2015A&A...582A..24M


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2015A&A...582A..24M - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 582A, 24-24 (2015/10-1)

Cold gas in hot star clusters: the wind from the red supergiant W26 in Westerlund 1.

MacKEY J., CASTRO N., FOSSATI L. and LANGER N.

Abstract (from CDS):

The massive red supergiant W26 in Westerlund 1 is one of a growing number of red supergiants shown to have winds that are ionized from the outside in. The fate of this dense wind material is important for models of second generation star formation in massive star clusters. MacKey et al. (2014Natur.512..282M) showed that external photoionization can stall the wind of red supergiants and accumulate mass in a dense static shell. We use spherically symmetric radiation-hydrodynamic simulations of an externally photoionized wind to predict the brightness distribution of Hα and [NII] emission arising from photoionized winds both with and without a dense shell. We analyse spectra of the Hα and [NII] emission lines in the circumstellar environment around W26 and compare them with simulations to investigate whether W26 has a wind that is confined by external photoionization. Simulations of slow winds that are decelerated into a dense shell show strongly limb-brightened line emission, with line radial velocities that are independent of the wind speed. Faster winds (>22km/s) do not form a dense shell, have less limb-brightening, and the line radial velocity is a good tracer of the wind speed. The brightness of the [NII] and Hα lines as a function of distance from W26 agrees reasonably well with observations when only the line flux is considered. The radial velocity of the simulated winds disagrees with observations, however: the brightest observed emission is blueshifted by ≃25km/s relative to the radial velocity of the star, whereas a spherically symmetric wind has the brightest emission at zero radial velocity because of limb brightening. Our results show that the bright nebula surrounding W26 must be asymmetric, and we suggest that it is confined by external ram pressure from the extreme wind of the nearby supergiant W9. We obtain a lower limit on the nitrogen abundance within the nebula of 2.35 times solar. The line ratio strongly favours photoionization over shock ionization, and so even if the observed nebula is pressure confined there should still be an ionization front and a photoionization-confined shell closer to the star that is not resolved by the current observations, which could be tested with better spectral resolution and spatial coverage.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: winds, outflows - hydrodynamics - techniques: spectroscopic - methods: numerical - stars: individual: W26

Simbad objects: 19

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Number of rows : 19
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
RA
ICRS (J2000)
DEC
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2024
#notes
1 WOH G 64 Mi* 04 55 10.5236094912 -68 20 30.019011036     18.46 15.69 12.795 M7.5(I)e 99 0
2 NAME LMC G 05 23 34.6 -69 45 22     0.4     ~ 17478 0
3 * alf Ori s*r 05 55 10.30536 +07 24 25.4304 4.38 2.27 0.42 -1.17 -2.45 M1-M2Ia-Iab 1673 0
4 V* VY CMa s*r 07 22 58.3261352189 -25 46 03.194390594 12.01 10.068 8.691 7.938   M5Iae 1104 0
5 GUM 29 HII 10 24 14.6 -57 46 58           ~ 210 0
6 Cl Westerlund 1 Cl* 16 47 02.4 -45 51 07           ~ 569 0
7 Cl* Westerlund 1 W 237 s*r 16 47 03.1097130192 -45 52 18.960733164   22.8 19.008 13.634 9.19 M3I 29 0
8 Cl* Westerlund 1 W 9 WR* 16 47 04.1419806984 -45 50 31.311670632   21.8 17.47 14.47 11.74 sgB[e] 52 0
9 Cl* Westerlund 1 CN B WR* 16 47 05.3717585660 -45 51 04.811705369     20.99 17.50 14.37 WN7o 30 0
10 2MASS J16470540-4550367 s*r 16 47 05.4076906176 -45 50 36.617071668   22.1 16.79 12.63 9.19 M2-5Ia 36 0
11 Cl* Westerlund 1 W 25 s*b 16 47 05.7882476736 -45 50 33.368306136   21.9 17.85 15.22 12.61 O9Iab 11 0
12 Cl* Westerlund 1 W 16 sg* 16 47 06.6158603112 -45 50 42.186706944   20.5 16.248 12.82 9.90 A5Ia+ 29 0
13 NAME Galactic Center reg 17 45 39.60213 -29 00 22.0000           ~ 14463 0
14 GCIRS 7 * 17 45 39.987 -29 00 22.24           M2 369 0
15 M 16 OpC 18 18 45.1 -13 47 31           ~ 1029 1
16 NGC 6618 OpC 18 20 47 -16 10.3           ~ 1615 0
17 IRC -10414 s*r 18 23 17.9055962736 -13 42 47.118241332       11.149   M7I 87 0
18 Ass Cyg OB 2 As* 20 33.2 +41 19           ~ 945 0
19 NML Cyg s*r 20 46 25.5392819088 +40 06 59.464289232           M7/8 508 0

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