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Investigating the nature of the Fried Egg nebula: CO mm-line and optical spectroscopy of IRAS 17163–3907

Sofia Wallström (Institutionen för rymd- och geovetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik) ; Sebastien Muller (Institutionen för rymd- och geovetenskap, Onsala rymdobservatorium) ; E. Lagadec ; John H. Black (Institutionen för rymd- och geovetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik) ; R. D. Oudmaijer ; Kay Justtanont (Institutionen för rymd- och geovetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik) ; H. van Winckel ; A. A. Zijlstra
Astronomy and Astrophysics (0004-6361). Vol. 574 (2015), A139,
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

Through CO mm-line and optical spectroscopy, we investigate the properties of the Fried Egg nebula IRAS 17163–3907, which has recently been proposed to be one of the rare members of the yellow hypergiant class. The CO J = 2−1 and J = 3−2 emission arises from a region within 20'' of the star and is clearly associated with the circumstellar material. The CO lines show a multi-component asymmetrical profile, and an unexpected velocity gradient is resolved in the east-west direction, suggesting a bipolar outflow. This is in contrast with the apparent symmetry of the dust envelope as observed in the infrared. The optical spectrum of IRAS 17163–3907 between 5100 and 9000 Å was compared with that of the archetypal yellow hypergiant IRC+10420 and was found to be very similar. These results build on previous evidence that IRAS 17163–3907 is a yellow hypergiant.

Nyckelord: circumstellar matter / stars: AGB and post-AGB / stars: mass-loss / stars: individual: IRAS 17163-3907

Denna post skapades 2015-02-09. Senast ändrad 2016-02-04.
CPL Pubid: 212336


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