Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 376, 941-949 (2001/9-4)
IUE and ISO observations of the bipolar proto-planetary nebula Hen 401 (IRAS 10178-5958).
PARTHASARATHY M., GARCIA-LARIO P., GAUBA G., DE MARTINO D., NAKADA Y., FUJII T., POTTASCH S.R. and SAN FERNANDEZ DE CORDOBA L.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present ultraviolet (IUE) and infrared (ISO) observations of the bipolar proto-planetary nebula Hen 401 which, combined with previously available optical and near infrared data, are used to reconstruct the overall spectral energy distribution from 1150Å to 100µm. The ISO spectrum is dominated by strong PAH emission superimposed on a very cold continuum which is interpreted as thermal emission originating in the C-rich cool dust (∼106K) present in the circumstellar envelope, the remnant of the previous AGB phase. In addition, a second, hotter component detected in the near infrared is attributed to thermal emission from hot dust (∼640K), suggesting that mass loss and dust grain formation is still on-going during the current post-AGB phase. The ultraviolet (IUE) spectrum shows a stellar continuum in the wavelength interval 2400Å to 3200Å which corresponds to a moderately reddened B8-type central star. Unexpectedly, the UV flux in the wavelength interval 1150Å to 1900Å is very weak or absent with no evidence of a hotter binary companion which could explain the detection of the nebular emission lines observed in the available ground-based optical spectra of Hen 401. HST WFPC2 high resolution images also show no indication of a hot companion to the B8-type central star observed both in the optical and in the UV. The evolutionary implications of a possible single nature for the central star of Hen 401 are discussed.
planetary nebulae: individual: Hen 401 - ultraviolet: stars - stars: evolution - stars: emission-line - stars: AGB and post-AGB
in ref list Drilling 1989ApJ...343L..45D instead of 343.45
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