Query : 2002A&A...392L...1G

2002A&A...392L...1G - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 392, L1-4 (2002/9-2)

Toroidal magnetic fields around planetary nebulae.


Abstract (from CDS):

Many planetary nebulae have asymmetric winds, often forming bipolar outflow lobes or jets. One theory for this phenomenon is that differential rotation of the envelope twists the star's magnetic field into a toroidal flux tube, which channels the fast winds. Direct testing of this theory is now possible using submillimetre polarimetry of magnetically aligned dust grains, and such a test has been made for the planetary nebula NGC 7027 and the proto-planetary nebula CRL 2688. The results show that the magnetic field is within 15 degrees of toroidal towards NGC 7027, but about 35 degrees off-axis for CRL 2688. However, the telescope beam size of 15'' is well matched to the size of the jet base in NGC 7027 and poorly so in CRL 2688 where the observation is more sensitive to the extended envelope. Magnetic field directions in the envelopes are not well aligned with the outflow axes. The polarization percentage is an order of magnitude less towards NGC 7027 than in the outer envelope, so assuming similar grain alignment efficiencies everywhere, the scale of the organised toroidal field is of the order of 5000 AU.

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Journal keyword(s): magnetic fields - stars: AGB and post-AGB - planetary nebulae: individual: CRL 2688 - planetary nebulae: individual: NGC 7027

Simbad objects: 2

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Number of rows : 2
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2021
1 V* V1610 Cyg pA* 21 02 18.27 +36 41 37.0           F5Iae 843 1
2 NGC 7027 PN 21 07 01.571952 +42 14 10.47120   10.358 8.831 10.157   ~ 2366 1

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