pair. We classify it as of type [WO 3]pec, which is consistent with the high excitation and dynamical age of the nebula. Based on data collected at (i) the Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (CASLEO), which is operated under agreement between the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina y Universidades Nacionales de La Plata, Córdoba y San Juan, Argentina; (ii) the 6.5 m Magellan Telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile; (iii) the 8 m Gemini South Telescope, Chile.

  9. The Chandra Planetary Nebula Survey (ChanPlaNS). II. X-Ray Emission from Compact Planetary Nebulae

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    Freeman, M.; Montez, R., Jr.; Kastner, J. H.; Balick, B.; Frew, D. J.; Jones, D.; Miszalski, B.; Sahai, R.; Blackman, E.; Chu, Y.-H.; De Marco, O.; Frank, A.; Guerrero, M. A.; Lopez, J. A.; Zijlstra, A.; Bujarrabal, V.; Corradi, R. L. M.; Nordhaus, J.; Parker, Q. A.; Sandin, C.; Schönberner, D.; Soker, N.; Sokoloski, J. L.; Steffen, M.; Toalá, J. A.; Ueta, T.; Villaver, E.

    2014-10-01

    We present results from the most recent set of observations obtained as part of the Chandra X-ray observatory Planetary Nebula Survey (ChanPlaNS), the first comprehensive X-ray survey of planetary nebulae (PNe) in the solar neighborhood (i.e., within ~1.5 kpc of the Sun). The survey is designed to place constraints on the frequency of appearance and range of X-ray spectral characteristics of X-ray-emitting PN central stars and the evolutionary timescales of wind-shock-heated bubbles within PNe. ChanPlaNS began with a combined Cycle 12 and archive Chandra survey of 35 PNe. ChanPlaNS continued via a Chandra Cycle 14 Large Program which targeted all (24) remaining known compact (R neb <~ 0.4 pc), young PNe that lie within ~1.5 kpc. Results from these Cycle 14 observations include first-time X-ray detections of hot bubbles within NGC 1501, 3918, 6153, and 6369, and point sources in HbDs 1, NGC 6337, and Sp 1. The addition of the Cycle 14 results brings the overall ChanPlaNS diffuse X-ray detection rate to ~27% and the point source detection rate to ~36%. It has become clearer that diffuse X-ray emission is associated with young (lsim 5 × 103 yr), and likewise compact (R neb <~ 0.15 pc), PNe with closed structures and high central electron densities (ne >~ 1000 cm-3), and is rarely associated with PNe that show H2 emission and/or pronounced butterfly structures. Hb 5 is one such exception of a PN with a butterfly structure that hosts diffuse X-ray emission. Additionally, two of the five new diffuse X-ray detections (NGC 1501 and NGC 6369) host [WR]-type central stars, supporting the hypothesis that PNe with central stars of [WR]-type are likely to display diffuse X-ray emission.

  10. Formation of Explosive Comet in Proto-planetary Nebula

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    Gladysheva, O.

    2013-09-01

    The question about the formation of the comet's nucleus is examined, taking into account the peculiarities of the destruction of the Tunguska cosmic body. According to the suggested model, the comet's nucleus consists from ample quantity of organic coverings, one covering inserts into another covering, similar to Russian set of nesting dolls. The space between neighbouring coverings is filled by different size lumps and grains down to micron size. Comets were formed in the inner region of the solar system in the early stages of the evolution of the proto-planetary cloud. Proto-comets began to accumulate their mass on the periphery of protoplanetary nebula (far from the ecliptic), where the temperature decreases to <100 K. Then, under the influence of gravitation, comets many times crossed the plane of the ecliptic, performing relaxation oscillations. Coverings on comet surfaces formed during every crossing by the comet of the ecliptic area, where the temperature was high. During their oscillations, most comets were thrown out of the inner regions of the solar system by planetary perturbations in the Öpik-Oort cloud.

  11. The star fish twins: Two young planetary nebulae with extreme multipolar morphology

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    Sahai, R.

    2000-01-01

    We present alpha images of two objects, He 2-47 and M1-37, obtained during a Hubble Space Telescope imaging survey of young planetary nebulae (PNs) selected on the basis of their low-excitation characteristics.

  12. The star fish twins: Two young planetary nebulae with extreme multipolar morphology

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    Sahai, R.

    2000-01-01

    We present alpha images of two objects, He 2-47 and M1-37, obtained during a Hubble Space Telescope imaging survey of young planetary nebulae (PNs) selected on the basis of their low-excitation characteristics.

  13. NASA SOFIA Captures Images of the Planetary Nebula M2-9

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    2012-03-29

    Researchers using NASA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy SOFIA have captured infrared images of the last exhalations of a dying sun-like star. This image is of the planetary Nebula M2-9.

  14. An atlas of emission line fluxes of planetary nebulae in the 1150-3200 A region

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    Feibelman, W. A.; Mccracken, C. W.

    1981-01-01

    Emission line fluxes for 28 planetary nebulae are presented. The nebulae were chosen to cover a wide range of excitation classes, apparent diameters, location in the sky, and types of central stars. All objects were observed in the low dispersion mode of the IUE spectrographs, using the large entrance aperture.

  15. A Revised Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function Distance to NGC 628 Using MUSE

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    Kreckel, K.; Groves, B.; Bigiel, F.; Blanc, G. A.; Kruijssen, J. M. D.; Hughes, A.; Schruba, A.; Schinnerer, E.

    2017-01-01

    Distance uncertainties plague our understanding of the physical scales relevant to the physics of star formation in extragalactic studies. The planetary nebulae luminosity function (PNLF) is one of very few techniques that can provide distance estimates to within ˜10% however, it requires a planetary nebula (PN) sample that is uncontaminated by other ionizing sources. We employ optical integral field unit spectroscopy using the Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer on the Very Large Telescope to measure [O iii] line fluxes for sources unresolved on 50 pc scales within the central star-forming galaxy disk of NGC 628. We use diagnostic line ratios to identify 62 PNe, 30 supernova remnants, and 87 H ii regions within our fields. Using the 36 brightest PNe, we determine a new PNLF distance modulus of {29.91}-0.13+0.08 mag (9.59{}-0.57+0.35 Mpc), which is in good agreement with literature values, but significantly larger than the previously reported PNLF distance. We are able to explain the discrepancy and recover the previous result when we reintroduce SNR contaminants to our sample. This demonstrates the power of full spectral information over narrowband imaging in isolating PNe. Given our limited spatial coverage within the Galaxy, we show that this technique can be used to refine distance estimates, even when IFU observations cover only a fraction of a galaxy disk.

  16. IR Excesses of Four Central Stars of Planetary Nebulae

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    Bilikova, Jana; Chu, Y.; Gruendl, R. A.; Su, K. Y. L.

    2008-03-01

    An infrared excess of a star indicates the presence of an additional object that is cooler and dimmer and therefore undetectable at optical wavelengths, such as a low-mass companion, a planet, or a dust disk. Dust disks have been detected around post-AGB stars and a number of white dwarfs (WDs). An intermediate stage between these two, the central stars of planetary nebulae (CSPNs), have been neglected in the search for dust disks. PN researches focus more on the nebulosity than the CSPN, and any detected excess is usually assumed to originate from stellar ejecta without further investigation. The Helix Nebula's central star was the first one found to exhibit IR excess after careful subtraction of nebular emission, and the origin of this excess was found to be a dust continuum. To search for more cases of IR excess of CSPNs, we have surveyed 40 resolved PNe in the Spitzer archive. For the PNe with resolved central stars, we carried out photometric measurements, and combined them with supplemental optical and near-IR data to construct their spectral energy distributions (SEDs). We further modeled stellar emission using appropriate stellar temperature, distance, and de-reddened V or B magnitude. We find four CSPNs that exhibit IR excess - NGC 2346, NGC 2438, NGC 6804 and NGC 7139. The nature and the origin of the IR excess in these CSPNs is still unclear and needs to be verified spectroscopically. If it is indeed continuous in nature, it is likely due to the presence of a dust disk, which could be produced in a common-envelope binary evolution, or result from tidal breakup of asteroids or collisions among Kuiper-Belt-like objects.

  17. Synthesizing Planetary Nebulae for Large Scale Surveys: Predictions for LSST

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    Vejar, George; Montez, Rodolfo; Morris, Margaret; Stassun, Keivan G.

    2017-01-01

    The short-lived planetary nebula (PN) phase of stellar evolution is characterized by a hot central star and a bright, ionized, nebula. The PN phase forms after a low- to intermediate-mass star stops burning hydrogen in its core, ascends the asymptotic giant branch, and expels its outer layers of material into space. The exposed hot core produces ionizing UV photons and a fast stellar wind that sweeps up the surrounding material into a dense shell of ionized gas known as the PN. This fleeting stage of stellar evolution provides insight into rare atomic processes and the nucleosynthesis of elements in stars. The inherent brightness of the PNe allow them to be used to obtain distances to nearby stellar systems via the PN luminosity function and as kinematic tracers in other galaxies. However, the prevalence of non-spherical morphologies of PNe challenge the current paradigm of PN formation. The role of binarity in the shaping of the PN has recently gained traction ultimately suggesting single stars might not form PN. Searches for binary central stars have increased the binary fraction but the current PN sample is incomplete. Future wide-field, multi-epoch surveys like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) can impact studies of PNe and improve our understanding of their origin and formation. Using a suite of Cloudy radiative transfer calculations, we study the detectability of PNe in the proposed LSST multiband observations. We compare our synthetic PNe to common sources (stars, galaxies, quasars) and establish discrimination techniques. Finally, we discuss follow-up strategies to verify new LSST-discovered PNe and use limiting distances to estimate the potential sample of PNe enabled by LSST.

  18. H2 Imaging of Three Proto-Planetary and Young Planetary Nebulae

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    Volk, Kevin; Hrivnak, Bruce J.; Kwok, Sun

    2004-12-01

    High-resolution (0.15") 2.12 μm H2 and narrowband K images have been obtained of one cool proto-planetary nebula, IRAS 20028+3910, and two hot proto-planetary/young planetary nebulae, IRAS 19306+1407 and IRAS 22023+5249. The observations were made with an adaptive optics system and near-infrared imager on the Gemini North 8 m telescope. All three nebulae are seen to be extended, and in two and possibly all three of them H2 is found to be emitting from bipolar lobes. In IRAS 19306+1407, H2 emission is seen arising from a ring close to the star and from the edges of emerging bipolar lobes. In IRAS 20028+3910, one bright lobe and a very faint second lobe are seen in the H2 and K-band images, similar to the published visible images, but in the H2 and K-band images a faint filament appears to connect the two lobes. The central star is not seen in IRAS 20028+3910, indicating that the nebula is optically thick even at 2 μm, which is unusual. The images suggest that extended H2 emission is often the manifestation of fast-slow wind interactions in the bipolar lobes. The paper is based on observations obtained at the Gemini Observatory with the Adaptive Optics System Hokupa'a/QUIRC, developed and operated by the University of Hawaii Adaptive Optics Group, with support from the National Science Foundation. The Gemini Observatory is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the National Science Foundation (United States), the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (United Kingdom), the National Research Council (Canada), Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT; Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica (CNPq; Brazil), and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET; Argentina).

  19. Ultraviolet spectroscopy of planetary nebulae: Cosmological implications

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    Ferland, Gary J.

    1990-01-01

    Optical spectrophotometry of PW Vulpeculae (Nova Vul 1984 no. 1) is combined with ultraviolet data to estimate electron temperatures, densities, and abundances in the ejecta of this slow classical nova. The reddening, distance, and evolution of the ultraviolet spectrum are also discussed. Abundances are nearly solar, with the exception of Nitrogen, which is substantially higher. Although Neon has been reported to be enhanced in several novae, it does not seem to be the case for PW Vul. Photoionization model calculations are presented of the ejecta that give a reasonable match of the observed emission spectrum. A strong featureless continuum shows that very hot, presumably shock heated, gas plays a major role in determining the energetics of this nova. Emission from this hot gas is responsible for the ionization of the nebular gas. A calculation of the masses of both the hot coronal gas and the cooler nebular gas shows that the former may account for most of the mass of the ejecta.

  20. Planetary nebulae: understanding the physical and chemical evolution of dying stars.

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    Weinberger, R; Kerber, F

    1997-05-30

    Planetary nebulae are one of the few classes of celestial objects that are active in every part of the electromagnetic spectrum. These fluorescing and often dusty expanding gaseous envelopes were recently found to be quite complex in their dynamics and morphology, but refined theoretical models can account for these discoveries. Great progress was also made in understanding the mechanisms that shape the nebulae and the spectra of their central stars. In addition, applications for planetary nebulae have been worked out; for example, they have been used as standard candles for long-range distances and as tracers of the enigmatic dark matter.

  1. BUBBLES AND KNOTS IN THE KINEMATICAL STRUCTURE OF THE BIPOLAR PLANETARY NEBULA NGC 2818

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    Vazquez, Roberto

    2012-06-01

    High-resolution Hubble Space Telescope archive imaging and high-dispersion spectroscopy are used to study the complex morphological and kinematical structure of the planetary nebula, NGC 2818. We analyze narrowband H{alpha}, [O III], [N II], [S II], and He II images, addressing important morphological features. Ground-based long-slit echelle spectra were obtained crossing NGC 2818 at five different positions to precisely determine kinematical features in the structure of the nebula. A distance of 2.5 kpc was used to determine physical scales. Constructing models to fit the data with modern computational tools, we find NGC 2818 is composed of (1) a non-uniform bipolar structure with a semimajor axis of 0.92 pc (75''), possibly deformed by the stellar wind, (2) a 0.17 pc (14'') diameter central region, which is potentially the remnant of an equatorial enhancement, and (3) a great number of cometary knots. These knots are preferentially located inside a radius of 0.24 pc (20'') around the central star. The major axis of the main structure is oriented at i {approx_equal} 60 Degree-Sign with respect to the line of sight and at P.A. = +89 Degree-Sign on the plane of the sky. Expansion velocities of this nebula are V{sub pol} = 105 km s{sup -1} and V{sub eq} = 20 km s{sup -1}, which lead to our estimate of the kinematical age of {tau}{sub k} {approx_equal} 8400 {+-} 3400 yr (assuming homologous expansion). Our observations do not support the idea that high-velocity collimated ejections are responsible for the formation of microstructures inside the nebula. We determine the systemic velocity of NGC 2818 to be V{sub HEL} = +26 {+-} 2 km s{sup -1}.

  2. Estimating the binary fraction of central stars of planetary nebulae using the infrared excess method

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    Douchin, D.; De Marco, O.; Frew, D. J.; Jacoby, G. H.; Fitzgerald, M.; Jasniewicz, G.; Moe, M.; Passy, J. C.; Hillwig, T.; Harmer, D.

    2014-04-01

    There is no quantitative theory to explain why a high 80% of all planetary nebulae are non-spherical. The Binary Hypothesis states that a companion to the progenitor of a central star of planetary nebula is required to shape nebulae whose shapes are not spherical or mildly elliptical, implying that many single post-AGB stars do not make a PN at all. A way to test this hypothesis is to estimate the binary fraction of central stars of planetary nebula and to compare it with that of the main sequence population. Preliminary results from the infrared excess technique indicate that the binary fraction of central stars of planetary nebula is higher than that of the main sequence, implying that PNe could preferentially form via a binary channel. I will present new results from a search of red and infrared flux excess in an extended sample of central stars of planetary nebula and compare the improved estimate of the PN binary fraction with that of main sequence stars.

  3. Magnetic Fields And The Formation Of Aspherical Planetary Nebulae

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    Leal Ferreira, Marcelo L.

    2014-11-01

    The general evolution of stars with initial mass between 0.8 and 8 solar masses is believed to be well understood until the last stages, when significant mass loss starts. However, an initially spherical star may evolve into an asymmetrical planetary nebula (PN), whereas the underlying mechanism to this process remains as a puzzle. Until about a decade ago, it was believed that stars in the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) phase were still spherically symmetric. Nevertheless, observations performed in the last years show that, for some sources, elongated and asymmetrical envelopes can already be detected during the AGB phase. In the following pre-PN and planetary nebula phases, a variety of morphologies is observed, and the sources are classified into round, elliptical/elongated, bipolar, quadrupolar, multipolar, spiral, collimated lobes and irregular. It is unknown which mechanism or set of mechanisms is responsible for this change of morphology, making this topic to be one of the most discussed by the evolved stars community. To shed some light on this problem, three AGB stars (IK Tau, R Scl, and V644 Sco) and one red supergiant (VY CMa) were observed at optical wavelengths. We analyzed their dust scattered emission and searched for signs of upcoming asymmetries in their circumstellar envelope. The observations in R band reveal that the dust envelope of the AGB star IK Tau has a global elliptical morphology, and the presence of a central waist is discussed. The observation of VY CMa shows a complex morphology in the very extended nebula that surrounds the source. Furthermore, for the first time the detached shell around the AGB star V644 Sco was imaged, allowing a better investigation of the mass-loss episodes of the source. The detached shell around R Scl was also imaged and analyzed. The results reported in this thesis add together with previous works, confirming that the loss of spherical symmetry in the circumstellar envelope of evolved stars can already start

  4. Polarization properties of OH emission in planetary nebulae

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    Gómez, José F.; Uscanga, Lucero; Green, James A.; Miranda, Luis F.; Suárez, Olga; Bendjoya, Philippe

    2016-09-01

    We present the interferometric, full-polarization observations of the four ground-state transitions of OH, towards five confirmed and one candidate OH-emitting planetary nebulae (OHPNe). OHPNe are believed to be very young PNe, and information on their magnetic fields (provided by their polarization) could be key to understand the early evolution of PNe. We detect significant circular and linear polarization in four and two objects, respectively. Possible Zeeman pairs are seen in JaSt 23 and IRAS 17393-2727, resulting in estimates of magnetic field strengths between 0.8 and 24 mG. We also report the new detection of OH emission at 1720 MHz towards Vy 2-2, making it the third known PN with this type of emission. We suggest that younger PNe have spectra dominated by narrow maser features and higher degrees of polarization. Shock-excited emission at 1720 MHz seems to be more common in PNe than in early evolutionary phases, and could be related to equatorial ejections during the early PN phase.

  5. Carbon and Nitrogen Enrichment Patterns in Planetary Nebulae

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    Dufour, Reginald

    2011-10-01

    The goal of this project is to assess the role played in carbon production by low and intermediate mass stars {LIMS}, i.e. the progenitors of planetary nebulae {PNe}. One of the most pressing problems in galactic chemical evolution today is understanding the relative roles of LIMS {1-8 M_sun} versus massive stars {8-120 M_sun} in affecting the cosmic level of the element C. We are launching a fresh, ambitious project whose purpose is to employ STIS to obtain UV spectra of unprecedented-quality of 10 carefully chosen, bright solar metallicity PNe spanning a broad range in progenitor mass. Line strength measurements of important emission lines of C, N, and O such as OIII] 1660-6, NIII] 1747-54, CIII] 1907-9, and {when He++ is strong} CIV] 1550 and OIV] 1400 in each object will be used along with our own in-house abundance software to determine ion and element abundances for these three species. In turn, these results will be used to assess stellar yields {productivity rates} available in the literature. Favored yield sets will be used to calculate our own chemical evolution models in order to assess directly the importance of intermediate-mass stars in the cosmic evolution of C.

  6. Central stars of planetary nebulae: New spectral classifications and catalogue

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    Weidmann, W. A.; Gamen, R.

    2011-02-01

    Context. There are more than 3000 confirmed and probable known Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe), but central star spectroscopic information is available for only 13% of them. Aims: We undertook a spectroscopic survey of central stars of PNe at low resolution and compiled a large list of central stars for which information was dispersed in the literature. Methods: We observed 45 PNs using the 2.15 m telescope at Casleo, Argentina. Results: We present a catalogue of 492 confirmed and probable CSPN and provide a preliminary spectral classification for 45 central star of PNe. This revises previous values of the proportion of CSPN with atmospheres poor in hydrogen in at least 30% of cases and provide statistical information that allows us to infer the origin of H-poor stars. Based on data collected at the Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (CASLEO), which is operated under agreement between the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina y Universidades Nacionales de La Plata, Córdoba y San Juan, Argentina.

  7. A SURVEY FOR PLANETARY NEBULAE IN M31 GLOBULAR CLUSTERS

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    Jacoby, George H.; De Marco, Orsola; Lee, Myung Gyoon; Herrmann, Kimberly A.; Hwang, Ho Seong; Davies, James E.; Kaplan, Evan E-mail: rbc@astro.psu.edu E-mail: mglee@astrog.snu.ac.kr E-mail: hhwang@cfa.harvard.edu E-mail: evanskaplan@gmail.com

    2013-05-20

    We report the results of an [O III] {lambda}5007 spectroscopic survey for planetary nebulae (PNe) located within the star clusters of M31. By examining R {approx} 5000 spectra taken with the WIYN+Hydra spectrograph, we identify 3 PN candidates in a sample of 274 likely globular clusters, 2 candidates in objects which may be globular clusters, and 5 candidates in a set of 85 younger systems. The possible PNe are all faint, between {approx}2.5 and {approx}6.8 mag down the PN luminosity function, and, partly as a consequence of our selection criteria, have high excitation, with [O III] {lambda}5007 to H{beta} ratios ranging from 2 to {approx}> 12. We discuss the individual candidates, their likelihood of cluster membership, and the possibility that they were formed via binary interactions within the clusters. Our data are consistent with the suggestion that PN formation within globular clusters correlates with binary encounter frequency, though, due to the small numbers and large uncertainties in the candidate list, this study does not provide sufficient evidence to confirm the hypothesis.

  8. Single rotating stars and the formation of bipolar planetary nebula

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    García-Segura, G.; Villaver, E.; Langer, N.; Yoon, S.-C.; Manchado, A.

    2014-03-10

    We have computed new stellar evolution models that include the effects of rotation and magnetic torques under different hypotheses. The goal is to test whether a single star can sustain the rotational velocities needed in the envelope for magnetohydrodynamical(MHD) simulations to shape bipolar planetary nebulae (PNe) when high mass-loss rates take place. Stellar evolution models with main sequence masses of 2.5 and 5 M {sub ☉} and initial rotational velocities of 250 km s{sup –1} have been followed through the PNe formation phase. We find that stellar cores have to be spun down using magnetic torques in order to reproduce the rotation rates observed for white dwarfs. During the asymptotic giant branch phase and beyond, the magnetic braking of the core has a practically null effect on increasing the rotational velocity of the envelope since the stellar angular momentum is efficiently removed by the wind. We have also tested the best possible case scenarios in rather non-physical contexts to give enough angular momentum to the envelope. We find that we cannot get the envelope of a single star to rotate at the speeds needed for MHD simulations to form bipolar PNe. We conclude that single stellar rotators are unlikely to be the progenitors of bipolar PNe under the current MHD model paradigm.

  9. Radio planetary nebulae in the Small Magellanic Cloud

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    Leverenz, Howard; Filipović, Miroslav D.; Bojičić, I. S.; Crawford, E. J.; Collier, J. D.; Grieve, K.; Drašković, D.; Reid, W. A.

    2016-03-01

    We present ten new radio continuum (RC) detections at catalogued planetary nebula (PN) positions in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC): SMP S6, LIN 41, LIN 142, SMP S13, SMP S14, SMP S16, J 18, SMP S18, SMP S19 and SMP S22. Additionally, six SMC radio PNe previously detected, LIN 45, SMP S11, SMP S17, LIN 321, LIN 339 and SMP S24 are also investigated (re-observed) here making up a population of 16 radio detections of catalogued PNe in the SMC. These 16 radio detections represent ˜15 % of the total catalogued PN population in the SMC. We show that six of these objects have characteristics that suggest that they are PN mimics: LIN 41, LIN 45, SMP S11, LIN 142, LIN 321 and LIN 339. We also present our results for the surface brightness—PN radius relation (Σ-D) of the SMC radio PN population. These are consistent with previous SMC and LMC PN measurements of the (Σ-D) relation.

  10. Chemical Abundances of Compact Planetary Nebulae in the Galactic Disk

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    Lee, Ting-Hui; Shaw, Richard A.; Stanghellini, Letizia

    2014-08-01

    We propose to obtain SOAR/Goodman spectra of 20 Galactic disk planetary nebulae (PNe) to derive their elemental abundances. This is an ongoing optical/IR spectral survey of 150 compact PNe to build a complete sample of their chemical abundances in the Galactic disk. Our SOAR/Goodman observations in the 2012B and 2013A semesters have yielded high quality spectra for 27 PNe; we plan to observe an additional 20 southern-sky objects in 2014B. The optical spectra will be combined with Spitzer spectra of IR collisional lines to improve abundance constraints. Our main objectives are: (1) to constrain stellar evolution models, particularly the metallicity-dependent onset of hot-bottom burning; (2) to quantify the contribution of low- to intermediate-mass stars to chemical enrichment; and (3) to improve the ionization correction factors for Ne, O, S, and Ar that we have observed in the IR. We will also compare these findings to our optical+IR Magellanic Cloud PN abundances to better understand the influence of progenitor metallicity on stellar chemical yields.

  11. The excitation mechanism of H2 in bipolar planetary nebulae

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    Marquez-Lugo, R. A.; Guerrero, M. A.; Ramos-Larios, G.; Miranda, L. F.

    2015-10-01

    We present near-IR K-band intermediate-dispersion spatially-resolved spectroscopic observations of a limited sample of bipolar planetary nebulae (PNe). The spectra have been used to determine the excitation mechanism of the H2 molecule using standard line ratios diagnostics. The H2 molecule is predominantly shock-excited in bipolar PNe with broad equatorial rings, whereas bipolar PNe with narrow equatorial waists present either UV excitation at their cores (e.g. Hb 12) or shock-excitation at their bipolar lobes (e.g. M1-92). The shock-excitation among bipolar PNe with ring is found to be correlated with emission in the H2 1-0 S(1) line brighter than Br γ. We have extended this investigation to other PNe with available near-IR spectroscopic observations. This confirms that bipolar PNe with equatorial rings are in average brighter in H2 than in Br γ and show dominant shock-excitation.

  12. Hydrogen-deficient Central Stars of Planetary Nebulae

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    Todt, H.; Kniazev, A. Y.; Gvaramadze, V. V.; Hamann, W.-R.; Pena, M.; Graefener, G.; Buckley, D.; Crause, L.; Crawford, S. M.; Gulbis, A. A. S.; Hettlage, C.; Hooper, E.; Husser, T.-O.; Kotze, P.; Loaring, N.; Nordsieck, K. H.; O'Donoghue, D.; Pickering, T.; Potter, S.; Romero-Colmenero, E.; Vaisanen, P.; Williams, T.; Wolf, M.

    2015-06-01

    A significant number of the central stars of planetary nebulae (CSPNe) are hydrogen-deficient and are considered as the progenitors of H-deficient white dwarfs. Almost all of these H-deficient CSPNe show a chemical composition of helium, carbon, and oxygen. Most of them exhibit Wolf-Rayet-like emission line spectra and are therefore classified as of spectral type [WC]. In the last years, CSPNe of other Wolf-Rayet spectral subtypes have been identified, namely PB 8 (spectral type [WN/WC]), IC 4663 and Abell 48 (spectral type [WN]). We performed spectral analyses for a number of Wolf-Rayet type central stars of different evolutionary stages with the help of our Potsdam Wolf-Rayet (PoWR) model code for expanding atmospheres to determine relevant stellar parameters. The results of our recent analyses will be presented in the context of stellar evolution and white dwarf formation. Especially the problems of a uniform evolutionary channel for [WC] stars as well as constraints to the formation of [WN] or [WN/WC] subtype stars will be addressed.

  13. An Observational Study of Pulsations in Proto-Planetary Nebulae

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    Hrivnak, Bruce J.; Lu, Wenxian; Henson, Gary D.; Hillwig, Todd C.

    2016-01-01

    We have been carrying out a long-term monitoring program to study the light variability in proto-planetary nebulae (PPNe). PPNe are post-Asymptotic Giant Branch objects in transition between the AGB and PN phases in the evolution of low and intermediate-mass stars. As such, it is not surprising that they display pulsational variability. We have been carrying out photometric monitoring of 30 of these at the Valparaiso University campus observatory over the last 20 years, with the assistance of undergraduate students. The sample size has been enlarged over the past six years by observations made using telescopes in the SARA consortium at KPNO and CTIO. Periods have been determined for those of F-G spectral types. We have also enlarged the sample with PPNe from outside the Milky Way by determining periods of eight PPNe in the lower metalicity environment of the Magellanic Clouds. Periods for the entire sample range from 35 to 160 days. Some clear patterns have emerged, with those of higher temperature possessing shorter periods and smaller amplitudes, indicating a reduction in period and pulsation amplitude as the objects evolve. Radial velocity monitoring of several of the brightest of these has allowed us to document their changes in brightness, color, and size during a pulsation cycle. The results of this study will be presented. This research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (most recently AST 1413660), with additional student support from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium.

  14. Dust and molecules in extra-galactic planetary nebulae

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    Garcia-Hernandez, Domingo Aníbal

    2015-08-01

    Extra-galactic planetary nebulae (PNe) permit the study of dust and molecules in metallicity environments other than the Galaxy. Their known distances lower the number of free parameters in the observations vs. models comparison, providing strong constraints on the gas-phase and solid-state astrochemistry models. Observations of PNe in the Galaxy and other Local Group galaxies such as the Magellanic Clouds (MC) provide evidence that metallicity affects the production of dust as well as the formation of complex organic molecules and inorganic solid-state compounds in their circumstellar envelopes. In particular, the lower metallicity MC environments seem to be less favorable to dust production and the frequency of carbonaceous dust features and complex fullerene molecules is generally higher with decreasing metallicity. Here, I present an observational review of the dust and molecular content in extra-galactic PNe as compared to their higher metallicity Galactic counterparts. A special attention is given to the level of dust processing and the formation of complex organic molecules (e.g., polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, fullerenes, and graphene precursors) depending on metallicity.

  15. Single Rotating Stars and the Formation of Bipolar Planetary Nebula

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    Garcia-Segura, G.; Villaver, E.; Langer, N.; Yoon, S. C.; Manchado, A.

    2014-04-01

    We have computed new stellar evolution models that include the effects of rotation and magnetic torques under different hypothesis. The goal is to test if a single star can sustain in the envelope the rotational velocities needed for the magneto hydrodynamical (MHD) simulations to shape bipolar Planetary Nebulae (PNe) when the high mass-loss rates take place. Stellar evolution models with main sequence masses of 2.5 and 5 Mo, and initial rotational velocities of 250 km/s have been followed all the way to the PNe formation phase. We find that stellar cores have to be spun down using magnetic torques in order to reproduce the rotation rates observed for white dwarfs. During the asymptotic giant branch phase and beyond, the magnetic braking of the core has a practically null effect in increasing the rotational velocity of the envelope since the stellar angular momentum is removed efficiently by the wind. We have, as well, tested best possible case scenarios in rather non-physical contexts to give enough angular momentum to the envelope. We find that we cannot get the envelope of a single star rotating at the speeds needed by the MHD simulations to form bipolar PNe. We conclude that single stellar rotators are unlikely to be the progenitors of bipolar PNe under the current MHD model paradigm.

  16. Single Rotating Stars and the Formation of Bipolar Planetary Nebula

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    García-Segura, G.; Villaver, E.; Langer, N.; Yoon, S.-C.; Manchado, A.

    2014-03-01

    We have computed new stellar evolution models that include the effects of rotation and magnetic torques under different hypotheses. The goal is to test whether a single star can sustain the rotational velocities needed in the envelope for magnetohydrodynamical(MHD) simulations to shape bipolar planetary nebulae (PNe) when high mass-loss rates take place. Stellar evolution models with main sequence masses of 2.5 and 5 M ⊙ and initial rotational velocities of 250 km s-1 have been followed through the PNe formation phase. We find that stellar cores have to be spun down using magnetic torques in order to reproduce the rotation rates observed for white dwarfs. During the asymptotic giant branch phase and beyond, the magnetic braking of the core has a practically null effect on increasing the rotational velocity of the envelope since the stellar angular momentum is efficiently removed by the wind. We have also tested the best possible case scenarios in rather non-physical contexts to give enough angular momentum to the envelope. We find that we cannot get the envelope of a single star to rotate at the speeds needed for MHD simulations to form bipolar PNe. We conclude that single stellar rotators are unlikely to be the progenitors of bipolar PNe under the current MHD model paradigm.

  17. PAH formation in O-rich planetary nebulae

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    Guzman-Ramirez, L.; Lagadec, E.; Jones, D.; Zijlstra, A. A.; Gesicki, K.

    2014-06-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been observed in O-rich planetary nebulae towards the Galactic bulge. This combination of oxygen-rich and carbon-rich material, known as dual-dust or mixed chemistry, is not expected to be seen around such objects. We recently proposed that PAHs could be formed from the photodissociation of CO in dense tori. In this work, using VISIR/VLT, we spatially resolved the emission of the PAH bands and ionized emission from the [S IV] line, confirming the presence of dense central tori in all the observed O-rich objects. Furthermore, we show that for most of the objects, PAHs are located at the outer edge of these dense/compact tori, while the ionized material is mostly present in the inner parts of these tori, consistent with our hypothesis for the formation of PAHs in these systems. The presence of a dense torus has been strongly associated with the action of a central binary star and, as such, the rich chemistry seen in these regions may also be related to the formation of exoplanets in post-common-envelope binary systems.

  18. Planetary Nebulae towards the Galactic bulge - I. [O III] fluxes

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    Kovacevic, Anna V.; Parker, Quentin A.; Jacoby, George H.; Sharp, Rob; Miszalski, Brent; Frew, David J.

    2011-06-01

    We present ? fluxes and angular diametres for 435 Planetary Nebulae (PNe) in the central 10°× 10° region towards the Galactic bulge. Our sample is taken from the new discoveries of the MASH PN surveys as well as previously known PN. This sample accounts for 80 per cent of known PN in this region. Fluxes and diametres are measured from narrow-band imaging with the MOSAIC-II camera on the 4-m Blanco Telescope at the Cerro-Tololo Inter-American Observatory. This is the largest (˜60 deg2), uniform ? survey of the inner Galactic bulge ever undertaken. 104 of the objects have measured ?, ?, Hα or Hβ fluxes from the literature, which we use to undertake a detailed comparison to demonstrate the integrity of our new fluxes. Our independent measurements are in excellent agreement with the very best literature sources over two orders of magnitude, while maintaining good consistency over five orders of magnitude. The excellent resolution and sensitivity of our data allows not only for a robust set of homogenous PN fluxes, but provides greater detail into their intricate, otherwise undetermined ? morphologies. These new, extensive measurements significantly increase the sample of reliable ? fluxes for Galactic bulge PN making it a valuable resource and a prelude to the construction of our new Galactic bulge PN luminosity function (Paper II).

  19. THE CURIOUS CONUNDRUM REGARDING SULFUR ABUNDANCES IN PLANETARY NEBULAE

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    Henry, R. B. C.; Maguire, Mason; Speck, Angela; Karakas, Amanda I.; Ferland, Gary J. E-mail: mr.magu@ou.edu E-mail: akarakas@mso.anu.edu.au

    2012-04-10

    Sulfur abundances derived from optical emission line measurements and ionization correction factors (ICFs) in planetary nebulae are systematically lower than expected for the objects' metallicities. We have carefully considered a large range of explanations for this 'sulfur anomaly', including: (1) correlations between the size of the sulfur deficit and numerous nebular and central star properties, (2) ICFs which undercorrect for unobserved ions, (3) effects of dielectronic recombination on the sulfur ionization balance, (4) sequestering of S into dust and/or molecules, and (5) excessive destruction of S or production of O by asymptotic giant branch stars. It appears that all but the second scenario can be ruled out. However, we find evidence that the sulfur deficit is generally reduced but not eliminated when S{sup +3} abundances determined directly from IR measurements are used in place of the customary sulfur ICF. We tentatively conclude that the sulfur anomaly is caused by the inability of commonly used ICFs to properly correct for populations of ionization stages higher than S{sup +2}.

  20. The Σ-D relation for planetary nebulae

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    Urošević, D.; Vukotić, B.; Arbutina, B.; Ilić, D.; Filipović, M.; Bojičić, I.; Segan, S..; Vidojević, S.

    2009-02-01

    We present an extended analysis of the relation between radio surface brightness and diameter - the so-called Σ-D relation for planetary nebulae (PNe). We revise our previous derivation of the theoretical Σ-D relation for the evolution of bremsstrahlung surface brightness in order to include the influence of the fast wind from the central star. Different theoretical forms are derived: Σ∝ D-1 for the first and second phases of evolution and Σ∝ D-3 for the final stage of evolution. Also, we analyzed several different Galactic PN samples. All samples are influenced by severe selection effects, but the Malmquist bias seems to be less influential here than in the supernova remnant (SNR) samples. We derived empirical Σ-D relations for 27 sample sets using 6 updated PN papers from which an additional 21 new sets were extracted. Twenty four of these have a trivial form of β≈2. However, we obtain one empirical Σ-D relation that may be useful for determining distances to PNe. This relation is obtained by extracting a recent nearby (<1 kpc) Galactic PN sample.

  1. Life after stellar death: Planetary Nebulae and Supernova Remnants

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    Boumis, P.

    2013-09-01

    Planetary nebulae (PNe) are powerful tracers of our Galaxy's star formation history. Their study can provide insight to the late stages of stellar evolution, the nucleosynthesis in low and intermediate mass stars (1-8Mo) and the chemical evolution of galaxies. Supernova explosions belong to the most spectacular events in the Universe. Supernova remnants (SNRs), which are the consequent results of these events and come from the late stages of massive stars (>8Mo), are among the strongest radio sources observed. They have a major influence on both the properties of the interstellar medium (ISM) and the evolution of galaxies as a whole. They enrich the ISM with heavy elements, release about 1051 ergs of energy, heat the ISM, compress the magnetic field, and efficiently accelerate, by their shock waves, energetic cosmic rays observed throughout the Galaxy. I will present results of our work on PNe and SNRs, which aims to (a) discover optical SNRs in the Galaxy, (b) study their morphology and kinematics, (c) characterize their properties (such as density, shock velocity etc.) and (d) provide information on their interaction with the ISM, using the "Aristarchos" among other telescopes.

  2. Fast winds in central stars of some planetary nebulae

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    Cerruti-Sola, M.; Perinotto, M.

    1989-10-01

    Winds from the central stars of the planetary nebulae NGC 1535, NGC 6210, NGC 7009, IC 418, and IC 4593 have been investigated with high-resolution IUE spectra. All these stars present P Cygni profiles in some of the following lines: N V 1240, O IV 1342, O V 1371, Si IV 1397, C IV 1549, and N IV 1719 A. These profiles have been analyzed with the SEI method developed by Lamers et al. (1987). The mass-loss rates of the winds are found to be 1.4 x 10 to the -9th, 2.2 x 10 to the -9th, 2.8 x 10 to the -9th, 6.3 x 10 to the -9th, and 4.2 x 10 to the -8th solar mass/yr for the above stars, respectively. Despite all efforts made in order to reach the maximum accuracy, the uncertainty of these determinations remains in some cases quite large. Nevertheless, it is possible to show that the mechanism producing the winds is likely to be the radiation pressure.

  3. CAN SOLID BODY DESTRUCTION EXPLAIN ABUNDANCE DISCREPANCIES IN PLANETARY NEBULAE?

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    Henney, William J.; Stasinska, Grazyna E-mail: grazyna.stasinska@obspm.f

    2010-03-10

    In planetary nebulae (PNe), abundances of oxygen and other heavy elements derived from optical recombination lines are systematically higher than those derived from collisionally excited lines. We investigate the hypothesis that the destruction of solid bodies may produce pockets of cool, high-metallicity gas that could explain these abundance discrepancies. Under the assumption of maximally efficient radiative ablation, we derive two fundamental constraints that the solid bodies must satisfy in order that their evaporation during the PN phase should generate a high enough gas-phase metallicity. A local constraint implies that the bodies must be larger than tens of meters, while a global constraint implies that the total mass of the solid body reservoir must exceed a few hundredths of a solar mass. This mass greatly exceeds the mass of any population of comets or large debris particles expected to be found orbiting evolved low- to intermediate-mass stars. We therefore conclude that contemporaneous solid body destruction cannot explain the observed abundance discrepancies in PNe. However, similar arguments applied to the sublimation of solid bodies during the preceding asymptotic giant branch phase do not lead to such a clear-cut conclusion. In this case, the required reservoir of volatile solids is only one ten-thousandth of a solar mass, which is comparable to the most massive debris disks observed around solar-type stars, implying that this mechanism may contribute to abundance discrepancies in at least some PNe, so long as mixing of the high-metallicity gas is inefficient.

  4. Expansion Velocity Investigation of the Elliptical Planetary Nebula NGC 6803

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    Choi, Younsu Choi; Lee, Seong-Jae; Hyung, Siek

    2008-12-01

    Using the spectral data in the 3700 to 10050 Å wavelength range secured with the Hamilton Echelle Spectrograph (HES) at the Lick observatory, we have investigated the expansion velocities and the physical conditions of the elliptical planetary nebula NGC 6803. Various forbidden and permitted lines, e.g. HI, HeI, HeII, [OIII], [NII], [ArIII], and [SII], indicate complicated but systematic physical conditions variation: electron temperatures T_{ɛ} ˜ 9000 - 11,000 K and electron number densities N_{ɛ} ˜ 2000 - 9000 cm^{-3}. The line profile analysis of these ions also indicates the systematic change or the acceleration of the expansion velocities in the range of 10 - 22 kms. We show that the velocity gradient and physical condition found in various ions are closely related to the prolate ellipsoidal structure of NGC 6803. The expansion velocity and the ionic abundance of O^{2+} were derived based on the OII and [OIII] lines. In spite of the discrepancy of ionic abundances derived by the two cases and their line profiles, the expansion velocities of them agree well. We find that the ratios of the red to blue line component of the HeII & OII lines are different from those of the [OIII] or other forbidden lines that indicates a possible involvement of emission of HeII & OII lines. This subtle difference and the different physical condition of the lines are likely to be caused by the elongated geometry and the latitude dependence of the emission zone.

  5. HASH: the Hong Kong/AAO/Strasbourg Hα planetary nebula database

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    Parker, Quentin A.; Bojičić, Ivan S.; Frew, David J.

    2016-07-01

    By incorporating our major recent discoveries with re-measured and verified contents of existing catalogues we provide, for the first time, an accessible, reliable, on-line SQL database for essential, up-to date information for all known Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe). We have attempted to: i) reliably remove PN mimics/false ID's that have biased previous studies and ii) provide accurate positions, sizes, morphologies, multi-wavelength imagery and spectroscopy. We also provide a link to CDS/Vizier for the archival history of each object and other valuable links to external data. With the HASH interface, users can sift, select, browse, collate, investigate, download and visualise the entire currently known Galactic PNe diversity. HASH provides the community with the most complete and reliable data with which to undertake new science.

  6. Spatial variations of physical and chemical properties of the planetary nebulae NGC 6302 and NGC 2440

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    Rauber, A. B.; Copetti, M. V. F.; Krabbe, A. C.

    2014-10-01

    We present an analysis of the physical and chemical conditions of the planetary nebulae NGC 6302 and NGC 2440 through spatially resolved spectroscopy. Long slit spectrophotometric data were obtained with the Goodman spectrograph attached to the 4.1 m SOAR telescope in several different declinations with the slit on the East-West direction. From them, maps and spatial profiles were constructed. Electron densities were calculated from the [S II] and [Ar IV] sensors, and electron temperatures from the [N II] and [O III] sensors. Small temperature fluctuations on the plane of the sky were obtained. Abundances of N^{+}, O^{+}, S^{+}, S^{2+}, O^{2+}, Ne^{2+}, Ar^{3+}, Ar^{4+} relative to H^{+} were determined from collisionally excited lines, and relative abundances of He^{+} and He^{2+} from recombination lines.

  7. AKARI/IRC NEAR-INFRARED SPECTRAL ATLAS OF GALACTIC PLANETARY NEBULAE

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    Ohsawa, Ryou; Onaka, Takashi; Sakon, Itsuki; Matsuura, Mikako; Kaneda, Hidehiro

    2016-04-15

    Near-infrared (2.5–5.0 μm) low-resolution (λ/Δλ ∼ 100) spectra of 72 Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe) were obtained with the Infrared Camera (IRC) in the post-helium phase. The IRC, equipped with a 1′ × 1′ window for spectroscopy of a point source, was capable of obtaining near-infrared spectra in a slit-less mode without any flux loss due to a slit. The spectra show emission features including hydrogen recombination lines and the 3.3–3.5 μm hydrocarbon features. The intensity and equivalent width of the emission features were measured by spectral fitting. We made a catalog providing unique information on the investigation of the near-infrared emission of PNe. In this paper, details of the observations and characteristics of the catalog are described.

  8. Kinematical Structure of the Planetary Nebula NGC 7009

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    Lee, Seong-Jae; Hyung, S.

    2012-01-01

    We investigated the line profiles of the planetary nebula NGC 7009 using the (10-m) Keck HIRES and (1.8-m) BOES spectral data, obtained in 1998, August 14-16 and 2009, October 2. The HIRES long-slit data were secured along the major and minor axes, while the BOES fiber data were obtained from the central region of the nebula. The Keck 2D kinematical data, i.e., sky-field vs. velocity frame, suggest some interesting features. We confirmed the high density inner boundary of the main shell consisting of numerous high density structures, a receding hot-bubble like structure & approaching 2-3" high density blobs in W-SW cap region; and sub-arc second scale blobs in the hollow zone along the major axis. We also identified the density range of the main & outer shells near S-SE bright rim and 2" diameter hot bubble-like structure near the N-NW bright rim along the minor axis. For the 5 strategically important positions, E-NE & W-SW caps; S-SE & N-NW rims; and CSPN, we decomposed the one-dimensional spectral line profiles of the important lines in the wavelength range of 3250-8725A. The analyzed lines are HeI5875, 6678, 7065; HeII7592, 4686; [OII]7319; [OIII]4363, 4959, 5007; [NII]6548, 6583; NIII4097; [SII]6716, 6730; [SIII]6312, 9068; [ArIII]7136, 7751; [ArIV]4711, 4740; and [ClIV]7529, 8045. Most of the low-to-medium excitation lines and some of high excitation lines showed double + 3rd wing components. The 3rd wing component in the low-to-medium excitation lines are due to the outer ring or high density blobs, but in some cases, the fast blue or red wing component found in the low-to-medium lines profile is likely to be an independent geometrical feature, similar to the jet-like outflows. Inside the main shell, there appears to be an inner zone that is responsible for some unusual feature in the high excitation HeI and HeII line profiles.

  9. Expansion analyses on low-excitation planetary nebulae with stellar images

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    Tamura, Shinichi; Shibata, K.M. Nobeyama Radio Observatory, Minamimaki )

    1990-11-01

    The paper presents the results of analyses on the expansion characteristics of the low-excitation and unresolved planetary nebulae, M1-5, M1-9, K3-66, and K3-67. The sample nebulae are divided into two groups. The first includes the real compact planetary nebulae M1-5 and M1-9 based on their single-Gaussian profiles. The second one includes nebulae that are unresolved because of their large distances. The nebulae K3-66 and K3-67 should belong to the second group since they show the double-Gaussian components in the emission-line profiles. Relationships between expansion velocities and I(forbidden O III 5007 A)/I(H-beta) and between electron densities and expansion velocities give the basis for the above arguments and reveal that the nebulae IC 4997, Vy2-2, and M3-27 obviously are in different phases of evolution from those of other low-excitation planetary nebulae. 24 refs.

  10. Evolution of planetary nebulae. III. Position-velocity images of butterfly-type nebulae

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    Icke, V.; Preston, H.L.; Balick, B.

    1989-02-01

    Observations of the motions of the shells of the planetary nebulae NGC 2346, NGC 2371-2, NGC 2440, NGC 6058, NGC 6210, IC 1747, IC 5217, J-320, and M2-9 are presented. These are all 'butterfly' type PNs, and show evidence for bipolar shocks. The observations are interpreted in terms of a fast spherical wind, driven by the central star into a quasi-toroidal envelope deposited earlier by the star, during its slow-wind phase on the asymptotic giant branch. It is shown that this model, which is a straightforward extension of a mechanism previously invoked to account for elliptical PNs, reproduces the essential kinematic features of butterfly PNs. It is inferred that the envelopes of butterflies must have a considerable equator-to-pole density gradient, and it is suggested that the origin of this asphericity must be sought in an as yet unknown mechanism during the AGB, Mira, or OH/IR phases of late stellar evolution. 28 references.

  11. Spectropolarimetry of the Bipolar Planetary Nebula M2-9

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    Trammell, Susan R.; Goodrich, Robert W.; Dinerstein, Harriet L.

    1995-11-01

    We present optical spectropolarimetry of the young bipolar planetary nebula M2-9. The goal of these observations is to determined the origin of the knots or brightness enhancements seen in the lobes of M2-9. The line spectra of the lobes of M2-9 are composed of two components, one that is produced locally in the lobes and one that is scattered from deep in the nebula. The presence of this scattered radiation means that the total flux line ratios do not accurately describe the local conditions in the lobes. We have obtained spectropolarimetric data of the N2 and S2 knots and the adjacent nebula, and we use our data to separate the scattered and unscattered emission-line components. The spectrum of the core of M2-9 exhibits broad Hα emission lines. In our high-resolution spectra we observe a broad wing on the scattered Hα line profile at all of the positions in the north lobe. This confirms that the scattered line emission originates in the core. In addition, we calculate the outflow velocity of the scatterers, ≍15 km s-1, based on the observed wavelength shift between the Hα peak in scattered and unscattered flux. Using the unscattered spectra, we derive the local line ratios as a function of position in the north and south lobes. The degree of ionization of the spectra decreases in the off-knot regions. We measure the gas temperature as a function of position and find that it is approximately constant across the lobes. This result rules out the simple recombination tail model proposed by Goodrich for the origin of the knots. We suggest instead that the off-knot positions are ionized by a UV spectrum that is attenuated by material between the off-knot positions and the central UV source. We have used the photoionization code CLOUDY to test this idea and find that attenuation effects alone cannot accurately reproduce the observed unscattered line ratios. To accurately model the observed line ratios in the knots, we require the presence of both high (≥ 105 cm-3

  12. Using the NVO to Measure the Distance to Planetary Nebulae from Interstellar Reddening

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    Larson, Kristen A.; Navarro, S. G.

    2009-01-01

    The distance to planetary nebulae near the plane of the Milky Way can be estimated from measured interstellar reddening if the average rates of reddening per unit distance along the lines of sight are known. The reddening-distance relationship in a line of sight can be determined by measuring reddening toward known stars in the field. In this way, we determine the reddening-distance relationship for stars that are in the same field as a planetary nebula, and use the relationship to estimate the distance to the planetary nebula whose reddening can be measured but whose intrinsic magnitude is unknown. We use tools of the National Virtual Observatory in this project to build a compilation of stellar spectral type from a variety of catalogs in the field of view of the planetary nebula. Spectral type is matched with intrinsic colors and magnitudes and catalog photometry for each star in the field to calculate the reddening and distance. We demonstrate the great potential of VO tools for this method, with planetary nebula distances that compare well to previous results. The use of VO tools in this method will be especially powerful when the VO has access to results of future surveys like GAIA. This research was done at the 2008 U.S. National Virtual Observatory Summer School held in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 3-11, 2008 and sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

  13. Water-maser emission from a planetary nebula with a magnetized torus.

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    Miranda, L F; Gómez, Y; Anglada, G; Torrelles, J M

    2001-11-15

    A star like the Sun becomes a planetary nebula towards the end of its life, when the envelope ejected during the earlier giant phase becomes photoionized as the surface of the remnant star reaches a temperature of approximately 30,000 K. The spherical symmetry of the giant phase is lost in the transition to a planetary nebula, when non-spherical shells and powerful jets develop. Molecules that were present in the giant envelope are progressively destroyed by the radiation. The water-vapour masers that are typical of the giant envelopes therefore are not expected to persist in planetary nebulae. Here we report the detection of water-maser emission from the planetary nebula K3-35. The masers are in a magnetized torus with a radius of about 85 astronomical units and are also found at the surprisingly large distance of about 5,000 astronomical units from the star, in the tips of bipolar lobes of gas. The precessing jets from K3-35 are probably involved in the excitation of the distant masers, although their existence is nevertheless puzzling. We infer that K3-35 is being observed at the very moment of its transformation from a giant star to a planetary nebula.

  14. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae (Acker+, 1992)

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    Acker, A.; Ochsenbein, F.; Stenholm, B.; Tylenda, R.; Marcout, J.; Schohn, C.

    1994-11-01

    The electronic version of the catalogue referenced above includes 1143 true and probable planetary nebulae (Table 1 of publication); 347 objects which status is still unclear were classified among the "possible" planetary nebulae (file pospn, Table 2 of publication); and 330 objects have been rejected (file notpn, Table 3 of publication). The designation system of the planetary nebulae of this catalogue follows the recommendations of IAU Commission 5 (Astronomical Nomenclature) with the structure: PN Glll.l+bb.b where PN means "Planetary Nebula", G stands for "Galactic Coordinates", and lll.l+bb.b stand for the galactic longitude and latitude respectively, truncated to one decimal place. The designations following this system appear in the columns labelled "PNG" in the tables described below, where the "PN G" prefix has been stripped. Data concerning the 1143 true and probable planetary nebulae (part II of the publication) have been grouped in a set of related tables described below, all sorted by the "PNG" column. Note that, unlike the printed volume, only the bibliographic references corresponding to data listed in the tables are provided here, in the "refs.dat" file. Copies of the complete catalogue, including the Finding Charts (Part I) can still be ordered at the ESO Information Service, Karl-Schwarzschildstr. 2, D-85748 Garching bei Muenchen, Germany, at a price of DM 135. (16 data files).

  15. THE FIRST ''WATER FOUNTAIN'' COLLIMATED OUTFLOW IN A PLANETARY NEBULA

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    Gómez, José F.; Miranda, Luis F.; Guerrero, Martín A.; Rizzo, J. Ricardo; García-García, Enrique; Green, James A.; Uscanga, Lucero; Ramos-Larios, Gerardo

    2015-02-01

    ''Water fountains'' (WFs) are evolved objects showing high-velocity, collimated jets traced by water maser emission. Most of them are in the post-asymptotic giant branch (post-AGB) and they may represent one of the first manifestations of collimated mass loss in evolved stars. We present water maser, carbon monoxide, and mid-infrared spectroscopic data (obtained with the Australia Telescope Compact Array, Herschel Space Observatory, and the Very Large Telescope, respectively) toward IRAS 15103–5754, a possible planetary nebula (PN) with WF characteristics. Carbon monoxide observations show that IRAS 15103–5754 is an evolved object, while the mid-IR spectrum displays unambiguous [Ne II] emission, indicating that photoionization has started and thus, its nature as a PN is confirmed. Water maser spectra show several components spreading over a large velocity range (≅ 75 km s{sup –1}) and tracing a collimated jet. This indicates that the object is a WF, the first WF known that has already entered the PN phase. However, the spatial and kinematical distribution of the maser emission in this object are significantly different from those in other WFs. Moreover, the velocity distribution of the maser emission shows a ''Hubble-like'' flow (higher velocities at larger distances from the central star), consistent with a short-lived, explosive mass-loss event. This velocity pattern is not seen in other WFs (which are presumably in earlier evolutionary stages). We therefore suggest that we are witnessing a fundamental change of mass-loss processes in WFs, with water masers being pumped by steady jets in post-AGB stars, but tracing explosive/ballistic events as the object enters the PN phase.

  16. Planetary Nebulae that Cannot Be Explained by Binary Systems

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    Bear, Ealeal; Soker, Noam

    2017-03-01

    We examine the images of hundreds of planetary nebulae (PNe) and find that for about one in six PNe the morphology is too “messy” to be accounted for by models of stellar binary interaction. We speculate that interacting triple stellar systems shaped these PNe. In this preliminary study, we qualitatively classify PNe by one of four categories. (1) PNe that show no need for a tertiary star to account for their morphology. (2) PNe whose structure possesses a pronounced departure from axial-symmetry and/or mirror-symmetry. We classify these, according to our speculation, as “having a triple stellar progenitor.” (3) PNe whose morphology possesses departure from axial-symmetry and/or mirror-symmetry, but not as pronounced as in the previous class, and are classified as “likely shaped by triple stellar system.” (4) PNe with minor departure from axial-symmetry and/or mirror-symmetry that could have been also caused by an eccentric binary system or the interstellar medium. These are classified as “maybe shaped by a triple stellar system.” Given a weight η t = 1, η l = 0.67, and η m = 0.33 to classes 2, 3, and 4, respectively, we find that according to our assumption about 13%–21% of PNe have been shaped by triple stellar systems. Although in some evolutionary scenarios not all three stars survive the evolution, we encourage the search for a triple stellar systems at the center of some PNe.

  17. Radio planetary nebulae in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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    Leverenz, Howard; Filipović, Miroslav D.; Vukotić, B.; Urošević, D.; Grieve, Kevin

    2017-06-01

    We present 21 new radio-continuum detections at catalogued planetary nebula (PN) positions in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) using all presently available data from the Australia Telescope Online Archive at 3, 6, 13 and 20 cm. Additionally, 11 previously detected LMC radio PNe are re-examined with seven detections confirmed and reported here. An additional three PNe from our previous surveys are also studied. The last of the 11 previous detections is now classified as a compact H II region that makes for a total sample of 31 radio PNe in the LMC. The radio-surface-brightness-to-diameter (Σ-D) relation is parametrized as Σ ∝ D-β. With the available 6 cm Σ-D data, we construct Σ-D samples from 28 LMC PNe and nine Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) radio-detected PNe. The results of our sampled PNe in the MCs are comparable to previous measurements of the Galactic PNe. We obtain β = 2.9 ± 0.4 for the MC PNe compared to β = 3.1 ± 0.4 for the Galaxy. For a better insight into sample completeness and evolutionary features, we reconstruct the Σ-D data probability density function (PDF). The PDF analysis implies that PNe are not likely to follow linear evolutionary paths. To estimate the significance of sensitivity selection effects, we perform a Monte Carlo sensitivity simulation on the Σ-D data. The results suggest that selection effects are significant for values larger than β ˜ 2.6 and that a measured slope of β = 2.9 should correspond to a sensitivity-free value of ˜3.4.

  18. Neutron-capture Element Abundances in Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae

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    Mashburn, A. L.; Sterling, N. C.; Madonna, S.; Dinerstein, Harriet L.; Roederer, I. U.; Geballe, T. R.

    2016-11-01

    We present near-infrared spectra of 10 planetary nebulae (PNe) in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC), acquired with the FIRE and GNIRS spectrometers on the 6.5 m Baade and 8.1 m Gemini South Telescopes, respectively. We detect Se and/or Kr emission lines in eight of these objects, the first detections of n-capture elements in Magellanic Cloud PNe. Our abundance analysis shows large s-process enrichments of Kr (0.6-1.3 dex) in the six PNe in which it was detected, and Se is enriched by 0.5-0.9 dex in five objects. We also estimate upper limits to Rb and Cd abundances in these objects. Our abundance results for the LMC are consistent with the hypothesis that PNe with 2-3 M ⊙ progenitors dominate the bright end of the PN luminosity function in young gas-rich galaxies. We find no significant correlations between s-process enrichments and other elemental abundances, central star temperature, or progenitor mass, though this is likely due to our small sample size. We determine S abundances from our spectra and find that [S/H] agrees with [Ar/H] to within 0.2 dex for most objects, but is lower than [O/H] by 0.2-0.4 dex in some PNe, possibly due to O enrichment via third dredge-up. Our results demonstrate that n-capture elements can be detected in PNe belonging to nearby galaxies with ground-based telescopes, allowing s-process enrichments to be studied in PN populations with well-determined distances. This paper includes data obtained with the 6.5-m Magellan Telescopes located at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile, and with the Gemini-South Telescope at Cerro Pachon, Chile.

  19. Dusty disks around central stars of planetary nebulae

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    Clayton, Geoffrey C.; De Marco, Orsola; Nordhaus, Jason; Green, Joel; Rauch, Thomas; Werner, Klaus; Chu, You-Hua E-mail: orsola@science.mq.edu.au E-mail: joel@astro.as.utexas.edu E-mail: werner@astro.uni-tuebingen.de

    2014-06-01

    Only a few percent of cool, old white dwarfs (WDs) have infrared excesses interpreted as originating in small hot disks due to the infall and destruction of single asteroids that come within the star's Roche limit. Infrared excesses at 24 μm were also found to derive from the immediate vicinity of younger, hot WDs, most of which are still central stars of planetary nebulae (CSPNe). The incidence of CSPNe with this excess is 18%. The Helix CSPN, with a 24 μm excess, has been suggested to have a disk formed from collisions of Kuiper belt-like objects (KBOs). In this paper, we have analyzed an additional sample of CSPNe to look for similar infrared excesses. These CSPNe are all members of the PG 1159 class and were chosen because their immediate progenitors are known to often have dusty environments consistent with large dusty disks. We find that, overall, PG 1159 stars do not present such disks more often than other CSPNe, although the statistics (five objects) are poor. We then consider the entire sample of CSPNe with infrared excesses and compare it to the infrared properties of old WDs, as well as cooler post-asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars. We conclude with the suggestion that the infrared properties of CSPNe more plausibly derive from AGB-formed disks rather than disks formed via the collision of KBOs, although the latter scenario cannot be ruled out. Finally, there seems to be an association between CSPNe with a 24 μm excess and confirmed or possible binarity of the central star.

  20. Extinction distances of Planetary Nebulae interacting with the interstellar medium

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    Pirzkal, N.; Kerber, F.; Roth, M.

    2000-12-01

    Distances to Planetary Nebulae (PNe) are notoriously unreliable. It is known that statistical methods such as the different versions of the Shklovsky--derived distance scales can not be applied to individual objects with any confidence. Various methods to estimate the distance of individual PN have been successfully applied in the past, e.g. using trigonometric parallaxes, radio and optical expansion rates, the central star's atmosphere, or the nature of companions in binary systems. However, these have the drawback of relying on some special properties of a PN, and require various combinations of very high S/N observations, of large time bases, and of extensive modeling. In the end, these methods can only be applied to a very small number of PNe. As a result, after more than 30 years of research, accurate and reliable distances are known for less than 5 2000 or so Galactic PNe. This is the largest single obstacle to a better understanding of the fundamental properties of PNe. One method which does not require us to make any assumptions about the PN and which can be applied to all PNe close to the Galactic plane is the extinction distance method. This method relies on the fact that most of the stars surrounding a target PN are either Main-Sequence stars or giants with known intrinsic colors. Using these, together with an a-priori dust extinction law, an extinction vs. distance relation can be determined for the field. We have applied this method to several PN fields which were observed in the B,V,Rc, and Ic bands. We report here on the first results and present extinction vs. distance relations in the direction of our target PNe. A discussion about the accuracy of the method and the derived distances is included.

  1. Observing Planetary Nebulae with JWST and Extremely Large Telescopes

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    Sahai, Raghvendra

    2015-01-01

    Most stars in the Universe that leave the main sequence in a Hubble time will end their lives evolving through the Planetary Nebula (PN) evolutionary phase. The heavy mass loss which occurs during the preceding AGB phase is important across astrophysics, dramatically changing the course of stellar evolution, dominantly contributing to the dust content of the interstellar medium, and influencing its chemical composition. The evolution from the AGB phase to the PN phases remains poorly understood, especially the dramatic transformation that occurs in the morphology of the mass-ejecta as AGB stars and their round circumstellar envelopes evolve into mostly PNe, the majority of which deviate strongly from spherical symmetry. In addition, although the PN [OIII] luminosity function (PNLF) has been used as a standard candle (on par with distance indicators such as Cepheids), we do not understand why it works. It has been argued that the resolution of these issues may be linked to binarity and associated processes such as mass transfer and common envelope evolution.Thus, understanding the formation and evolution of PNe is of wide astrophysical importance. PNe have long been known to emit across a very large span of wavelengths, from the radio to X-rays. Extensive use of space-based observatories at X-ray (Chandra/ XMM-Newton), optical (HST) and far-infrared (Spitzer, Herschel) wavelengths in recent years has produced significant new advances in our knowledge of these objects. Given the expected advent of the James Webb Space Telescope in the near future, and ground-based Extremely Large Telescope(s) somewhat later, this talk will focus on future high-angular-resolution, high-sensitivity observations at near and mid-IR wavelengths with these facilities that can help in addressing the major unsolved problems in the study of PNe.

  2. The Mixed-Chemistry Problem in Planetary Nebulae

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    Guzman-Ramirez, Lizette

    2013-10-01

    Planetary nebulae (PNe) represent the last stage of evolution of intermediate mass stars (0.8 to 8M_sun) and hence by their very nature are fundamental to galactic evolution. The massive envelopes ejected during their earlier evolution (AGB phase) are an important source of recycled material in the form of dust and molecular gas into the interstellar medium. A small fraction of PNe show both O- and C-rich features and are therefore classified as mixed-chemistry objects. The origin of their mixed-chemistry is still uncertain. Our chemical models show that the PAHs may form in irradiated dense tori, and HST images confirm the presence of such tori in some of the objects. Using the VISIR/VLT, we spatially resolved the precise location of the PAHs. We find a dense dusty structures in all of the objects observed. The ionised [SIV] material is located inside the dusty tori, while the PAHs are present at the outer edges of these tori. This confirms that the PAHs formation is due to the photodissociation of CO. In the Galactic Disk, very few PNe have shown to harbour these mixed-chemistry phenomenon. We propose to observe the tori a sample of bipolar PNe from the Galactic Disk that harbour a close binary system inside them. The chemical models show that the formation of long C-chain molecules is possible to occur in O-rich environments, the formation of these C-rich molecules require a very dense region (Av~4). To test these theory we propose to observe the very dense tori of these Galactic Disk PNe and compare these sample with the already observed sample of PNe in the Galactic Bulge (Guzman-Ramirez, et al., 2011;Guzman-Ramirez, et al., 2013, submitted).

  3. Behind the Curtain: Revealing the Nebular Influence on X-ray Emission from Planetary Nebulae

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    Montez, Rodolfo, Jr.

    2017-01-01

    Planetary Nebulae (PNe), the ionized shells of gas surrounding dying low- to intermediate-mass stars, are interesting astrophysical plasma laboratories because of the range of plasma conditions that exist in close proximity. Early in the lifetime of PNe, a 106 K plasma---called a hot bubble---fills the 104 K nebular shell. The interaction of these two plasmas is the potential origin of cooler than expected hot bubble temperatures. Studying high-spatial resolution imaging by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory offer an opportunity to study the interaction of these two plasmas. Yet the Chandra and HST observations of PN BD+30°3639 indicate distinct X-ray and optical morphologies that do not appear directly correlated. However, we have developed a method that uses Chandra imaging spectroscopy to study the spatial distribution of the hot bubble X-ray emission. Remarkably, applying this method to the X-ray observation reveals the influence of the surrounding nebula and mimics the optical morphology that is otherwise hidden in the X-ray images. We present the methodology, images derived using the method, and the distribution of the physical conditions that likely give rise to the observed effect. Further improvement of the method and establishing its limitations in the low-count regime will help establish the utility of this method for other low-count extended X-ray sources.

  4. HST/WFPC2 Observations of Asymmetric Planetary and Proto-Planetary Nebulae: NGC3132, HEN 401 and Roberts 22

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    Sahai, R.; Trauger, J.; Bujarrabal, V.; WFPC2 Id Team

    1997-12-01

    As part of a continuing effort to understand how planetary nebulae acquire their complex shapes and symmetries, we have obtained high-resolution images of the planetary nebula NGC3132, and the proto-planetary nebulae Hen 401 and Roberts 22, with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The images have been taken through a variety of narrow emission-line filters and a medium or broad continuum filter. All 3 objects have substantial quantities of cold, dense molecular gas detected via mm-wave CO line emission. The Hubble images reveal a rich and complex morphological structure of the circumstellar material in these objects. The NGC3132 images show a bright elliptical shape, surrounded by fainter filamentary, elliptical structures with position angles different from the main structure. New features uncovered by HST in this well-observed (from the ground) extended nebula, include a wide pillar-like structure lying roughly along the major axis of the nebula in [OIII]lambda5007 and Hα , but not in the low-excitation [OI]lambda6300 & [NII]lambda6584 lines. The latter show a thin equatorial band of material girdling the main nebula around its waist, and a fine jet-like feature extending radially outwards from the equatorial girdle. Both protoplanetary nebulae, Hen 401 and Roberts 22, seen mostly in scattered light from dust, are bipolar. The bipolar lobes in Hen 401 are long and cylindrical (length/width~14), with frayed ends; the visible central star is surrounded by a bipolar skirt-like structure, co-axial with the lobes. In Roberts 22, the lobes are shaped like a butterfly's wings, separated by a dark ``body'' of dense dust which hides the central star, and multiple shell structures can be seen in the fainter nebulosity surrounding the main lobes. We will discuss the implications of the remarkable structures seen in these 3 nebulae for current theories for the formation and shaping of planetary nebulae.

  5. Spectrophotometry of Jacoby's complete sample of planetary nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds

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    Boroson, T.A.; Liebert, J.

    1989-04-01

    Spectrophotometric observations have been obtained for all 68 planetary nebulae candidates in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds from the complete sample of Jacoby. While most show line spectra characteristic of planetary nebulae, some 23 of the candidates could not be confirmed or have other explanations. A revised luminosity function is discussed. Many of the emission-line spectra are characterized by very strong forbidden N II and He II lines. One object (SMC 23) showing a peculiar forbidden line spectrum appears to be an extremely dense nebula, yet one may infer that the associated central star is hot and rather massive. Another nebula (LMC 26) shows forbidden lines but not detectable Balmer emission. Radial velocity measurements are discussed for most of the LMC objects, and may be useful diagnostics of the kinematics of the central bar. 30 refs.

  6. The Expanded Very Large Array, AGB Stars, Planetary Nebulae, and the Connections Among Them

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    Claussen, Mark J.

    2010-01-01

    The Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA) project will begin Open Shared Risk Observing in March 2010. Over the next two years, more and more capabilities, aiming toward full operations in 2013, will be added and commissioned by the EVLA staff. At the beginning of 2013, we expect the full capabilities of a ten times increase in sensitivity, continuous coverage from 1 to 50 GHz, 8 GHz bandwidth with full polarization (for continuum applications), 64 separately tunable sub-bands (with adjustable bandwidth and frequency resolution, for spectral line applications) to be available to all users. The EVLA will provide a large number of capabilities that will enhance the AGB, preplanetary nebula, and planetary nebula science. Just a few of these are listed: 1) many more AGB radio "photospheres" will be detectable; 2) surveys for radio continuum emission from preplanetary nebula will be empowered which will allow detections of ionized gas (from shock ionization) and cold dust/large grain emission; 3) imaging of the ionized gas in planetary nebulae and possible dust disks around their central stars, giving a measure of the physical properties of planetary nebulae (temperature, density, and nebular/dust disk mass); 4) sensitive and high spectral measurements of hydrogen, helium, and carbon recombination lines will provide kinematics of the nebular gas; 5) spectral imaging surveys of molecular lines will permit studies of AGB circumstellar shells at differing distances from the star. We will detail the capabilities of the EVLA as they pertain directly to AGB stars, pre-planetary nebulae, and planetary nebulae research, and present some preliminary results from the WIDAR correlator to stimulate the interest of those astronomers who pursue research into these areas. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

  7. International Ultraviolet Explorer satellite observations of seven high-excitation planetary nebulae

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    Aller, L. H.; Keyes, C. D.

    1980-01-01

    Observations of seven high-excitation planetary nebulae secured with the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellite were combined with extensive ground-based data to obtain electron densities, gas kinetic temperatures, and ionic concentrations. We then employed a network of theoretical model nebulae to estimate the factors by which observed ionic concentrations must be multiplied to obtain elemental abundances. Comparison with a large sample of nebulae for which extensive ground-based observations have been obtained shows nitrogen to be markedly enhanced in some of these objects. Possibly most, if not all, high-excitation nebulae evolve from stars that have higher masses than progenitors of nebulae of low-to-moderate excitation. PMID:16592781

  8. POSSIBLE SUBGROUPS OF GLOBULAR CLUSTERS AND PLANETARY NEBULAE IN NGC 5128

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    Woodley, Kristin A.; Harris, William E. E-mail: harris@physics.mcmaster.ca

    2011-01-15

    We use recently compiled position and velocity data for the globular cluster and planetary nebula subsystems in NGC 5128, the nearby giant elliptical, to search for evidence of past dwarf-satellite accretion events. Beyond a 10' ({approx}11 kpc) radius in galactocentric distance, we find tentative evidence for four subgroups of globular clusters and four subgroups of planetary nebulae. These each have more than four members within a search radius of 2' and internal velocity dispersion of {approx}<40 km s{sup -1}, typical parameters for a dwarf galaxy. In addition, two of the globular cluster groupings overlap with two of the planetary nebulae groupings, and two subgroupings also appear to overlap with previously known arc and shell features in the halo light. Simulation tests of our procedure indicate that the probability of finding false groups due to chance is <1%.

  9. Extended halos and intracluster light using Planetary Nebulae as tracers in nearby clusters

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    Arnaboldi, Magda

    Since the first detection of intracluster planetary nebulae in 1996, imaging and spectroscopic surveys identified such stars to trace the radial extent and the kinematics of diffuse light in clusters. This topic of research is tightly linked with the studies of galaxy formation and evolution in dense environment, as the spatial distribution and kinematics of planetary nebulae in the outermost regions of galaxies and in the cluster cores is relevant for setting constraints on cosmological simulations. In this sense, extragalactic planetary nebulae play a very important role in the near-field cosmology, in order to measure the integrated mass as function of radius and the orbital distribution of stars in structures placed in the densest regions of the nearby universe.

  10. Planetary Nebulae in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 821: Kinematics and Distance Determination

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    Teodorescu, A. M.; Méndez, R. H.; Bernardi, F.; Riffeser, A.; Kudritzki, R. P.

    2010-09-01

    Using a slitless spectroscopy method with the 8.2 m Subaru telescope and its FOCAS Cassegrain spectrograph, we have increased the number of planetary nebula (PN) detections and PN velocity measurements in the flattened elliptical galaxy NGC 821. A comparison with the detections reported previously by the Planetary Nebulae Spectrograph group indicates that we have confirmed most of their detections. The velocities measured by the two groups, using different telescopes, spectrographs, and slitless techniques, are in good agreement. We have built a combined sample of 167 PNs and have confirmed the Keplerian decline of the line-of-sight velocity dispersion reported previously. We also confirm misaligned rotation from the combined sample. A dark matter halo may exist around this galaxy, but it is not needed to keep the PN velocities below the local escape velocity as calculated from the visible mass. We have measured the m(5007) magnitudes of 145 PNs and produced a statistically complete sample of 40 PNs in NGC 821. The resulting PN luminosity function (PNLF) was used to estimate a distance modulus of 31.4 mag, equivalent to 19 Mpc. We also estimated the PN formation rate. NGC 821 becomes the most distant galaxy with a PNLF distance determination. The PNLF distance modulus is smaller than the surface brightness fluctuation (SBF) distance modulus by 0.4 mag. Our kinematic information permits to rule out the idea that a shorter PNLF distance could be produced by the contamination of the PNLF by background galaxies with emission lines redshifted into the on-band filter transmission curve. Based on data collected at the Subaru Telescope, which is operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

  11. Expanding the Search for Spectroscopic Binaries in Proto-Planetary Nebulae

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    Hrivnak, B.; Bohlender, D.; Kerber, F.; Lu, W.; Seifahrt, A.; Van de Steene, G.; Van Winckel, H.

    2014-04-01

    Binaries are often invoked as a shaping mechanism for the asymmetrical shapes of planetary nebulae and proto-planetary nebulae (PPNe) - particularly those that are elliptical, bipolar, or point symmetric. To test this hypothesis, we have been carrying out radial velocity monitoring of a sample of PPNe. The results of an initial study of seven bright PPNe have been published, based primarily on our observations from 1991-1995 and 2007-2010 at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (Victoria, Canada). Six of the seven showed no long-term variations between the two time intervals while one, IRAS 22272+5435, gave evidence of a variation consistent with a P > 22 yr (Hrivnak et al. 2011, ApJ, 734, 25). All seven of these objects do show shorter-term pulsational variations, on the order of 35-130 day over a range of about 14 km/s (peak-to-peak). We have expanded this search in two ways. Firstly, we have increased the temporal baseline by continuing to monitor the bright seven objects in radial velocity and increased the sampling with the addition of observations from the Hermes spectrograph on the Mercator telescope (Canary Islands). This has resulted in a second object with possible long-term variability that may indicate a binary companion. Secondly, we have started to monitor three edge-on PPNe with near-infrared spectroscopy; the stars are hidden in visible light but seen in the near infrared. These should show the full orbital velocity if it exists. Observations were begun in 2010, primarily from the ESO-VLT. While the spectra are more complicated than expected, we have found tantalizing evidence for systematic velocity variations in one of these three. Preliminary results for both of these expanded studies were presented. The research is supported in part by a grant from the NSF to BJH (AST-1009974).

  12. PLANETARY NEBULAE IN THE ELLIPTICAL GALAXY NGC 821: KINEMATICS AND DISTANCE DETERMINATION

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    Teodorescu, A. M.; Mendez, R. H.; Kudritzki, R. P.; Bernardi, F.; Riffeser, A. E-mail: mendez@ifa.hawaii.ed

    2010-09-20

    Using a slitless spectroscopy method with the 8.2 m Subaru telescope and its FOCAS Cassegrain spectrograph, we have increased the number of planetary nebula (PN) detections and PN velocity measurements in the flattened elliptical galaxy NGC 821. A comparison with the detections reported previously by the Planetary Nebulae Spectrograph group indicates that we have confirmed most of their detections. The velocities measured by the two groups, using different telescopes, spectrographs, and slitless techniques, are in good agreement. We have built a combined sample of 167 PNs and have confirmed the Keplerian decline of the line-of-sight velocity dispersion reported previously. We also confirm misaligned rotation from the combined sample. A dark matter halo may exist around this galaxy, but it is not needed to keep the PN velocities below the local escape velocity as calculated from the visible mass. We have measured the m(5007) magnitudes of 145 PNs and produced a statistically complete sample of 40 PNs in NGC 821. The resulting PN luminosity function (PNLF) was used to estimate a distance modulus of 31.4 mag, equivalent to 19 Mpc. We also estimated the PN formation rate. NGC 821 becomes the most distant galaxy with a PNLF distance determination. The PNLF distance modulus is smaller than the surface brightness fluctuation (SBF) distance modulus by 0.4 mag. Our kinematic information permits to rule out the idea that a shorter PNLF distance could be produced by the contamination of the PNLF by background galaxies with emission lines redshifted into the on-band filter transmission curve.

  13. Binarity in the Central Stars of Planetary Nebulae and its Relationship to Stellar Evolution: An Observational Perspective

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    Hillwig, T. C.; Jacoby, G. H.; Jones, D.; De Marco, O.

    2017-03-01

    The existing status of our knowledge of binary central stars of planetary nebulae will be explored. Binary modeling of known systems is providing physical parameters that can be compared amongst the sample, with nebular characteristics, and with similar binaries with no associated planetary nebula. Correlations among these areas will be discussed, especially in relation to our understanding of stellar evolution.

  14. A Study of Planetary Nebulae using the Faint Object Infrared Camera for the SOFIA Telescope

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    Davis, Jessica

    2012-01-01

    A planetary nebula is formed following an intermediate-mass (1-8 solar M) star's evolution off of the main sequence; it undergoes a phase of mass loss whereby the stellar envelope is ejected and the core is converted into a white dwarf. Planetary nebulae often display complex morphologies such as waists or torii, rings, collimated jet-like outflows, and bipolar symmetry, but exactly how these features form is unclear. To study how the distribution of dust in the interstellar medium affects their morphology, we utilize the Faint Object InfraRed CAmera for the SOFIA Telescope (FORCAST) to obtain well-resolved images of four planetary nebulae--NGC 7027, NGC 6543, M2-9, and the Frosty Leo Nebula--at wavelengths where they radiate most of their energy. We retrieve mid infrared images at wavelengths ranging from 6.3 to 37.1 micron for each of our targets. IDL (Interactive Data Language) is used to perform basic analysis. We select M2-9 to investigate further; analyzing cross sections of the southern lobe reveals a slight limb brightening effect. Modeling the dust distribution within the lobes reveals that the thickness of the lobe walls is higher than anticipated, or rather than surrounding a vacuum surrounds a low density region of tenuous dust. Further analysis of this and other planetary nebulae is needed before drawing more specific conclusions.

  15. A Study of Planetary Nebulae using the Faint Object Infrared Camera for the SOFIA Telescope

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    Davis, Jessica

    2012-01-01

    A planetary nebula is formed following an intermediate-mass (1-8 solar M) star's evolution off of the main sequence; it undergoes a phase of mass loss whereby the stellar envelope is ejected and the core is converted into a white dwarf. Planetary nebulae often display complex morphologies such as waists or torii, rings, collimated jet-like outflows, and bipolar symmetry, but exactly how these features form is unclear. To study how the distribution of dust in the interstellar medium affects their morphology, we utilize the Faint Object InfraRed CAmera for the SOFIA Telescope (FORCAST) to obtain well-resolved images of four planetary nebulae--NGC 7027, NGC 6543, M2-9, and the Frosty Leo Nebula--at wavelengths where they radiate most of their energy. We retrieve mid infrared images at wavelengths ranging from 6.3 to 37.1 micron for each of our targets. IDL (Interactive Data Language) is used to perform basic analysis. We select M2-9 to investigate further; analyzing cross sections of the southern lobe reveals a slight limb brightening effect. Modeling the dust distribution within the lobes reveals that the thickness of the lobe walls is higher than anticipated, or rather than surrounding a vacuum surrounds a low density region of tenuous dust. Further analysis of this and other planetary nebulae is needed before drawing more specific conclusions.

  16. Planetary nebulae as tracers of galaxy stellar populations

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    Buzzoni, Alberto; Arnaboldi, Magda; Corradi, Romano L. M.

    2006-05-01

    We address the general problem of the luminosity-specific planetary nebula (PN) number, better known as the `α' ratio, given by α=NPN/Lgal, and its relationship with the age and metallicity of the parent stellar population. Our analysis relies on population synthesis models that account for simple stellar populations (SSPs), and more elaborate galaxy models covering the full star formation range of the different Hubble morphological types. This theoretical framework is compared with the updated census of the PN population in Local Group (LG) galaxies and external ellipticals in the Leo group, and the Virgo and Fornax clusters. The main conclusions of our study can be summarized as follows. (i) According to the post-asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stellar core mass, PN lifetime in a SSP is constrained by three relevant regimes, driven by the nuclear (Mcore>~ 0.57Msolar), dynamical (0.57Msolar>~Mcore>~ 0.55Msolar) and transition (0.55Msolar>~Mcore>~ 0.52Msolar) time-scales. The lower limit for Mcore also sets the minimum mass for stars to reach the AGB thermal-pulsing phase and experience the PN event. (ii) Mass loss is the crucial mechanism to constrain the value of α, through the definition of the initial-to-final mass relation (IFMR). The Reimers mass-loss parametrization, calibrated on Pop II stars of Galactic globular clusters, poorly reproduces the observed value of α in late-type galaxies, while a better fit is obtained using the empirical IFMR derived from white dwarf observations in the Galaxy open clusters. (iii) The inferred PN lifetime for LG spirals and irregulars exceeds 10000yr, which suggests that Mcore<~ 0.65Msolar cores dominate, throughout. (iv) The relative PN deficiency in elliptical galaxies, and the observed trend of α with galaxy optical colours, support the presence of a prevailing fraction of low-mass cores (Mcore<~ 0.55Msolar) in the PN distribution and a reduced visibility time-scale for the nebulae as a consequence of the increased AGB

  17. Carbonaceous compounds in carbon stars and planetary nebulae

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    Ryter, C.

    A recent count of the stars leaving the main sequence and the method to estimate the return of matter to the interstellar medium due to mass-loss is summarized. Stars of (1 - 5) M? would replenish the interstellar medium in (6 - 12) x 109 years. Carbonaceous compounds of the interstellar dust are believed to be formed in the atmosphere of carbon stars, but I bring evidences that the fraction of it made of very small particles and most frequently referred to as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which on average are believed to accommodate > 15% of the interstellar carbon, are not formed as soon as the dust condenses in the atmosphere of red giants. Some kind of processing seems to be required, very likely induced by the exposition of the dust to the ultraviolet radiation of the central star when the red giant becomes a planetary nebula. Heating of small grains by hard photons is believed to heat them to high enough a temperature to produce some morphological or crystallographic evolution, roughly from aliphatic to aromatic stucture. Further processing of the interstellar medium along the same line is suggested by observations of reflection nebulae, which display properties of the dust and gas at the site of star formation. Les résultats de comptages récents d'étoiles quittant la séquence principale et la méthode permettant d'évaluer le taux de perte de masse sont brièvement présentés. On trouve que les étoiles de 1 à 5 M⊙ reconstituent la masse du milieu interstellaire en (6 -12) x 109 années. Il est plausible que les géantes rouges forment d'abord les composants sHicés, puis lorsqu'elles atteignent la phase à carbone, qu'elles produisent la composante carbonée de la poussière interstellaire. Cette dernière comporte une importante fractions de très petites particules, le plus souvent considérées comme formées de grosses molécules polycycliques aromatiques (PAH), et qui contiennent au moins 15 % du carbone interstellaire. Bien qu

  18. A Detailed Study of the Structure of the Nested Planetary Nebula, Hb 12, the Matryoshka Nebula

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    Clark, D. M.; López, J. A.; Edwards, M. L.; Winge, C.

    2014-11-01

    We present near-IR, integral field spectroscopic observations of the planetary nebula (PN) Hb 12 using Near-infrared Integral Field Spectrograph (NIFS) on Gemini-North. Combining NIFS with the adaptive optics system Altair, we provide a detailed study of the core and inner structure of this PN. We focus the analysis in the prominent emission lines [Fe II] (1.6436 μm), He I (2.0585 μm), H2 (2.1214 μm), and Brγ (2.16553 μm). We find that the [Fe II] emission traces a tilted system of bipolar lobes, with the northern lobe being redshifted and the southern lobe blueshifted. The [Fe II] emission is very faint at the core and only present close to the systemic velocity. There is no H2 emission in the core, whereas the core is prominent in the He I and Brγ recombination lines. The H2 emission is concentrated in equatorial arcs of emission surrounding the core and expanding at ~30 km s-1. These arcs are compared with Hubble Space Telescope images and shown to represent nested loops belonging to the inner sections of a much larger bipolar structure that replicates the inner one. The He I and Brγ emission from the core clearly show a cylindrical central cavity that seems to represent the inner walls of an equatorial density enhancement or torus. The torus is 0.''2 wide (≡200 AU radius at a distance of 2000 pc) and expanding at <=30 km s-1. The eastern wall of the inner torus is consistently more intense than the western wall, which could indicate the presence of an off-center star, such as is observed in the similar hourglass PN, MyCn 18. A bipolar outflow is also detected in Brγ emerging within 0.''1 from the core at ~ ± 40 km s-1.

  19. Detection of C60 and C70 in a young planetary nebula.

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    Cami, Jan; Bernard-Salas, Jeronimo; Peeters, Els; Malek, Sarah Elizabeth

    2010-09-03

    In recent decades, a number of molecules and diverse dust features have been identified by astronomical observations in various environments. Most of the dust that determines the physical and chemical characteristics of the interstellar medium is formed in the outflows of asymptotic giant branch stars and is further processed when these objects become planetary nebulae. We studied the environment of Tc 1, a peculiar planetary nebula whose infrared spectrum shows emission from cold and neutral C60 and C70. The two molecules amount to a few percent of the available cosmic carbon in this region. This finding indicates that if the conditions are right, fullerenes can and do form efficiently in space.

  20. Near-infrared and ultraviolet spectrophotometry of the young planetary nebula Hubble 12

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    Rudy, Richard J.; Rossano, George S.; Erwin, Peter; Puetter, R. C.; Feibelman, Walter A.

    1993-01-01

    The young planetary nebula Hubble 12 is observed using near-IR and UV spectrophotometry. The brightness of the O I lines, which is greater than in any other planetary nebula yet measured, indicates that fluorescent excitation by stellar continuum is the principal mechanism generating these lines. Extinction, electron density, and electron temperature are determined using infrared measurements combined with UV data and published optical observations. The range in extinction, density, and temperature implies that, within the ionized region, pockets of emission with distinctly different conditions exist. Logarithmic abundances for helium, oxygen, and sulfur are presented.

  1. The hydrogen shell game - Pulsational instabilities in hydrogen shell-burning planetary nebula nuclei

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    Kawaler, Steven D.

    1988-01-01

    Fully nonadiabatic g-mode pulsation calculations have been obtained for evolutionary models of planetary nebula nuclei (PNN) with active hydrogen-burning shells. Expressions have been developed for the phase delays which can develop between the temperature variations and the abundance variations of agents in the CN cycle. G-mode instabilities are noted that are driven by the epsilon mechanism at the position of the nuclear burning shells in standard PNN models. The results indicate that the central stars do not retain sufficient hydrogen to support nuclear burning following ejection of the planetary nebula.

  2. Photoionization Models of Bromine, Rubidium, and Xenon in Planetary Nebulae

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    Sterling, Nicholas C.; Porter, Ryan; Spencer, Courteney; Sherrard, Cameroun G.

    2017-06-01

    We present numerical simulations of the Br, Rb, and Xe ionization balance in five planetary nebulae (PNe). These neutron-capture elements (atomic number Z > 30) can be enriched by s-process nucleosynthesis during the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) evolutionary stage of PN progenitor stars. Recent calculations of photoionization cross sections and rate coefficients for radiative recombination, dielectronic recombination, and charge transfer (Kerlin et al. 2017, in preparation; Sterling & Kerlin 2016, 227th AAS, #238.02; Sterling & Stancil 2011, A&A, 535, A117) allow the Br, Rb, and Xe ionization equilibria to be modeled in PNe for the first time. We have added these elements and their atomic data to Cloudy (Ferland et al. 2013, RMxA&A, 49, 137). We model the PNe IC 418, IC 2501, IC 4191, NGC 2440, and NGC 7027, all of which exhibit emission from multiple Xe ions in the optical data of Sharpee et al. (2007, ApJ, 659, 1265). Multiple Br and Rb ions were also detected in NGC 7027. The model central star temperatures and luminosities, and nebular densities, outer radii, and abundances were optimized to best reproduce the observed intensities of Sharpee et al. We find that IC 418 and NGC 7027 are enriched in Br, Rb, and Xe, in accordance with results for Se and Kr (Sterling et al. 2015, ApJS, 218, 25). Given the small sample size and the weakness of the lines involved, it is not clear whether discrepancies between modeled and observed intensities are due to observational, model, or atomic data uncertainties. This sample will be expanded to include other PNe, such as those in our optical survey (Sherrard et al. poster, this session), which will allow us to test the veracity of the new atomic data for Xe and, for a smaller number of PNe, Br and Rb. Following the methods of Sterling et al. (2015), grids of Cloudy models will be computed to derive ionization correction factors for Br, Rb, and Xe for the first time, allowing their abundances to be determined with higher

  3. Physical properties of fullerene-containing Galactic planetary nebulae

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    Otsuka, Masaaki; Kemper, F.; Cami, J.; Peeters, E.; Bernard-Salas, J.

    2014-01-01

    We searched the Spitzer Space Telescope data archive for Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe), which show the characteristic 17.4 and 18.9 μm features due to C60, also known as buckminsterfullerene. Out of 338 objects with Spitzer/Infrared Spectrograph data, we found eleven C60-containing PNe, six of which (Hen2-68, IC2501, K3-62, M1-6, M1-9 and SaSt2-3) are new detections, not known to contain C60 prior to this work. The strongest 17.4 and 18.9 μm C60 features are seen in Tc1 and SaSt2-3, and these two sources also prominently show the C60 resonances at 7.0 and 8.5 μm. In the other nine sources, the 7.0 and 8.5 μm features due to C60 are much weaker. We analysed the spectra, along with ancillary data, using the photoionization code CLOUDY to establish the atomic line fluxes, and determine the properties of the radiation field, as set by the effective temperature of the central star. In addition, we measured the infrared spectral features due to dust grains. We find that the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) profile over 6-9 μm in these C60-bearing carbon-rich PNe is of the more chemically processed class A. The intensity ratio of 3.3 to 11.3 μm PAH indicates that the number of C-atoms per PAH in C60-containing PNe is small compared to that in non-C60 PNe. The Spitzer spectra also show broad dust features around 11 and 30 μm. Analysis of the 30 μm feature shows that it is strongly correlated with the continuum, and we propose that a single carbon-based carrier is responsible for both the continuum and the feature. The strength of the 11 μm feature is correlated to the temperature of the dust, suggesting that it is at least partially due to a solid-state carrier. The chemical abundances of C60-containing PNe can be explained by asymptotic giant branch nucleosynthesis models for initially 1.5-2.5 M⊙ stars with Z = 0.004. We plotted the locations of C60-containing PNe on a face-on map of the Milky Way and we found that most of these PNe are outside the

  4. Central Stars of Planetary Nebulae in the SMC

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    Bianchi, Luciana

    2004-01-01

    In FUSE cycle 3's program C056 we studied four Central Stars of Planetary Nebulae (CSPN) in the Small Magellanic Could. All FUSE observations have been successfully completed and have been reduced and analyzed. The observation of one object (SMP SMC 5) appeared to be off-target and no useful stellar flux was gathered. For another observation (SMP SMC 1) the voltage problems resulted in the loss of data from one of the SiC detectors, but we were still able to analyze the remaining data. The analysis and the results are summarized below. The FUSE data were reduced using the latest available version of the FUSE calibration pipeline (CALFUSE v2.4). The flux of these SMC post-AGB objects is at the threshold of FUSE S sensitivity, and the targets required many orbit-long exposures, each of which typically had low (target) count-rates. The background subtraction required special care during the reduction, and was done in a similar manner to our FUSE cycle 2 BOO1 objects. The resulting calibrated data from the different channels were compared in the overlapping regions for consistency. The final combined, extracted spectra of each target was then modeled to determine the stellar and nebular parameters. The FUSE spectra, combined with archival HST spectra, have been analyzed using stellar atmospheres codes such as TLUSTY and CMFGEN to derive photospheric and wind parameters of the central stars, and with ISM models to determine the amount and temperature of the surrounding atomic and molecular hydrogen. We have combined these results with those of our cycle 4 (D034) program (CSPN of the LMC) in Herald & Bianchi 2004a (paper in preparation, will be submitted to ApJ in June 2004). Two of the three SMC objects analyzed were found to have significantly lower stellar temperatures than had been predicted using nebular photoionization models, indicating either a hotter ionizing companion or the existence of strong shocks in the nebular environment. The analysis also revealed that

  5. The chemical composition of three planetary nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds

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    Dufour, R. J.; Killen, R. M.

    1977-01-01

    The paper studies the detailed spectral characteristics of the planetary nebulae N97 and N153 in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), the planetary nebula N67 in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), and the small H II regions N9, N61, and N81 in the SMC. Electron temperatures and densities for each nebula are derived from emission-line strengths determined by photographic spectrophotometry, and relative abundances are estimated for H, He, N, O, Ne, Ar, and S. The results show that: (1) N67 has a 60% overabundance in He/H while N97 and N153 have approximately normal He/H values; (2) all three planetaries have N/H values comparable to those of galactic planetaries but substantially higher than found in the H II regions of their respective Cloud; (3) the O/H values in the planetaries are similar to or lower than those in the H II regions of the respective Cloud; (4) the O/Ne, O/S, and O/Ar ratios in the two LMC planetaries are comparable to those in galactic planetaries; (5) the compositions of the small H II regions in the SMC are nearly identical to those of previously studied large H II regions in the same Cloud; and (6) the He/H ratio of the interstellar gas in the SMC is about 25% less than that in the Galaxy. It is concluded that most of the N abundance in both Clouds arose from nucleosynthesis sources other than planetary nebulae.

  6. Compact reflection nebulae, a transit phase of evolution from post-AGB to planetary nebulae

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    Hu, J. Y.; Slijkhuis, S.

    1989-01-01

    In a search of the optical counter-part of candidates of protoplanetary nebulae on the plates of UK Schmidt, ESO Schmidt, and POSS, five compact reflection nebulae associated with post-AGB stars were found. A simplified model (dust shell is spherical symmetric, expansion velocity of dust shell is constant, Q(sub sca)(lambda) is isotropic, and the dust grain properties are uniform) is used to estimate the visible condition of the dust shell due to the scattering of the core star's light. Under certain conditions the compact reflection nebulae can be seen of the POSS or ESO/SRC survey plates.

  7. Spectrum and chemical analysis of the double-ring planetary nebula IC 1297

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    Aller, Lawrence H.; Keyes, Charles D.; Feibelman, Walter A.

    1986-01-01

    The double-ring planetary nebula IC 1297 resembles NGC 7662 in appearance, although it is of much lower surface brightness. What is remarkable is the great strength of the dielectronic recombination O V line. Although this line is seen as a P Cygni feature in a number of planetary nebulae, it is in those instances accompanied by a strong continuum and other easily recognized features of stellar origin. No star is visible on CCD images of IC 1297. Optical region measurements are supplemented by IUE observations. The following logarithmic abundance values are found: log N(He) = 11.065; log N(forbidden C) = 8.6; log N(N) = 8.1; log N(O) = 8.74; log N(Ne) = 8.16; log N(S) = 7.0; log N(Cl) = 5.4; log N(Ar) = 6.2. The nebula shows no dramatic pattern of nucleogenesis events.

  8. Comparative Study Of Outer Halos Of Planetary Nebula NGC 246, NGC 1501, And NGC 2022

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    Arion, Douglas N.; Finnvik, S.; Troyer, Z.

    2012-01-01

    A number of planetary nebulae exhibit multiple shell structures, including concentric outer halos. Three such nebulae have been studied by obtaining deep images in [O III] to identify linkages between structures observed in the inner nebula and structures found in the outer halos. Three different planetaries were studied - NGC 246, 1501, and 2022, and all exhibit similar morphologies, suggesting similar evolutionary pathways. Of note are jet structures that appear to extend through all of the shell/halo layers, implying that the layers were ejected before the jets. Data were obtained on the 0.9m WIYN telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory and the 1.52m Kuiper Telescope of the University of Arizona Steward Observatory. This work was supported in part by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and a private bequest from Ms. Linda Staubitz.

  9. A detailed study of the structure of the nested planetary nebula, Hb 12, the Matryoshka nebula

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    Clark, D. M.; López, J. A.; Edwards, M. L.; Winge, C. E-mail: jal@astrosen.unam.mx E-mail: cwinge@gemini.edu

    2014-11-01

    We present near-IR, integral field spectroscopic observations of the planetary nebula (PN) Hb 12 using Near-infrared Integral Field Spectrograph (NIFS) on Gemini-North. Combining NIFS with the adaptive optics system Altair, we provide a detailed study of the core and inner structure of this PN. We focus the analysis in the prominent emission lines [Fe II] (1.6436 μm), He I (2.0585 μm), H{sub 2} (2.1214 μm), and Br{sub γ} (2.16553 μm). We find that the [Fe II] emission traces a tilted system of bipolar lobes, with the northern lobe being redshifted and the southern lobe blueshifted. The [Fe II] emission is very faint at the core and only present close to the systemic velocity. There is no H{sub 2} emission in the core, whereas the core is prominent in the He I and Br{sub γ} recombination lines. The H{sub 2} emission is concentrated in equatorial arcs of emission surrounding the core and expanding at ∼30 km s{sup –1}. These arcs are compared with Hubble Space Telescope images and shown to represent nested loops belonging to the inner sections of a much larger bipolar structure that replicates the inner one. The He I and Br{sub γ} emission from the core clearly show a cylindrical central cavity that seems to represent the inner walls of an equatorial density enhancement or torus. The torus is 0.''2 wide (≡200 AU radius at a distance of 2000 pc) and expanding at ≤30 km s{sup –1}. The eastern wall of the inner torus is consistently more intense than the western wall, which could indicate the presence of an off-center star, such as is observed in the similar hourglass PN, MyCn 18. A bipolar outflow is also detected in Br{sub γ} emerging within 0.''1 from the core at ∼ ± 40 km s{sup –1}.

  10. Planetary nebulae as probes of the chemical evolution of the Galactic bulge

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    Cavichia, O.; Costa, R. D. D.; Maciel, W. J.; Mollá, M.

    2017-07-01

    In this work we report the observations of Planetary nebulae located in the Galactic bulge (GBPNe), close to the Galactic centre. We find that GBPNe near the Galactic centre can be classified in two groups: one formed in a metal poorer and other at a metal richer environment. Also, there is evidence for recent star formation episodes occurring at the Galactic centre.

  11. Dynamos in asymptotic-giant-branch stars as the origin of magnetic fields shaping planetary nebulae.

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    Blackman, E G; Frank, A; Markiel, J A; Thomas, J H; Van Horn, H M

    2001-01-25

    Planetary nebulae are thought to be formed when a slow wind from the progenitor giant star is overtaken by a subsequent fast wind generated as the star enters its white dwarf stage. A shock forms near the boundary between the winds, creating the relatively dense shell characteristic of a planetary nebula. A spherically symmetric wind will produce a spherically symmetric shell, yet over half of known planetary nebulae are not spherical; rather, they are elliptical or bipolar in shape. A magnetic field could launch and collimate a bipolar outflow, but the origin of such a field has hitherto been unclear, and some previous work has even suggested that a field could not be generated. Here we show that an asymptotic-giant-branch (AGB) star can indeed generate a strong magnetic field, having as its origin a dynamo at the interface between the rapidly rotating core and the more slowly rotating envelope of the star. The fields are strong enough to shape the bipolar outflows that produce the observed bipolar planetary nebulae. Magnetic braking of the stellar core during this process may also explain the puzzlingly slow rotation of most white dwarf stars.

  12. On dust irradiation in planetary nebulae in the context of survivability of ices

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    Yeghikyan, Ararat

    2017-09-01

    A large number of molecules are observed in planetary nebulae, including simple and, - the most common (H2, CO and OH), more complex (H2O, SiO, HCN, HNC, HCO+), and even the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and fullerenes containing a few dozen and more atoms. Water molecules are observed, as a rule, in the young objects, in the gas phase (water "fountains" and related water masers) and solid phase (emission of crystalline ice particles). On the other hand, the results of calculations by the Cloudy computer program, given in this paper, show that the abundance of water ice in planetary nebulae, other conditions being equal, depends on the ionization rate of hydrogen, which depends in turn on the flux of energetic particles (protons and alpha particles) in the range of MeV energies and higher. Calculated water ice column densities reach values of up to 1019 -1020 cm-2 at the usual average ISM H2 ionisation rate of 10-16s-1 and sharply decrease at rates that are a thousand times larger. The possibility of an increased flux of energetic particles in planetary nebulae under conditions of the standard interacting stellar winds scenario is discussed, and it is concluded that the flux may locally exceed by 1-3 orders of magnitude that of galactic cosmic rays. This may have important implications for the chemistry of complex compounds under conditions of planetary nebulae, in particular, for models of the origin of fullerenes.

  13. Observational Confirmation of a Link Between Common Envelope Binary Interaction and Planetary Nebula Shaping

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    Hillwig, Todd C.; Jones, David; De Marco, Orsola; Bond, Howard E.; Margheim, Steve; Frew, David

    2016-12-01

    A current issue in the study of planetary nebulae with close binary central stars (CSs) is the extent to which the binaries affect the shaping of the nebulae. Recent studies have begun to show a high coincidence rate between nebulae with large-scale axial or point symmetries and close binary stars. In addition, combined binary-star and spatiokinematic modeling of the nebulae have demonstrated that all of the systems studied to date appear to have their central binary axis aligned with the primary axis of the nebula. Here we add two more systems to the list, the CSs and nebulae of NGC 6337 and Sp 1. We show both systems to be low inclination, with their binary axis nearly aligned with our line of sight. Their inclinations match published values for the inclinations of their surrounding nebulae. Including these two systems with the existing sample statistically demonstrates a direct link between the central binary and the nebular morphology. In addition to the systems’ inclinations we give ranges for other orbital parameters from binary modeling, including updated orbital periods for the binary CSs of NGC 6337 and Sp 1.

  14. A catalog of planetary nebula candidates in the Sculptor spiral galaxy NGC 300

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    Peña, M.; Reyes-Pérez, J.; Hernández-Martínez, L.; Pérez-Guillén, M.

    2012-11-01

    Aims: [O iii] 5007 Å on-band and off-band images, obtained with the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and FORS 2 spectrograph in two zones (center and outskirts) of the spiral galaxy NGC 300, are analyzed searching for emission line objects. In particular we search for planetary nebula (PN) candidates to analyze their distribution and luminosity properties, to perform follow-up spectroscopy, and to study the planetary nebula luminosity function, PNLF. Methods: In the continuum-subtracted images, a large number of emission line objects were detected. From this sample we selected those objects with stellar appearance and no detectable central star as PN candidates. [O iii] 5007 Å instrumental magnitudes were measured and calibrated by using spectrophotometric data from the follow-up spectroscopy. Results: We have identified more than a hundred PN candidates and many compact HII regions. The PN sample is the largest one reported for this galaxy so far. For all the objects we present coordinates, instrumental [O iii] 5007 magnitudes, and apparent nebular [O iii] 5007 fluxes and magnitudes. The [O iii] 5007 observed luminosity function for PNe (PNLF) was calculated for the whole sample and for the central and outskirts samples. The three PNLF are similar within uncertainties. We fit the empirical PNLF to the observed PNLF for all the samples. From our best fit for the whole sample, we derived a maximum value for the apparent magnitudes of m✩5007 = 22.019 ± 0.022 and obtained a tentative estimate of the distance modulus m5007-M5007= 26.29+0.12-0.22 mag, which agrees well with the recent value derived from Cepheid stars. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, VLT, Paranal, Chile, program ID 077.B-0430.Table 2 is also available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/547/A78

  15. Problems for the WELS classification of planetary nebula central stars: self-consistent nebular modelling of four candidates

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    Basurah, Hassan M.; Ali, Alaa; Dopita, Michael A.; Alsulami, R.; Amer, Morsi A.; Alruhaili, A.

    2016-05-01

    We present integral field unit (IFU) spectroscopy and self-consistent photoionization modelling for a sample of four southern Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe) with supposed weak emission-line central stars. The Wide Field Spectrograph on the ANU 2.3 m telescope has been used to provide IFU spectroscopy for NGC 3211, NGC 5979, My 60, and M 4-2 covering the spectral range of 3400-7000 Å. All objects are high-excitation non-Type I PNe, with strong He II emission, strong [Ne V] emission, and weak low-excitation lines. They all appear to be predominantly optically thin nebulae excited by central stars with Teff > 105 K. Three PNe of the sample have central stars which have been previously classified as weak emission-line stars (WELS), and the fourth also shows the characteristic recombination lines of a WELS. However, the spatially resolved spectroscopy shows that rather than arising in the central star, the C IV and N III recombination line emission is distributed in the nebula, and in some cases concentrated in discrete nebular knots. This may suggest that the WELS classification is spurious, and that, rather, these lines arise from (possibly chemically enriched) pockets of nebular gas. Indeed, from careful background subtraction we were able to identify three of the sample as being hydrogen rich O(H)-Type. We have constructed fully self-consistent photoionization models for each object. This allows us to independently determine the chemical abundances in the nebulae, to provide new model-dependent distance estimates, and to place the central stars on the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. All four PNe have similar initial mass (1.5 < M/M⊙ < 2.0) and are at a similar evolutionary stage.

  16. THE CHANDRA PLANETARY NEBULA SURVEY (ChanPlaNS). III. X-RAY EMISSION FROM THE CENTRAL STARS OF PLANETARY NEBULAE

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    Montez, R. Jr.; Kastner, J. H.; Freeman, M.; and others

    2015-02-10

    We present X-ray spectral analysis of 20 point-like X-ray sources detected in Chandra Planetary Nebula Survey observations of 59 planetary nebulae (PNe) in the solar neighborhood. Most of these 20 detections are associated with luminous central stars within relatively young, compact nebulae. The vast majority of these point-like X-ray-emitting sources at PN cores display relatively ''hard'' (≥0.5 keV) X-ray emission components that are unlikely to be due to photospheric emission from the hot central stars (CSPN). Instead, we demonstrate that these sources are well modeled by optically thin thermal plasmas. From the plasma properties, we identify two classes of CSPN X-ray emission: (1) high-temperature plasmas with X-ray luminosities, L {sub X}, that appear uncorrelated with the CSPN bolometric luminosity, L {sub bol} and (2) lower-temperature plasmas with L {sub X}/L {sub bol} ∼ 10{sup –7}. We suggest these two classes correspond to the physical processes of magnetically active binary companions and self-shocking stellar winds, respectively. In many cases this conclusion is supported by corroborative multiwavelength evidence for the wind and binary properties of the PN central stars. By thus honing in on the origins of X-ray emission from PN central stars, we enhance the ability of CSPN X-ray sources to constrain models of PN shaping that invoke wind interactions and binarity.

  17. The Chandra Planetary Nebula Survey (ChanPlaNS). III. X-Ray Emission from the Central Stars of Planetary Nebulae

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    Montez, R., Jr.; Kastner, J. H.; Balick, B.; Behar, E.; Blackman, E.; Bujarrabal, V.; Chu, Y.-H.; Corradi, R. L. M.; De Marco, O.; Frank, A.; Freeman, M.; Frew, D. J.; Guerrero, M. A.; Jones, D.; Lopez, J. A.; Miszalski, B.; Nordhaus, J.; Parker, Q. A.; Sahai, R.; Sandin, C.; Schonberner, D.; Soker, N.; Sokoloski, J. L.; Steffen, M.; Toalá, J. A.; Ueta, T.; Villaver, E.; Zijlstra, A.

    2015-02-01

    We present X-ray spectral analysis of 20 point-like X-ray sources detected in Chandra Planetary Nebula Survey observations of 59 planetary nebulae (PNe) in the solar neighborhood. Most of these 20 detections are associated with luminous central stars within relatively young, compact nebulae. The vast majority of these point-like X-ray-emitting sources at PN cores display relatively "hard" (>=0.5 keV) X-ray emission components that are unlikely to be due to photospheric emission from the hot central stars (CSPN). Instead, we demonstrate that these sources are well modeled by optically thin thermal plasmas. From the plasma properties, we identify two classes of CSPN X-ray emission: (1) high-temperature plasmas with X-ray luminosities, L X, that appear uncorrelated with the CSPN bolometric luminosity, L bol and (2) lower-temperature plasmas with L X/L bol ~ 10-7. We suggest these two classes correspond to the physical processes of magnetically active binary companions and self-shocking stellar winds, respectively. In many cases this conclusion is supported by corroborative multiwavelength evidence for the wind and binary properties of the PN central stars. By thus honing in on the origins of X-ray emission from PN central stars, we enhance the ability of CSPN X-ray sources to constrain models of PN shaping that invoke wind interactions and binarity.

  18. Deciphering the bipolar planetary nebula Abell 14 with 3D ionization and morphological studies

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    Akras, S.; Clyne, N.; Boumis, P.; Monteiro, H.; Gonçalves, D. R.; Redman, M. P.; Williams, S.

    2016-04-01

    Abell 14 is a poorly studied object despite being considered a born-again planetary nebula. We performed a detailed study of its 3D morphology and ionization structure using the SHAPE and MOCASSIN codes. We found that Abell 14 is a highly evolved, bipolar nebula with a kinematical age of ˜19 400 yr for a distance of 4 kpc. The high He abundance, and N/O ratio indicate a progenitor of 5 M⊙ that has experienced the third dredge-up and hot bottom burning phases. The stellar parameters of the central source reveal a star at a highly evolved stage near to the white dwarf cooling track, being inconsistent with the born-again scenario. The nebula shows unexpectedly strong [N I] λ5200 and [O I] λ6300 emission lines indicating possible shock interactions. Abell 14 appears to be a member of a small group of highly evolved, extreme type-I planetary nebulae (PNe). The members of this group lie at the lower-left corner of the PNe regime on the [N II]/Hα versus [S II]/Hα diagnostic diagram, where shock-excited regions/objects are also placed. The low luminosity of their central stars, in conjunction with the large physical size of the nebulae, result in a very low photoionization rate, which can make any contribution of shock interaction easily perceptible, even for small velocities.

  19. Ionized magnesium in the planetary nebula NGC 7027

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    Evans, N. J., II; Natta, A.; Russell, R. W.; Wyant, J.; Beckwith, S.

    1984-01-01

    Observations of NGC 7027 are presented for six ionic lines: Mg(+3) (4.48 microns), Mg(+4) (5.61 microns), H(0) (4.05 and 7.46 microns), Ne(+5) (7.64 microns), and Ar(+5) (4.53 microns). The magnesium lines are consistent with the measurements of Russell, Soifer, and Willner (1977), and the hydrogen lines are consistent with the line strengths predicted from the radio flux. Upper limits were obtained for the neon and argon lines. The abundance of magnesium in the central part of the nebula is highly uncertain because the fine-structure collision strengths are poorly known. The strong gradient of magnesium abundance from the inner to the outer portions of the nebula derived by Pequignot and Stasinska (1980) could be an artifact of this uncertainty. A brief analysis of the effective stellar temperature derived from the magnesium line ratios is given.

  20. Far infrared spectroscopy of the Orion Nebula

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    Ward, D. B.

    1975-01-01

    A coarse resolution spectrum of the Orion Nebula between 65 and 125 microns is presented which closely fits the color dependence of a 75 K blackbody. A high resolution search for O III at 88.16 microns yields an upper limit below theoretical predictions. Observations were carried out in November, 1974, using the 31 cm gyrostabilized telescope mounted in the NASA Lear jet. The instrument employed was a fully liquid helium cooled grating spectrometer with a 3 mm entrance slit that gave a square beam on the sky, 5 arc minutes in diameter. The results are presented.

  1. An outflow model for bipolar planetary nebulae and the case of NGC 6302

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    Silvestro, G.; Robberto, M.

    NGC 6302 is a bright, bipolar planetary nebula that exhibits a wide range of excitation and ionization conditions, together with complex structure and kinematics. High-velocity (>300 km s-1) flows were detected in the nebula, which are believed to originate as a wind from the central star. The authors present a numerical analysis of the morphology of the inner outflow region, based on a generalization of the equations given by Cantò (1980) and Barral and Cantò (1981). A discussion of the interpretation of NGC 6302 within a model of disk-confined stellar wind is given.

  2. Exploring the transition to planetary nebula using high-resolution techniques at infrared wavelengths

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    Wendolyn Blanco Cárdenas, Mónica

    2015-08-01

    A planetary nebula (PN) is the ionised envelope surrounding a white dwarf, the final fate of low- and intermediate-mass stars. This stellar phase is also important for its contribution to the interstellar medium, when PNe drive out s-process elements, molecules as well as different dust species, the building blocks of life. One of the most discussed topics in the PNe research field is their huge variety of morphologies and how the more complex forms are sculpted. The theoretical models predict the existence of collimating agents such as disks (steady and/or rotating), jets, and binary systems to sculpt these perplexing morphologies. However, the observations able to detect these shaping engines are often quite difficult to accomplish. Furthermore, the transition to PN hides the clues of these process, that is, when the AGB, post-AGBs, proto-PN, and the circumstellar environments of young PNe are compact and embeded in dust. In this work, we present our results implementing observational techniques and different analysis to inspect and resolve these structures by means of high-resolution imaging, high- and low-resolution spectroscopy at infrared wavelengths and using two VLT instruments: CRIRES (near-IR) and VISIR (mid-IR).

  3. Catching a grown-up starfish planetary nebula - I. Morpho-kinematical study of PC 22

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    Sabin, L.; Gómez-Muñoz, M. A.; Guerrero, M. A.; Zavala, S.; Ramos-Larios, G.; Vázquez, R.; Corral, L.; Blanco Cárdenas, M. W.; Guillén, P. F.; Olguín, L.; Morisset, C.; Navarro, S.

    2017-05-01

    We present the first part of an investigation on the planetary nebula (PN) PC 22 that focuses on the use of deep imaging and high-resolution echelle spectroscopy to perform a detailed morpho-kinematical analysis. PC 22 is revealed to be a multipolar PN emitting predominantly in [O iii] and displaying multiple non-symmetric outflows. Its central region is found to be also particularly inhomogeneous with a series of low-ionization structures (knots) located on the path of the outflows. The morpho-kinematical model obtained with shape indicates that (i) the de-projected velocities of the outflows are rather large, ≥100 km s-1, while the central region has expansion velocities in the range ˜25 to ˜45 km s-1 following the 'Wilson effect'; (ii) the majority of the measured structures share similar inclination, ≃100°, i.e. they are coplanar; (iii) and all outflows and lobes are coeval (within the uncertainties). All these results make us to suggest that PC 22 is an evolved starfish PN. We propose that the mechanism responsible for the morphology of PC 22 consists of a wind-shell interaction, where the fast post-asymptotic giant branch (AGB) wind flows through a filamentary AGB shell with some large voids.

  4. SPECTROSCOPIC OBSERVATIONS OF PLANETARY NEBULAE IN THE NORTHERN SPUR OF M31

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    Fang, X.; Liu, X.-W.; Zhang, Y.; Garcia-Benito, R.

    2013-09-10

    We present spectroscopy of three planetary nebulae (PNe) in the Northern Spur of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) obtained with the Double Spectrograph on the 5.1 m Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory. The samples were selected from the observations of Merrett et al. Our purpose is to investigate the formation of the substructures of M31 using PNe as a tracer of chemical abundances. The [O III] {lambda}4363 line is detected in the spectra of two objects, enabling temperature determinations. Ionic abundances are derived from the observed collisionally excited lines, and elemental abundances of nitrogen, oxygen, neon, sulfur, and argon are estimated. We study the correlations between oxygen and the {alpha}-element abundance ratios using our sample and the M31 disk and bulge PNe from the literature. In one of the three PNe, we observed a relatively higher oxygen abundance compared to the disk sample of M31 at similar galactocentric distances. The results of at least one of the three Northern Spur PNe might be in line with the proposed possible origin of the Northern Spur substructure of M31, i.e., the Northern Spur is connected to the Southern Stream and both substructures comprise the tidal debris of the satellite galaxies of M31.

  5. The population of planetary nebulae near the Galactic Centre: chemical abundances

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    Cavichia, O.; Costa, R. D. D.; Maciel, W. J.; Mollá, M.

    2017-06-01

    Planetary nebulae (PNe) constitute an important tool to study the chemical evolution of the Milky Way and other galaxies, probing the nucleosynthesis processes, abundance gradients and the chemical enrichment of the interstellar medium. In particular, Galactic bulge PNe (GBPNe) have been extensively used in the literature to study the chemical properties of this Galactic structure. However, the presently available GBPN chemical composition studies are strongly biased, since they were focused on brighter objects, predominantly located in Galactic regions of low interstellar reddening. In this work, we report physical parameters and abundances derived for a sample of 17 high-extinction PNe located in the inner 2° of the Galactic bulge, based on low-dispersion spectroscopy secured at the Southern Astrophysical Research telescope using the Goodman spectrograph. The new data allow us to extend our data base including faint objects, providing chemical compositions for PNe located in this region of the bulge and an estimation for the masses of their progenitors to explore the chemical enrichment history of the central region of the Galactic bulge. The results show that there is an enhancement in the N/O abundance ratio in the Galactic Centre PNe compared with PNe located in the outer regions of the Galactic bulge. This may indicate recent episodes of star formation occurring near the Galactic Centre.

  6. Rummaging inside the Eskimo's parka: variable asymmetric planetary nebula fast wind and a binary nucleus?

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    Prinja, R. K.; Urbaneja, M. A.

    2014-05-01

    We report on high-resolution optical time series spectroscopy of the central star of the `Eskimo' planetary nebula NGC 2392. Data sets were secured with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) 2.3 m in 2006 March and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) 3.6 m in 2010 March to diagnose the fast wind and photospheric properties of the central star. The He I and He II recombination lines reveal evidence for clumping and temporal structures in the fast wind that are erratically variable on time-scales down to ˜30 min (i.e. comparable to the characteristic wind flow time). We highlight changes in the overall morphology of the wind lines that cannot plausibly be explained by line-synthesis model predictions with a spherically homogeneous wind. Additionally, we present evidence that the ultravoilet line profile morphologies support the notion of a high-speed, high-ionization polar wind in NGC 2392. Analyses of deep-seated, near-photospheric absorption lines reveals evidence for low-amplitude radial velocity shifts. Fourier analysis points tentatively to an ˜0.12-d modulation in the radial velocities, independently evident in the ESO and CFHT data. We conclude that the overall spectroscopic properties support the notion of a (high-inclination) binary nucleus in NGC 2392 and an asymmetric fast wind.

  7. Spectroscopic Observations of Planetary Nebulae in the Northern Spur of M31

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    Fang, X.; Zhang, Y.; García-Benito, R.; Liu, X.-W.; Yuan, H.-B.

    2013-09-01

    We present spectroscopy of three planetary nebulae (PNe) in the Northern Spur of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) obtained with the Double Spectrograph on the 5.1 m Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory. The samples were selected from the observations of Merrett et al. Our purpose is to investigate the formation of the substructures of M31 using PNe as a tracer of chemical abundances. The [O III] λ4363 line is detected in the spectra of two objects, enabling temperature determinations. Ionic abundances are derived from the observed collisionally excited lines, and elemental abundances of nitrogen, oxygen, neon, sulfur, and argon are estimated. We study the correlations between oxygen and the α-element abundance ratios using our sample and the M31 disk and bulge PNe from the literature. In one of the three PNe, we observed a relatively higher oxygen abundance compared to the disk sample of M31 at similar galactocentric distances. The results of at least one of the three Northern Spur PNe might be in line with the proposed possible origin of the Northern Spur substructure of M31, i.e., the Northern Spur is connected to the Southern Stream and both substructures comprise the tidal debris of the satellite galaxies of M31.

  8. Ionization structure of multiple-shell planetary nebulae. I. NGC 2438

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    Öttl, S.; Kimeswenger, S.; Zijlstra, A. A.

    2014-05-01

    Context. In recent times an increasing number of extended haloes and multiple shells around planetary nebulae have been discovered. These faint extensions to the main nebula trace the mass-loss history of the star, modified by the subsequent evolution of the nebula. Integrated models predict that some haloes may be recombining, and thus are not in ionization equilibrium. But parameters such as the ionization state and thus the contiguous excitation process are only poorly known. The haloes are very extended, but faint in surface brightness -103 times lower than the main nebula. The observational limits call for an extremely well studied main nebula, to model the processes in the shells and haloes of one object. NGC 2438 is a perfect candidate to explore the physical characteristics of the halo. Aims: The aim is to derive a complete data set of the main nebula. This allows us to derive the physical conditions from photoionization models, such as temperature, density and ionization, and clumping. These models are used to derive whether the halo is in ionization equilibrium. Methods: Long-slit spectroscopic data at various positions in the nebula were obtained at the ESO 3.6 m and the SAAO 1.9 m telescope. These data were supplemented by imaging data from the HST archive and from the ESO 3.6 m telescope and by archival VLA observations. The use of diagnostic diagrams draws limits for physical properties in the models. The photoionization code CLOUDY was used to model the nebular properties and to derive a more accurate distance and ionized mass. Results: We derive an accurate extinction EB - V = 0.16, and distance of 1.9 ± 0.2 kpc. This locates the nebula behind the nearby open cluster M46 and rules out membership. The low-excitation species are found to be dominated by clumps. The emission line ratios show no evidence for shocks. The filling factor increases with radius in the nebula. The electron densities in the main nebula are ~250 cm-3, dropping to ~10-30 in the

  9. Chemical Abundances of Planetary Nebulae in the Substructures of M31

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    Fang, Xuan; García-Benito, Rubén; Guerrero, Martín A.; Liu, Xiaowei; Yuan, Haibo; Zhang, Yong; Zhang, Bing

    2015-12-01

    We present deep spectroscopy of planetary nebulae (PNe) that are associated with the substructures of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31). The spectra were obtained with the Optical System for Imaging and low-intermediate-Resolution Integrated Spectroscopy spectrograph on the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias. Seven targets were selected for the observations, three in the Northern Spur and four associated with the Giant Stream. The most distant target in our sample, with a rectified galactocentric distance ≥slant 100 kpc, was the first PN discovered in the outer streams of M31. The [O iii] λ4363 auroral line is well detected in the spectra of all targets, enabling electron temperature determination. Ionic abundances are derived based on the [O iii] temperatures, and elemental abundances of helium, nitrogen, oxygen, neon, sulfur, and argon are estimated. The relatively low N/O and He/H ratios, as well as abundance ratios of α-elements, indicate that our target PNe might belong to populations as old as ∼2 Gyr. Our PN sample, including the current seven and the previous three observed by Fang et al., have rather homogeneous oxygen abundances. The study of abundances and the spatial and kinematical properties of our sample leads to the tempting conclusion that their progenitors might belong to the same stellar population, which hints at a possibility that the Northern Spur and the Giant Stream have the same origin. This may be explained by the stellar orbit proposed by Merrett et al. Judging from the position and kinematics, we emphasize that M32 might be responsible for the two substructures. Deep spectroscopy of PNe in M32 will help to assess this hypothesis. Based on observations made with the Gran Telescopio Canarias, installed at the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, in the island of La Palma. These observations are associated with program No. GTC55-14B.

  10. Variability of the planetary nebula NGC 6572 and its central star during the interval covered by optical observations

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    Arkhipova, V. P.; Kostyakova, E. B.; Burlak, M. A.; Esipov, V. F.; Ikonnikova, N. P.

    2014-10-01

    Estimates of relative line intensities available in the literature and integrated H β fluxes of the planetary nebula NGC 6572 during the time covered by optical observations (1938-2013) are compared to search for possible variations. Line intensities measured from observations obtained at the Crimean Station of the Sternberg Astronomical Institute in 2013 are presented, as well as previously unpublished photographic spectroscopic data obtained 1972-2005. Our analysis of all the available data shows that the line intensities do not vary within the observational uncertainties, with the possible exception of the [OIII] 4959 and 5007 Å lines, which show a tendency for their intensity increase with time. This can be interpreted as a manifestation of a temperature increase of the central star, or radial stratification of the [OIII] emission in the nebula, with the latter explanation being less probable. However, stratification is clearly visible in the [OII] and [NII] line intensities. The integrated H β flux is most probably constant at F(H β) = (1.50 ± 0.03) × 10-10 erg cm-2 s-1. A refined estimate of the interstellar extinction toward NGC 6572 has been obtained from radio and optical data, c(H β) = 0.42 ± 0.03. The MAST spectroscopy data were used to derive the central star's UBV magnitudes in 2004. Integrated photoelectric UBV observations of the nebula and central star for 1971-2005 are presented.

  11. He 2-104 - A symbiotic proto-planetary nebula?

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    Schwarz, Hugo E.; Aspin, Colin; Lutz, Julie H.

    1989-01-01

    CCD observations are presented for He 2-104, an object previously classified as both PN and symbiotic star, which show that this is in fact a protoplanetary nebula (PPN) with a dynamical age of about 800 yr. The presence of highly collimated jets, extending over 75 arcsec on the sky, combined with an energy distribution showing a hot as well as a cool component, indicates that He 2-104 is a binary PPN. Since the primary is probably a Mira with a 400-d period (as reported by Whitelock, 1988), it is proposed that the system is a symbiotic PPN.

  12. He 2-104 - A symbiotic proto-planetary nebula?

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    Schwarz, Hugo E.; Aspin, Colin; Lutz, Julie H.

    1989-01-01

    CCD observations are presented for He 2-104, an object previously classified as both PN and symbiotic star, which show that this is in fact a protoplanetary nebula (PPN) with a dynamical age of about 800 yr. The presence of highly collimated jets, extending over 75 arcsec on the sky, combined with an energy distribution showing a hot as well as a cool component, indicates that He 2-104 is a binary PPN. Since the primary is probably a Mira with a 400-d period (as reported by Whitelock, 1988), it is proposed that the system is a symbiotic PPN.

  13. Unidentified infrared features in proto-planetary nebulae

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    Kwok, S.; Hrivnak, B. J.

    1989-01-01

    The discovery of an unidentified emission feature at 21 microns in the spectra of three protoplanetary nebulae is reported. These objects show large far infrared excess due to a circumstellar dust envelope surrounding a carbon rich central star. Optical, infrared and radio observations of three cool Infrared Astronomy Satellite sources suggest that they are carbon rich objects. Their low resolution spectra show a broad unidentified emission feature at 21 microns which could originate from the bending mode of a hydrocarbon molecule. The similarity of all three objects suggests that this feature is unlikely to be the result of instrumental effects.

  14. Far-infrared line observations of planetary nebulae. 1: The O 3 spectrum

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    Dinerstein, H. L.; Lester, D. F.; Werner, M. W.

    1985-01-01

    Observations of the far-infrared fine structure lines of O III have been obtained for six planetary nebulae. The infrared measurements are combined with optical O III line fluxes to probe physical conditions in the gas. From the observed line intensity ratios, a simultaneous solution was obtained for electron temperature and density, as well as means of evaluating the importance of inhomogeneities. Densities determined from the far-infrared O III lines agree well density diagnostics from other ions, indicating a fairly homogeneous density in the emitting gas. Temperatures are determined separately from the O III 4363/5007 A and 5007 A/52 micron intensity ratios and compared. Systematically higher values are derived from the former ratio, which is expected from a nebula which is not isothermal. Allowance for the presence of temperature variations within these nebulae raises their derived oxygen abundances, determinations to be reconciled with the solar value.

  15. Spectroscopic studies of four planetary nebulae with emission-line nuclei

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    Burlak, M. A.; Kniazev, A. Yu.

    2013-10-01

    Spectroscopic observations of four planetary nebulae (PNe) with emission-line central stars of different spectral types are presented: Cn 1-5, Pe 1-1, NGC 5873, and M1-19. The interstellar extinction, physical conditions ( n e , T e ), and abundances of several elements (He, N, O, Ne, S, Ar, Cl) have been determined for all nebulae. The nebula Cn 1-5 with fairly high abundances of helium and nitrogen is shown to belong to type I PNe. Possible variability of the intensities of low-excitation emission lines in NGC 5873 has been found; it can be related to variations of the stellar wind from the central star. The measured α-element abundance ratios (S/O, Ne/O, Ar/O, Cl/O) are in good agreement with those typical of HII regions.

  16. Fourier transform spectroscopy for future planetary missions

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    Brasunas, John; Kolasinski, John; Kostiuk, Ted; Hewagama, Tilak

    2017-01-01

    Thermal-emission infrared spectroscopy is a powerful tool for exploring the composition, temperature structure, and dynamics of planetary atmospheres; and the temperature of solid surfaces. A host of Fourier transform spectrometers (FTS) such as Mariner IRIS, Voyager IRIS, and Cassini CIRS from NASA Goddard have made and continue to make important new discoveries throughout the solar system. Future FTS instruments will have to be more sensitive (when we concentrate on the colder, outer reaches of the solar system), and less massive and less power-hungry as we cope with decreasing resource allotments for future planetary science instruments. With this in mind, we have developed CIRS-lite, a smaller version of the CIRS FTS for future planetary missions. We discuss the roadmap for making CIRS-lite a viable candidate for future planetary missions, including the recent increased emphasis on ocean worlds (Europa, Encelatus, Titan) and also on smaller payloads such as CubeSats and SmallSats.

  17. Variation of Central Star Masses in Planetary Nebulae with Height above the Galactic Plane

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    Phillips, J. P.

    2004-04-01

    There are various reasons for suspecting that the progenitor masses of planetary nebulae (PNe) decline with height z above the Galactic plane. This, if true, would also imply a similar decrease in mean central star masses . We report here a further way in which such gradients may be determined. It will be shown that the distribution of planetary nebulae with respect to 5 GHz brightness temperature varies strongly with Galactic latitude. This variation is likely to arise from a change in the central star mass function N(M[CS]). High latitude sources appear to have a steeply varying function N(M[CS]), implying the presence of relatively few nebulae with high central star masses. By contrast, the low latitude sources have a much gentler fall-off in N(M[CS]), implying a larger proportion of high M[CS] nebulae. This is shown to imply significant gradients of mean mass with latitude b. We find that d/d |bLOW . b[LOW] . bLOW| ≃ .0×103M⊙ deg-1 for nebulae having 1.0/d |zLOW . z[LOW] . zLOW| ≃ .6×10-2 kpc-1 for nebulae with heights |z . z . z| > |zLOW . z[LOW] . zLOW| , and where one adopts the statistical distances of Phillips (2002).

  18. s-process enrichment in the planetary nebula NGC 3918. Results from deep echelle spectrophotometry

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    Madonna, Simone; Garcia-Rojas, Jorge; Luridiana, Valentina; Sterling, Nicholas C.; Morisset, Christophe

    2015-08-01

    Approximately half of the elements with atomic number Z > 30 are created by slow neutron-capture process in the stellar interior of low- and intermediate- mass stars on the asymptotic giant branch (AGB), during the phase of thermal pulses. These elements, collectively called s-process elements, are dredged up onto the surface of the star and later ejected into the medium by stellar winds, giving us the opportunity of observing them in planetary nebulae. In this work we study the chemical content of the planetary nebula NGC 3918 through deep, high-resolution (R~40000) spectrophotometric data taken with UVES at VLT. We identify and measure more than 750 emission lines, some of which are faint lines of the s-process elements Rb, Kr, and Xe. The abundances of these elements are calculated with unprecedented accuracy, thus constraining the efficiency of the s-process and convective dredge-up in the progenitor star of NGC 3918.

  19. Mass loss from evolved stars. II - Radio continuum emission and evolution to planetary nebulae

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    Spergel, D. N.; Giuliani, J. L., Jr.; Knapp, G. R.

    1983-01-01

    The radio continuum properties of cool evolved stars are investigated from the viewpoint of mass loss mechanisms and evolution through the planetary nebula stage. The VLA was used to search 32 high mass loss rate objects for 6-cm continuum emission, leading to the detection of NGC 7027, CRL 618, R Aqr, IRC + 10216, and Omicron Ceti. The evolution of such objects to the planetary nebula stage was studied by calculating the propagation of an ionization front into the remnant neutral envelope that is produced by continuous mass loss in the red giant stage. It is found that none of the stars has a hot, compact companion, except for the known cases of R Aqr and Mira, and that envelope fractional ionization is in most cases as small as less than about 0.001.

  20. ABUNDANCES OF PLANETARY NEBULAE IN THE OUTER DISK OF M31

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    Kwitter, Karen B.; Lehman, Emma M. M.; Balick, Bruce; Henry, R. B. C. E-mail: emmalehman@gmail.com E-mail: rhenry@ou.edu

    2012-07-01

    We present spectroscopic observations and chemical abundances of 16 planetary nebulae (PNe) in the outer disk of M31. The [O III] {lambda}4363 line is detected in all objects, allowing a direct measurement of the nebular temperature essential for accurate abundance determinations. Our results show that the abundances in these M31 PNe display the same correlations and general behaviors as Type II PNe in the Milky Way. We also calculate photoionization models to derive estimates of central star properties. From these we infer that our sample PNe, all near the bright-end cutoff of the planetary nebula luminosity function, originated from stars near 2 M{sub Sun }. Finally, under the assumption that these PNe are located in M31's disk, we plot the oxygen abundance gradient, which appears shallower than the gradient in the Milky Way.

  1. A far-infrared emission feature in carbon-rich stars and planetary nebulae

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    Forrest, W. J.; Houck, J. R.; Mccarthy, J. F.

    1981-01-01

    The 16-30 micron spectra of several carbon stars and the planetary nebulae IC 418 and NGC 6572 have been obtained using the NASA C-141 Kuiper Airborne Observatory. A newly observed emission feature appears in the spectrum of IRC +10216 and several other carbon stars at wavelengths greater than 24 microns. The feature is interpreted as resulting from a solid-state resonance in the dust grains which have condensed around these stars. A similar feature appears in the spectra of IC 418 and NGC 6572, implying that the same type of dust is present. Since the dust probably condensed from a carbon-rich gas, this indicates an evolutionary link between carbon stars and these planetary nebulae. No identification for the grain material has been found, but some clues are apparent which could aid in the identification.

  2. Abundances in Planetary Nebulae: an Autopsy of Low and Intermediate Mass Stars

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    Buell, James Francis

    In this work we report on the results of synthetic thermally pulsing asymptotic giant branch models (TP-AGB) and compare the results to the abundance ratios in a sample of planetary nebulae. We use updated the input parameters for mass-loss, the stellar luminosity, and dredge-up. We calculated models with masses between 0.8 solar masses and 8 solar masses. We also calculated models with (Fe/H) between -2.5 and 0.3. The effect of the first, second, and third dredge-up as well as hot-bottom burning are reported on. The analysis of a sample of Galactic bulge and disk planetary nebulae is also reported on.

  3. High-Resolution Near-Infrared Spectra of the Proto-Planetary Nebula, MWC 922

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    Whelan, David G.; Chojnowski, S.; Zasowski, G.; Wisniewski, J. P.; Nidever, D. L.; Majewski, S.; SDSS-III/APOGEE Team

    2014-01-01

    The detailed abundance and morphology properties of the diverse objects collectively labeled 'B[e] stars' remains uncertain. As part of a program targeting known emission line objects in order to compare to new emission-line sources discovered in the SDSS-III/APOGEE survey, the unclassified B[e] star MWC 922, a proto-planetary nebula also known as the Red Square Nebula, was observed. Our high-resolution (R ~ 22,500) H-band spectra from APOGEE reveal a number of metal lines, including low-ionization species of Fe, C, Si, and Co, although our current line list is insufficient to identify all of the emission lines observed. At least one Diffuse Interstellar Band (DIB) is present, consistent with previously observed high dust and PAH column densities toward this source. Whereas the Hydrogen recombination lines and the allowed metal lines are all fairly broad 100s km/s), the [Fe II] emission features have two components, consisting of a broad emission line with a narrow emission line superposed. We identify a large number of the observed lines and attribute the variations in line width to specific geometrical features in the nebula. This approach provides new insight into the excitation mechanisms for the two-component model that has been proposed for similar proto-planetary nebulae.

  4. Radio variability and non-thermal components in stars evolving towards planetary nebulae

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    Cerrigone, L.; Umana, G.; Trigilio, C.; Leto, P.; Buemi, C. S.; Ingallinera, A.

    2017-07-01

    We present new Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array multifrequency measurements of a set of stars in transition from the post-AGB to the planetary nebula phase monitored in the radio range over several years. Clear variability is found for five sources. Their light curves show increasing and decreasing patterns. New radio observations at high angular resolution are also presented for two sources. Among these is IRAS 18062 + 2410, whose radio structure is compared to near-infrared images available in the literature. With these new maps, we can estimate inner and outer radii of 0.03 and 0.08 arcsec for the ionized shell, an ionized mass of 3.2 × 10-4 M⊙ and a density at the inner radius of 7.7 × 105 cm-3, obtained by modelling the radio shell with the new morphological constraints. The combination of multifrequency data and, where available, spectral-index maps leads to the detection of spectral indices not due to thermal emission, contrary to what one would expect in planetary nebulae. Our results allow us to hypothesize the existence of a link between radio variability and non-thermal emission mechanisms in the nebulae. This link seems to hold for IRAS 22568 + 6141 and may generally hold for those nebulae where the radio flux decreases over time.

  5. Observations and 3D hydrodynamical models of planetary nebulae with Wolf-Rayet type central stars

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    Rechy-García, J. S.; Velázquez, P. F.; Peña, M.; Raga, A. C.

    2017-01-01

    We present high-resolution, long-slit spectroscopic observations of two planetary nebulae, M 1-32 and M 3-15, with [WC] central stars located near the Galactic bulge. The observations were obtained with the 2.1-m telescope of the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, San Pedro Mártir. M 1-32 shows wide wings on the base of its emission lines and M 3-15 has two very faint high-velocity knots. In order to model both planetary nebulae, we built a three-dimensional model consisting of a jet interacting with an equatorially concentrated slow wind, emulating the presence of a dense torus, using the Yguazú hydrodynamical code. From our hydrodynamical models, we obtained position-velocity diagrams in the [N II]λ6583 line for comparison with the observations. We find that the spectral characteristics of M 1-32 and M 3-15 can be explained with the same physical model - a jet moving inside an asymptotic giant branch wind - using different parameters (physical conditions and position angles of the jet). In agreement with our model and observations, these objects contain a dense torus seeing pole-on and a bipolar jet escaping through the poles. Then, we propose to classify this kind of objects as spectroscopic bipolar nebulae, although they have been classified morphologically as compact, round, or elliptical nebulae or with `close collimated lobes'.

  6. The post-common-envelope, binary central star of the planetary nebula Hen 2-11

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    Jones, D.; Boffin, H. M. J.; Miszalski, B.; Wesson, R.; Corradi, R. L. M.; Tyndall, A. A.

    2014-02-01

    We present a detailed photometric study of the central star system of the planetary nebula Hen 2-11, selected for study because of its low-ionisation filaments and bipolar morphology - traits which have been strongly linked with central star binarity. Photometric monitoring with NTT-EFOSC2 reveals a highly irradiated, double-eclipsing, post-common-envelope system with a period of 0.609 d. Modelling of the lightcurve indicates that the nebular progenitor is extremely hot, while the secondary in the system is probably a K-type main sequence star. The chemical composition of the nebula is analysed, showing Hen 2-11 to be a medium-excitation non-Type i nebula. A simple photoionisation model is constructed determining abundance ratios of C/O and N/O which would be consistent with the common-envelope cutting short the AGB evolution of the nebular progenitor. The detection of a post-common-envelope binary system at the heart of Hen 2-11 further strengthens the link between binary progeny and the formation of axisymmetric planetary nebulae with patterns of low-ionisation filaments, clearly demonstrating their use as morphological indicators of central star binarity. Extracted 1D spectra, reduced 2D spectra, and table of photometry are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/562/A89

  7. Deep high spectral resolution spectroscopy and chemical composition of ionized nebulae

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    Esteban, C.; García-Rojas, J.; Mesa-Delgado, A.; Toribio San Cipriano, L.

    2014-01-01

    High spectral resolution spectroscopy has proved to be very useful for the advancement of chemical abundances studies in photoionized nebulae, such as H II regions and planetary nebulae (PNe). Classical analyses make use of the intensity of bright collisionally excited lines (CELs), which have a strong dependence on the electron temperature and density. By using high resolution spectrophotometric data, our group has led the determination of chemical abundances of some heavy element ions, mainly O++, O+, and C++ from faint recombination lines (RLs), allowing us to deblend them from other nearby emission lines or sky features. The importance of these lines is that their emissivity depends weakly on the temperature and density structure of the gas. The unresolved issue in this field is that recombination lines of heavy element ions give abundances that are about 2-3 times higher than those derived from CELs - in H II regions - for the same ion, and can even be a factor of 70 times higher in some PNe. This uncertainty puts into doubt the validity of face values of metallicity that we use as representative not only for ionized nebulae in the Local Universe, but also for star-forming dwarf and spiral galaxies at different redshifts. Additionally, high-resolution data can allow us to detect and deblend faint lines of neutron capture element ions in PNe. This information would introduce further restrictions to evolution models of AGBs and would help to quantify the chemical enrichment in s-elements produced by low and intermediate mass stars. The availability of an échelle spectrograph at the E-ELT will be of paramount interest to: (a) extend the studies of heavy-element recombination lines to low metallicity objects, (b) to extend abundance determinations of s-elements to planetary nebulae in the extragalactic domain and to bright Galactic and extragalactic H II regions.

  8. Ultraviolet and optical spectra of central stars of halo planetary nebulae

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    Pena, M.; Torres-Peimbert, S.; Ruiz, M. T.

    1992-11-01

    UV and optical spectrophotometric data on central stars of eight Population II planetary nebulae are analyzed. Visual magnitudes, spectral classification, color temperatures, and luminosities are derived from these data. All the stars in the sample exhibit an absorption-type spectrum, and most of them have normal H and He photospheric abundances, with the possible exception of M 2-29 and GJJC-1, which appear to be H-deficient.

  9. The spectrum of HM Sagittae: A planetary nebula excited by a Wolf-Rayet star

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    Brown, L. W.; Feibelman, W. A.; Hobbs, R. W.; Mccracken, C. W.

    1977-01-01

    A total of image tube spectrograms of HM Sagittae were obtained. More than 70 emission lines, including several broad emission features, were identified. An analysis of the spectra indicates that HM Sagittae is a planetary nebula excited by a Wolf-Rayet star. The most conspicuous Wolf-Rayet feature is that attributed to a blend of C III at 4650 A and He II at 4686 A.

  10. Search with Copernicus for ultraviolet emission lines in the planetary nebula NGC 3242

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    Schwartz, R. D.; Snow, T. P., Jr.; Upson, W. L., II

    1978-01-01

    The high-excitation planetary nebula NGC 3242 has been observed with the ultraviolet telescope-spectrometer aboard Copernicus. Wavelength intervals corresponding to the emission lines of O VI at 1032 A, He II at 1085 A, Si III at 1206 A, and N V at 1239 A have been scanned. Upper limits to the observed fluxes are reported and compared with predicted emission-line fluxes from this object.

  11. Properties of LMC planetary nebulae and parent populations in the MACHO database

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    Alves, D.R. |; Alcock, C.; Cook, K.H.

    1996-10-01

    The MACHO microlensing experiment's time-sampled photometry database contains blue and red lightcurves for nearly 9 million stars in the central bar region of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). We have identified known LMC Planetary Nebulae (PN) in the database and find one, Jacoby 5, to be variable. We additionally present data on the ``parent populations`` of LMC PN, and discuss the star formation history of the LMC bar. 14 refs., 1 fig.

  12. The Complex Environment of the High Excitation Planetary Nebula NGC 3242

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    Noriega-Crespo, A.; Meaburn, J.; Lopez, J.

    1999-01-01

    Spatially resolved profiles of the H (alpha), [N II] 6584 A and [O III] 5007 A nebular emission lines, obtained with the Manchester echelle spectrometer combined with the 2.1 m San Pedro Martir telescope have revealed the velocity structure of the nebular core and of one of the three (A,B and C) inner haloes of the high excitation planetary nebula NGC 3242.

  13. Search with Copernicus for ultraviolet emission lines in the planetary nebula NGC 3242

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    Schwartz, R. D.; Snow, T. P., Jr.; Upson, W. L., II

    1978-01-01

    The high-excitation planetary nebula NGC 3242 has been observed with the ultraviolet telescope-spectrometer aboard Copernicus. Wavelength intervals corresponding to the emission lines of O VI at 1032 A, He II at 1085 A, Si III at 1206 A, and N V at 1239 A have been scanned. Upper limits to the observed fluxes are reported and compared with predicted emission-line fluxes from this object.

  14. Imaging the Elusive H-poor Gas in the High adf Planetary Nebula NGC 6778

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    García-Rojas, Jorge; Corradi, Romano L. M.; Monteiro, Hektor; Jones, David; Rodríguez-Gil, Pablo; Cabrera-Lavers, Antonio

    2016-06-01

    We present the first direct image of the high-metallicity gas component in a planetary nebula (NGC 6778), taken with the OSIRIS Blue Tunable Filter centered on the O ii λ4649+50 Å optical recombination lines (ORLs) at the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias. We show that the emission of these faint O ii ORLs is concentrated in the central parts of the planetary nebula and is not spatially coincident either with emission coming from the bright [O iii] λ5007 Å collisionally excited line (CEL) or the bright Hα recombination line. From monochromatic emission line maps taken with VIMOS at the 8.2 m Very Large Telescope, we find that the spatial distribution of the emission from the auroral [O iii] λ4363 line resembles that of the O ii ORLs but differs from nebular [O iii] λ5007 CEL distribution, implying a temperature gradient inside the planetary nebula. The centrally peaked distribution of the O ii emission and the differences with the [O iii] and H i emission profiles are consistent with the presence of an H-poor gas whose origin may be linked to the binarity of the central star. However, determination of the spatial distribution of the ORLs and CELs in other PNe and a comparison of their dynamics are needed to further constrain the geometry and ejection mechanism of the metal-rich (H-poor) component and hence, understand the origin of the abundance discrepancy problem in PNe.

  15. Evidence for Deuterium Astration in the Planetary Nebula Sh 2-216?

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    Oliveira, Cristina M.; Chayer, Pierre; Moos, H. Warren; Kruk, Jeffrey W.; Rauch, Thomas

    2007-05-01

    We present FUSE observations of the line of sight to WD 0439+466 (LS V +46 21), the central star of the old planetary nebula Sh 2-216. The FUSE data show absorption by many interstellar and stellar lines, in particular D I, H2 (J=0-9), HD J=0-1, and CO. Many other stellar and ISM lines are detected in the STIS E140M HST spectra of this sight line, which we use to determine N(H I). We derive, for the neutral gas, D/H=0.76+0.12-0.11×10-5, O/H=0.89+0.15-0.11×10-4, and N/H=3.24+0.61-0.55×10-5. We argue that most of the gas along this sight line is associated with the planetary nebula. The low D/H ratio is likely the result of this gas being processed through the star (astrated) but not mixed with the ISM. This would be the first time that the D/H ratio has been measured in predominantly astrated gas. The O/H and N/H ratios derived here are lower than typical values measured in other planetary nebulae likely due to unaccounted for ionization corrections. Based on observations made with the NASA-CNES-CSA Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer. FUSE is operated for NASA by The Johns Hopkins University under NASA contract NAS5-32985.

  16. Young planetary nebulae: Hubble Space Telescope imaging and new morphological classifications system

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    Sahai, R.; Villar, G. G., III; Morris, M.

    Using Hubble Space Telescope images of about 120 young planetary nebulae (PNe), most of which have not previously been published, we have devised a comprehensive morphological classification system for these objects, with minimal prejudice regarding their underlying physical cause. However, in many cases, physical causes are readily suggested by the primary geometry, along with the kinematics that have been measured in some systems. Secondary characteristics in our system such as ansae indicate the impact of a jet upon a slower-moving, prior wind; a waist is the signature of a strong equatorial concentration of matter, whether it be outflowing or in a bound Keplerian disk, and point symmetry indicates a secular trend (presumably precession in the orientation of the central driver of a rapid, collimated outflow). This system generalizes a recently-devised system for pre-planetary nebulae, which are the immediate progenitors of planetary nebulae. Unlike previous classification studies, we have focussed primarily on young PNs rather than all PNs, because the former best show the influences or symmetries imposed on them by the dominant physical processes operating at the first and primary stage of the shaping process. Older PNs develop instabilities, interact with the ambient interstellar medium, and are subject to the passage of photoionization fronts, all of which obscure the underlying symmetries and geometries imposed early on.

  17. An Analysis and Classification of Dying AGB Stars Transitioning to Pre-Planetary Nebulae

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    Blake, Adam C.

    2011-01-01

    The principal objective of the project is to understand part of the life and death process of a star. During the end of a star's life, it expels its mass at a very rapid rate. We want to understand how these Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) stars begin forming asymmetric structures as they start evolving towards the planetary nebula phase and why planetary nebulae show a very large variety of non-round geometrical shapes. To do this, we analyzed images of just-forming pre-planetary nebula from Hubble surveys. These images were run through various image correction processes like saturation correction and cosmic ray removal using in-house software to bring out the circumstellar structure. We classified the visible structure based on qualitative data such as lobe, waist, halo, and other structures. Radial and azimuthal intensity cuts were extracted from the images to quantitatively examine the circumstellar structure and measure departures from the smooth spherical outflow expected during most of the AGB mass-loss phase. By understanding the asymmetrical structure, we hope to understand the mechanisms that drive this stellar evolution.

  18. A Morpho-kinematic and Spectroscopic study of Bipolar Planetary Nebulae

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    Clyne, Niall

    2015-09-01

    In this thesis, studies of the kinematic properties for a sample of Galactic bipolar planetary nebulae, based on optical and infrared observations, were performed using a morpho-kinematic code, optical and NIR diagnostic diagrams, and techniques using data analyses. The mechanisms that form complex bipolar planetary nebulae remain unclear, and their shapes can be generated either as a planetary or symbiotic nebula. The origin of the material ionised by the white dwarf is very different in these two scenarios, and it complicates the understanding of the morphologies of planetary nebulae. The physical properties, structure, and dynamics of the bipolar nebulae, MyCn 18, M 2-9, Mz 3, Hen 2-104, and Abell 14, are each investigated in detail with the aim of understanding their nature, shaping mechanisms, and evolutionary history. For MyCn 18, VLT infrared images, VLT ISAAC infrared spectra, and long-slit optical echelle spectra are used to investigate the inner and outer regions of the nebula. The morpho-kinematic modelling tool shape was used to firmly constrain the structure and kinematics of the source. A timescale analysis was used to help determine the kinematical age of the nebula and its main components. A spectroscopic study of MyCn 18's central region reveals the detailed make-up of its nebular composition. Molecular hydrogen, atomic helium, and Brackett gamma emission are detected in the central regions. ISAAC spectra from a slit position along the narrow waist of the nebula demonstrate that the ionised gas resides closer to the centre of the nebula than the molecular emission. A final reconstructed 3-D model of MyCn 18 was generated, providing kinematical information on the expansion velocity of its nebular components by means of position-velocity arrays (or observed long-slit spectra). A kinematical age of the nebula and its components were obtained using the position-velocity arrays and timescale analysis. For M 2-9, Mz 3, and Hen 2-104, long-slit optical

  19. The light element abundance distribution in NGC 5128 from planetary nebulae

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    Walsh, J. R.; Jacoby, G. H.; Peletier, R. F.; Walton, N. A.

    2012-08-01

    Context. Planetary nebulae in the nearest large elliptical galaxy provide light element abundances difficult or impossible to measure by other means in a stellar system very different from the galaxies in the Local Group. Aims: The light element abundance pattern from many planetary nebulae (PNe) at a range of radial distances was measured from optical spectroscopy in the elliptical galaxy NGC 5128, which hosts the radio source Centaurus A. The PN abundances, in particular for oxygen, and the PN progenitor properties are related to the galaxy stellar properties. Methods: PNe in NGC 5128 covering the upper 4 mag of the luminosity function were selected from a catalogue. VLT FORS1 multi-slit spectra in blue and red ranges were obtained over three fields at 3, 9 and 15' projected radii (4, 8 and 17 kpc, for an adopted distance of 3.8 Mpc) and spectra were extracted for 51 PNe. Accurate electron temperature and density diagnostics are usually required for abundance determination, but were not available for most of the PNe. Cloudy photoionization models were run to match the spectra by a spherical, constant density nebula ionized by a black body central star. He, N, O and Ne abundances with respect to H were determined and, for brighter PN, S and Ar; central star luminosities and temperatures are also derived. Results: Emission line ratios for the 51 PNe are entirely typical of PN such as in the Milky Way. The temperature sensitive [O III]4363 Å line was weakly detected in 10 PNe, both [O II] and [O III] lines were detected in 30 PNe, and only the bright [O III]5007 Å line was detected in 7 PN. For 40 PNe with Cloudy models, from the upper 2 mag of the [O III] luminosity function, the most reliably estimated element, oxygen, has a mean 12 + log(O/H) of 8.52 with a narrow distribution. No obvious radial gradient is apparent in O/H over a range 2-20 kpc. Comparison of the PN abundances with the stellar population, from the spectra of the integrated stellar light on the

  20. Astrometry With the Hubble Space Telescope: Trigonometric Parallaxes of Planetary Nebula Nuclei NGC 6853, NGC 7293, ABELL 31, and DeHt 5

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    2009-12-01

    reserved. Printed in the U.S.A. ASTROMETRY WITH THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE: TRIGONOMETRIC PARALLAXES OF PLANETARY NEBULA NUCLEI NGC 6853, NGC 7293, ABELL 31...present absolute parallaxes and relative proper motions for the central stars of the planetary nebulae NGC 6853 (The Dumbbell), NGC 7293 (The Helix...Abell 31, and DeHt 5. This paper details our reduction and analysis using DeHt 5 as an example. We obtain these planetary nebula nuclei (PNNi

  1. PHOTOMETRY OF THE STINGRAY NEBULA (V839 ARA) FROM 1889 TO 2015 ACROSS THE IONIZATION OF ITS PLANETARY NEBULA

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.; Edwards, Zachary I.

    2015-10-20

    Up until around 1980, the Stingray was an ordinary B1 post-AGB star, but then it suddenly sprouted bright emission lines like in a planetary nebula (PN), and soon after this the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) discovered a small PN around the star, so apparently we have caught a star in the act of ionizing a PN. We report here on a well-sampled light curve from 1889 to 2015, with unique coverage of the prior century plus the entire duration of the PN formation plus three decades of its aftermath. Surprisingly, the star anticipated the 1980s ionization event by declining from B = 10.30 in 1889 to B = 10.76 in 1980. Starting in 1980, the central star faded fast, at a rate of 0.20 mag year{sup −1}, reaching B = 14.64 in 1996. This fast fading is apparently caused by the central star shrinking in size. From 1994 to 2015, the V-band light curve is almost entirely from the flux of two bright [O iii] emission lines from the unresolved nebula, and it shows a consistent decline at a rate of 0.090 mag year{sup −1}. This steady fading (also seen in the radio and infrared) has a timescale equal to that expected for ordinary recombination within the nebula, immediately after a short-duration ionizing event in the 1980s. We are providing the first direct measure of the rapidly changing luminosity of the central star on both sides of a presumed thermal pulse in 1980, with this providing a strong and critical set of constraints, and these are found to sharply disagree with theoretical models of PN evolution.

  2. Photometry of the Stingray Nebula (V839 Ara) from 1889 TO 2015 across the Ionization of Its Planetary Nebula

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.; Edwards, Zachary I.

    2015-10-01

    Up until around 1980, the Stingray was an ordinary B1 post-AGB star, but then it suddenly sprouted bright emission lines like in a planetary nebula (PN), and soon after this the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) discovered a small PN around the star, so apparently we have caught a star in the act of ionizing a PN. We report here on a well-sampled light curve from 1889 to 2015, with unique coverage of the prior century plus the entire duration of the PN formation plus three decades of its aftermath. Surprisingly, the star anticipated the 1980s ionization event by declining from B = 10.30 in 1889 to B = 10.76 in 1980. Starting in 1980, the central star faded fast, at a rate of 0.20 mag year-1, reaching B = 14.64 in 1996. This fast fading is apparently caused by the central star shrinking in size. From 1994 to 2015, the V-band light curve is almost entirely from the flux of two bright [O iii] emission lines from the unresolved nebula, and it shows a consistent decline at a rate of 0.090 mag year-1. This steady fading (also seen in the radio and infrared) has a timescale equal to that expected for ordinary recombination within the nebula, immediately after a short-duration ionizing event in the 1980s. We are providing the first direct measure of the rapidly changing luminosity of the central star on both sides of a presumed thermal pulse in 1980, with this providing a strong and critical set of constraints, and these are found to sharply disagree with theoretical models of PN evolution.

  3. The Nucleus of the Planetary Nebula EGB 6 as a Post-Mira Binary

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    Bond, Howard E.; Ciardullo, Robin; Esplin, Taran L.; Hawley, Steven A.; Liebert, James; Munari, Ulisse

    2016-08-01

    EGB 6 is a faint, large, ancient planetary nebula (PN). Its central star, a hot DAOZ white dwarf (WD), is a prototype of a rare class of PN nuclei associated with dense, compact emission-line knots. The central star also shows excess fluxes in both the near-infrared (NIR) and mid-infrared (MIR). In a 2013 paper, we used Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images to show that the compact nebula is a point-like source, located 0.″16 (˜118 AU) from the WD. We attributed the NIR excess to an M dwarf companion star, which appeared to coincide with the dense emission knot. We now present new ground-based NIR spectroscopy, showing that the companion is actually a much cooler source with a continuous spectrum, apparently a dust-enshrouded low-luminosity star. New HST images confirm common proper motion of the emission knot and red source with the WD. The I-band, NIR, and MIR fluxes are variable, possibly on timescales as short as days. We can fit the spectral energy distribution (SED) with four blackbodies (the WD, a ˜1850 K NIR component, and MIR dust at 385 and 175 K). Alternatively, we show that the NIR/MIR SED is very similar to that of Class 0/I young stellar objects. We suggest a scenario in which the EGB 6 nucleus is descended from a wide binary similar to the Mira system, in which a portion of the wind from an AGB star was captured into an accretion disk around a companion star; a remnant of this disk has survived to the present time and is surrounded by gas photoionized by UV radiation from the WD. Based in part on data obtained with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained by the Space Telescope Science Institute. STScI is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS5-26555. Also based in part on observations with the 1.5 m telescope operated by the SMARTS Consortium at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.

  4. A HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE Survey for Resolved Companions of Planetary Nebula Nuclei

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    Ciardullo, Robin; Bond, Howard E.; Sipior, Michael S.; Fullton, Laura K.; Zhang, C.-Y.; Schaefer, Karen G.

    1999-07-01

    We report the results of a Hubble Space Telescope ``snapshot'' survey aimed at finding resolved binary companions of the central stars of Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe). Using the the Wide Field and Planetary Camera and Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, we searched the fields of 113 PNe for stars whose close proximity to the central star suggests a physical association. In all, we find 10 binary nuclei that are very likely to be physically associated and another six that are possible binary associations. By correcting for interstellar extinction and placing the central stars' companions on the main sequence (or, in one case, on the white dwarf cooling curve), we derive distances to the objects, and thereby significantly increase the number of PNe with reliable distances. Comparison of our derived distances with those obtained from various statistical methods shows that all of the latter have systematically overestimated the distances, by factors ranging up to a factor of 2 or more. We show that this error is most likely due to the fact that the properties of our PNe with binary nuclei are systematically different from those of PNe used heretofore to calibrate statistical methods. Specifically, our PNe tend to have lower surface brightnesses at the same physical radius than the traditional calibration objects. This difference may arise from a selection effect: the PNe in our survey are typically nearby, old nebulae, whereas most of the objects that calibrate statistical techniques are low-latitude, high surface brightness, and more distant nebulae. As a result, the statistical methods that seem to work well with samples of distant PNe, for example, those in the Galactic bulge or external galaxies, may not be applicable to the more diverse population of local PNe. Our distance determinations could be improved with better knowledge of the metallicities of the individual nebulae and central stars, measurements of proper motions and radial velocities for additional

  5. A spectroscopic and photometric study of the planetary nebulae Kn 61 and Pa 5

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    García-Díaz, Ma. T.; González-Buitrago, D.; López, J. A.; Zharikov, S.; Tovmassian, G.; Borisov, N.; Valyavin, G. E-mail: dgonzalez@astro.unam.mx E-mail: zhar@astro.unam.mx E-mail: borisov@sao.ru

    2014-09-01

    We present the first morpho-kinematical analysis of the planetary nebulae Kn 61 and Pa 5 and explore the nature of their central stars. Our analysis is based on high-resolution and medium-resolution spectroscopic observations, deep narrow-band imaging, and integral photometry. This material allows us to identify the morphological components and study their kinematics. The direct images and spectra indicate an absence of the characteristic [N II] and [S II] emission lines in both nebulae. The nebular spectrum of Kn 61 suggests a hydrogen deficient planetary nebula and the stellar spectrum of the central star reveals a hydrogen-deficient PG 1159-type star. The [O III] position velocity diagram reveals that Kn 61 is a closed, empty, spherical shell with a thin border and a filamentary surface expanding at 67.6 km s{sup –1} and the shell is currently not expanding isotropically. We derived a kinematic age of ∼1.6 × 10{sup 4} yr for an assumed distance of 4 kpc. A photometric period of ∼5.7(±0.4) days has been detected for Kn 61, indicating the presence of a possible binary system at its core. A possible link between filamentary spherical shells and PG 1159-type stars is noted. The morphology of Pa 5 is dominated by an equatorial toroid and faint polar extensions. The equatorial region of this planetary nebula is expanding at 45.2 km s{sup –1}. The stellar spectrum corresponds to a very hot star and is dominated by a steep blue rising continuum and He II, Balmer, and Ca II photospheric lines.

  6. The physics and kinematics of the evolved, interacting planetary nebula PN G342.0-01.7

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    Ali, A.; Amer, M. A.; Dopita, M. A.; Vogt, F. P. A.; Basurah, H. M.

    2015-11-01

    Integral field spectroscopy has been obtained for very few evolved planetary nebulae (PNe). Here we aim to study the physical and kinematical characteristics of the unstudied old planetary nebula PN G342.0-01.7, which shows evidence of interaction with its surrounding interstellar medium. We used integral field spectra from the Wide Field Spectrograph on the ANU 2.3 m telescope to provide spectroscopy across the whole object covering the spectral range 3400-7000 Å. We formed narrow-band images to investigate the excitation structure. The spectral analysis shows that the object is a distant Peimbert Type I planetary nebula (PN) of low excitation, formally of excitation class of 0.5. The low electron density, high dynamical age, and low surface brightness of the object confirm that it is observed fairly late in its evolution. It shows clear evidence for dredge-up of CN-processed material characteristic of its class. In addition, the low peculiar velocity of 7 km s-1 shows it to be a member of the young disk component of our Galaxy. We further determined an average expansion velocity of Vexp = 20.2 ± 1.3 km s-1, a local standard of rest radial velocity RVLSR = -27.7 ± 1.7 km s-1, and a distance of 2.06 ± 0.6 kpc for the object. We built a self-consistent photoionisation model for the PN matching the observed spectrum, the Hβ luminosity, and the diameter. On the basis of this we derive an effective temperature log Teff ~ 5.05 and luminosity 1.85 < log L< 2.25. The temperature is much higher than might have been expected using the excitation class, proving that this can be misleading in classifying evolved PNe. PN G342.0-01.7 is in interaction with its surrounding interstellar medium through which the object is moving in the south-west direction. This interaction drives a slow shock into the outer PN ejecta. A shock model suggests that it only accounts for about 10% of the total luminosity, but has an important effect on the global spectrum of the PN.

  7. POSSIBLE STELLAR STREAMS IN THE EDGE-ON SPIRAL NGC 891 DISCOVERED FROM KINEMATICS OF PLANETARY NEBULAE

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    Shih, Hsin-Yi; Mendez, Roberto H. E-mail: mendez@ifa.hawaii.ed

    2010-12-10

    We have found 125 planetary nebulae (PNs) in NGC 891, using an [O III] {lambda}5007 on-band/off-band filter technique with the Faint Object Camera and Spectrograph (FOCAS) at the Cassegrain focus of the Subaru telescope, Mauna Kea. Radial velocities were measured for all detected sources, using a method of slitless spectroscopy which we briefly describe. The radial velocities allow us to study the motions of different stellar populations in NGC 891. The PN kinematics show rotation at large distances from the galactic plane. Of particular interest is the strong asymmetry of PN distribution at large height, which we interpret as two possible stellar streams that could be orbiting the galaxy at large angles to the main structure. These streams, if real, are probably remnants of a previous minor merging episode. This idea finds support in recent reports of clump-like, incompletely mixed structures from deep HST/ACS images of this galaxy.

  8. NON-DETECTION OF MAGNETIC FIELDS IN THE CENTRAL STARS OF THE PLANETARY NEBULAE NGC 1360 AND LSS 1362

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    Leone, Francesco; Privitera, Giovanni; Martinez Gonzalez, MarIa J.; Corradi, Romano L. M.; Sainz, Rafael Manso

    2011-04-20

    The presence of magnetic fields is an attractive hypothesis for shaping planetary nebulae (PNe). We report on observations of the central star of the two PNe NGC 1360 and LSS 1326. We performed spectroscopy on circularly polarized light with the Focal Reducer and Low Dispersion Spectrograph at the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory. Contrary to previous reports, we find that the effective magnetic field, which is the average over the visible stellar disk of longitudinal components of the magnetic fields, is null within errors for both stars. We conclude that direct evidence of magnetic fields on the central stars of PNe is still missing-either the magnetic field is much weaker (<600 G) than previously reported, or more complex (thus leading to cancellations), or both. Certainly, indirect evidence (e.g., MASER emission) fully justify further efforts to point out the strength and morphology of such magnetic fields.

  9. Near-IR Imaging of the Young Planetary Nebula M1-91

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    Dimeo, A. J.; Trammell, S. R.

    1997-05-01

    We present J and K band near-infrared images of the young bipolar planetary nebula M1-91. The images were obtained using the GRIM II near-IR camera on the ARC 3.5 meter telescope at Apache Point Observatory. At optical wavelengths, M1-91 appears as two roughly, symmetric lobes of nebulosity with a bright central source located between the lobes. Further, the bipolar lobes contain knots or brightness enhancements that are point symmetric about the nucleus (Goodrich 1991). The morphology of M1-91 in the J band images is similar to that seen in optical. The nebula is obviously bipolar and the lobes contain point symmetric bright knots. On the other hand, the bright nucleus between the bipolar lobes dominates the K band images. The bright knots are still clearly visible at K, but the overall shape of the nebula is more amorphous. While the overall morphology of M1-91 changes as we look farther into the infrared, the knots of emission are plainly visible in both the optical and near-IR images. This suggest that these features may be formed by a different mechanism. At short wavelengths the bipolar lobes of M1-91 act as reflection nebulae, scattering light from the heavily obscured central regions into our line of sight and producing the overall bipolar appearance of the object. The bipolar lobes are highly polarized (P >20%) at optical wavelengths (Trammell 1994) supporting this idea. On the other hand, we propose that the bright knots seen in the lobes of M1-91 result from emission produced locally in the lobes, not via scattering. FLIER's have been seen in numerous planetary nebulae and may be related to collimated outflows in these objects (e.g. Balick et al. 1994). HST images of M1-92, a younger cousin of M1-91, reveal a jet in the bipolar lobes of this proto-planetary nebula (Trammell and Goodrich 1996). We suggest that the knots seen in the lobes of M1-91 result from the impact of a similar outflow with the bipolar lobes. We discuss several possible mechanisms

  10. Fourier transform spectroscopy for future planetary missions

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    Brasunas, John C.; Hewagama, Tilak; Kolasinski, John R.; Kostiuk, Theodor

    2015-11-01

    Thermal-emission infrared spectroscopy is a powerful tool for exploring the composition, temperature structure, and dynamics of planetary atmospheres; and the temperature of solid surfaces. A host of Fourier transform spectrometers (FTS) such as Mariner IRIS, Voyager IRIS, and Cassini CIRS from NASA Goddard have made and continue to make important new discoveries throughout the solar system.Future FTS instruments will have to be more sensitive (when we concentrate on the colder, outer reaches of the solar system), and less massive and less power-hungry as we cope with decreasing resource allotments for future planetary science instruments. With this in mind, NASA Goddard was funded via the Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Progrem (PIDDP) to develop CIRS-lite, a smaller version of the CIRS FTS for future planetary missions. Following the initial validation of CIRS-lite operation in the laboratory, we have been acquiring atmospheric data in the 8-12 micron window at the 1.2 m telescope at the Goddard Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory (GGAO) in Greenbelt, MD. Targets so far have included Earth's atmosphere (in emission, and in absorption against the moon), and Venus.We will present the roadmap for making CIRS-lite a viable candidate for future planetary missions.

  11. PLANETARY NEBULAE IN THE ELLIPTICAL GALAXY NGC 4649 (M 60): KINEMATICS AND DISTANCE REDETERMINATION

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    Teodorescu, A. M.; Mendez, R. H.; Bernardi, F.; Thomas, J.; Das, P.; Gerhard, O. E-mail: mendez@ifa.hawaii.edu

    2011-07-20

    Using a slitless spectroscopy method with (1) the 8.2 m Subaru telescope and its FOCAS Cassegrain spectrograph and (2) the ESO Very Large Telescope unit 1 (Antu) and its FORS2 Cassegrain spectrograph, we have detected 326 planetary nebulae (PNs) in the giant Virgo elliptical galaxy NGC 4649 (M 60) and measured their radial velocities. After rejecting some PNs more likely to belong to the companion galaxy NGC 4647, we have built a catalog with kinematic information for 298 PNs in M 60. Using these radial velocities, we have concluded that they support the presence of a dark matter halo around M 60. Based on an isotropic, two-component Hernquist model, we estimate the dark matter halo mass within 3R{sub e} to be 4 x 10{sup 11} M{sub sun}, which is almost one-half of the total mass of about 10{sup 12} M{sub sun} within 3R{sub e}. This total mass is similar to that estimated from globular cluster, XMM-Newton, and Chandra observations. The dark matter becomes dominant outside. More detailed dynamical modeling of the PN data is being published in a companion paper. We have also measured the m(5007) magnitudes of many of these PNs and built a statistically complete sample of 218 PNs. The resulting PN luminosity function (PNLF) was used to estimate a distance modulus of 30.7 {+-} 0.2 mag, equivalent to 14 {+-} 1 Mpc. This confirms an earlier PNLF distance measurement based on a much smaller sample. The PNLF distance modulus remains smaller than the surface brightness fluctuation distance modulus by 0.4 mag.

  12. Hubble Space Telescope observations of planetary nebulae in the magellanic clouds. 2: SMP 85, a young planetary

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    Dopita, Michael A.; Vassiliadis, Emanuel; Meatheringham, Stephen J.; Ford, Holland C.; Bohlin, Ralph; Wood, Peter R.; Stecher, Theodore P.; Maran, Stephen P.; Harrington, J. Patrick

    1994-01-01

    We have obtained Hubble Space Telescope Planetary Camera images in the (O III) lambda 5007 A emission line, and Faint Object Spectrograph (FOS) UV spectrophotometry of the low-excitation planetary nebula SMP 85 in the Large Magellanic Cloud. By combining these results with existing optical spectrophotometry, absolute flux measurements, and dynamical and density information, we have been able to construct a fully self-consistent nebular model. This proves that SMP 85 is a dense, young, carbon-rich object which started to be ionized about 500-1000 years ago, and which contains a substantial inner reservoir of atomic or molecular gas, probably in the form of many small cloudlets. These cloudlets have been ejected at a velocity not exceeding 6 km/s, a result which, together with the morphology is an important clue to mass loss during late asymptotic giant branch (AGB) evolution. We have directly detected the central star through its UV continuum emission, and from both Zanstra techniques and nebular modeling derive a stellar temperature of 46000 +/- 2000 K, a stellar luminosity of 7300 +/- 700 solar luminosity, and a core mass of 0.63-0.67 solar mass. The nebular analysis also demonstrates that there is severe depletion of the nebular gases onto dust grains, most likely of the calcium magnesium silicate variety; a surprising result in view of the carbon-rich nature of the ionized nebula.

  13. Spectrophotometric observations of a peculiar nitrogen-rich planetary nebula NGC 2440

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    Louise, R.

    1982-06-01

    By using the Boller and Chivens spectrograph with a moderate dispersion (59 A/mm) in the red spectral region, 65 spectra covering the whole surface of the planetary nebula NGC 2440 were obtained. Intensities of H-alpha, forbidden N II lines 6548-6584 A and forbidden S II lines 6717-6731 A are derived using the IDS system available at the ESO in La Silla (Chile). The nebula is known to be a nitrogen-rich nebula (Peimbert, 1978) surrounded by secondary structures (Minkowski, 1964). The unusual high value of the forbidden N II lines/H-alpha in the central core (approximately 3.0) is certainly due to the nitrogen overabundance occurring in that part of the nebula. Its variations from the center to the outer regions are interpreted as a consequence of small-scale ionization structure (Capriotti, Cromwell and Williams, 1971). The observations show clearly an outward increase of both forbidden N II lines/H-alpha and I(6717)/I(6713) ratios.

  14. A compact planetary nebula around the hot white dwarf EGB 6/PG 0950 + 139

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    Liebert, James; Green, Richard; Bond, Howard E.; Holberg, J. B.; Wesemael, F.

    1989-01-01

    The remarkable central star (0950 + 139), a very hot DA/DAO white dwarf, of the planetary nebula EGB 6 is described. Follow-up observations relevant to the analyses of both the nebula and the stellar photosphere are presented. Three kinds of scenarios are discussed to account for the existence of this peculiar nebula, but none appears very promising. The first consideration is that the nebula was ejected from the white dwarf as a discret event. This hypothesis is heavily constrained by the nebular size, density, and expansion rate; by the low luminosity and radius of the star; and by the absence of evidence for variation in density-sensitive forbidden lines from 1978 to 1987. No plausible mechanism can cause the observed amount of mass to be lost directly from a white dwarf in a steady or sporadic wind, at outflow velocities orders of magnitude below the escape velocity. Final consideration is given to the possibility that the gas is lost from a close companion star, but there is no evidence that this is a close binary system.

  15. A compact planetary nebula around the hot white dwarf EGB 6/PG 0950 + 139

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    Liebert, J.; Green, R.; Bond, H.E.; Holberg, J.B.; Wesemael, F. Mount Wilson and Las Campanas Observatories, Pasadena, CA Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, AZ Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD Arizona Univ., Tucson Montreal Universite, Montreal )

    1989-11-01

    The remarkable central star (0950 + 139), a very hot DA/DAO white dwarf, of the planetary nebula EGB 6 is described. Follow-up observations relevant to the analyses of both the nebula and the stellar photosphere are presented. Three kinds of scenarios are discussed to account for the existence of this peculiar nebula, but none appears very promising. The first consideration is that the nebula was ejected from the white dwarf as a discret event. This hypothesis is heavily constrained by the nebular size, density, and expansion rate; by the low luminosity and radius of the star; and by the absence of evidence for variation in density-sensitive forbidden lines from 1978 to 1987. No plausible mechanism can cause the observed amount of mass to be lost directly from a white dwarf in a steady or sporadic wind, at outflow velocities orders of magnitude below the escape velocity. Final consideration is given to the possibility that the gas is lost from a close companion star, but there is no evidence that this is a close binary system. 45 refs.

  16. New Galactic Planetary Nebulae and the role of Central Star Binarity

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    Miszalski, B.

    2009-09-01

    The Galactic population of planetary nebulae (PNe) offers great potential in improving our understanding of many astrophysical problems on both large and small scales. They are revealed out to large distances by their bright emission line spectra from which their radial velocities and chemical abundances can be measured. As members of the old stellar population, PNe are particularly abundant towards the Galactic bulge where their kinematics are a valuable, relatively unbiased tracer of the dynamics of the region. Chemical abundance variations may also be traced by PNe to place constraints on chemodynamical models of the Galaxy. On much smaller scales their central stars (CSPN) are a powerful window into the poorly understood late stages of binary stellar evolution. The capacity of PNe to perform these studies is critically dependent on the size of the population. The current Galactic population of PNe was substantially increased by the Macquarie/AAO/Strasbourg Halpha (MASH) PNe catalogue. A supplement to MASH, the MASH-II catalogue, is presented with more than 360 new Galactic PNe found after a thorough search of all 233 AAO/UKST SuperCOSMOS Halpha Survey fields in digital format. Novel, semi-automated data processing and multi-wavelength visualisation techniques are developed to maximise the sensitivity of the search. MASH-II PNe are notable for being either small, star-like PNe of relatively high surface brightness, or very large, extremely low surface brightness PNe. Over 90% of the catalogue is confirmed spectroscopically during extensive observing campaigns and the catalogue is available via the VizieR catalogue service at the Centre de Donn´ees Astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS). This thesis is based on the exploitation of the MASH and MASH-II PNe catalogues that have provided the largest and most representative sample of PNe towards the Galactic bulge. This offers a unique opportunity to contribute towards two different, largely unexplored research domains

  17. The planetary nebula IPHASXJ211420.0+434136 (Ou5): insights into common-envelope dynamical and chemical evolution

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    Corradi, R. L. M.; Rodríguez-Gil, P.; Jones, D.; García-Rojas, J.; Mampaso, A.; García-Alvarez, D.; Pursimo, T.; Eenmäe, T.; Liimets, T.; Miszalski, B.

    2014-07-01

    While analysing the images of the IPHAS (INT/WFC Photometric Hα Survey of the northern Galactic plane) survey, we noticed that the central star of the candidate planetary nebula IPHASXJ211420.0+434136 (also named Ou5) was clearly variable. This is generally considered as an indication of binarity. To confirm it, we performed a photometric monitoring of the central star, and obtained images and spectra of the nebula. The nebular spectrum confirms that IPHASXJ211420.0+434136 is a planetary nebula of moderately high excitation. It has a remarkable morphology with two nested pairs of bipolar lobes and other unusual features. The light curve of the central star reveals that it is an eclipsing binary system with an orbital period of 8.74 h. It also displays a strong irradiation effect with an amplitude of 1.5 mag. The presence of multiple bipolar outflows adds constraints to the formation of these nebulae, suggesting the occurrence of discrete ejection events during, or immediately before, the common-envelope phase. IPHASXJ211420.0+434136 also adds evidence to the hypothesis that a significant fraction of planetary nebulae with close binary central stars have a peculiar nebular chemistry and a relatively low nebular mass. This may point to low-mass, low-metallicity progenitors, with additional effects related to the binary evolution. We also suggest that these objects may be relevant to understand the abundance discrepancy problem in planetary nebulae.

  18. The Herschel Planetary Nebula Survey (HerPlaNS). I. Data overview and analysis demonstration with NGC 6781

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    Ueta, T.; Ladjal, D.; Exter, K. M.; Otsuka, M.; Szczerba, R.; Siódmiak, N.; Aleman, I.; van Hoof, P. A. M.; Kastner, J. H.; Montez, R.; McDonald, I.; Wittkowski, M.; Sandin, C.; Ramstedt, S.; De Marco, O.; Villaver, E.; Chu, Y.-H.; Vlemmings, W.; Izumiura, H.; Sahai, R.; Lopez, J. A.; Balick, B.; Zijlstra, A.; Tielens, A. G. G. M.; Rattray, R. E.; Behar, E.; Blackman, E. G.; Hebden, K.; Hora, J. L.; Murakawa, K.; Nordhaus, J.; Nordon, R.; Yamamura, I.

    2014-05-01

    Context. This is the first of a series of investigations into far-IR characteristics of 11 planetary nebulae (PNe) under the Herschel Space Observatory open time 1 program, Herschel Planetary Nebula Survey (HerPlaNS). Aims: Using the HerPlaNS data set, we look into the PN energetics and variations of the physical conditions within the target nebulae. In the present work, we provide an overview of the survey, data acquisition and processing, and resulting data products. Methods: We performed (1) PACS/SPIRE broadband imaging to determine the spatial distribution of the cold dust component in the target PNe and (2) PACS/SPIRE spectral-energy-distribution and line spectroscopy to determine the spatial distribution of the gas component in the target PNe. Results: For the case of NGC 6781, the broadband maps confirm the nearly pole-on barrel structure of the amorphous carbon-rich dust shell and the surrounding halo having temperatures of 26-40 K. The PACS/SPIRE multiposition spectra show spatial variations of far-IR lines that reflect the physical stratification of the nebula. We demonstrate that spatially resolved far-IR line diagnostics yield the (Te, ne) profiles, from which distributions of ionized, atomic, and molecular gases can be determined. Direct comparison of the dust and gas column mass maps constrained by the HerPlaNS data allows to construct an empirical gas-to-dust mass ratio map, which shows a range of ratios with the median of 195 ± 110. The present analysis yields estimates of the total mass of the shell to be 0.86 M⊙, consisting of 0.54 M⊙ of ionized gas, 0.12 M⊙ of atomic gas, 0.2 M⊙ of molecular gas, and 4 × 10-3 M⊙ of dust grains. These estimates also suggest that the central star of about 1.5 M⊙ initial mass is terminating its PN evolution onto the white dwarf cooling track. Conclusions: The HerPlaNS data provide various diagnostics for both the dust and gas components in a spatially resolved manner. In the forthcoming papers of the

  19. Observations of the Bowen fluorescence mechanism and charge transfer in planetary nebulae. II

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    Liu, Xiao-Wei; Danziger, John; Murdin, Paul

    1993-06-01

    The study compares measurements of O(2+) Bowen fluorescence and charge transfer lines in nine planetary nebulae with theoretical predictions, taking into account contributions from the Bowen fluorescence mechanism, the charge transfer reaction between O(3+) and H(0), and radiative and dielectronic recombination. In general, good agreement is found. It is shown that excitation by absorption of the stellar continuum UV radiation is negligible for these lines. There is a good positive correlation between the strength of the charge transfer reaction and the degree of excitation of the nebulae. The relative charge transfer rate coefficients into singlet and triplet levels of O(2+), k(2p3p3DJ)/k(2p3p1P)(J = 1, 2, 3), are derived and on average are equal to 1.2, independent of the statistical weight 2J + 1 of the fine-structure level.

  20. Further observations of the planetary nebula in the globular cluster M22

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    Cudworth, K.M. )

    1990-06-01

    The proper motion of the central star of the newly-discovered planetary nebula in the globular cluster M22 strongly confirms cluster membership, in agreement with radial-velocity data from the discovery group. An accurate optical position of the central star differs by a few arcseconds from the IR source position derived by the discoverers. Photographic photometry of the star on plates spanning nearly a century shows that the star has probably brightened by about 0.2 mag since 1900, but there is no evidence of variations on shorter timescales. Dust within the nebula is probably responsible for the excess reddening of the background red companion to the central star. 12 refs.

  1. Kinematic and chemical study of planetary nebulae and H II regions in NGC 3109

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    Flores-Durán, S. N.; Peña, M.; Ruiz, M. T.

    2017-05-01

    Aims: We present high-resolution spectroscopy of a number of planetary nebulae (PNe) and H ii regions distributed along the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 3109 and compare their kinematical behavior with that of H i data. We aim to determine if there is a kinematical connection among these objects. We also aim to determine the chemical composition of some PNe and H ii regions in this galaxy and discuss it in comparison with stellar evolution models. Methods: Data for eight PNe and one H ii region were obtained with the high-resolution spectrograph Magellan Inamori Kyocera Echelle (MIKE) at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. Data for three PNe, six compact H ii regions, and nine knots or clumps in extended H ii regions were obtained with the high-resolution spectrograph Manchester Echelle Spectrometer (MES) attached to the 2.1m telescope at the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, SPM, B.C., Mexico. An additional object was obtained from The SPM Catalogue of Extragalactic Planetary Nebulae. Thus, in total we have high-quality data for nine of the 20 PNe detected in this galaxy, and many H ii regions. In the wavelength calibrated spectra, the heliocentric radial velocities were measured with a precision better than 7.8 km s-1. Data for blue supergiant stars were collected from the literature to be included in the analysis. The heliocentric radial velocities of the different objects were compared to the velocities of the H i disk at the same position. Physical conditions and ionic abundances of PNe and H ii regions were obtained from the emission lines, and we used recent ionization correction factors to derive the total chemical abundances. Results: From the analysis of radial velocities we found that H ii regions in NGC 3109 share the kinematics of the H i disk at the same projected position with very low dispersion in velocities. Blue supergiant stars and PNe rotate in the same direction as the H i disk but these objects have much larger dispersion; this larger dispersion

  2. SOFIA/FORCAST Spectroscopy of NGC 7009, the Saturn Nebula

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    Sankrit, Ravi; Leal-Ferreira, Marcelo L.; Aleman, Isabel; Colgan, Sean W. J.; Simpson, Janet P.; Tielens, Xander; Tsamis, Yiannis G.

    2016-01-01

    We present spatially resolved mid-IR spectra of the well-studied Planetary Nebula (PN) NGC 7009 obtained with the FORCAST instrument on board the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). NGC 7009 has a relatively high "abundance discrepancy factor" - the heavy element abundances derived from optical recombination lines (ORLs) are higher by a factor of about 5 than abundances derived from collisionally excited lines (CELs). One hypothesis to resolve this discrepancy is that two kinds of regions with distinct properties are responsible for the abundance measurements from ORLs and CELs. Lines from [OIV], [SIII], [SIV] and [ArIII] are detected in the FORCAST spectra, which cover the wavelength ranges 8.7--13.9 and 17.7--27.6 microns with moderate spectral resolution (R~100). We explore the abundance variations with radial distance from the center of the nebula and their possible correlations with the abundance discrepancy factor.Starting with our observations and results on NGC 7009 as an example, we present a survey of the capabilities of SOFIA, and describe its potential in the field of infra-red studies of Galactic PNe.

  3. A Search for Gas-Phase Zirconium in s-process Enriched Planetary Nebulae

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    Dinerstein, Harriet L.; Lacy, J. H.; Sellgren, K.; Sterling, N. C.

    2006-12-01

    We report results from a search for the ground-state fine-structure line of triply ionized zirconium (Zr) near 8 microns, for several planetary nebulae known to have enhanced abundances of other light neutron-capture elements. The observations were made with the high spectral resolution mid-IR spectrometer TEXES (Lacy et al. 2002, PASP, 114, 153) on the IRTF. Zr, atomic number Z = 40, is part of the “light s-process” peak of nuclei which are synthesized in the region between the H and He-burning shells within AGB stars and mixed into the stellar envelope by dredge-up processes before expulsion of a planetary nebula. The targets included objects for which we have demonstrated that Ge (Z = 32) is enhanced by up to a factor of 5 (Sterling et al. 2005, ApJ, 625, 368), and Kr (Z = 36) is enhanced by factors of up to 10 (Sterling et al. 2006, submitted; Sterling & Dinerstein, in preparation). According to both evolutionary models and observations of Galactic S-type stars, Zr can be even more highly enriched than Ge or Kr, with enrichment factors of up to 20 30 (Busso et al. 2001, ApJ, 557, 802; Vanture & Wallerstein 2002, ApJ, 564, 397). If Zr is present primarily in gaseous form in these planetary nebulae, our failure to detect the mid-IR Zr line sets constraints on a combination of the initial mass of the progenitor stars and the details of the s-process and convective mixing. An alternate interpretation is that much of the Zr, a highly refractory element, is locked up in dust grains that formed in the AGB star’s atmosphere before or during envelope ejection. This research was supported by NSF grants AST 97-31156 and 04-06809.

  4. Nebular and auroral emission lines of [Cl III] in the optical spectra of planetary nebulae.

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    Keenan, F P; Aller, L H; Ramsbottom, C A; Bell, K L; Crawford, F L; Hyung, S

    2000-04-25

    Electron impact excitation rates in Cl III, recently determined with the R-matrix code, are used to calculate electron temperature (T(e)) and density (N(e)) emission line ratios involving both the nebular (5517.7, 5537.9 A) and auroral (8433.9, 8480.9, 8500.0 A) transitions. A comparison of these results with observational data for a sample of planetary nebulae, obtained with the Hamilton Echelle Spectrograph on the 3-m Shane Telescope, reveals that the R(1) = I(5518 A)/I(5538 A) intensity ratio provides estimates of N(e) in excellent agreement with the values derived from other line ratios in the echelle spectra. This agreement indicates that R(1) is a reliable density diagnostic for planetary nebulae, and it also provides observational support for the accuracy of the atomic data adopted in the line ratio calculations. However the [Cl iii] 8433.9 A line is found to be frequently blended with a weak telluric emission feature, although in those instances when the [Cl iii] intensity may be reliably measured, it provides accurate determinations of T(e) when ratioed against the sum of the 5518 and 5538 A line fluxes. Similarly, the 8500.0 A line, previously believed to be free of contamination by the Earth's atmosphere, is also shown to be generally blended with a weak telluric emission feature. The [Cl iii] transition at 8480.9 A is found to be blended with the He i 8480.7 A line, except in planetary nebulae that show a relatively weak He i spectrum, where it also provides reliable estimates of T(e) when ratioed against the nebular lines. Finally, the diagnostic potential of the near-UV [Cl iii] lines at 3344 and 3354 A is briefly discussed.

  5. Nebular and auroral emission lines of [Cl iii] in the optical spectra of planetary nebulae

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    Keenan, Francis P.; Aller, Lawrence H.; Ramsbottom, Catherine A.; Bell, Kenneth L.; Crawford, Fergal L.; Hyung, Siek

    2000-01-01

    Electron impact excitation rates in Cl III, recently determined with the R-matrix code, are used to calculate electron temperature (Te) and density (Ne) emission line ratios involving both the nebular (5517.7, 5537.9 Å) and auroral (8433.9, 8480.9, 8500.0 Å) transitions. A comparison of these results with observational data for a sample of planetary nebulae, obtained with the Hamilton Echelle Spectrograph on the 3-m Shane Telescope, reveals that the R1 = I(5518 Å)/I(5538 Å) intensity ratio provides estimates of Ne in excellent agreement with the values derived from other line ratios in the echelle spectra. This agreement indicates that R1 is a reliable density diagnostic for planetary nebulae, and it also provides observational support for the accuracy of the atomic data adopted in the line ratio calculations. However the [Cl iii] 8433.9 Å line is found to be frequently blended with a weak telluric emission feature, although in those instances when the [Cl iii] intensity may be reliably measured, it provides accurate determinations of Te when ratioed against the sum of the 5518 and 5538 Å line fluxes. Similarly, the 8500.0 Å line, previously believed to be free of contamination by the Earth's atmosphere, is also shown to be generally blended with a weak telluric emission feature. The [Cl iii] transition at 8480.9 Å is found to be blended with the He i 8480.7 Å line, except in planetary nebulae that show a relatively weak He i spectrum, where it also provides reliable estimates of Te when ratioed against the nebular lines. Finally, the diagnostic potential of the near-UV [Cl iii] lines at 3344 and 3354 Å is briefly discussed. PMID:10759562

  6. High Sensitivity Planetary Composition Measurements Using Integrating Cavity Enhanced Spectroscopy

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    Moore, T. Z.; Retherford, K. D.; Davis, M. W.; Raut, U.; Mandt, K. E.; Mason, J. D.; Yakovlev, V. V.

    2016-10-01

    The desire to understand planetary atmospheres, terrestrial chemistry, or search for potential biological markers often involves optical spectroscopy. We present a new approach to planetary instrumentation based on a novel integrating cavity.

  7. The stellar seismology of hot white dwarfs and planetary nebula nuclei

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    Kawaler, Steven D.

    1987-01-01

    The pulsation properties of hot white dwarfs make it possible to determine their mass, surface composition, rotation, and rate of evolution, and provide constraints on their internal structure. Period spacings are sensitive measures of stellar mass and indicate surface layer structure. Measurement of the rate of period change for these stars provide a way to determine their cooling rates. Attention is also given to how well (or poorly) models of excitation of the pulsations fit within current models of planetary nebula nuclei and hot white dwarfs.

  8. A survey for hot central stars of planetary nebulae - I. Methods and first results

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    Kanarek, Graham C.; Shara, Michael M.; Faherty, Jacqueline K.; Zurek, David; Moffat, Anthony F. J.

    2017-02-01

    We present the results of initial spectrographic followup with the Very Large Telescope (UT3, Melipal) for Ks ≥ 14 Galactic plane C IV emission-line candidates in the near-infrared (NIR). These seven faint stars all display prominent He I and/or C IV emission lines characteristic of a carbon-rich Wolf-Rayet star. They have NIR colours which are much too blue to be those of distant, classical WR stars. The magnitudes and colours are compatible with those expected for central stars of planetary nebulae, and are likely to come from massive progenitor populations. Our survey has identified thousands of such candidates.

  9. Formation and X-ray emission from hot bubbles in planetary nebulae

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    Toala, J.; Arthur, S. J.

    2014-04-01

    We present 2D radiative-hydrodynamic simulations of the X-ray emission from hot bubbles in planetary nebulae (PNe). We particularly explore the effects of hydrodynamical mixing at the interface between the hot bubble and the cold nebular envelope, and its interplay with thermal conduction in the production of soft X-ray emission. The additional physical processes incorporated in our simulations add fine details to the inner nebular envelope in contact with the hot bubble, having implications on the PN optical morphology which are dependent on the initial stellar mass of the model.

  10. Detection of the Carbon Monoxide Ion (CO+) in the Interstellar Medium and a Planetary Nebula

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    Latter, William B.; Walker, Christopher K.; Maloney, Philip R.

    1993-01-01

    We report detection of the carbon monoxide ion (CO+) in the interstellar medium (Ml7SW) and a planetary nebula (NGC 7027). These detections are based on observations of three millimeter and submillimeter transitions in M17SW and one in NGC 7027. Chemical models suggest that CO+ should be most abundant where complex molecules are least likely to be present. In our search for CO+ we therefore minimized the chance of confusion while maximizing the probability of detection by observing regions whose chemistry is dominated by the effects of ultraviolet radiation.

  11. Radiation-driven winds of hot stars. V - Wind models for central stars of planetary nebulae

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    Pauldrach, A.; Puls, J.; Kudritzki, R. P.; Mendez, R. H.; Heap, S. R.

    1988-01-01

    Wind models using the recent improvements of radiation driven wind theory by Pauldrach et al. (1986) and Pauldrach (1987) are presented for central stars of planetary nebulae. The models are computed along evolutionary tracks evolving with different stellar mass from the Asymptotic Giant Branch. We show that the calculated terminal wind velocities are in agreement with the observations and allow in principle an independent determination of stellar masses and radii. The computed mass-loss rates are in qualitative agreement with the occurrence of spectroscopic stellar wind features as a function of stellar effective temperature and gravity.

  12. A 21 micron emission feature in four proto-planetary nebulae

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    Kwok, Sun; Volk, Kevin M.; Hrivnak, Bruce J.

    1989-01-01

    The discovery of an unidentified emission feature at 21 microns in the LRS spectra of four IRAS sources is reported. These objects all show large FIR excesses due to a circumstellar dust envelope surrounding a carbon-rich central star and are likely to be in the evolutionary phase between the asymptotic giant branch and planetary nebula stages. The strength of the feature and the carbon richness of the objects suggest that this feature is due to the bending mode of a transient carbon-bearing molecule.

  13. Planetary nebulae; Proceedings of the Symposium, University College, London, England, August 9-13, 1982

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    Flower, D. R.

    Reviews of recent observational and theoretical studies of planetary nebulae (PN) are presented. The areas covered include observations of PN, physical processes in PN, chemical abundances in PN, the origin of PN, central stars of PN, and PN in a galactic and extragalactic context. Numerous individual investigations are reported in abstract form, and a complete index of the galactic and extragalactic objects, galaxies, Seyfert galaxies, and related objects mentioned in the reviews and abstracts or shown in the figures and diagrams is provided. Important points from the Symposium discussion are summarized for each contribution. For individual items see A83-49127 to A83-49159

  14. Radiation-driven winds of hot stars. V - Wind models for central stars of planetary nebulae

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    Pauldrach, A.; Puls, J.; Kudritzki, R. P.; Mendez, R. H.; Heap, S. R.

    1988-01-01

    Wind models using the recent improvements of radiation driven wind theory by Pauldrach et al. (1986) and Pauldrach (1987) are presented for central stars of planetary nebulae. The models are computed along evolutionary tracks evolving with different stellar mass from the Asymptotic Giant Branch. We show that the calculated terminal wind velocities are in agreement with the observations and allow in principle an independent determination of stellar masses and radii. The computed mass-loss rates are in qualitative agreement with the occurrence of spectroscopic stellar wind features as a function of stellar effective temperature and gravity.

  15. The high-velocity outflow in the proto-planetary nebula Hen 3-1475

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    Riera, A.; García-Lario, P.; Manchado, A.; Bobrowsky, M.; Estalella, R.

    2003-04-01

    The proto-planetary nebula Hen 3-1475 shows a remarkable highly collimated optical jet with an S-shaped string of three pairs of knots and extremely high velocities. We present here a detailed analysis of the overall morphology, kinematic structure and the excitation conditions of these knots based on deep ground-based high dispersion spectroscopy complemented with high spatial resolution spectroscopy obtained with STIS onboard HST, and WFPC2 [N II] images. The spectra obtained show double-peaked, extremely wide emission line profiles, and a decrease of the radial velocities with distance to the source in a step-like fashion. We find that the emission line ratios observed in the intermediate knots are consistent with a spectrum arising from the recombination region of a shock wave with shock velocities ranging from 100 to 150 km s-1. We propose that the ejection velocity is varying as a function of time with a quasi-periodic variability (with timescale of the order of 100 years) and the direction of ejection is also varying with a precession period of the order of 1500 years. Some slowing down with distance along the axis of the Hen 3-1475 jet may be due to the entrainment process and/or to the enviromental drag. This scenario is supported by geometric and kinematic evidence: firstly, the decrease of the radial velocities along the Hen 3-1475 jet in a step like fashion; secondly, the kinematic structure observed in the knots; thirdly, the point-symmetric morphology together with the high proper motions shown by several knots; and finally the fact that the shock velocity predicted from the observed spectra of the shocked knots is much slower than the velocities at which these knots move outwards with respect to the central source. Based on observations made during service time with the 2.5 m Isaac Newton Telescope operated on La Palma by the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofísica de

  16. The planetary nebulae population in the central regions of M32: the SAURON view

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    Sarzi, Marc; Mamon, Gary A.; Cappellari, Michele; Emsellem, Eric; Bacon, Roland; Davies, Roger L.; de Zeeuw, P. Tim

    2011-08-01

    Extragalactic planetary nebulae (PNe) are not only useful as distance signposts or as tracers of the dark matter content of their host galaxies, but constitute also good indicators of the main properties of their parent stellar populations. Yet, so far, the properties of PNe in the optical regions of galaxies where stellar population gradients can be more extreme have remained largely unexplored, mainly because the detection of PNe with narrow-band imaging or slitless spectroscopy is considerably hampered by the presence of a strong stellar background. Integral field spectroscopy (IFS) can overcome this limitation, and here we present a study of the PN population in the nearby compact elliptical M32. Using SAURON data taken with just two 10-min-long pointings we have doubled the number of known PNe within the effective radius of M32, detecting PNe five times fainter than previously found in narrow-band images that collected nearly the same number of photons. We have carefully assessed the incompleteness limit of our survey, and accounting for it across the entire range of luminosity values spanned by our detected PNe, we could conclude despite having at our disposal only 15 sources that the central PNe population of M32 is consistent with the generally adopted shape for the PNe Luminosity Function and its typical normalization observed in early-type galaxies. Furthermore, owing to the proximity of M32 and to ultraviolet images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, we could identify the most likely candidates for the central star of a subset of our detected PNe and conclude that these stars are affected by substantial amounts of circumstellar dust extinction, a finding that could reconcile the intriguing discrepancy previously reported in M32 between the model predictions and the observations for the later stages of stellar evolution. Considering the modest time investment on a 4-m-class telescope that delivered these results, this study illustrates the potential

  17. PHR 1315-6555: a bipolar planetary nebula in the compact Hyades-age open cluster ESO 96-SC04

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    Parker, Quentin A.; Frew, David J.; Miszalski, Brent; Kovacevic, Anna V.; Frinchaboy, Peter M.; Dobbie, Paul D.; Köppen, Joachim

    2011-05-01

    We present a detailed study of a bipolar, possible Type I planetary nebula (PN), PHR 1315-6555 (PN G305.3-03.1), which was discovered as part of the Macquarie/AAO/Strasbourg Hα planetary nebula project (MASH), and that we considered at the time was an excellent candidate for membership of the distant, compact, intermediate-age open cluster, ESO 96-SC04. The strong evidence for this association is presented here, making this the only known example of a PN physically associated with a Galactic open cluster. Cluster membership is extremely important as it allows for very precise estimates of the fundamental properties of the PN as the cluster is at a known distance. The PN was discovered by one of us (QAP) during systematic MASH searches for new Galactic PNe of the AAO United Kingdom Schmidt Telescope (UKST) Hα survey and had been missed in earlier broad-band surveys, including specific CCD studies of the host cluster. We present original discovery images and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) 4-m MOSAIC-II camera follow-up narrow-band images that reveal its bipolar morphology. We also present (i) low-resolution optical spectra that spectroscopically confirm the PN, (ii) accurate radial velocities of PN and cluster stars from high-resolution spectroscopy which show they are consistent and (iii) a reliable, independent distance estimate to the PN using a robust PN distance indicator which agrees with the published cluster distance to within the errors. We also provide preliminary estimates of basic PN properties and abundance estimates from deeper spectra that show it to be of possible Type I chemistry. This is also consistent with its estimated turn-off mass. Taken together, these findings present a powerful case for clear physical association between the PN and host cluster. Results for this association will be of considerable interest to specialists across differing astrophysical disciplines, including PNe, white dwarfs and open clusters.

  18. STARING INTO THE WINDS OF DESTRUCTION: HST/NICMOS IMAGES OF THE PLANETARY NEBULA NGC 7027

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    2002-01-01

    The Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) has captured a glimpse of a brief stage in the burnout of NGC 7027, a medium-mass star like our sun. The infrared image (on the left) shows a young planetary nebula in a state of rapid transition. This image alone reveals important new information. When astronomers combine this photo with an earlier image taken in visible light, they have a more complete picture of the final stages of star life. NGC 7027 is going through spectacular death throes as it evolves into what astronomers call a 'planetary nebula.' The term planetary nebula came about not because of any real association with planets, but because in early telescopes these objects resembled the disks of planets. A star can become a planetary nebula after it depletes its nuclear fuel - hydrogen and helium - and begins puffing away layers of material. The material settles into a wind of gas and dust blowing away from the dying star. This NICMOS image captures the young planetary nebula in the middle of a very short evolutionary phase, lasting perhaps less than 1,000 years. During this phase, intense ultraviolet radiation from the central star lights up a region of gas surrounding it. (This gas is glowing brightly because it has been made very hot by the star's intense ultraviolet radiation.) Encircling this hot gas is a cloud of dust and cool molecular hydrogen gas that can only be seen by an infrared camera. The molecular gas is being destroyed by ultraviolet light from the central star. THE INFRARED VIEW -- The composite color image of NGC 7027 (on the left) is among the first data of a planetary nebula taken with NICMOS. This picture is actually composed of three separate images taken at different wavelengths. The red color represents cool molecular hydrogen gas, the most abundant gas in the universe. The image reveals the central star, which is difficult to see in images taken with visible light. Surrounding it is an

  19. STARING INTO THE WINDS OF DESTRUCTION: HST/NICMOS IMAGES OF THE PLANETARY NEBULA NGC 7027

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    2002-01-01

    The Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) has captured a glimpse of a brief stage in the burnout of NGC 7027, a medium-mass star like our sun. The infrared image (on the left) shows a young planetary nebula in a state of rapid transition. This image alone reveals important new information. When astronomers combine this photo with an earlier image taken in visible light, they have a more complete picture of the final stages of star life. NGC 7027 is going through spectacular death throes as it evolves into what astronomers call a 'planetary nebula.' The term planetary nebula came about not because of any real association with planets, but because in early telescopes these objects resembled the disks of planets. A star can become a planetary nebula after it depletes its nuclear fuel - hydrogen and helium - and begins puffing away layers of material. The material settles into a wind of gas and dust blowing away from the dying star. This NICMOS image captures the young planetary nebula in the middle of a very short evolutionary phase, lasting perhaps less than 1,000 years. During this phase, intense ultraviolet radiation from the central star lights up a region of gas surrounding it. (This gas is glowing brightly because it has been made very hot by the star's intense ultraviolet radiation.) Encircling this hot gas is a cloud of dust and cool molecular hydrogen gas that can only be seen by an infrared camera. The molecular gas is being destroyed by ultraviolet light from the central star. THE INFRARED VIEW -- The composite color image of NGC 7027 (on the left) is among the first data of a planetary nebula taken with NICMOS. This picture is actually composed of three separate images taken at different wavelengths. The red color represents cool molecular hydrogen gas, the most abundant gas in the universe. The image reveals the central star, which is difficult to see in images taken with visible light. Surrounding it is an

  20. On the terminal velocities of winds in central stars of planetary nebulae

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    Heap, Sara R.

    1986-01-01

    The theory of radiatively driven stellar winds is applied to the central stars of planetary nebulae, and the predicted relation between escape velocity and terminal velocity of the wind is assessed. Ultraviolet spectra obtained with IUE indicate that the terminal velocities of winds from planetary nuclei, which range from 600 to 3600 km/sec, are strongly correlated with stellar temperature. The theory of radiative winds predicts that the terminal velocity of the wind = T(1.2), the constant of proportionality being a function of stellar mass and line-force parameter, alpha. Given a mass of 0.60 solar mass for central stars with winds, the line-force parameter alpha = 0.70, a value higher than Abbott's predictions, alpha = 0.61 (1982).

  1. The Carbon Abundance in High-Excitation Planetary Nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds

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    Maran, Stephen P.

    We propose to determine the carbon abundance in planetary nebulae (PN) in the Magellanic Clouds. This information is needed as it must reflect the degree to which processed material in the progenitor stars is mixed into the envelopes ejected to form the PN. The PN for this study are selected for high excitation, very low or undetectable reddening, and availability of calibrated visible emission line fluxes. Precise positions are available and photoionization models exist or are being prepared from the ground-based data. Since the UV carbon lines have a major role in the thermal balance of the nebulae, models can be revised to yield improved accuracy in the 0 and N abundances as well as giving the carbon abundance. Scaling from galactic PN observed with IUE indicates that a useful spectrum may be obtained in a single U.S. I shift with the low dispersion, short wavelength spectrograph. PN are major contributors of metals to the ISM of the Clouds and it is known that H II regions in the clouds are C,N,O deficient; it is important to compare abundances in the two kinds of nebulae. The He abundance should also be found from this work.

  2. Large planetary nebulae and their significance to the late stages of stellar evolution

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    Kaler, James B.; Shaw, Richard A.; Kwitter, Karen B.

    1990-01-01

    Spectrophotometry of 75 large PNe with Shklovsky radii greater than 0.15 pc is presented and used to calculate nebular parameters and compositions, stellar Zanstra temperatures and luminosities, and core masses. Nine new Peimbert type I nebulae are identified. About 40 percent of the stars that are on cooling tracks are above 0.7 solar mass, and over 15 percent are above 0.8 solar mass. The large planetaries demonstrate a clear positive correlation between nitrogen enrichment and core mass. N/O is anticorrelated with O/H. The radii of the nebulae whose stars lie along specific cooling tracks increase monotonically with decreasing central star temperature. For a given central temperature, the nebular radii also increase with increasing core mass, showing that in this part of the log L-log T plane the higher mass cores evolve more slowly in agreement with theoretical prediction. However, theoretical evolutionary rates for the large nebulae stars appear to be much too slow.

  3. DISCOVERY OF COLLIMATED BIPOLAR OUTFLOWS IN THE PLANETARY NEBULA TH 2-A

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    Danehkar, A.

    2015-12-10

    We present a comprehensive set of spatially resolved, integral field spectroscopic mapping of the Wolf–Rayet planetary nebula Th 2-A, obtained using the Wide Field Spectrograph on the Australian National University 2.3-m telescope. Velocity-resolved Hα channel maps with a resolution of 20 km s{sup −1} allow us to identify different kinematic components within the nebula. This information is used to develop a three-dimensional morpho-kinematic model of the nebula using the interactive kinematic modeling tool shape. These results suggest that Th 2-A has a thick toroidal shell with an expansion velocity of 40 ± 10 km s{sup −1}, and a thin prolate ellipsoid with collimated bipolar outflows toward its axis reaching velocities in the range of 70–110 km s{sup −1}, with respect to the central star. The relationship between its morpho-kinematic structure and peculiar [WO]-type stellar characteristics deserves further investigation.

  4. A DETAILED SPATIOKINEMATIC MODEL OF THE CONICAL OUTFLOW OF THE MULTIPOLAR PLANETARY NEBULA NGC 7026

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    Clark, D. M.; Lopez, J. A.; Steffen, W.; Richer, M. G.

    2013-03-15

    We present extensive, long-slit, high-resolution coverage of the complex planetary nebula (PN) NGC 7026. We acquired 10 spectra using the Manchester Echelle Spectrometer at San Pedro Martir Observatory in Baja California, Mexico, and each shows exquisite detail, revealing the intricate structure of this object. Incorporating these spectra into the three-dimensional visualization and kinematic program SHAPE and using Hubble Space Telescope images of NGC 7026, we have produced a detailed structural and kinematic model of this PN. NGC 7026 exhibits remarkable symmetry consisting of three lobe pairs and four sets of knots, all symmetrical about the nucleus and displaying a conical outflow. Comparing the three-dimensional structure of this nebula to recent XMM-Newton X-ray observations, we investigate the extended X-ray emission in relation to the nebular structure. We find that the X-ray emission, while confined to the closed, northern lobes of this PN, shows an abrupt termination in the middle of the southeast lobe, which our long slit data show to be open. This is where the shocked fast wind seems to be escaping the interior of the nebula and the X-ray emission rapidly cools in this region.

  5. Photoionized gaseous nebulae and magnetized stellar winds: The evolution and shaping of H II regions and planetary nebulae

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    Franco, José; García-Segura, Guillermo; Kurtz, Stan E.; López, José A.

    2001-05-01

    The early evolution of hydrogen+ (H II) regions is controlled by the properties of the star-forming cloud cores. The observed density distributions in some young H II regions indicate that the power-law stratifications can be steeper than r-2. Ionization fronts can overrun these gradients and the ionized outflows are strongly accelerated along these steep density distributions. Thus, photoionized regions can either reach pressure equilibrium inside the inner parts of the high-pressure cores [with sizes and densities similar to those observed in ultra compact (UC) H II regions], or create bright H II regions with extended emission. The density inhomogeneities engulfed within the ionization fronts create corrugations in the front, which in turn drive instabilities in the ionization-shock (I-S) front. These instabilities grow on short time scales and lead to the fragmentation of the dense shells generated by the shock fronts. Thus, new clumps are continuously created from the fragmented shell, and the resulting finger-like structures can explain the existence of elephant trunks and cometary-like globules in most H II regions. In the case of planetary nebulae (PNe), wind asymmetries and magnetic fields from rotating stars, along with precession of the rotation axis, can create the wide range of observed PNe morphologies and collimated outflows (jets). Magnetic collimation and jet formation in PNe become very efficient after the flow has passed through the reverse shock of the PN.

  6. 2-D Spectroscopic Observations of O II Recombination Lines in the Planetary Nebula NGC 7009

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    Hwang, Sehyun; Dinerstein, H.; Hill, G.; MacQueen, P.; Adams, J.; Blanc, G.

    2007-12-01

    We present preliminary results from 2-D spatially-resolved spectroscopic observations of the planetary nebula NGC 7009, obtained in September 2007 on the McDonald Observatory 2.7m telescope utilizing the integral field unit (IFU) VIRUS-P (Visible Integral-field Replicable Unit Spectrograph-Prototype; Hill et al., 2006, New Astronomy Reviews, 50, 378). The instrument delivers simultaneous spectra in 247 fibers over the wavelength range 3550-5850Å at a spectral resolving power of 1000 at 5000Å. By taking three spatially dithered integrations, fully-sampled maps can be obtained for a region of 112"×112" with an angular resolution of 4.1". These observations are part of an observing program to investigate the enigma of the optical recombination lines (ORLs) such as those of O II, that appear to indicate higher oxygen abundances than the collisionally excited lines (CELs) from the same ion, in some planetary nebulae. In order to resolve this abundance discrepancy, Liu et al. (2000, MNRAS, 312, 585) proposed a dual-abundance model, which postulates that the nebulae which display this behavior contain cold, metal-rich, H-deficient inclusions where the ORLs are produced, embedded in hotter material of more normal composition from which the CELs arise. This model can provide a good fit to the integrated-light spectra, but the cold, metal-rich inclusions have yet to be spatially resolved or isolated. We have obtained fully-sampled maps of several planetary nebulae that display this anomaly, in an effort to find evidence for localized variations in the strengths of the ORLs relative to the CELs that would be expected if the cold, metal-rich gas is concentrated in spatially distinct clumps. In this poster we will present results from our observations to date, in particular from a recent VIRUS-P observing set of NGC 7009. [This research was supported by NSF grants AST-0408609/-0708245 to H.L.D., and VIRUS-P has been by the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation.

  7. The double-degenerate, super-Chandrasekhar nucleus of the planetary nebula Henize 2-428.

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    Santander-García, M; Rodríguez-Gil, P; Corradi, R L M; Jones, D; Miszalski, B; Boffin, H M J; Rubio-Díez, M M; Kotze, M M

    2015-03-05

    The planetary nebula stage is the ultimate fate of stars with masses one to eight times that of the Sun (M(⊙)). The origin of their complex morphologies is poorly understood, although several mechanisms involving binary interaction have been proposed. In close binary systems, the orbital separation is short enough for the primary star to overfill its Roche lobe as the star expands during the asymptotic giant branch phase. The excess gas eventually forms a common envelope surrounding both stars. Drag forces then result in the envelope being ejected into a bipolar planetary nebula whose equator is coincident with the orbital plane of the system. Systems in which both stars have ejected their envelopes and are evolving towards the white dwarf stage are said to be double degenerate. Here we report that Henize 2-428 has a double-degenerate core with a combined mass of ∼1.76M(⊙), which is above the Chandrasekhar limit (the maximum mass of a stable white dwarf) of 1.4M(⊙). This, together with its short orbital period (4.2 hours), suggests that the system should merge in 700 million years, triggering a type Ia supernova event. This supports the hypothesis of the double-degenerate, super-Chandrasekhar evolutionary pathway for the formation of type Ia supernovae.

  8. Galactic Planetary Nebulae and their central stars. I. An accurate and homogeneous set of coordinates

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    Kerber, F.; Mignani, R. P.; Guglielmetti, F.; Wicenec, A.

    2003-09-01

    We have used the 2nd generation of the Guide Star Catalogue (GSC-II) as a reference astrometric catalogue to compile the positions of 1086 Galactic Planetary Nebulae (PNe) listed in the Strasbourg ESO Catalogue (SEC), its supplement and the version 2000 of the Catalogue of Planetary Nebulae. This constitutes about 75% of all known PNe. For these PNe, the ones with a known central star (CS) or with a small diameter, we have derived coordinates with an absolute accuracy of ~0\\farcs35 in each coordinate, which is the intrinsic astrometric precision of the GSC-II. For another 226, mostly extended, objects without a GSC-II counterpart we give coordinates based on the second epoch Digital Sky Survey (DSS-II). While these coordinates may have systematic offsets relative to the GSC-II of up to 5 arcsecs, our new coordinates usually represent a significant improvement over the previous catalogue values for these large objects. This is the first truly homogeneous compilation of PNe positions over the whole sky and the most accurate one available so far. The complete Table \\ref{tab2} is only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/408/1029}

  9. Chemical Abundances of the Planetary Nebula IC 4634 and Its Central Star

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    Hyung, S.; Aller, L. H.; Feibelman, W. A.

    1999-01-01

    We have measured the spectral line intensities of the metal poor planetary nebula IC 4634. Using a photo-ionization model calculation, we try to fit the the optical and UV region spectra, i.e., Hamilton Echelle and IUE observations. From direct images, one expects complicated density variations, but the model predicts a range in densities that may be smaller than actually exist. We find N(sub epsilon) approximates 5000 /cubic meter. In spite of the geometrical complexity of the S shaped double-lobed structure, the simple photoionization model with a spherical symmetry can fit most emission lines, fairly well. The derived chemical composition has been compared with previous estimates and also with the Sun - The metallicity in IC 4634 appears to be lower than in the Sun or the average planetary nebula. The most likely temperature of the central ionizing source of IC 4634 appears to be about 55,000 K. We find a central star mass of about 0.55 Solar Mass from comparison with theoretical evolutionary tracks.

  10. Constraining Engine Paradigms of Pre-Planetary Nebulae Using Kinematic Properties of their Outflows

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    Blackman, E.

    2014-04-01

    Binary interactions and accretion plausibly conspire to produce the ubiquitous collimated outflows from planetary nebulae (PN) and their presumed pre-planetary nebulae (PPN) progenitors. But which accretion engines are viable? The difficulty in observationally resolving the engines warrants indirect constraints. I discuss how momentum outflow data for PPN can be used to determine the minimum required accretion rate for presumed main sequence (MS) or white dwarf (WD) accretors by comparing to several example accretion rates inferred from published models. While the main goal is to show the method in anticipation of more data and better theoretical constraints, taking the present results at face value already rule out modes of accretion: Bondi-Hoyle Lyttleton (BHL) wind accretion and wind Roche lobe overflow (M-WRLOF, based on Mira parameters) are too feeble for all 19/19 objects for a MS accretor. For a WD accretor, BHL is ruled out for 18/19 objects and M-WRLOF for 15/19 objects. Roche lobe overflow from the primary can accommodate 7/19 objects but only common envelope evolution accretion modes seem to be able to accommodate all 19 objects. Sub-Eddington rates for a MS accretor are acceptable but 8/19 would require super-Eddington rates for a WD. I also briefly discuss a possible anti-correlation between age and maximum observed outflow speed, and the role of magnetic fields.

  11. Young Planetary Nebulae: Hubble Space Telescope Imaging and a New Morphological Classification System

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    Sahai, Raghvendra; Morris, Mark R.; Villar, Gregory G.

    2011-04-01

    Using Hubble Space Telescope images of 119 young planetary nebulae (PNs), most of which have not previously been published, we have devised a comprehensive morphological classification system for these objects. This system generalizes a recently devised system for pre-planetary nebulae, which are the immediate progenitors of PNs. Unlike previous classification studies, we have focused primarily on young PNs rather than all PNs, because the former best show the influences or symmetries imposed on them by the dominant physical processes operating at the first and primary stage of the shaping process. Older PNs develop instabilities, interact with the ambient interstellar medium, and are subject to the passage of photoionization fronts, all of which obscure the underlying symmetries and geometries imposed early on. Our classification system is designed to suffer minimal prejudice regarding the underlying physical causes of the different shapes and structures seen in our PN sample, however, in many cases, physical causes are readily suggested by the geometry, along with the kinematics that have been measured in some systems. Secondary characteristics in our system, such as ansae, indicate the impact of a jet upon a slower-moving, prior wind; a waist is the signature of a strong equatorial concentration of matter, whether it be outflowing or in a bound Keplerian disk, and point symmetry indicates a secular trend, presumably precession, in the orientation of the central driver of a rapid, collimated outflow.

  12. The double-degenerate, super-Chandrasekhar nucleus of the planetary nebula Henize 2-428

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    Santander-García, M.; Rodríguez-Gil, P.; Corradi, R. L. M.; Jones, D.; Miszalski, B.; Boffin, H. M. J.; Rubio-Díez, M. M.; Kotze, M. M.

    2015-03-01

    The planetary nebula stage is the ultimate fate of stars with masses one to eight times that of the Sun (). The origin of their complex morphologies is poorly understood, although several mechanisms involving binary interaction have been proposed. In close binary systems, the orbital separation is short enough for the primary star to overfill its Roche lobe as the star expands during the asymptotic giant branch phase. The excess gas eventually forms a common envelope surrounding both stars. Drag forces then result in the envelope being ejected into a bipolar planetary nebula whose equator is coincident with the orbital plane of the system. Systems in which both stars have ejected their envelopes and are evolving towards the white dwarf stage are said to be double degenerate. Here we report that Henize 2-428 has a double-degenerate core with a combined mass of ~1.76, which is above the Chandrasekhar limit (the maximum mass of a stable white dwarf) of 1.4. This, together with its short orbital period (4.2 hours), suggests that the system should merge in 700 million years, triggering a type Ia supernova event. This supports the hypothesis of the double-degenerate, super-Chandrasekhar evolutionary pathway for the formation of type Ia supernovae.

  13. YOUNG PLANETARY NEBULAE: HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE IMAGING AND A NEW MORPHOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

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    Sahai, Raghvendra; Villar, Gregory G.; Morris, Mark R.

    2011-04-15

    Using Hubble Space Telescope images of 119 young planetary nebulae (PNs), most of which have not previously been published, we have devised a comprehensive morphological classification system for these objects. This system generalizes a recently devised system for pre-planetary nebulae, which are the immediate progenitors of PNs. Unlike previous classification studies, we have focused primarily on young PNs rather than all PNs, because the former best show the influences or symmetries imposed on them by the dominant physical processes operating at the first and primary stage of the shaping process. Older PNs develop instabilities, interact with the ambient interstellar medium, and are subject to the passage of photoionization fronts, all of which obscure the underlying symmetries and geometries imposed early on. Our classification system is designed to suffer minimal prejudice regarding the underlying physical causes of the different shapes and structures seen in our PN sample, however, in many cases, physical causes are readily suggested by the geometry, along with the kinematics that have been measured in some systems. Secondary characteristics in our system, such as ansae, indicate the impact of a jet upon a slower-moving, prior wind; a waist is the signature of a strong equatorial concentration of matter, whether it be outflowing or in a bound Keplerian disk, and point symmetry indicates a secular trend, presumably precession, in the orientation of the central driver of a rapid, collimated outflow.

  14. Chemical Abundances of the Planetary Nebula IC 4634 and Its Central Star

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    Hyung, S.; Aller, L. H.; Feibelman, W. A.

    1999-01-01

    We have measured the spectral line intensities of the metal poor planetary nebula IC 4634. Using a photo-ionization model calculation, we try to fit the the optical and UV region spectra, i.e., Hamilton Echelle and IUE observations. From direct images, one expects complicated density variations, but the model predicts a range in densities that may be smaller than actually exist. We find N(sub epsilon) approximates 5000 /cubic meter. In spite of the geometrical complexity of the S shaped double-lobed structure, the simple photoionization model with a spherical symmetry can fit most emission lines, fairly well. The derived chemical composition has been compared with previous estimates and also with the Sun - The metallicity in IC 4634 appears to be lower than in the Sun or the average planetary nebula. The most likely temperature of the central ionizing source of IC 4634 appears to be about 55,000 K. We find a central star mass of about 0.55 Solar Mass from comparison with theoretical evolutionary tracks.

  15. A Detailed Investigation into the Use of Planetary Nebulae as Standard Candles

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    Ciardullo, Robin

    2000-01-01

    The program's goal was to understand the physics underlying the [O III] (lambda)5007 planetary nebula luminosity function (PNLF) and evaluate its accuracy as an extragalactic distance indicator. Work under the grant concentrated in two areas. The first major goal was to extensively test the PNLF method to find its limits. We did this performing yet another internal test of the method in the core galaxies of the Fornax Cluster, performing external comparisons of PNLF distances with distances derived from Cepheids and the Surface Brightness Fluctuation method (SBF), and, in general, examining the PNLF in as many different galactic environments as possible, including the disks of late-type spirals. Because of the difficulty distinguishing planetary nebulae (PNe) from H II regions, and because spiral galaxies have uneven internal extinction, the process of identifying "statistical" samples of PNe in these objects is extremely complicated. Nevertheless, by using the ratio of [O III] (lambda)5007 to H(alpha) as a diagnostic, we were able to effectively discriminate PNe from most H II regions, and apply the method to systems such as NGC 300, M101, M51, and M96. The second goal of this research was to determine theoretically, why the PNLF is such an excellent standard candle.

  16. Abundances of Planetary Nebulae in the Outer Disk of M31

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    Kwitter, Karen B.; Lehman, Emma M. M.; Balick, Bruce; Henry, R. B. C.

    2012-07-01

    We present spectroscopic observations and chemical abundances of 16 planetary nebulae (PNe) in the outer disk of M31. The [O III] λ4363 line is detected in all objects, allowing a direct measurement of the nebular temperature essential for accurate abundance determinations. Our results show that the abundances in these M31 PNe display the same correlations and general behaviors as Type II PNe in the Milky Way. We also calculate photoionization models to derive estimates of central star properties. From these we infer that our sample PNe, all near the bright-end cutoff of the planetary nebula luminosity function, originated from stars near 2 M ⊙. Finally, under the assumption that these PNe are located in M31's disk, we plot the oxygen abundance gradient, which appears shallower than the gradient in the Milky Way. Partially based on observations obtained with the Apache Point Observatory 3.5 m telescope, which is owned and operated by the Astrophysical Research Consortium; and on observations obtained at the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the National Science Foundation (United States), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), Ministerio da Ciencia e Tecnologia (Brazil), and Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (Argentina).

  17. Pulsational variability in proto-planetary nebulae and other post-AGB objects

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    Hrivnak, Bruce J.

    2016-07-01

    Light and velocity curves of several classes of pulsating stars have been successfully modeled to determine physical properties of the stars. In this observational study, we review briefly the pulsational variability of the main classes of post-AGB stars. Our attention is focused in particular on proto-planetary nebulae (PPNe), those in the short-lived phase from AGB stars to the planetary nebulae. New light curves and period analyses have been used to determine the following general properties of the PPNe variability: (a) periods range from 35 to 160 days for those of F—G spectral types, with much shorter periods (< 1 day) found for those of early-B spectral type; (b) there is a correlation between the pulsation period, maximum amplitude, and temperature of the star, with cooler stars pulsating with longer periods and larger amplitudes; (c) similar correlations are found for carbon-rich, oxygen-rich, and lower-metalicity PPNe; and (d) multiple periods are found for all of them, with P2/P1 = 1.0±0.1. New models are needed to exploit these results.

  18. A disc inside the bipolar planetary nebula M2-9

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    Lykou, F.; Chesneau, O.; Zijlstra, A. A.; Castro-Carrizo, A.; Lagadec, E.; Balick, B.; Smith, N.

    2011-03-01

    Aims: Bipolarity in proto-planetary and planetary nebulae is associated with events occurring in or around their cores. Past infrared observations have revealed the presence of dusty structures around the cores, many in the form of discs. Characterising those dusty discs provides invaluable constraints on the physical processes that govern the final mass expulsion of intermediate mass stars. We focus this study on the famous M2-9 bipolar nebula, where the moving lighthouse beam pattern indicates the presence of a wide binary. The compact and dense dusty core in the centre of the nebula can be studied by means of optical interferometry. Methods: M2-9 was observed with VLTI/MIDI at 39-47 m baselines with the UT2-UT3 and UT3-UT4 baseline configurations. These observations are interpreted using a dust radiative transfer Monte Carlo code. Results: A disc-like structure is detected perpendicular to the lobes, and a good fit is found with a stratified disc model composed of amorphous silicates. The disc is compact, 25 × 35 mas at 8 μm and 37 × 46 mas at 13 μm. For the adopted distance of 1.2 kpc, the inner rim of the disc is ~15 AU. The mass represents a few percent of the mass found in the lobes. The compactness of the disc puts strong constraints on the binary content of the system, given an estimated orbital period 90-120 yr. We derive masses of the binary components between 0.6-1.0 M⊙ for a white dwarf and 0.6-1.4 M⊙ for an evolved star. We present different scenarios on the geometric structure of the disc accounting for the interactions of the binary system, which includes an accretion disc as well. Based on observations collected at the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, Chile, ESO N: 079.D-146.

  19. The evolution of planetary nebulae. V. The diffuse X-ray emission

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    Steffen, M.; Schönberner, D.; Warmuth, A.

    2008-10-01

    Context: Observations with space-borne X-ray telescopes revealed the existence of soft, diffuse X-ray emission from the inner regions of planetary nebulae. Although the existing images support the idea that this emission arises from the hot shocked central-star wind which fills the inner cavity of a planetary nebula, existing models have difficulties to explain the observations consistently. Aims: We investigate how the inclusion of thermal conduction changes the physical parameters of the hot shocked wind gas and the amount of X-ray emission predicted by time-dependent hydrodynamical models of planetary nebulae with central stars of normal, hydrogen-rich surface composition. Methods: We upgraded our 1D hydrodynamics code NEBEL by to account for energy transfer due to heat conduction, which is of importance at the interface separating the hot shocked wind gas (“hot bubble”) from the much cooler nebular material. With this new version of NEBEL we recomputed a selection of our already existing hydrodynamical sequences and obtained synthetic X-ray spectra for representative models along the evolutionary tracks by means of the freely available CHIANTI package. Results: Heat conduction leads to lower temperatures and higher densities within a bubble and brings the physical properties of the X-ray emitting domain into close agreement with the values derived from observations. The amount of X-rays emitted during the course of evolution depends on the energy dumped into the bubble by the fast stellar wind, on the efficiency of “evaporating” cool nebular gas via heat conduction, and on the bubble's expansion rate. We find from our models that the X-ray luminosity of a planetary nebula increases during its evolution across the HR diagram until stellar luminosity and wind power decline. Depending on the central-star mass and the evolutionary phase, our models predict X-ray [ 0.45-2.5 keV] luminosities between 10-8 and 10-4 of the stellar bolometric luminosities, in

  20. New CNO Elemental Abundances in Planetary Nebulae from Spatially Resolved UV/Optical Emission Lines

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    Shaw, Richard A.; Kwitter, Karen B.; Henry, Richard B. C.; Dufour, Reginald J.; Balick, Bruce; Corradi, Romano

    2015-01-01

    We obtained HST/STIS long-slit spectra spanning 0.11 to 1.1 μm of co-spatial regions in 10 Galactic planetary nebulae (Dufour, et al., this conference), of which six present substantial changes in ionization with position. Under the assumption that elemental abundances are constant within these nebulae (but exterior to the wind of the central star), these spectra present a unique opportunity to examine the applicability of common ionization correction factors (ICFs) for deriving abundances. ICFs are the most common direct method in abundance analysis for accounting for unobserved or undetected ionization stages in nebulae, yet most ICF recipes have not been rigorously examined through modeling nor empirically tested through observation. In this preliminary study, we focussed on the astrophysically important abundances of C and N where strong ionic transitions are scarce in optical band, but plentiful in the satellite UV. We derived physical diagnostics (extinction, Te, Ne) and ionic abundances for the species of interest at various positions along the slit for each PN. We compared the elemental abundances derived from direct summation of the ionic abundances in the UV and optical to those derived using only optical emission, but corrected using standard ICFs. We found that the abundances were usually in good agreement, but there were significant exceptions. We also found that setting upper limits on emission from undetected ions was sometimes helpful in constraining the correction factors. Work is underway to construct photoionization models of these nebulae (see Miller, et al., this conference) to address the question of why ICFs are sometimes inaccurate, and to explore other ICF recipes for those cases.Support for Program number GO-12600 was provided by NASA through a grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Incorporated, under NASA contract NAS5-26555.

  1. THE EXOTIC ECLIPSING NUCLEUS OF THE RING PLANETARY NEBULA SuWt 2

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    Exter, Katrina; Bond, Howard E.; Stassun, Keivan G.; Smalley, B.; Maxted, P. F. L.; Pollacco, D. L. E-mail: bond@stsci.ed

    2010-11-15

    SuWt 2 is a planetary nebula (PN) consisting of a bright ionized thin ring seen nearly edge-on, with much fainter bipolar lobes extending perpendicularly to the ring. It has a bright (12th magnitude) central star, too cool to ionize the PN, which we discovered in the early 1990s to be an eclipsing binary. Although it was anticipated that there would also be an optically faint, hot, ionizing star in the system, a spectrum from the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) did not reveal a UV source. We present extensive ground-based photometry and spectroscopy of the central binary collected over the ensuing two decades, resulting in the determination that the orbital period of the eclipsing pair is 4.9 days, and that it consists of two nearly identical A1 V stars, each of mass {approx}2.7 M{sub sun}. The physical parameters of the A stars, combined with evolutionary tracks, show that both are in the short-lived 'blue-hook' evolutionary phase that occurs between the main sequence and the Hertzsprung gap, and that the age of the system is about 520 Myr. One puzzle is that the stars' rotational velocities are different from each other, and considerably slower than synchronous with the orbital period. It is possible that the center-of-mass velocity of the eclipsing pair is varying with time, suggesting that there is an unseen third orbiting body in the system. We propose a scenario in which the system began as a hierarchical triple, consisting of a {approx}2.9 M{sub sun} star orbiting the close pair of A stars. Upon reaching the asymptotic giant branch stage, the primary engulfed the pair into a common envelope, leading to a rapid contraction of the orbit and catastrophic ejection of the envelope into the orbital plane. In this picture, the exposed core of the initial primary is now a white dwarf of {approx}0.7 M{sub sun}, orbiting the eclipsing pair, which has already cooled below the detectability possible by IUE at our derived distance of 2.3 kpc and a reddening of E

  2. The halo and rings of the planetary nebula NGC 40 in the mid-infrared

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    Ramos-Larios, G.; Phillips, J. P.; Cuesta, L. C.

    2011-02-01

    We present the imaging and spectroscopy of NGC 40 acquired using the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Infrared Space Observatory. These are used to investigate the nature of emission from the central nebular shell, from the nebular halo and from the associated circumnebular rings. It is pointed out that a variety of mechanisms may contribute to the mid-infrared (MIR) fluxes, and there is evidence for a cool dust continuum, strong ionic transitions and appreciable emission by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Prior observations at shorter wavelengths also indicate the presence of warmer grains and the possible contribution of H2 transitions. Two of these components (warm dust with TGR˜ 500-620 K and PAH emission bands) appear capable, in combination, of explaining the infrared colours of the rings and halo, although the flux ratios are also consistent with shock-excited H2v= 0-0 emission. It is noted that whilst the surface brightness of the rings is greater in the longer wave (5.8- and 8.0-μm) photometric channels, their fractional fluxes (when compared to the halo) are greater at 3.6 and 4.5 μm, a trend which is similar to those observed in other planetary nebulae. It is also apparent that the relative intensities of the rings are greater than is observed for the Hα+[N II] transitions. It is suggested that an apparent jet-like structure to the north-east of the halo represents one of the many emission spokes that permeate the shell and which are observed for the first time in these MIR results. The spokes are likely to be caused by the percolation of UV photons through a clumpy interior shell, whilst the jet-like feature is enhanced due to locally elevated electron densities, a result of interaction between NGC 40 and the interstellar medium. It is finally noted that the presence of the PAH, 21- and 30-μm spectral features testifies to appreciable C/O ratios within the main nebular shell. Such a result is consistent with abundance determinations using

  3. The planetary nebulae population in the nuclear regions of M31: the SAURON view

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    Pastorello, Nicola; Sarzi, Marc; Cappellari, Michele; Emsellem, Eric; Mamon, Gary A.; Bacon, Roland; Davies, Roger L.; de Zeeuw, P. Tim

    2013-04-01

    The study of extragalactic planetary nebulae (PNe) in the optical regions of galaxies, where the properties of their stellar population can be best characterized, is a promising ground to better understand the late evolution of stars across different galactic environments. Following a first study of the central regions of M32 that illustrated the power of integral field spectroscopy (IFS) in detecting and measuring the [O III] λ5007 emission of PNe against a strong stellar background, we turn to the very nuclear PN population of M31, within ˜80 pc of its centre. We show that PNe can also be found in the presence of emission from diffuse gas, as commonly observed in early-type galaxies and in the bulge of spirals, and further illustrate the excellent sensitivity of IFS in detecting extragalactic PNe through a comparison with narrow-band images obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope. Contrary to the case of the central regions of M32, the nuclear PNe population of M31 is only marginally consistent with the generally adopted form of the PNe luminosity function (PNLF). In particular, this is due to a lack of PNe with absolute magnitude M5007 brighter than -3, which would only result from a rather unfortunate draw from such a model PNLF. The nuclear stellar population of M31 is quite different from that of the central regions of M32, which is characterized in particular by a larger metallicity and a remarkable ultraviolet (UV) upturn. We suggest that the observed lack of bright PNe in the nuclear regions of M31 is due to a horizontal-branch population that is more tilted towards less massive and hotter He-burning stars, so that its progeny consists mostly of UV-bright stars that fail to climb back up the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) and only a few, if any, bright PNe powered by central post-AGB stars. These results are also consistent with recent reports on a dearth of bright post-AGB stars towards the nucleus of M31, and lend further support to the idea that the

  4. ETHOS 1: a high-latitude planetary nebula with jets forged by a post-common-envelope binary central star

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    Miszalski, B.; Corradi, R. L. M.; Boffin, H. M. J.; Jones, D.; Sabin, L.; Santander-García, M.; Rodríguez-Gil, P.; Rubio-Díez, M. M.

    2011-05-01

    We report on the discovery of ETHOS 1 (PN G068.1+11.0), the first spectroscopically confirmed planetary nebula (PN) from a survey of the SuperCOSMOS Science Archive for high-latitude PNe. ETHOS 1 stands out as one of the few PNe to have both polar outflows (jets) travelling at 120 ± 10 km s-1 and a close binary central star. The light curve observed with the Mercator Telescope reveals an orbital period of 0.535 d and an extremely large amplitude (0.816 mag) due to irradiation of the companion by a very hot pre-white dwarf. ETHOS 1 further strengthens the long-suspected link between binary central stars of PNe (CSPN) and jets. The Isaac Newton Telescope/Intermediate Dispersion Spectrograph and Very Large Telescope (VLT) FORS spectroscopy of the CSPN reveals weak N III, C III and C IV emission lines seen in other close binary CSPN and suggests that many CSPN with these weak emission lines are misclassified close binaries. We present VLT FORS imaging and Manchester Echelle Spectrometer long-slit observations from which a kinematic model of the nebula is built. An unusual combination of bipolar outflows and a spherical nebula conspires to produce an X-shaped appearance. The kinematic age of the jets (1750 ± 250 yr kpc-1) is found to be more than that of the inner nebula (900 ± 100 yr kpc-1), consistent with previous studies of similar PNe. Emission-line ratios of the jets are found to be consistent with that of reverse-shock models for fast low-ionization emitting regions (FLIERs) in PNe. Further large-scale surveys for close binary CSPN will be required to securely establish whether FLIERs are launched by close binaries. Based on observations made with the Flemish Mercator Telescope and Isaac Newton Telescope of the Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos and the VLT at the Paranal Observatory under programs 083.D-0654(A) and 085.D-0629(A).

  5. SOFIA/FORCAST Spectroscopy of NGC 7009, the Saturn Nebula

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    Sankrit, Ravi; Leal-Ferreira, Marcelo L.; Aleman, Isabel; Colgan, Sean; Simpson, Janet P.; Tielens, Alexander; Tsamis, Yiannis

    2015-08-01

    We present spatially resolved mid-IR spectra of the well-studied Planetary Nebula (PN) NGC 7009 obtained with the FORCAST instrument on board the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). NGC 7009 has a relatively high "abundance discrepancy factor" - the heavy element abundances derived from optical recombination lines (ORLs) are higher by a factor of about 5 than abundances derived from collisionally excited lines (CELs). One hypothesis to resolve this discrepancy is that two kinds of regions with distinct properties are responsible for the abundance measurements from ORLs and CELs. Emission lines from Argon, Sulphur and Oxygen are detected in our spectra, which span the 8.7--13.9 and 17.7--27.6 micron ranges. By combining the SOFIA observations with Herschel/PACS spectra and HST narrowband imaging we explore the abundance variations in the nebula, and we examine the correlation of the IR to optical line ratios with the abundance discrepancy factor.We also use this concrete example as a starting point for a general survey of the capabilities of SOFIA in the field of PN research, and introduce the community to the wide array of instruments available. We show that SOFIA, which is currently the only operational facility allowing access to mid- and far-IR wavelengths for the general astronomical community, has the potential for continuing the studies initiated by Spitzer and Herschel and will provide detailed information about Galactic PNe. The results from such studies will in turn be crucial for our understanding and interpretation of data from more distant, extragalactic objects that will be obtained by future missions such as the James Webb Space Telescope.

  6. STARING INTO THE WINDS OF DESTRUCTION: HST/NICMOS IMAGES OF THE PLANETARY NEBULA NGC 7027

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    2002-01-01

    The Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) has captured a glimpse of a brief stage in the burnout of NGC 7027, a medium-mass star like our sun. The infrared image (on the left) shows a young planetary nebula in a state of rapid transition. This image alone reveals important new information. When astronomers combine this photo with an earlier image taken in visible light, they have a more complete picture of the final stages of star life. NGC 7027 is going through spectacular death throes as it evolves into what astronomers call a 'planetary nebula.' The term planetary nebula came about not because of any real association with planets, but because in early telescopes these objects resembled the disks of planets. A star can become a planetary nebula after it depletes its nuclear fuel - hydrogen and helium - and begins puffing away layers of material. The material settles into a wind of gas and dust blowing away from the dying star. This NICMOS image captures the young planetary nebula in the middle of a very short evolutionary phase, lasting perhaps less than 1,000 years. During this phase, intense ultraviolet radiation from the central star lights up a region of gas surrounding it. (This gas is glowing brightly because it has been made very hot by the star's intense ultraviolet radiation.) Encircling this hot gas is a cloud of dust and cool molecular hydrogen gas that can only be seen by an infrared camera. The molecular gas is being destroyed by ultraviolet light from the central star. THE INFRARED VIEW -- The composite color image of NGC 7027 (on the left) is among the first data of a planetary nebula taken with NICMOS. This picture is actually composed of three separate images taken at different wavelengths. The red color represents cool molecular hydrogen gas, the most abundant gas in the universe. The image reveals the central star, which is difficult to see in images taken with visible light. Surrounding it is an

  7. The chemical composition of planetary nebulae and HII regions in NGC 3109

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    Peña, M.; Stasińska, G.; Richer, M. G.

    2007-12-01

    Aims:We present deep spectrophotometry for a sample of 8 planetary nebulae (PNe) and 12 HII regions distributed throughout the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 3109, in order to analyze the chemical composition of both types of nebulae. Methods: We describe the observations and data reduction, and present line intensities for the nebular emission lines detected. The physical conditions and the abundances of He, O, Ne, N, S and Ar are derived, using the classical T_e-based method. We confirm our previous identification of PNe and HII regions based on photometry, except for one object, which we argue is a compact HII region rather than a planetary nebula. Results: We find that the chemical composition of the interstellar medium in NGC 3109, as sampled by its HII regions, is remarkably uniform. The oxygen abundance is log O/H + 12 = 7.77 ± 0.07 in this galaxy, as compared to 8.05 ± 0.09 for the Small Magellanic Cloud (for which we rederived the metallicity in a homogeneous way). PNe show significantly higher oxygen abundances in NGC 3109: log O/H + 12 = 8.16 ± 0.19. Similarly to what has been suggested for some of the PNe in the Magellanic Clouds and other metal-poor galaxies, we argue that oxygen in the PNe in NGC 3109 is affected by dredge up in their progenitors. This could also be the case for neon, although the uncertainties for this element are bigger. Conclusions: From our analysis, we conclude that oxygen and neon are not always a safe indicator of the chemical composition of the interstellar medium at low metallicities. An alternative to the O and Ne enrichment in PNe is that the low metallicity in HII regions has been caused by dilution of the interstellar medium due to an interaction with a neighboring galaxy about a Gyr ago. The excitation patterns of the PNe in NGC 3109 are very different from the excitation patterns of PNe in other galaxies. This issue needs to be investigated further, as it implies that the evolution of PNe depends upon the properties of

  8. Planetary Accretion in the Inner Solar System: Dependence on Nebula Surface Density Profile and Giant Planet Eccentricities

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    Chambers, J. E.; Cassen, P.

    2002-01-01

    We present 32 N-body simulations of planetary accretion in the inner Solar System, examining the effect of nebula surface density profile and initial eccentricities of Jupiter and Saturn on the compositions and orbits of the inner planets. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  9. Narrowband Near-Infrared Imaging of Young Planetary Nebulae and Transition Objects: Probing Core and Halo Structures

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    Hora, Joseph L.; Latter, William B.

    1997-01-01

    The new images presented here have high spatial resolution and are very sensitive to low levels of emission. We compare our new data to existing imaging and spectroscopic data to give clues as to the structure and formation of planetary nebulae, the role of shocks, and the evolution of photon-dominated regions.

  10. Narrowband Near-Infrared Imaging of Young Planetary Nebulae and Transition Objects: Probing Core and Halo Structures

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    Hora, Joseph L.; Latter, William B.

    1997-01-01

    The new images presented here have high spatial resolution and are very sensitive to low levels of emission. We compare our new data to existing imaging and spectroscopic data to give clues as to the structure and formation of planetary nebulae, the role of shocks, and the evolution of photon-dominated regions.

  11. X-RAY EMISSION FROM THE BINARY CENTRAL STARS OF THE PLANETARY NEBULAE HFG 1, DS 1, AND LOTR 5

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    Montez, Rodolfo; Kastner, Joel H.; De Marco, Orsola; Chu, You-Hua

    2010-10-01

    Close binary systems undergoing mass transfer or common envelope interactions can account for the morphological properties of some planetary nebulae. The search for close binary companions in planetary nebulae is hindered by the difficulty of detecting cool, late-type, main-sequence companions in binary systems with hot pre-white-dwarf primaries. However, models of binary planetary nebula progenitor systems predict that mass accretion or tidal interactions can induce rapid rotation in the companion, leading to X-ray-emitting coronae. To test such models, we have searched for, and detected, X-ray emission from three binary central stars within planetary nebulae: the post-common envelope close binaries in HFG 1 and DS 1 consisting of O-type subdwarfs with late-type, main-sequence companions and the binary system in LoTr 5 consisting of O-type subdwarf and rapidly rotating, late-type giant companion. The X-ray emission in each case is best characterized by spectral models consisting of two optically thin thermal plasma components with characteristic temperatures of {approx}10 MK and 15-40 MK and total X-ray luminosities {approx}10{sup 30} erg s{sup -1}. We consider the possible origin of the X-ray emission from these binary systems and conclude that the most likely origin is, in each case, a corona around the late-type companion, as predicted by models of interacting binaries.

  12. The close binary central star of the planetary nebula Abell 41 - A helium-rich subdwarf primary

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    Green, R. F.; Liebert, J.; Wesemael, F.

    1984-05-01

    He II, He I, and H absorption features were detected in spectroscopy with 2 A resolution of the Abell 41 planetary nebula central star, which was recently reported by Grauer and Bond to be a close binary with a 2 hour 43 minute period. This subdwarf O spectrum has been analyzed with a grid of hot, high-gravity, LTE atmosphere models. T(eff) = 50,000 + or 5000 K, log g = 6 + or - 1, n(He)/n(H) = 10 exp -1.0 + or - 1. This temperature is a factor of 1.4-2.9 lower than the range used by Grauer and Bond, and the required secondary star heating is considerably reduced. Nevertheless, close agreement is found with their estimates for the distance, reddening, and the systemic parameters for the binary star. Their interpretation of Abell 41 as a precataclysmic variable object remains valid for a cool main-sequence or hotter evolved secondary star. The object should be a promising target for high-resolution (coude/echelle) follow-up spectroscopy.

  13. s-process enrichment in the planetary nebula NGC 3918. Results from deep echelle spectrophotometry

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    García-Rojas, J.; Madonna, S.; Luridiana, V.; Sterling, N. C.; Morisset, C.; Delgado-Inglada, G.; Toribio San Cipriano, L.

    2015-09-01

    The chemical content of the planetary nebula NGC 3918 is investigated through deep, high-resolution (R ˜ 40 000) UVES (Ultraviolet-Visual Echelle Spectrograph) at VLT (Very Large Telescope) spectrophotometric data. We identify and measure more than 750 emission lines, making ours one of the deepest spectra ever taken for a planetary nebula. Among these lines we detect very faint lines of several neutron-capture elements (Se, Kr, Rb, and Xe), which enable us to compute their chemical abundances with unprecedented accuracy, thus constraining the efficiency of the s-process and convective dredge-up in NGC 3918 progenitor star. We find that Kr is strongly enriched in NGC 3918 and that Se is less enriched than Kr, in agreement with the results of previous papers and with predicted s-process nucleosynthesis. We also find that Xe is not as enriched by the s-process in NGC 3918 as is Kr and, therefore, that neutron exposure is typical of modestly subsolar metallicity asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars. A clear correlation is found when representing [Kr/O] versus log(C/O) for NGC 3918 and other objects with detection of multiple ions of Kr in optical data, confirming that carbon is brought to the surface of AGB stars along with s-processed material during third dredge-up episodes, as predicted by nucleosynthesis models. We also detect numerous refractory element lines (Ca, K, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu) and a large number of metal recombination lines of C, N, O, and Ne. We compute physical conditions from a large number of diagnostics, which are highly consistent among themselves assuming a three-zone ionization scheme. Thanks to the high ionization of NGC 3918 we detect a large number of recombination lines of multiple ionization stages of C, N, O and Ne. The abundances obtained for these elements by using recently determined state-of-the-art ionization correction factor (ICF) schemes or simply adding ionic abundances are in very good agreement, demonstrating the quality

  14. Alignment of the angular momentum vectors of planetary nebulae in the Galactic Bulge

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    Rees, B.; Zijlstra, A. A.

    2013-10-01

    We use high-resolution Hα images of 130 planetary nebulae (PNe) to investigate whether there is a preferred orientation for PNe within the Galactic Bulge. The orientations of the full sample have a uniform distribution. However, at a significance level of 0.01, there is evidence for a non-uniform distribution for those PNe with evident bipolar morphology. If we assume that the bipolar PNe have a unimodal distribution of the polar axis in Galactic coordinates, the mean Galactic position angle is consistent with 90°, i.e. along the Galactic Plane, and the significance level is better than 0.001 (the equivalent of a 3.7σ significance level for a Gaussian distribution). The shapes of PNe are related to angular momentum of the original star or stellar system, where the long axis of the nebula measures the angular momentum vector. In old, low-mass stars, the angular momentum is largely in binary orbital motion. Consequently, the alignment of bipolar nebulae that we have found indicates that the orbital planes of the binary systems are oriented perpendicular to the Galactic Plane. We propose that strong magnetic fields aligned along the Galactic Plane acted during the original star formation process to slow the contraction of the star-forming cloud in the direction perpendicular to the Plane. This would have produced a propensity for wider binaries with higher angular momentum with orbital axes parallel to the Galactic Plane. Our findings provide the first indication of a strong, organized magnetic field along the Galactic Plane that impacted on the angular momentum vectors of the resulting stellar population.

  15. Infrared line measurements and the abundance of sulfur in planetary nebulae

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    Dinerstein, H. L.

    1980-01-01

    Ionic abundances of S(+), S(++), and S(+3) relative to hydrogen are determined for 12 planetary nebulae from observations of the S II forbidden lines at 6716 and 6731 A, the S III forbidden line at 9531 A, the S IV forbidden line at 10.5 microns, and P delta 10049 A. The derived total abundances are insensitive to electron density and electron temperature and are found to vary by no more than 30% in the sample; unlike previous determinations, there is no correlation of the abundance with the degree of ionization. The mean elemental abundance for these objects is S/H = 2.1 plus or minus 0.6 x 10 to the -5th, which is, within the measurement errors, the same as the solar value and the abundance in the present interstellar medium as represented by the H II regions K3-50 and Orion.

  16. Kinematical analysis of the galactic planetary nebulae M1-32

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    Rechy-García, J.; Peña, M.; García-Rojas, J.

    2014-04-01

    It is found that the planetary nebula M1-32, which has a [WC4-5] core, shows a peculiar kinematics with bipolar outflows reaching ±200 km/s, while the main body is expanding radially with velocity of 15 km/s (Akras & Lopez 2012 , MNRAS, 425,2197; Rechy-García etal in preparation). Medina et al. (2006, RMAA, 42, 53 74) found high velocity wings in the nebular lines specially in [OIII]5007 and He I 5876. Using high-resolution spectra obtained with the spectrograph MES, attached to the 2.1-m of OAN- SPM, we present a study of the kinematic characteristics of M1-32. There slits were located passing through the center, and both nebular sides. The spectra at the sides show similar kinematics that the central slit, and in addition a sort of ansae at low velocity are found.

  17. Determination of hyperfine-induced transition rates from observations of a planetary nebula.

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    Brage, Tomas; Judge, Philip G; Proffitt, Charles R

    2002-12-31

    Observations of the planetary nebula NGC3918 made with the STIS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope reveal the first unambiguous detection of a hyperfine-induced transition 2s2p 3P(o)(0)-->2s2 1S0 in the berylliumlike emission line spectrum of N IV at 1487.89 A. A nebular model allows us to confirm a transition rate of 4x10(-4) sec(-1)+/-33% for this line. The measurement represents the first independent confirmation of the transition rate of hyperfine-induced lines in low ionization stages, and it provides support for the techniques used to compute these transitions for the determination of very low densities and isotope ratios.

  18. Limits to the Magnetic Field in the Planetary Nebula NGC 246 from Faraday Rotation

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    Rodríguez, L. F.; Carrasco-González, C.; Cantó, J.; Pasetto, A.; Raga, A. C.; Tafoya, D.

    2017-04-01

    We present radio continuum observations of the linearly polarized extragalactic source J0047-1150, whose line of sight traverses the galactic planetary nebula NGC 246. We determine the position angle of the electric vector at seven frequencies between 1.3 and 1.8 GHz, finding no evidence of Faraday rotation and setting a 4-σ upper limit to the rotation measure of 9.6 rad m-2, which implies an upper limit to the average line-of-sight component of the magnetic field in NGC 246 of 1.3 μG. However, we show that the rotation measure across a source with a dipolar magnetic field morphology practically cancels out. Therefore, if the magnetic field has this morphology, the local values of the magnetic field in NGC 246 could be much larger and will not be evident in a Faraday rotation experiment.

  19. International ultraviolet explorer spectral atlas of planetary nebulae, central stars, and related objects

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    Feibelman, Walter A.; Oliversen, Nancy A.; Nicholsbohlin, Joy; Garhart, Matthew P.

    1988-01-01

    The International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) archives contain a wealth of information on high quality ultraviolet spectra of approximately 180 planetary nebulae, their central stars, and related objects. Selected are representative low-dispersion IUE spectra in the range 1200 to 3200 A for 177 objects arranged by Right Ascension (RA) for this atlas. For most entries, the combined short wavelength (SWP) (1200to 1900) and long wavelength (LWR) (or LWP, 1900 to 3200 A) regions are shown on 30 cm by 10 cm Calcomp plots on a uniform scale to facilitate intercomparison of the spectra. Each calibrated spectrum is also shown on an expanded vertical scale to bring out some of the weaker features.

  20. Abundances of sulfur in the Milky Way Disk from Peimbert Type II planetary nebulae

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    Milingo, Jacquelynne Brenda

    2000-08-01

    Sulfur abundance gradients and heavy element ratios for the Milky Way Disk are constructed based upon newly acquired spectrophotometry of Type II planetary nebulae (PN). These spectra extend from 3600-9600 angstroms allowing us to use the [SIII] 9069 and 9532 angstrom lines to improve upon earlier sulfur abundance estimates. Considering a significant portion of sulfur in PN exists in the S(+2) ionization stage (and higher) this method should allow us to extrapolate more reliable total element abundance from ionic abundances. Given the progenitor mass and location of Type II PN (close to the Galactic disk), this sample of objects is free of nucleosynthetic self-contamination and thus their S abundances in particular are expected to reflect levels of these elements in the interstellar medium at the time of PN progenitor formation. These sulfur abundances provide constraints for studying various aspects of GCE such as massive star yields and the distribution of S across the Milky Way disk.

  1. The Nearby AGB Star L2 Puppis: The Birth Of a Planetary Nebula?

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    Kervella, P.; Montargès, M.; Lagadec, E.

    2015-12-01

    Adaptive optics observations in the infrared (VLT/NACO, Kervella et al. [6]) and visible (VLT/SPHERE, Kervella et al. [7]) domains revealed that the nearby AGB star L2 Pup (d = 64 pc) is surrounded by a dust disk seen almost edge-on. Thermal emission from a large dust "loop" is detected at 4 μm up to more than 10 AU from the star. We also detect a secondary source at a separation of 32 mas, whose nature is uncertain. L2 Pup is currently a relatively "young" AGB star, so we may witness the formation of a planetary nebula. The mechanism that breaks the spherical symmetry of mass loss is currently uncertain, but we propose that the dust disk and companion are key elements in the shaping of the bipolar structure. L2 Pup emerges as an important system to test this hypothesis.

  2. CO observations of very cold southern circumstellar shells and pre-planetary nebulae

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    Loup, C.; Forveille, T.; Omont, A.; Nyman, L. A.

    1990-01-01

    This paper reports on a CO(1-0) survey for very cold circumstellar envelopes made with the SEST telescope. The sources were selected from the IRAS Point Source Catalog and are probably rapidly evolving between the asymptotic giant branch and planetary nebulae. Nine of them were detected as evolved stars, of which four have an early type optical counterpart, including two stars classified as Be. HD 101584, a high latitude F supergiant has a remarkably broad CO spectrum, similar to OH231.8 + 4.2, with a total velocity extent of about 350 km/s. It probably belongs to a binary system, which could provide the mechanism for the observed violent ejection.

  3. Hubble space telescope observations and geometric models of compact multipolar planetary nebulae

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    Hsia, Chih-Hao; Chau, Wayne; Zhang, Yong; Kwok, Sun E-mail: wwlljj1314@gmail.com E-mail: sunkwok@hku.hk

    2014-05-20

    We report high angular resolution Hubble Space Telescope observations of 10 compact planetary nebulae (PNs). Many interesting internal structures, including multipolar lobes, arcs, two-dimensional rings, tori, and halos, are revealed for the first time. These results suggest that multipolar structures are common among PNs, and these structures develop early in their evolution. From three-dimensional geometric models, we have determined the intrinsic dimensions of the lobes. Assuming the lobes are the result of interactions between later-developed fast winds and previously ejected asymptotic giant branch winds, the geometric structures of these PNs suggest that there are multiple phases of fast winds separated by temporal variations and/or directional changes. A scenario of evolution from lobe-dominated to cavity-dominated stages is presented. The results reported here will provide serious constraints on any dynamical models of PNs.

  4. Upper limits to the magnetic field in central stars of planetary nebulae

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    Asensio Ramos, A.; Martínez González, M. J.; Manso Sainz, R.; Corradi, R. L. M.; Leone, F.

    2014-06-01

    More than about 20 central stars of planetary nebulae (CSPNs) have been observed spectropolarimetrically, yet no clear, unambiguous signal of the presence of a magnetic field in these objects has been found. We perform a statistical (Bayesian) analysis of all the available spectropolarimetric observations of CSPN to constrain the magnetic fields in these objects. Assuming that the stellar field is dipolar and that the dipole axis of the objects is oriented randomly (isotropically), we find that the dipole magnetic field strength is smaller than 400 G with 95% probability using all available observations. The analysis introduced allows integration of future observations to further constrain the parameters of the distribution, and it is general, so that it can be easily applied to other classes of magnetic objects. We propose several ways to improve the upper limits found here.

  5. The optical and ultraviolet spectrum of the planetary nebula NGC 2440

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    Shields, G. A.; Aller, L. H.; Keyes, C. D.; Czyzak, S. J.

    1981-01-01

    New measurements of the optical and ultraviolet emission-line intensities of the high-excitation planetary nebula NGC 2440 in the wavelength range 1240-8578 A are analyzed with the aid of photoionization models. The observed O III and N II forbidden-line temperatures (13,800 K and 10,000 K, respectively) differ by more than the models predict. Inclusion of charge-transfer reactions at published rates improves agreement between calculated and observed abundances of many ions, but worsens the agreement for several highly ionized ions. Nitrogen shows a larger overabundance N(N)/N(O) approximately equal to 1.0, whereas ultraviolet lines give a carbon abundance close to the solar value. The refractory elements magnesium, calcium, and iron have similar gas-phase depletions of approximately 1.5 dex. The abundances of oxygen, neon, sodium, sulfur, chlorine, potassium, and argon are rougly solar.

  6. Spectrum and chemical composition of the remarkable planetary nebula NGC 6537

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    Feibelman, Walter; Aller, Lawrence H.; Keyes, C. D.; Czyzak, S. J.

    1985-01-01

    Observations with the image tube scanner at the Shane 3-m telescope are combined with data obtained with the International Ultraviolet Explorer to assess the spectrum of the remarkable high-excitation planetary nebula NGC 6537. We have analyzed the spectrum of this nitrogen-rich object with the aid of the theoretical nebular models. The models permit one to estimate the fraction of unobservable ions of abundant elements. On the scale log N(H) = 12, the logarithmic abundance values for He, C, N, and O are as follows: [Table: see text] The abundances of Ne S, Cl, and Ar appear to be essentially solar to within a factor of 2. Our interpretation is that the progenitor of NGC 6537 had a chemical composition not differing greatly from that of the Sun. In the course of its prenebular evolution, C and probably O were converted to N and much H was converted to helium. PMID:16593550

  7. Fully relativistic study of forbidden transitions of OII : Electron density diagnosis for planetary nebulas

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    Chen, Shaohao; Qing, Bo; Li, Jiaming

    2007-10-01

    Using the multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock method, including the quantum electrodynamics corrections, especially with the Breit interactions, we calculate the electric quadrupole (E2) and magnetic dipole (M1) transition rates for the two transitions D5/2,3/2o2→S3/2o4 of OII . We show systematically that the correlation effects owing to core electron excitations and the Breit interactions are vitally important for the transition rates. We present a benchmark for the intensity ratio between the two transitions in the limit of high electron density in planetary nebulas, i.e., r(∞)=0.345-0.014+0.028 , which is in good agreement with modern astronomical observations.

  8. Probing the dynamics of elliptical galaxies by planetary nebulae in the framework of MOdified Newtonian Dynamics

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    Tian, Yong; Ko, Chung-Ming

    2015-08-01

    Planetary nebulae (PNe) at large distances from the centre of a galaxy provide us a tool to study its dynamics there. Romanowsky et al. (2003) reported the dynamics of three luminous elliptical galaxies up to 6 effective radii, and all of them can be explained by Newtonian dynamics without dark matter. Milgrom & Sanders (2003) deem that the result can be understood in the framework of MOND (MOdified Newtonian dynamics). We revisit this problem as more measurements are available in the past decade. In this contribution, we present our result on 7 elliptical galaxies with PNe data up to 6-8 effective radii and also stellar data from SAURON. We conclude that MOND can well explain the dynamics of all these galaxies.

  9. Dynamics of elliptical galaxies with planetary nebulae in modified Newtonian dynamics

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    Tian, Yong; Ko, Chung-Ming

    2016-10-01

    The dynamics of an elliptical galaxy within a couple of effective radii can be probed effectively by stars. However, at larger distances planetary nebulae (PNe) replace stars as the tracer of the dynamics. Making use of the motion of PNe, Romanowsky et al. measured the dynamics of three luminous elliptical galaxies (NGC821, NGC3379 and NGC4494) at large distances from the galactic centre. They found that little dark matter is needed up to six effective radii. Milgrom & Sanders showed that this result can be understood in the framework of MOdified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND). As more data are available in the past decade, we revisit this problem. We combine PNe data (up to six to eight effective radii) and stellar data from SAURON of seven elliptical galaxies, including those three galaxies in Romanowsky et al. with updated data and four other galaxies which have not been analysed before. We conclude that the dynamics of these galaxies can be well explained by MOND.

  10. Stellar wind paleontology. II - Faint halos and historical mass ejection in planetary nebulae

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    Balick, Bruce; Gonzalez, Guillermo; Frank, Adam; Jacoby, George

    1992-06-01

    The large, faint, generally circular, and limb-brightened nebular structures (called "halos") surrounding some planetary nebulae (PN) are explored using deep CCD images of NGC 40, 650-1, 1535, 2392, 6210, 6543, 6720, 6803, 6804, 6826, 6853, 6891, 6894, 7009, 7662, IC 1454, 3568, 4593, Abell 1, 2, 3, and BD +30 deg 3639. New halos have been discovered in a few objects (IC 1454, 4593, and possibly NGC 40, 6210, and 6803), and known halos have been mapped in detail in several PN (e.g., NGC 6543, 6720, 6826, 6853 and 7662). The present deep search does not reveal similar large and faint halos in NGC 1535, 2392, 6894, 7009, and IC 3568-PN whose inner regions are morphologically similar to others with easily observable halos.

  11. Any Density Changes Near the Inner Shell of the Planetary Nebula NGC 6803?

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    Lee, Seong-Jae; Hyung, S.

    2013-06-01

    Most recent high dispersion spectral data, secured at Lick Observatory in 1995 and 2001, suggested a large density increase near the inner shell boundary of the elliptical ring planetary nebula NGC 6803, e.g., Ne = 8900 (10^3.95) --> 14,400 (10^4.16)/cm^3 in [Ar IV] (Lee and Hyung 2013). We further analyzed high dispersion spectroscopic data observed in 2012 February with the Bohyunsan fiber-fed echelle spectrograph (BOES) attached to the Bohyunsan Observatory 1.8m telescope. The BOES diagnostic line ratios indicate a large change between 2001 & 2012 observations; -0.23, +0.39, +0.13, -0.28 dex for [S II], [O II], [N II], and [Cl III], respectively. For example, the 2012 BOES [Ar IV] line ratio implies a decreasing density of N=11,700 (10^4.07)/cm^3. We discuss the changes of physical conditions and kinematics of NGC 6803.

  12. Molecular hydrogen maps of extended planetary nebulae - the Dumbbell, the Ring, and NGC 2346

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    Zuckerman, B.; Gatley, I.

    1988-01-01

    The 3.8-m United Kingdom Infrared Telecsope at Mauna Kea was used to obtain complete H2 maps of three extended planetary nebulae (PNs) that are representative of two of the most common PN morphologies, bow tie and bipolar ring: the Dumbbell (NGC 6853), the Ring (NGC 6720), and the NG 2346, are discussed. The results of map analysis indicates that the S(1) emission from H2 closely follows the optical morphology of the three nebulae. The H2 emission is more extended than the main emitting mass of ionized gas and, in NGCC 2346, there is evidence for a dense torus of hot H2 surrounding the central star. The H2 emissionl appears to be shock-excited. Examinations of existing H2 measurements indicate that strong H2 emission is preferentially present in PNs that lie at small galactic latitude, implying that massive main-sequence stars produce ionization-bounded PNs, whereas low-mass stars produce density-bounded PNs. Thus, maps of H2 emission may not only be used to determine whether a given PN is ionization-bounded or density-bounded, but also to estimate the mass of the progenitor star. 83 references.

  13. He 2-104: A link between symbiotic stars and planetary nebulae

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    Lutz, Julie H.; Kaler, James B.; Shaw, Richard A.; Schwarz, Hugo E.; Aspin, Colin

    1989-01-01

    Ultraviolet, optical and infrared observations of He 2-104 are presented, and estimates for some of the physical properties of the nebular shell are made. It is argued that He 2-104 is in transition between the D-type symbiotic star and bipolar planetary nebula phases and, as such, represents a link between subclasses of these two types of objects. The model includes a binary system with a Mira variable and a hot, evolved star. Previous mass loss has resulted in the formation of a disk of gas and dust around the whole system, while the hot star has an accretion disk which produces the observed highly ionized emission line spectrum. Emission lines from cooler, lower density gas is also observed to come from the nebula. In addition, matter is flowing out of the system in a direction perpendicular to the disk with a high velocity and is impacting upon the previously-ejected red giant wind and/or the ambient interstellar medium.

  14. PLANETARY NEBULAE DETECTED IN THE SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE GLIMPSE II LEGACY SURVEY

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    Zhang Yong; Sun Kwok E-mail: sunkwok@hku.h

    2009-11-20

    We report the result of a search for the infrared counterparts of 37 planetary nebulae (PNs) and PN candidates in the Spitzer Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire II (GLIMPSE II) survey. The photometry and images of these PNs at 3.6, 4.5, 5.8, 8.0, and 24 mum, taken through the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) and the Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS), are presented. Most of these nebulae are very red and compact in the IRAC bands, and are found to be bright and extended in the 24 mum band. The infrared morphology of these objects are compared with Halpha images of the Macquarie-AAO-Strasbourg (MASH) and MASH II PNs. The implications for morphological difference in different wavelengths are discussed. The IRAC data allow us to differentiate between PNs and H II regions and be able to reject non-PNs from the optical catalog (e.g., PNG 352.1 - 00.0). Spectral energy distributions are constructed by combing the IRAC and MIPS data with existing near-, mid-, and far-IR photometry measurements. The anomalous colors of some objects allow us to infer the presence of aromatic emission bands. These multi-wavelength data provide useful insights into the nature of different nebular components contributing to the infrared emission of PNs.

  15. DT Serpentis: neither a symbiotic star nor a planetary nebula associate

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    Frew, David J.; Bento, Joao; Bojičić, Ivan S.; Parker, Quentin A.

    2014-12-01

    We present an alternative interpretation for the putative symbiotic star DT Serpentis, and its proposed planetary nebula (PN), recently announced by Munari et al. Our analysis is based on their data combined with additional archival data trawled from Virtual Observatory data bases. We show that the star known as DT Ser is not a symbiotic star, and is merely superposed on the newly discovered but unrelated background PN. There is no evidence for any periodic variability for DT Ser as expected for a symbiotic star. We further establish that there is no physical association between DT Ser and the PN, which has a considerably higher extinction, befitting the larger distance we estimate. The significantly different radial velocities of the star and nebula also likely preclude any association. Finally, we show that the mid-infrared source detected by the IRAS and WISE surveys is actually coincident with the PN so there is no evidence for DT Ser being a dusty post-asymptotic giant branch star.

  16. He 2-104: A link between symbiotic stars and planetary nebulae

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    Lutz, J.H.; Kaler, J.B.; Shaw, R.A.; Schwarz, H.E.; Aspin, C.

    1989-05-01

    Ultraviolet, optical and infrared observations of He 2-104 are presented, and estimates for some of the physical properties of the nebular shell are made. It is argued that He 2-104 is in transition between the D-type symbiotic star and bipolar planetary nebula phases and, as such, represents a link between subclasses of these two types of objects. The model includes a binary system with a Mira variable and a hot, evolved star. Previous mass loss has resulted in the formation of a disk of gas and dust around the whole system, while the hot star has an accretion disk which produces the observed highly ionized emission line spectrum. Emission lines from cooler, lower density gas is also observed to come from the nebula. In addition, matter is flowing out of the system in a direction perpendicular to the disk with a high velocity and is impacting upon the previously-ejected red giant wind and/or the ambient interstellar medium.

  17. FUSE Observations of Neutron-Capture Elements in Wolf-Rayet Planetary Nebulae

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    Dinerstein, H.

    We propose to obtain FUSE observations of planetary nebula central stars of the WC Wolf-Rayet ([WC]) class, in order to search for the products of neutron-capture processes in these stars and provide constraints on their evolutionary status. Although the origin of the [WC]'s is controversial, their H-deficient, C-rich surface compositions indicate that they have experienced a high degree of mixing and/or mass loss. Thus one might expect the nebulae they produce to show enhanced concentrations of He-burning and other nuclear products, such as nuclei produced by slow neutron capture during the AGB phase. We have already detected an absorption line from one such element, Germanium (Sterling, Dinerstein, & Bowers 2002), while conducting a search for H2 absorption from nebular molecular material FUSE GI programs A085 and B069). Since the strongest Ge enhancements were found in PNe with [WC] central stars, we propose to enlarge the sample of such objects observed by FUSE. THIS TEMPORARY AND PARTIAL SCRIPT COVERS ONE TARGET, HE 2-99, AND REQUESTS AN EXPOSURE TIME OF 15 KSEC. PHASE 2 INFORMATION FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE PROGRAM'S TOTAL TIME ALLOCATION OF 60 KSEC WILL BE SUBMITTED AT A LATER TIME.

  18. FAST, LOW-IONIZATION EMISSION REGIONS OF THE PLANETARY NEBULA M2-42

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    Danehkar, A.; Parker, Q. A.; Steffen, W.

    2016-02-15

    Spatially resolved observations of the planetary nebula M2-42 (PN G008.2−04.8) obtained with the Wide Field Spectrograph on the Australian National University 2.3 m telescope have revealed the remarkable features of bipolar collimated jets emerging from its main structure. Velocity-resolved channel maps derived from the [N ii] λ6584 emission line disentangle different morphological components of the nebula. This information is used to develop a three-dimensional morpho-kinematic model, which consists of an equatorial dense torus and a pair of asymmetric bipolar outflows. The expansion velocity of about 20 km s{sup −1} is measured from the spectrum integrated over the main shell. However, the deprojected velocities of the jets are found to be in the range of 80–160 km s{sup −1} with respect to the nebular center. It is found that the mean density of the collimated outflows, 595 ± 125 cm{sup −3}, is five times lower than that of the main shell, 3150 cm{sup −3}, whereas their singly ionized nitrogen and sulfur abundances are about three times higher than those determined from the dense shell. The results indicate that the features of the collimated jets are typical of fast, low-ionization emission regions.

  19. Large Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebula Morphology: Probing Stellar Populations and Evolution.

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    Stanghellini; Shaw; Balick; Blades

    2000-05-10

    Planetary nebulae (PNe) in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) offer the unique opportunity to study both the population and evolution of low- and intermediate-mass stars, by means of the morphological type of the nebula. Using observations from our LMC PN morphological survey, and including images available in the Hubble Space Telescope Data Archive and published chemical abundances, we find that asymmetry in PNe is strongly correlated with a younger stellar population, as indicated by the abundance of elements that are unaltered by stellar evolution (Ne, Ar, and S). While similar results have been obtained for Galactic PNe, this is the first demonstration of the relationship for extragalactic PNe. We also examine the relation between morphology and abundance of the products of stellar evolution. We found that asymmetric PNe have higher nitrogen and lower carbon abundances than symmetric PNe. Our two main results are broadly consistent with the predictions of stellar evolution if the progenitors of asymmetric PNe have on average larger masses than the progenitors of symmetric PNe. The results bear on the question of formation mechanisms for asymmetric PNe-specifically, that the genesis of PNe structure should relate strongly to the population type, and by inference the mass, of the progenitor star and less strongly on whether the central star is a member of a close binary system.

  20. Resolving the Electron Temperature Discrepancies in H II Regions and Planetary Nebulae: κ-distributed Electrons

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    Nicholls, David C.; Dopita, Michael A.; Sutherland, Ralph S.

    2012-06-01

    The measurement of electron temperatures and metallicities in H II regions and planetary nebulae (PNe) has—for several decades—presented a problem: results obtained using different techniques disagree. What is worse, they disagree consistently. There have been numerous attempts to explain these discrepancies, but none has provided a satisfactory solution to the problem. In this paper, we explore the possibility that electrons in H II regions and PNe depart from a Maxwell-Boltzmann equilibrium energy distribution. We adopt a "κ-distribution" for the electron energies. Such distributions are widely found in solar system plasmas, where they can be directly measured. This simple assumption is able to explain the temperature and metallicity discrepancies in H II regions and PNe arising from the different measurement techniques. We find that the energy distribution does not need to depart dramatically from an equilibrium distribution. From an examination of data from H II regions and PNe, it appears that κ >~ 10 is sufficient to encompass nearly all objects. We argue that the kappa-distribution offers an important new insight into the physics of gaseous nebulae, both in the Milky Way and elsewhere, and one that promises significantly more accurate estimates of temperature and metallicity in these regions.

  1. He 2-104 - A link between symbiotic stars and planetary nebulae?

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    Lutz, Julie H.; Kaler, James B.; Shaw, Richard A.; Schwarz, Hugo E.; Aspin, Colin

    1989-01-01

    Ultraviolet, optical and infrared observations of He 2-104 are presented, and estimates for some of the physical properties of the nebular shell are made. It is argued that He 2-104 is in transition between the D-type symbiotic star and bipolar planetary nebula phases and, as such, represents a link between subclasses of these two types of objects. The model includes a binary system with a Mira variable and a hot, evolved star. Previous mass loss has resulted in the formation of a disk of gas and dust around the whole system, while the hot star has an accretion disk which produces the observed highly ionized emission line spectrum. Emission lines from cooler, lower density gas is also observed to come from the nebula. In addition, matter is flowing out of the system in a direction perpendicular to the disk with a high velocity and is impacting upon the previously-ejected red giant wind and/or the ambient interstellar medium.

  2. Millimeter observations of planetary nebulae. A contribution to the Planck pre-launch catalogue

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    Umana, G.; Leto, P.; Trigilio, C.; Buemi, C. S.; Manzitto, P.; Toscano, S.; Dolei, S.; Cerrigone, L.

    2008-05-01

    Aims: We present 43 GHz (7 mm) observations of a sample of radio-bright Planetary nebulae aimed to obtain, together with far-IR measurements (IRAS), reliable estimates of the fluxes emitted in the millimetre and sub-millimetre band, and, therefore, to test their detectability by the forthcoming ESA PLANCK mission. This spectral range, even though very important to constrain the physics of circumstellar environments, is still far from being completely exploited. Methods: The new millimetre 43 GHz observations were obtained by using the 32 m INAF-IRA Noto Radiotelescope. To estimate the millimetre and sub-millimetre fluxes, we extrapolated and summed the ionized gas (free-free radio emission) and dust (thermal emission) contributions in this frequency range. By comparison of the derived flux densities to the predicted sensitivity we investigate the possible detection of such source for all the channels of PLANCK Results: We conclude that almost 80% of our sample will be detected by PLANCK, with a higher detection rate in the higher frequency channels, where there is a good combination of brighter intrinsic flux from the sources and reduced extended Galactic foregrounds contamination despite poorer instrumental sensitivity. From the new 43 GHz, combined with single-dish 5 GHz observations from the literature, we derive radio spectral indexes, which are consistent with optically thin free-free nebula. This result indicates that the high frequency radio spectrum of our sample sources is dominated by thermal free-free, and other emissions, if present, are negligible.

  3. Kinematics of the Molecular Hydrogen from the Planetary Nebula NGC 2346

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    Arias, L.; Rosado, M.; Salas, L.; Cruz-González, I.

    2001-12-01

    We present scanning Fabry-Perot observations of the planetary nebula NGC 2346 at the near-infrared vibrationally excited line H2 S(1) 1-0 at 2.122 μm. The kinematics matches a model of two ellipsoids with an outflow velocity proportional to the distance of the gas from the central star and moving radially outward. The stronger emission is located in an equatorial torus expanding at 16 km s-1. It is likely that a shock between 6 and 16 km s-1, depending on the assumed velocity of the red giant envelope (0 to 10 km s-1), excites the molecular gas. Depending on those limiting values for the shock velocity, the density of the preshock gas falls in the range (0.3-1.7)×104 cm-3, and consequently the mass of the molecular gas in the nebula is estimated to be between 0.34 and 1.85 Msolar, much larger than the mass of the ionized gas, and marginally in agreement with the estimate coming from CO observations alone. Based on observations obtained at the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional at San Pedro Mártir, B.C., México.

  4. Interpretation of two compact planetary nebulae, IC 4997 and NGC 6572, with aid of theoretical models.

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    Hyung, S; Aller, L H

    1993-01-15

    Observations of two dense compact planetary nebulae secured with the Hamilton Echelle spectrograph at Lick Observatory combined with previously published UV spectra secured with the International Ultraviolet Explorer enable us to probe the electron densities and temperatures (plasma diagnostics) and ionic concentrations in these objects. The diagnostic diagrams show that no homogenous model will work for these nebulae. NGC 6572 may consist of an inner torordal ring of density 25,000 atoms/cm3 and an outer conical shell of density 10,000 atoms/cm3. The simplest model of IC 4997 suggests a thick inner shell with a density of about 107 atoms/cm3 and an outer envelope of density 10,000 atoms/cm3. The abundances of all elements heavier than He appear to be less than the solar values in NGC 6572, whereas He, C, N, and O may be more abundant in IC 4997 than in the sun. IC 4997 presents puzzling problems.

  5. COMPARING SHOCKS IN PLANETARY NEBULAE WITH THE SOLAR WIND TERMINATION SHOCK

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    Soker, Noam; Rahin, Roi; Behar, Ehud; Kastner, Joel H.

    2010-12-20

    We show that suprathermal particles, termed pick-up ions (PUIs), might reduce the postshock temperature of the fast wind and jets in some planetary nebulae (PNs) and in symbiotic systems. The goal is to explain the finding that the temperature of the 'hot bubble' formed by the postshock gas in some PNs and symbiotic nebulae is lower, sometimes by more than an order of magnitude, than the value expected from simple hydrodynamical calculations. Although various explanations have been proposed, there is as yet no preferred solution for this 'low temperature problem'. PUIs have been invoked to explain the low temperature behind the termination shock of the solar wind. While in the case of the solar wind the neutral atoms that turn into PUIs penetrate the preshock solar wind region from the interstellar medium, in PNs the PUI source is more likely slowly moving clumps embedded in the fast wind or jets. These clumps are formed by instabilities or from backflowing cold gas. Our estimates indicate that in young PNs these PUIs will thermalize before leaving the system. Only in older PNs whose sizes exceed {approx}5000 AU and for which the fast wind mass loss rate is M-dot{sub w{approx}}<10{sup -7} M-sun yr{sup -1} do we expect the PUIs to be an efficient carrier of energy out of the postshock region (the hot bubble).

  6. Interpretation of two compact planetary nebulae, IC 4997 and NGC 6572, with aid of theoretical models.

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    Hyung, S; Aller, L H

    1993-01-01

    Observations of two dense compact planetary nebulae secured with the Hamilton Echelle spectrograph at Lick Observatory combined with previously published UV spectra secured with the International Ultraviolet Explorer enable us to probe the electron densities and temperatures (plasma diagnostics) and ionic concentrations in these objects. The diagnostic diagrams show that no homogenous model will work for these nebulae. NGC 6572 may consist of an inner torordal ring of density 25,000 atoms/cm3 and an outer conical shell of density 10,000 atoms/cm3. The simplest model of IC 4997 suggests a thick inner shell with a density of about 107 atoms/cm3 and an outer envelope of density 10,000 atoms/cm3. The abundances of all elements heavier than He appear to be less than the solar values in NGC 6572, whereas He, C, N, and O may be more abundant in IC 4997 than in the sun. IC 4997 presents puzzling problems. PMID:11607347

  7. RESOLVING THE ELECTRON TEMPERATURE DISCREPANCIES IN H II REGIONS AND PLANETARY NEBULAE: {kappa}-DISTRIBUTED ELECTRONS

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    Nicholls, David C.; Dopita, Michael A.; Sutherland, Ralph S.

    2012-06-20

    The measurement of electron temperatures and metallicities in H II regions and planetary nebulae (PNe) has-for several decades-presented a problem: results obtained using different techniques disagree. What is worse, they disagree consistently. There have been numerous attempts to explain these discrepancies, but none has provided a satisfactory solution to the problem. In this paper, we explore the possibility that electrons in H II regions and PNe depart from a Maxwell-Boltzmann equilibrium energy distribution. We adopt a '{kappa}-distribution' for the electron energies. Such distributions are widely found in solar system plasmas, where they can be directly measured. This simple assumption is able to explain the temperature and metallicity discrepancies in H II regions and PNe arising from the different measurement techniques. We find that the energy distribution does not need to depart dramatically from an equilibrium distribution. From an examination of data from H II regions and PNe, it appears that {kappa} {approx}> 10 is sufficient to encompass nearly all objects. We argue that the kappa-distribution offers an important new insight into the physics of gaseous nebulae, both in the Milky Way and elsewhere, and one that promises significantly more accurate estimates of temperature and metallicity in these regions.

  8. He 2-104 - A link between symbiotic stars and planetary nebulae?

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    Lutz, Julie H.; Kaler, James B.; Shaw, Richard A.; Schwarz, Hugo E.; Aspin, Colin

    1989-01-01

    Ultraviolet, optical and infrared observations of He 2-104 are presented, and estimates for some of the physical properties of the nebular shell are made. It is argued that He 2-104 is in transition between the D-type symbiotic star and bipolar planetary nebula phases and, as such, represents a link between subclasses of these two types of objects. The model includes a binary system with a Mira variable and a hot, evolved star. Previous mass loss has resulted in the formation of a disk of gas and dust around the whole system, while the hot star has an accretion disk which produces the observed highly ionized emission line spectrum. Emission lines from cooler, lower density gas is also observed to come from the nebula. In addition, matter is flowing out of the system in a direction perpendicular to the disk with a high velocity and is impacting upon the previously-ejected red giant wind and/or the ambient interstellar medium.

  9. The influence of binarity on the morpho-kinematics of planetary nebulae

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    Jones, David; Tyndall, Amy A.; Lloyd, Myfanwy; Santander-García, Miguel

    2012-08-01

    The role of central star binarity in the shaping of planetary nebulae (PNe) has been the subject of much debate, with single stars believed to be incapable of producing the most highly collimated morphologies. However, observational support for binary-induced shaping has been sadly lacking. Here, we highlight the results of a continuing programme to spatio-kinematically model the morphologies of all PNe known to contain a close binary central star. Spatio-kinematical modelling is imperative for these objects, as it circumvents the degeneracy between morphology and orientation which can adversely affect determinations of morphology based on imaging alone. Furthermore, spatio-kinematical modelling accurately determines the orientation of the nebular shell, allowing the theoretically predicted perpendicular alignment, between nebular symmetry axis and binary orbital plane, to be tested. To date, every PN subjected to this investigation has displayed the predicted alignment, indicating that binarity has played an important role in the formation and evolution of these nebulae. The further results from this programme will be key, not only in determining whether binary interaction is responsible for shaping the studied PNe, but also in assessing the importance of binarity in the formation and evolution of all PNe in general.

  10. Mid-infrared imaging of 18 planetary nebulae using the Spitzer Space Telescope

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    Phillips, J. P.; Ramos-Larios, G.

    2008-01-01

    We present 3.6-, 4.5-, 5.8- and 8.0-μm photometric mapping of 18 galactic planetary nebulae, based on observations taken with the Spitzer Space Telescope. These are shown to have morphologies which are sometimes quite different from those observed in the visible, with much of the emission arising outside the ionized shells. There is also evidence for a change in nebular sizes between the differing photometric bands. An analysis of mid-infrared (MIR) colours suggests that many nebulae have dust/polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emission components, and it seems likely that longer wave MIR fluxes (in particular) are associated with PAH emission features. Such features are likely to be associated, in addition, with photodissociative regimes, where shock fragmentation of dust may lead to the replenishment of smaller PAH grains. Finally, we note that the source Ap 2-1 possesses a particularly interesting structure, and may represent a case in which the nebular shell is ploughing through an enveloping HII region. Similarly, it appears that central emission in M 2-48 may arise from a warm and dusty collimating disc.

  11. Multiple Molecular Outflows in the Proto-Planetary Nebula AFGL 618

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    Huggins, P. J.; Cox, P.; Maillard, J.-P.; Muthu, C.; Bachiller, R.; Forveille, T.

    2002-12-01

    We report high resolution (0.5'' times 9 km s-1) spectro-imaging of the 2.12 micron H2 v=1-0 S(1) line in the proto-planetary nebula AFGL 618. The observations were made with the BEAR imaging Fourier transform spectrometer at the CFHT. The results provide a detailed picture of the structure and kinematics of the H2 emission in AFGL 618, and shed light on a long standing problem of the origin of high velocity H2 seen in the line wings of spatially unresolved spectra (Burton & Geballe 1986, MNRAS 223, 13p). At low expansion velocities the H2 distribution forms a tilted, bi-conical structure, which is typical of that seen in proto-PNe and young PNe. At high expansion velocities, the H2 emission is resolved into multiple, molecular outflows that align with the remarkable optical jets seen in HST images reported by Trammel and Goodrich (2002, ApJ in press). The H2 velocity increases along the jets away from the center, to as much as 200-350 km s-1 when corrected for inclination, although the line widths are quite narrow ~ 30 km s-1. The H2 emission signals shock interaction of the jets with the circumstellar gas, and likely arises from entrained envelope material. AFGL 618 is one of several proto-PNe and young PNe in which optical jets are seen: the structure and kinematics of the molecular outflows reported here illustrate how these jets interact with circumstellar gas and shape the environment in which planetary nebulae form. This work was supported in part by NSF AST-9986159.

  12. Chemical Abundances of Planetary Nebulae in the Bulge and Disk of M31

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    Jacoby, George H.; Ciardullo, Robin

    1998-01-01

    We derive abundances and central star parameters for 15 planetary nebulae (PNe) in M31: 12 in the bulge and 3 in a disk field 14 kpc from the nucleus. No single abundance value characterizes the bulge stars: although the median abundances of the sample are similar to those seen for PNe in the LMC, the distribution of abundances is several times broader, spanning over 1 decade. None of the PNe in our sample approach the super metal-rich ([Fe/H] approximately 0.25) expectations for the bulge of M31, although a few PNe in the sample of Stasinska, Richer, & Mc Call (1998) come close. This [O/H] vs [Fe/H] discrepancy is likely due to a combination of factors, including an inability of metal-rich stars to produce bright PNe, a luminosity selection effect, and an abundance gradient in the bulge of M31. We show that PNe that are near the bright limit of the [O III] lambda.5007 planetary nebula luminosity function (PNLF) span nearly a decade in oxygen abundance, and thus, support the use of the PNLF for deriving distances to galaxies (Jacoby 1996) with differing metallicities. We also identify a correlation between central star mass and PN dust formation that partially alleviates any dependence of the PNLF maximum magnitude on population age. Additionally, we identify a spatially compact group of 5 PNe having unusually high O/H; this subgroup may arise from a recent merger, but velocity information is needed to assess the true nature of the objects.

  13. A search for photometric variability of hydrogen-deficient planetary-nebula nuclei

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    González Pérez, J. M.; Solheim, J.-E.; Kamben, R.

    2006-08-01

    Aims.We searched for photometric variability in a sample of hot, hydrogen-deficient planetary nebula nuclei (PNNi) with "PG 1159" or "O VI" spectral type, most of them embedded in a bipolar or elliptical planetary nebula envelope (PNe). These characteristics may indicate the presence of a hidden close companion and an evolution affected by episodes of interaction between them. Methods: .We obtained time-series photometry from a sample of 11 candidates using the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) with the Andalucía Faint Object Spectrograph and Camera (ALFOSC), modified with our own control software to be able to observe in a high-speed multi-windowing mode. The data were reduced on-line with the real time photometry (RTP) code, which allowed us to detect periodic variable stars with small amplitudes from CCD data in real time. We studied the properties of the observed modulation frequencies to investigate their nature. Results: .We report the first detection of low-amplitude pulsations in the PNNi VV 47, NGC 6852, and Jn 1. In addition, we investigated the photometric variability of NGC 246. Time-series analysis shows that the power spectra of VV 47, NGC 6852, and NGC 246 are variable on time scales of hours. Power spectra from consecutive nights of VV 47 and NGC 6852 show significant peaks in different frequency regions. The same type of variability is present in NGC 246 in 2 observing runs separated by 3 days. Changes are also found in the power spectra of VV 47 and NGC 246 during the same night. The VV 47 power spectra are peculiar since they present modulation frequencies in a wide range from 175 to 7600 μHz. This is different from the previously known pulsating PNNi where no frequencies are found above ~3000 μHz. The high-frequency modulation observed in VV 47 may be due to g-modes triggered by the ɛ-mechanism, observed for the first time.

  14. The Formation of a Multiple Planetary Nebula:Hubble Space Telescope/WFPC2 Observations of KJPN 8

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    López, J. A.; Meaburn, J.; Rodríguez, L. F.; Vázquez, R.; Steffen, W.; Bryce, M.

    2000-07-01

    KjPn 8 is an extreme polypolar planetary nebula with a large-scale structure characterized by a giant biconical envelope. Spasmodic bipolar ejections in changing directions have occurred over thousands of years to create this peculiar nebula. Narrowband images of the core of KjPn 8 have now been obtained with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on board the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and are reported here. The central star is finally revealed in these observations, and its compact nebular core is resolved into a remarkably young elliptical ring, currently expanding at only 16 km s-1. This ring is the ionized inner region of larger molecular CO and H2 counterparts, all sharing the same orientation. The highest speed and youngest outflows are perpendicular to this central ring, which is identified as the latest event in the creation of this nebula. It is shown that the formation history of KjPn 8 has involved two distinct and consecutive planetary nebulae-like events, probably originating from a binary core evolution with components of very similar mass. These characteristics indicate that KjPn 8 may be a rare object in our Galaxy and the first ever detected of this class.

  15. The Kinematics of the Permitted C ii λ6578 Line in a Large Sample of Planetary Nebulae

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    Richer, Michael G.; Suárez, Genaro; López, José Alberto; García Díaz, María Teresa

    2017-03-01

    We present spectroscopic observations of the C ii λ6578 permitted line for 83 lines of sight in 76 planetary nebulae at high spectral resolution, most of them obtained with the Manchester Echelle Spectrograph on the 2.1 m telescope at the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional on the Sierra San Pedro Mártir. We study the kinematics of the C ii λ6578 permitted line with respect to other permitted and collisionally excited lines. Statistically, we find that the kinematics of the C ii λ6578 line are not those expected if this line arises from the recombination of C2+ ions or the fluorescence of C+ ions in ionization equilibrium in a chemically homogeneous nebular plasma, but instead its kinematics are those appropriate for a volume more internal than expected. The planetary nebulae in this sample have well-defined morphology and are restricted to a limited range in Hα line widths (no large values) compared to their counterparts in the Milky Way bulge; both these features could be interpreted as the result of young nebular shells, an inference that is also supported by nebular modeling. Concerning the long-standing discrepancy between chemical abundances inferred from permitted and collisionally excited emission lines in photoionized nebulae, our results imply that multiple plasma components occur commonly in planetary nebulae.

  16. THE DOUBLE-DEGENERATE NUCLEUS OF THE PLANETARY NEBULA TS 01: A CLOSE BINARY EVOLUTION SHOWCASE

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    Tovmassian, Gagik; Richer, Michael G.; Yungelson, Lev; Rauch, Thomas; Suleimanov, Valery; Napiwotzki, Ralf; Stasinska, Grazyna; Tomsick, John; Wilms, Joern; Morisset, Christophe; Pena, Miriam

    2010-05-01

    We present a detailed investigation of SBS 1150+599A, a close binary star hosted by the planetary nebula PN G135.9+55.9 (TS 01). The nebula, located in the Galactic halo, is the most oxygen-poor known to date and is the only one known to harbor a double degenerate core. We present XMM-Newton observations of this object, which allowed the detection of the previously invisible component of the binary core, whose existence was inferred so far only from radial velocity (RV) and photometric variations. The parameters of the binary system were deduced from a wealth of information via three independent routes using the spectral energy distribution (from the infrared to X-rays), the light and RV curves, and a detailed model atmosphere fitting of the stellar absorption features of the optical/UV component. We find that the cool component must have a mass of 0.54 {+-} 0.2 M{sub sun}, an average effective temperature, T{sub eff}, of 58,000 {+-} 3000 K, a mean radius of 0.43 {+-} 0.3 R{sub sun}, a gravity, log g = 5.0 {+-} 0.3, and that it nearly fills its Roche lobe. Its surface elemental abundances are found to be: 12 + log He/H = 10.95 {+-} 0.04 dex, 12 + log C/H = 7.20 {+-} 0.3 dex, 12 + log N/H < 6.92, and 12 + log O/H < 6.80, in overall agreement with the chemical composition of the planetary nebula. The hot component has T{sub eff} = 160-180 kK, a luminosity of about {approx}10{sup 4} L{sub sun} and a radius slightly larger than that of a white dwarf. It is probably bloated and heated as a result of intense accretion and nuclear burning on its surface in the past. The total mass of the binary system is very close to the Chandrasekhar limit. This makes TS 01 one of the best Type Ia supernova progenitor candidates. We propose two possible scenarios for the evolution of the system up to its present stage.

  17. Effect of Ambient Wind Velocity on the Shaping of Planetary Nebulae

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    Dwarkadas, V. V.; Chevalier, R. A.; Blondin, J.

    1995-05-01

    We have modelled planetary nebulae (PNe) using a 2-wind interacting-stellar-winds (ISW) model. If the two interacting winds have constant properties, the velocity of the PN shell tends towards a constant with time and the shape becomes self-similar. Additionally, if the velocity of the fast wind is much higher than the expansion velocity of the shell, the interior of the hot shocked bubble becomes isobaric. We have computed the shapes of PNe in the self-similar stage with both semi-analytic methods and numerical hydrodynamic simulations. An asymmetric density profile was assumed for the slow wind. We include the effects of the ambient wind velocity. Though the ambient velocity is often comparable to the expansion velocity of the PN, it has not received much attention since the work of Kahn & West (1985). The morphological appearance depends on the density contrast, steepness of the density profile with polar angle and velocity of the ambient medium; classification of PNe purely on the basis of the first two factors may be misleading. In particular the ambient wind velocity determines whether the PN will show a bulge or a cusp at the equator. Moderate values of the density contrast result in a cusp at the equator. Higher density contrast coupled with a low velocity for the external medium gives rise to extremely bipolar nebulae. For large density contrasts and a significant value of the slow wind velocity, the surface density maximicrons of the shell shifts away from the equator, giving rise to peanut-shaped structures with pronounced equatorial bulges. Our work shows that bipolar nebulae result when the expansion velocity of the PN is much larger than that of the external wind. An asymmetry in the external wind velocity can also lead to a bipolar shape if the equatorial velocity is sufficiently low. Our simulations indicate that all PNe may not reach the isobaric, self-similar shape. A ratio of interior sound speed to shell velocity ga 10 is found to yield nebulae

  18. Reversal of the /O III/lambda 4363/H sub gamma lambda 4340 ratio in the planetary nebula IC 4997

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    Feibelman, W. A.; Hobbs, R. W.; Mccracken, C. W.; Brown, L. W.

    1979-01-01

    Five image-tube spectrograms of the planetary nebula IC 4997 obtained during August 1977 show that the intensity forbidden ratio O III 4363 A/H-gamma 4340 A was equal to unity, but a sixth one obtained in April 1978 showed the ratio to be 0.91. These results represent a significant increase in the intensity ratio, which had been declining from 1895 to 1962 (when it was considerably less than unity), and is interpreted as resulting from a gradual increase in temperature of the nebula's central star accompanied by a transient event which led to a temporarily high value for the ratio in mid-1977.

  19. Physico-chemical spectroscopic mapping of the planetary nebula NGC 40 and the 2D_NEB, a new 2D algorithm to study ionized nebulae

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    Leal-Ferreira, M. L.; Gonçalves, D. R.; Monteiro, H.; Richards, J. W.

    2011-02-01

    In this paper we present an analysis of the physical and chemical conditions of the planetary nebula NGC 40 through spatially resolved spectroscopic maps. We also introduce a new algorithm -2D_NEB- based on the well-established IRAF nebular package, which was developed to enable the use of the spectroscopic maps to easily estimate the astrophysical quantities of ionized nebulae. The 2D_NEB was benchmarked, and we clearly show that it works properly, since it compares nicely with the IRAF nebular software. Using this software, we derive the maps of several physical parameters of NGC 40. From these maps, we conclude that Te[N II] shows only a slight temperature variation from region to region, with its values constrained between ˜8000 and 9500 K. Electron densities, on the other hand, have a much more prominent spatial variation, as Ne[S II] values vary from ˜1000 to 3000 cm-3. Maps of the chemical abundances also show significant variations. From the big picture of our work, we strongly suggest that analysis with spatial resolution be mandatory for more complete study of the physical and chemical properties of planetary nebulae.

  20. Prospecting for Elements: Galactic Halo Planetary Nebulae Abundances and Virgo Spiral Galaxy Color Profiles

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    Howard, Joseph William

    Halo planetary nebulae. Using published spectral line data for nine halo planetary nebulae (HPNe), I have calculated photoionization models in an attempt to gain insight into the physical conditions and chemical abundances of these nebulae. The nine HPNE reported upon are K648, DdDm-1, NGC2242, NGC4361, PN243.8-37.1, PN006-41.9, M2-29, BB-1, and H4-1. The derived abundance ranges for the HPNe are: C 6.60-8.95, N 7.18-8.00, O 7.56-8.56, Ne 6.24-7.71, Ar 4.12-7.70, and S 4.90-7.00 (log(x) + 12). The temperature range for the central stars of these nebulae is 40,000 to 140,000K. Specifically, with a few exceptions, I find that all nine objects exhibit subsolar O/H; most show enhanced C/O and N/O, and a constant Ne/O ration. I also note the existence of comparatively larger abundance scatter in the HPNe as opposed to disk PNe, and suggest that this is consistent with the accretion model of halo formation formulated by Searle & Zinn. In addition, I test the effects on derived abundances and central star temperatures of a variety of model atmospheres as well as blackbodies for input ionizing spectra. I find that nebular line strengths are relatively insensitive to atmospheric details; thus blackbody spectra are suitable for central star continua. Near-infrared Virgo cluster spiral colors. Near-infrared (NIR) surface photometry in J (1.2μm), H (1.6μm) and K (2.2μm) have been obtained for a sample of Virgo cluster spirals; NGC4321, NGC4303, NGC4571, NGC4689, and NGC4254 which span a large range in HI deficiency. The spirals range from a normal gas content to a deficiency of a factor of 10 compared to normal galaxies. Using previous HII region abundance studies along with the NIR colors an attempt has been made to calibrate any correlation between the J-K index to the overall gas phase abundance gradients as a first step to probing the underlying stellar metallicity. Decomposition techniques have been used to produce estimates of spiral bulge/disk masses and luminosities

  1. The post-common envelope central stars of the planetary nebulae Henize 2-155 and Henize 2-161

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    Jones, D.; Boffin, H. M. J.; Rodríguez-Gil, P.; Wesson, R.; Corradi, R. L. M.; Miszalski, B.; Mohamed, S.

    2015-08-01

    We present a study of Hen 2-155 and Hen 2-161, two planetary nebulae which bear striking morphological similarities to other planetary nebulae known to host close-binary central stars. Both central stars are revealed to be photometric variables while spectroscopic observations confirm that Hen 2-155 is host to a double-eclipsing, post-common-envelope system with an orbital period of 3h33m making it one of the shortest period binary central stars known. The observations of Hen 2-161 are found to be consistent with a post-common-envelope binary of period ~1 day. A detailed model of the central star of Hen 2-155 is produced, showing the nebular progenitor to be a hot, post-AGB remnant of approximately 0.62 M⊙, consistent with the age of the nebula, and the secondary star to be an M dwarf whose radius is almost twice the expected zero age main sequence radius for its mass. In spite of the small numbers, all main-sequence companions, of planetary nebulae central stars, to have had their masses and radii constrained by both photometric and spectroscopic observations have also been found to display this "inflation". The cause of the "inflation" is uncertain but is probably related to rapid accretion, immediately before the recent common-envelope phase, to which the star has not yet thermally adjusted. The chemical composition of both nebulae is also analysed, showing both to display elevated abundance discrepancy factors. This strengthens the link between elevated abundance discrepancy factors and close binarity in the nebular progenitor. Full Tables 2-5, and 7 are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/580/A19

  2. Spectrophotometry near the atmospheric cutoff of the strongest Bowen resonance fluorescence lines of O III in two planetary nebulae

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    O'Dell, C. R.; Opal, Chet B.

    1989-01-01

    Spectrophotometric results are presented for the stronger, well-resolved Bowen O III resonance fluorescence emission lines in the planetary nebulae 7027 and NGC 7662 down to and including the intrinsically strong line at 3133 A. These data are combined with results from the IUE atlas of spectra and similar results for the longer wavelength lines by Likkel and Aller (1986) to give the first full coverage of the Bowen lines. Good agreement is found with fluorescence theory for the primary cascade lines, except for the Likkel and Aller results. The efficiency of conversion of the exciting He II Ly-alpha into O III lines is determined, and values comparable to other planetary nebulae are found.

  3. A SPITZER/INFRARED SPECTROGRAPH SPECTRAL STUDY OF A SAMPLE OF GALACTIC CARBON-RICH PROTO-PLANETARY NEBULAE

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    Zhang Yong; Kwok Sun; Hrivnak, Bruce J. E-mail: sunkwok@hku.h

    2010-12-10

    Recent infrared spectroscopic observations have shown that proto-planetary nebulae (PPNs) are sites of active synthesis of organic compounds in the late stages of stellar evolution. This paper presents a study of Spitzer/Infrared Spectrograph spectra for a sample of carbon-rich PPNs, all except one of which show the unidentified 21 {mu}m emission feature. The strengths of the aromatic infrared band, 21 {mu}m, and 30 {mu}m features are obtained by decomposition of the spectra. The observed variations in the strengths and peak wavelengths of the features support the model that the newly synthesized organic compounds gradually change from aliphatic to aromatic characteristics as stars evolve from PPNs to planetary nebulae.

  4. NGC 6778: a disrupted planetary nebula around a binary central star

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    Guerrero, M. A.; Miranda, L. F.

    2012-03-01

    The planetary nebula (PN) NGC 6778 harbors a binary central star with a short orbital period and displays two systems of fast collimated outflows. To assess the influence of the evolution through a common-envelope phase of the binary system of NGC 6778 on its formation and shaping, we have used narrow-band images and high-dispersion long-slit spectra of the nebula to investigate its detailed morphology and kinematics. We find that the overall structure of NGC 6778 can be described as a bipolar PN. The equatorial ring is highly disrupted and many radial features (filamentary wisps and cometary knots) also show strong dynamical effects. There are clear connections between the bipolar lobes and the fast collimated outflows: the collimated outflows seem to arise from bright knots at the tips of the bipolar lobes, whereas the kinematics of the bipolar lobes is distorted. We suggest that the interaction of the fast collimated outflows of NGC 6778 with its nebular envelope has resulted in the disruption of the nebular shell and equatorial ring. Based on observations made with the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) and the Italian Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) on the island of La Palma in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC). NOT is operated jointly by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. TNG is operated by the Fundación Galileo Galilei of the INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica). The data presented here were obtained in part with ALFOSC, which is provided by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA) under a joint agreement with the University of Copenhagen and NOTSA.

  5. The emerging planetary nebula CRL 618 and its unsettled central star(s)

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    Balick, B.; Riera, A.; Raga, A.; Velázquez, P. F.; Kwitter, K. B. E-mail: angels.riera@upc.edu E-mail: pablo@nucleares.unam.mx

    2014-11-01

    We report deep long-slit emission-line spectra, the line flux ratios, and Doppler profile shapes of various bright optical lines. The low-ionization lines (primarily [N I], [O I], [S II], and [N II]) originate in shocked knots, as reported by many previous observers. Dust-scattered lines of higher ionization are seen throughout the lobes but do not peak in the knots. Our analysis of these line profiles and the readily discernible stellar continuum shows that (1) the central star is an active symbiotic (whose spectrum resembles the central stars of highly bipolar and young planetary nebulae such as M2-9 and Hen2-437) whose compact companion shows a WC8-type spectrum, (2) extended nebular lines of [O III] and He I originate in the heavily obscured nuclear H II region, and (3) the Balmer lines observed throughout the lobes are dominated by reflected Hα emission from the symbiotic star. Comparing our line ratios with those observed historically shows that (1) the [O III]/Hβ and He I/Hβ ratios have been steadily rising by large amounts throughout the nebula, (2) the Hα/Hβ ratio is steadily decreasing while Hγ/Hβ remains nearly constant, and (3) the low-ionization line ratios formed in the shocked knots have been in decline in different ways at various locations. We show that the first two of these results might be expected if the symbiotic central star has been active and if its bright Hα line has faded significantly in the past 20 years.

  6. Identification of Near-infrared [Se iii] and [Kr vi] Emission Lines in Planetary Nebulae

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    Sterling, N. C.; Madonna, S.; Butler, K.; García-Rojas, J.; Mashburn, A. L.; Morisset, C.; Luridiana, V.; Roederer, I. U.

    2017-05-01

    We identify [Se iii] 1.0994 μm in the planetary nebula (PN) NGC 5315 and [Kr vi] 1.2330 μm in three PNe from spectra obtained with the Folded-Port InfraRed Echellette (FIRE) spectrometer on the 6.5 m Baade Telescope. Se and Kr are the two most widely detected neutron-capture elements in astrophysical nebulae, and can be enriched by s-process nucleosynthesis in PN progenitor stars. The detection of [Se iii] 1.0994 μm is particularly valuable when paired with observations of [Se iv] 2.2864 μm, as it can be used to improve the accuracy of nebular Se abundance determinations, and allows Se ionization correction factor (ICF) schemes to be empirically tested for the first time. We present new effective collision strength calculations for Se2+ and Kr5+, which we use to compute ionic abundances. In NGC 5315, we find that the Se abundance computed from Se3+/H+ is lower than that determined with ICFs that incorporate Se2+/H+. We compute new Kr ICFs that take Kr5+/H+ into account, by fitting correlations found in grids of Cloudy models between Kr ionic fractions and those of more abundant elements, and use these to derive Kr abundances in four PNe. Observations of [Se iii] and [Kr vi] in a larger sample of PNe, with a range of excitation levels, are needed to rigorously test the ICF prescriptions for Se and our new Kr ICFs. This paper includes data obtained with the 6.5-m Magellan Telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile.

  7. Low-ionization structures in planetary nebulae - I. Physical, kinematic and excitation properties

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    Akras, Stavros; Gonçalves, Denise R.

    2016-01-01

    Though the low-ionization small-scale structures (LISs) such as knots, filaments and jets of planetary nebulae (PNe) are known for ˜30 yr, some of their observational properties are not well established. In consequence, our ability to include them in the wider context of the formation and evolution of PNe is directly affected. Why most structures have lower densities than the PN shells hosting them? Is their intense emission in low-ionization lines the key to their main excitation mechanism? Therefore, if considered altogether, can LISs line ratios, chemical abundances and kinematics enlighten the interplay between the different excitation and formation processes? Here we present a spectroscopic analysis of five PNe that possess LISs confirming that all nebular components have comparable electron temperatures, whereas the electron density is systematically lower in LISs than in the surrounding nebula. Chemical abundances of LISs versus other PN components do not show significant differences as well. By using diagnostic diagrams from shock models, we demonstrate that LISs' main excitation is due to shocks, whereas the other components are mainly photoionized. We also propose new diagnostic diagrams involving a few emission lines ([N II], [O III], [S II]) and log(fshocks/f*), where fshocks and f* are the ionization photon fluxes due to the shocks and the central star ionizing continuum, respectively. A robust relation differentiating the structures is found, with the shock-excited clearly having log(fshocks/f*) > -1; while the photoionized structures have log(fshocks/f*) < -2. A transition zone, with -2 < log(fshocks/f*) < -1, where both mechanisms are equally important, is also defined.

  8. Three-dimensional photoionization modelling of the planetary nebula NGC 3918

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    Ercolano, B.; Morisset, C.; Barlow, M. J.; Storey, P. J.; Liu, X.-W.

    2003-04-01

    The three-dimensional Monte Carlo photoionization code MOCASSIN has been applied to construct a realistic model of the planetary nebula NGC 3918. Three different geometric models were tried, the first being the biconical density distribution already used some years ago by Clegg et al. In this model the nebula is approximated by a biconical structure of enhanced density, embedded in a lower-density spherical region. Spindle-like density distributions were used for the other two models (models A and B). Model A used a mass distribution slightly modified from one of Mellema's hydrodynamical models that had already been adopted by Corradi et al. for their observational analysis of NGC 3918. Our spindle-like model B instead used an analytical expression to describe the shape of the inner shell of this object as consisting of an ellipsoid embedded in a sphere. The effects of the interaction of the diffuse fields coming from two adjacent regions of different densities were investigated. These are found to be non-negligible, even for the relatively uncomplicated case of a biconical geometry. We found that the ionization structure of low-ionization species near the boundaries is particularly affected. It is found that all three models provided acceptable matches to the integrated nebular optical and ultraviolet spectrum. Large discrepancies were found between all of the model predictions of infrared fine-structure line fluxes and ISO SWS measurements. This was found to be largely due to an offset of ~14 arcsec from the centre of the nebula that affected all of the ISO observations of NGC 3918. For each model, we also produced projected emission-line maps and position-velocity diagrams from synthetic long-slit spectra, which could be compared to recent HST images and ground-based long-slit echelle spectra. This comparison showed that spindle-like model B provided the best match to the observations. Although the integrated emission-line spectrum of NGC 3918 can be reproduced

  9. SULFUR- AND SILICON-BEARING MOLECULES IN PLANETARY NEBULAE: THE CASE OF M2-48

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    Edwards, J. L.; Ziurys, L. M.

    2014-10-20

    Molecular-line observations of the bipolar planetary nebula (PN) M2-48 have been conducted using the Sub-Millimeter Telescope and the 12 m antenna of the Arizona Radio Observatory at 1, 2, and 3 mm. M2-48 is estimated to be ∼4800 yr old, midway through the PN evolutionary track. SiO and SO{sub 2} were detected in this source—the first identification of either molecule in a PN. CN, HCN, HNC, CS, SO, HCO{sup +}, N{sub 2}H{sup +}, and several {sup 13}C isotopologues such as {sup 13}CN, H{sup 13}CN, and H{sup 13}CO{sup +} were also observed toward this object. A radiative transfer analysis of multiple SiO transitions indicates a gas kinetic temperature of T {sub K} ∼ 55 K and a density of n(H{sub 2}) ∼ 9 × 10{sup 5} cm{sup –3} in M2-48, in agreement with previous CS and CO modeling. After CO, CN, and SO were found to be the most prevalent molecules in this nebula, with fractional abundances, relative to H{sub 2}, of f ∼ 3.8 × 10{sup –7} and 2.4 × 10{sup –7}, respectively. SO{sub 2} and HCN are also abundant, with f ∼ 1.2 × 10{sup –7}, indicating an [SO]/[SO{sub 2}] ratio of ∼2. Relatively high ion abundances were measured in M2-48 as well, with f ∼ 10{sup –7} for both HCO{sup +} and N{sub 2}H{sup +}. An [HCN]/[HNC] ratio of ∼2 was determined, as typically observed in other PNe, independent of age. The high abundances of SO and SO{sub 2}, along with the presence of SiO with f ∼ 2.9 × 10{sup –8}, suggest O/C > 1 in this source; furthermore, the prevalence of CN and N{sub 2}H{sup +} indicates nitrogen enrichment. The {sup 12}C/{sup 13}C ratio of ∼3 in the nebula was also established. These factors indicate hot-bottom burning occurred in the progenitor star of M2-48, suggesting an initial mass > 4 M {sub ☉}.

  10. IC 4663: the first unambiguous [WN] Wolf-Rayet central star of a planetary nebula

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    Miszalski, B.; Crowther, P. A.; De Marco, O.; Köppen, J.; Moffat, A. F. J.; Acker, A.; Hillwig, T. C.

    2012-06-01

    We report on the serendipitous discovery of the first central star of a planetary nebula (PN) that mimics the helium- and nitrogen-rich WN sequence of massive Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars. The central star of IC 4663 (PN G346.2-08.2) is dominated by broad He II and N V emission lines which correspond to a [WN3] spectral type. Unlike previous [WN] candidates, the surrounding nebula is unambiguously a PN. At an assumed distance of 3.5 kpc, corresponding to a stellar luminosity of 4000 L⊙, the V= 16.9 mag central star remains 4-6 mag fainter than the average luminosity of massive WN3 stars even out to an improbable d= 8 kpc. The nebula is typical of PNe with an elliptical morphology, a newly discovered asymptotic giant branch (AGB) halo, a relatively low expansion velocity (vexp= 30 km s-1) and a highly ionized spectrum with an approximately solar chemical abundance pattern. The [WN3] star is hot enough to show Ne VII emission (T*= 140 ± 20 kK) and exhibits a fast wind (v∞= 1900 km s-1), which at d= 3.5 kpc would yield a clumped mass-loss rate of ?= 1.8 × 10-8 M⊙ yr-1 with a small stellar radius (R*= 0.11 R⊙). Its atmosphere consists of helium (95 per cent), hydrogen (<2 per cent), nitrogen (0.8 per cent), neon (0.2 per cent) and oxygen (0.05 per cent) by mass. Such an unusual helium-dominated composition cannot be produced by any extant scenario used to explain the H-deficiency of post-AGB stars. The O(He) central stars share a similar composition and the discovery of IC 4663 provides the first evidence for a second He-rich/H-deficient post-AGB evolutionary sequence [WN] →O(He). This suggests that there is an alternative mechanism responsible for producing the majority of H-deficient post-AGB stars that may possibly be expanded to include other He-rich/H-deficient stars such as R Coronae Borealis stars and AM Canum Venaticorum stars. The origin of the unusual composition of [WN] and O(He) central stars remains unexplained. Based on observations made with Gemini

  11. SALT reveals the barium central star of the planetary nebula Hen 2-39

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    Miszalski, B.; Boffin, H. M. J.; Jones, D.; Karakas, A. I.; Köppen, J.; Tyndall, A. A.; Mohamed, S. S.; Rodríguez-Gil, P.; Santander-García, M.

    2013-12-01

    Classical barium stars are binary systems which consist of a late-type giant enriched in carbon and slow neutron capture (s-process) elements and an evolved white dwarf (WD) that is invisible at optical wavelengths. The youngest observed barium stars are surrounded by planetary nebulae (PNe), ejected soon after the wind accretion of polluted material when the WD was in its preceding asymptotic giant branch (AGB) phase. Such systems are rare but powerful laboratories for studying AGB nucleosynthesis as we can measure the chemical abundances of both the polluted star and the nebula ejected by the polluter. Here, we present evidence for a barium star in the PN Hen 2-39 (PN G283.8-04.2) as one of only a few known systems. The polluted giant is very similar to that found in WeBo 1 (PN G135.6+01.0). It is a cool (Teff = 4250 ± 150 K) giant enhanced in carbon ([C/H] = 0.42 ± 0.02 dex) and barium ([Ba/Fe] = 1.50 ± 0.25 dex). A spectral type of C-R3 C24 nominally places Hen 2-39 amongst the peculiar early R-type carbon stars; however, the barium enhancement and likely binary status mean that it is more likely to be a barium star with similar properties, rather than a true member of this class. An AGB star model of initial mass 1.8 M⊙ and a relatively large carbon pocket size can reproduce the observed abundances well, provided mass is transferred in a highly conservative way from the AGB star to the polluted star (e.g. wind Roche lobe overflow). It also shows signs of chromospheric activity and photometric variability with a possible rotation period of ˜5.5 d likely induced by wind accretion. The nebula exhibits an apparent ring morphology in keeping with the other PNe around barium stars (WeBo 1 and A 70) and shows a high degree of ionization implying the presence of an invisible hot pre-WD companion that will require confirmation with UV observations. In contrast to A 70, the nebular chemical abundance pattern is consistent with non-Type I PNe, in keeping with the

  12. Reappearance of 22 GHz water maser in proto-planetary nebula OH17.7-2.0.

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    Wolak, P.; Szymczak, M.; Bartkiewicz, A.; Pazderski, E.; Kus, A. J.; Kepa, A.; Katarzynski, K.; Borkowski, K. M.; Feiler, R.; Mazurek, J.; Szymanski, W.; Filarecki, J.; Krol, J.

    2013-07-01

    We observed OH17.7-2.0 (also known as: IRAS18276-1431, V445 Sct), a young proto-planetary nebula (Sanchez Contreras et al., 2007, ApJ, 656, 1150; Bains et al., 2003, MNRAS, 338, 287), in the 22 GHz water maser line using a new K-band receiver at the Torun 32m radio telescope. The system equivalent flux density was about 480 Jy and spectral resolution was 0.03 km/s.

  13. The halo of M 49 and its environment as traced by planetary nebulae populations

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    Hartke, J.; Arnaboldi, M.; Longobardi, A.; Gerhard, O.; Freeman, K. C.; Okamura, S.; Nakata, F.

    2017-07-01

    Context. The galaxy M 49 (NGC 4472) is the brightest early-type galaxy in the Virgo Cluster. It is located in subcluster B and has an unusually blue, metal-poor outer halo. Planetary nebulae (PNe) are excellent tracers of diffuse galaxy and intragroup light (IGL). Aims: We aim to present a photometric survey of PNe in the galaxy's extended halo to characterise its PN population, as well as the surrounding IGL of the subcluster B. Methods: PNe were identified based on their bright [OIII]5007 Å emission and absence of a broad-band continuum through automated detection techniques. Results: We identify 738 PNe out to a radius of 155 kpc from M 49's centre from which we define a complete sample of 624 PNe within a limiting magnitude of m5007,lim = 28.8. Comparing the PN number density to the broad-band stellar surface brightness profile, we find a variation of the PN-specific frequency (α-parameter) with radius. The outer halo beyond 60kpc has a 3.2 times higher α-parameter compared to the main galaxy halo (α2.5,innerM 49 = (3.20 ± 0.43) × 10-9 PN L-1⊙,bol), which is likely due to contribution from the surrounding blue IGL. We use the planetary nebulae luminosity function (PNLF) as an indicator of distance and stellar population. Its slope, which correlates empirically with galaxy type, varies within the inner halo. In the eastern quadrant of M 49, the PNLF slope is shallower, indicating an additional localised, bright PN population following an accretion event, likely that of the dwarf irregular galaxy VCC1249. We also determined a distance modulus of μPNLF = 31.29+ 0.07-0.08 for M 49, corresponding to a physical distance of 18.1 ± 0.6 Mpc, which agrees with a recent surface-brightness fluctuations distance. Conclusions: The PN populations in the outer halo of M 49 are consistent with the presence of a main Sérsic galaxy halo with a slight (B - V) colour gradient of 10-4 mag arcsec-1 surrounded by IGL with a very blue colour of (B - V) = 0.25 and a constant

  14. New Detections of HNC in Planetary Nebulae: Evolution of the [HCN]/[HNC] Ratio

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    Schmidt, D. R.; Ziurys, L. M.

    2017-01-01

    New detections of HNC have been made toward 11 planetary nebulae (PNe), including K4-47, K3-58, K3-17, M3-28, and M4-14. These sources, which represent a wide range of ages and morphologies, had previously been observed in HCN by Schmidt & Ziurys. Measurements of the J=1\\to 0 and J=3\\to 2 transitions of HNC near 90 and 271 GHz were conducted using the new 12 m and the Sub-Millimeter Telescope of the Arizona Radio Observatory. HCN and HNC were also identified via their J=1\\to 0 lines toward eight positions across the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293). Column densities for HNC, determined from radiative transfer modeling, were Ntot(HNC) ∼ (0.06–4.0) × 1013 cm‑2, corresponding to fractional abundances with respect to H2 of f ∼ (0.02–1.4) × 10‑7. The HCN and HNC column densities across the Helix were found to be {N}{tot}({HCN}) ∼ (0.2–2.4) × 1012 cm‑2 and {N}{tot}({HNC}) ∼ (0.07–1.6) × 1012 cm‑2, with fractional abundances of (0.2–3.2) × 10‑7 and (0.09–2.2) × 10‑7. The [HCN]/[HNC] ratio varied between ∼1–8 for all PNe, with [HCN]/[HNC] ∼1–4 across the Helix. These values are greatly reduced from what has been found in asymptotic giant branch stars, where the ratio is typically >100. Both the abundance of HNC and the [HCN]/[HNC] ratio do not appear to vary significantly with nebular age across a time span of ∼10,000 years, in contrast to predictions of chemical models. The increase in HNC appears to arise in the proto-planetary stage, but becomes “frozen” once the PN phase is reached.

  15. Water Fountains in the Sky: Streaming Water Jets from Aging Star Provide Clues to Planetary-Nebula Formation

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    2002-06-01

    Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio telescope have found that an aging star is spewing narrow, rotating streams of water molecules into space, like a jerking garden hose that has escaped its owner's grasp. The discovery may help resolve a longstanding mystery about how the stunningly beautiful objects called planetary nebulae are formed. Artist's Conception of W43A. Artist's conception of W43A, with the aging star surrounded by a disk of material and a precessing, twisted jet of molecules streaming away from it in two directions. Credit: Kirk Woellert/National Science Foundation. The astronomers used the VLBA, operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, to study a star called W43A. W43A is about 8,500 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Aquila, the eagle. This star has come to the end of its normal lifetime and, astronomers believe, is about to start forming a planetary nebula, a shell of brightly glowing gas lit by the hot ember into which the star will collapse. "A prime mystery about planetary nebulae is that many are not spherical even though the star from which they are ejected is a sphere," said Phillip Diamond, director of the MERLIN radio observatory at Jodrell Bank in England, and one of the researchers using the VLBA. "The spinning jets of water molecules we found coming from this star may be one mechanism for producing the structures seen in many planetary nebulae," he added. The research team, led by Hiroshi Imai of Japan's National Astronomical Observatory (now at the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe, based in the Netherlands), also includes Kumiko Obara of the Mizusawa Astrogeodynamics Observatory and Kagoshima University; Toshihiro Omodaka, also of Kagoshima University; and Tetsuo Sasao of the Japanese National Astronomical Observatory. The scientists reported their findings in the June 20 issue of the scientific journal Nature. As stars similar to our Sun

  16. Episodic mass loss from the hydrogen-deficient central star of the planetary nebula Longmore 4

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    Bond, Howard E.

    2014-09-01

    A spectacular transient mass-loss episode from the extremely hot, hydrogen-deficient central star of the planetary nebula (PN) Longmore 4 (Lo 4) was discovered in 1992 by Werner et al. During that event, the star temporarily changed from its normal PG 1159 spectrum to that of an emission-line low-luminosity early-type Wolf-Rayet [WCE] star. After a few days, Lo 4 reverted to its normal, predominantly absorption-line PG 1159 type. To determine whether such events recur, and if so how often, I monitored the optical spectrum of Lo 4 from early 2003 to early 2012. Out of 81 spectra taken at random dates, 4 of them revealed mass-loss outbursts similar to that seen in 1992. This indicates that the episodes recur approximately every 100 days (if the recurrence rate has been approximately constant and the duration of a typical episode is ∼5 days), and that the star is in a high-mass-loss state about 5% of the time. Since the enhanced stellar wind is hydrogen-deficient, it arises from the photosphere and is unlikely to be related to phenomena such as a binary or planetary companion or infalling dust. I speculate on plausible mechanisms for these unique outbursts, including the possibility that they are related to the non-radial GW Vir-type pulsations exhibited by Lo 4. The central star of the PN NGC 246 has stellar parameters similar to those of Lo 4, and it is also a GW Vir-type pulsator with similar pulsation periods. I obtained 167 spectra of NGC 246 between 2003 and 2011, but no mass ejections were found.

  17. HIP 3678: a hierarchical triple stellar system in the centre of the planetary nebula NGC 246

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    Adam, C.; Mugrauer, M.

    2014-11-01

    We report the detection of a new low-mass stellar companion to the white dwarf HIP 3678 A, the central star of the planetary nebula NGC 246. The newly found companion is located about 1 arcsec (at projected separation of about 500 au) north-east of HIP 3678 A, and shares a common proper motion with the white dwarf and its known comoving companion HIP 3678 B. The hypothesis that the newly detected companion is a non-moving background object can be rejected on a significance level of more than 8σ, by combining astrometric measurements from the literature with follow-up astrometry, obtained with Wide Field Planetary Camera 2/Hubble Space Telescope and NACO/Very Large Telescope. From our deep NACO imaging data, we can rule out additional stellar companions of the white dwarf with projected separations between 130 up to 5500 au. In the deepest high-contrast NACO observation, we achieve a detection limit in the Ks band of about 20 mag, which allows the detection of brown dwarf companions with masses down to 36 Mjup at an assumed age of the system of 260 Myr. To approximate the masses of the companions HIP 3678 B and C, we use the evolutionary Baraffe et al. models and obtain about 0.85 M⊙ for HIP 3678 B and about 0.1 M⊙ for HIP 3678 C. According to the derived absolute photometry, HIP 3678 B should be a early to mid-K dwarf (K2-K5), while HIP 3678 C should be a mid M dwarf with a spectral type in the range between M5 and M6.

  18. Towards a New Distance Scale and Luminosity Function for Nearby Planetary Nebulae

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    Frew, David J.; Parker, Q. A.

    The local planetary nebula (PN) census is dominated by extremely evolved examples, and until recently, was incomplete. New discoveries from the AAO/UKST Hα Survey and SHASSA, have partially remedied this problem. In addition, we find that some currently accepted nearby PNe are in fact Strömgren spheres in the ISM ionised by a hot white dwarf. Distance estimates for a robust sample of calibrating PNe from the literature, plus new distances for a number of highly evolved PNe, have allowed a new Hα surface brightness - radius relationship to be devised as a useful distance indicator. It covers >6 dex in SB, and while the spread in SB is ˜1 dex at a given radius, optically thick (mainly bipolar and bipolar-core) PNe tend to populate the upper bound of the trend, while common-envelope PNe and very high-excitation PNe form a sharp lower boundary. Hence, distances can be estimated for all remaining local PNe, allowing the definition of a relatively complete census of PNe in the solar neighbourhood within 1.0 kpc. This provides a first look at the faint end of the PN luminosity function, and new estimates of the space density, scale height, total number, and birth rate of Galactic PNe.

  19. Sculpting a Pre-Planetary Nebula with a Precessing Jet: IRAS 16342-3814

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    Sahai, R.; Le Mignant, D.; Sanchez Contreras, C.; Campbell, R. D.; Chaffee, F. H.

    2005-01-01

    We have imaged the bipolar pre-planetary nebula IRAS 16342-3814 with the Keck adaptive optics (AO) system in four near-infrared bands in the 1.6-4.7 (micro)m range. The lobes, which showed smoothly varying brightness distributions in previous optical images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, have a limb-brightened appearance in the AO images, with a remarkable corkscrew structure inscribed on the lobe walls. A well-collimated, precessing jet with a diameter less than or approximately equal to 100 AU and a precession period less than or approximately equal to 50 yr, interacting with ambient circumstellar material, is most likely responsible for the corkscrew structure and the lobes, as indicated by a detailed comparison of our observations with published numerical simulations. The very red colors of the lobes in the near-infrared, coupled with their visibility at optical wavelengths, require that at least half, but not all, of the light of the central star be trapped by a compact circumstellar dust cloud heated to approximately 600-700 K and reradiated in the infrared. The lobes are thus illuminated both by the infrared light from this dust cloud as well as by the optical light from the central star.

  20. A robust expansion proper motion distance to the extraordinary planetary nebula KjPn 8

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    Boumis, P.; Meaburn, J.

    2014-04-01

    Since the discovery by Lopez, Vasquez and Rodriguez of the giant lobes projecting from the otherwise innocuous planetary nebula, KjPn 8, it has been imperative to obtain a robust distance (D) determination. This has now been achieved by comparing an image of the lobes taken in 2011 with the Greek Aristarchos telescope with that (POSSI-R) obtained in 1954: the baseline for expansive proper motions has therefore being extended to 57 yr. These proper motions, combined with previous radial velocity measurements and tilt of the most energetic outflow with respect to the sight line, as determined from HST imagery of the nebular core, give D = 1.8 ± 0.3 kpc. This value then lets the kinetic energy (approx 1047 erg) of the most recent and energetic outflow to be determined. It could be significant that this energy is consistent with an Intermediate Luminosity Optical Transient (ILOT) origin of the latest ejection as proposed for other similar objects by Soker and Kashi.

  1. Central stars of planetary nebulae. II. New OB-type and emission-line stars

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    Weidmann, W. A.; Gamen, R.

    2011-07-01

    Context. There are more than 3000 confirmed and probably known Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe), but central star spectroscopic information is available for only 13% of them. Aims: We have undertaken a spectroscopic survey of the central stars in PNe to identify their spectral types. Methods: We performed spectroscopic observations at low resolution with the 2-m telescope at CASLEO, Argentina. Results: We present the spectra of 46 central stars of PNe, most of them are OB-type and emission-line stars. Based on data collected at the Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (CASLEO), which is operated under agreement between the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina y Universidades Nacionales de La Plata, Córdoba y San Juan, Argentina.The reduced spectra (FITS files) are available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/531/A172

  2. Studies of hydrodynamic events in stellar evolution. 3: Ejection of planetary nebulae

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    Sparks, W. M.; Kutter, G. S.

    1973-01-01

    The dynamic behavior of the H-rich envelope (0.101 solar mass) of an evolved star (1.1 solar mass) as the luminosity rises to 19000 solar luminosity during the second ascent of the red giant branch. For luminosities in the range 3100 L 19000 solar luminosity the H-rich envelope pulsates like a long-period variable (LPV) with periods of the order of a year. As L reaches 19000 solar luminosity, the entire H-rich envelope is ejected as a shell with speeds of a few 10 km/s. The ejection occurs on a timescale of a few LPV pulsation periods. This ejection is associated with the formation of a planetary nebula. The computations are based on an implicit hydrodynamic computer code. T- and RHO-dependent opacities and excitation and ionization energies are included. As the H-rich envelope is accelerated off the stellar core, the gap between envelope and core is approximated by a vacuum, filled with radiation. Across the vacuum, the luminosity is conserved and the anisotropy of the radiation is considered as well as the solid angle subtended by the remnant star at the inner surface of the H-rich envelope. Spherical symmetry and the diffusion approximation are assumed.

  3. A pilot search for mm-RRLs in pre-Planetary Nebulae

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    Sánchez Contreras, C.; Báez-Rubio, A.; Alcolea, J.; Bujarrabal, V.; Martín-Pintado, J.

    2017-03-01

    We carried out pilot search for radio recombination line (RRL) emission at millimeter wavelengths in a small sample of pre-Planetary Nebulae (pPNe) and young PNe (yPNe) with emerging central ionized winds. RRLs at mm-wavelengths are excellent probes of the dense inner (<150 au) regions of these objects, where the yet unknown agents for PN-shaping operate, and which are usually heavily obscured at shorter wavelengths by optically thick circumstellar dust shells. We detect mm-RRLs in three objects: CRL 618, MWC 922, and M 2-9. We present the results from detailed line + continuum non-LTE 3D radiative transfer models for these targets, which enables constraning the structure, kinematics, and physical conditions (electron temperature and density) of their ionized cores. Amongst other parameters, we derive mass-loss rates of M_{pAGB} ≈ 10^{-6} - 10^{-7} M_{⊙} yr^{-1}, which are significantly higher than the values adopted by stellar evolution models currently in use.

  4. MULTIPLE FAST MOLECULAR OUTFLOWS IN THE PRE-PLANETARY NEBULA CRL 618

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    Lee, Chin-Fei; Huang, Po-Sheng; Sahai, Raghvendra; Sánchez Contreras, Carmen; Tay, Jeremy Jian Hao

    2013-11-01

    CRL 618 is a well-studied pre-planetary nebula. It has multiple highly collimated optical lobes, fast molecular outflows along the optical lobes, and an extended molecular envelope that consists of a dense torus in the equator and a tenuous round halo. Here we present our observations of this source in CO J = 3-2 and HCN J = 4-3 obtained with the Submillimeter Array at up to ∼0.''3 resolutions. We spatially resolve the fast molecular outflow region previously detected in CO near the central star and find it to be composed of multiple outflows that have similar dynamical ages and are oriented along the different optical lobes. We also detect fast molecular outflows further away from the central star near the tips of the extended optical lobes and a pair of equatorial outflows inside the dense torus. We find that two episodes of bullet ejections in different directions are needed, one producing the fast molecular outflows near the central star and one producing the fast molecular outflows near the tips of the extended optical lobes. One possibility to launch these bullets is a magneto-rotational explosion of the stellar envelope.

  5. The central star candidate of the planetary nebula Sh2-71: photometric and spectroscopic variability

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    Močnik, T.; Lloyd, M.; Pollacco, D.; Street, R. A.

    2015-07-01

    We present the analysis of several newly obtained and archived photometric and spectroscopic data sets of the intriguing and yet poorly understood 13.5 mag central star candidate of the bipolar planetary nebula Sh2-71. Photometric observations confirmed the previously determined quasi-sinusoidal light curve with a period of 68 d and also indicated periodic sharp brightness dips, possibly eclipses, with a period of 17.2 d. In addition, the comparison between U and V light curves revealed that the 68 d brightness variations are accompanied by a variable reddening effect of ΔE(U - V) = 0.38. Spectroscopic data sets demonstrated pronounced variations in spectral profiles of Balmer, helium and singly ionized metal lines and indicated that these variations occur on a time-scale of a few days. The most accurate verification to date revealed that spectral variability is not correlated with the 68 d brightness variations. The mean radial velocity of the observed star was measured to be ˜26 km s-1 with an amplitude of ±40 km s-1. The spectral type was determined to be B8V through spectral comparison with synthetic and standard spectra. The newly proposed model for the central star candidate is a Be binary with a misaligned precessing disc.