Query : 2003A&A...406..773V

2003A&A...406..773V - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 406, 773-781 (2003/8-2)

Shock emission in the bipolar post-AGB star IRAS 16594-4656.


Abstract (from CDS):

In this paper we study the near-infrared emission spectrum of IRAS 16594-4656, a bipolar post-AGB star with spectral type B7 and no observed ionization. Using optical and near-infrared photometry we determined the total extinction towards this object to be AV=7.5±0.4mag and derived a distance of 2.2±0.4kpc, assuming a luminosity of 104L. The near-infrared spectrum shows strong H2 emission lines and some typical metastable shock excited lines such as [FeII] 1.257 & 1.644µm. We determined the rotational and vibrational excitation temperatures, as well as the ortho-to-para ratio of the molecular hydrogen. Based on these we argue that the H2 emission is mainly collisionally excited. Line ratios indicate that the H2 emission originates in a ∼25km/s C-type shock. On the other hand, the metastable lines, and especially the [FeII] emission lines, indicate the presence of a ∼75km/s J-type shock. Hence we postulate that the H2 emission originates where the stellar wind (with an observed terminal velocity of ∼126km/s) is funneled through an equatorial density enhancement, impinging almost tangentially upon the circumstellar material. The [FeII] emission either occurs along the walls of the bipolar lobes where the transverse shock velocity would be higher, or could originate much closer to the central star in shocks in the post-AGB wind itself, or possibly even an accretion disk. Further high resolution near-infrared spectra are currently being obtained to confirm the proposed geometry and kinematics.

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Journal keyword(s): hydrodynamics - shock waves - stars: AGB and post-AGB - stars: winds, outflows - ISM: molecules - infrared: ISM

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Number of rows : 4
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2022
1 RAFGL 618 pA* 04 42 53.6242032600 +36 06 53.400902220   16.32   12.59   C-rich 984 0
2 HD 56126 pA* 07 16 10.2590823192 +09 59 47.954735376   9.20 8.32     F0/5Ia 310 0
3 IRAS 16594-4656 pA* 17 03 10.0705512504 -47 00 27.731886516           B7 85 0
4 V* V1610 Cyg pA* 21 02 18.27 +36 41 37.0           F5Iae 854 1

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