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2014MNRAS.444..586M - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 444, 586-599 (2014/October-2)

First detection and characterization of symbiotic stars in M31.


Abstract (from CDS):

Symbiotic binaries are putative progenitors of Type Ia supernovae. The census of Galactic symbiotic binaries is so incomplete that we cannot reliably estimate the total population of these stars, and use it to check whether that number is consistent with the observed Type Ia supernova rate in spiral galaxies. We have thus begun a survey of the nearest counterpart of our own Galaxy, namely M31, where a relatively complete census of symbiotic stars is achievable. We report the first detections and spectrographic characterizations of 35 symbiotic binaries in M31, and compare these stars with the symbiotic population in the Milky Way. These newly detected M31 symbiotic binaries are remarkably similar to Galactic symbiotics, though we are clearly only sampling (in this feasibility study) the most luminous symbiotics in M31. We have also found, in M31, the symbiotic star (M31SyS J004233.17+412720.7) with the highest ionization level known amongst all symbiotics. An optical outburst of the M31 symbiotic star M31SyS J004322.50+413940.9 was probably a nova-like outburst, the first symbiotic outburst detected outside the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds.

Abstract Copyright: © 2014 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014)

Journal keyword(s): surveys - binaries: symbiotic - planetary nebulae: general - galaxies: individual: M31

Nomenclature: Tables 1-4: M31SyS N=35.

Simbad objects: 53

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