Modelling the line variations from the wind-wind shock emissions of WR 30a

D. Falceta-Goncalves*, Z. Abraham, V. Jatenco-Pereira

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Abstract

The study of Wolf-Rayet stars plays an important role in evolutionary theories of massive stars. Among these objects, similar to 20 per cent are known to be in binary systems and can therefore be used for the mass determination of these stars. Most of these systems are not spatially resolved and spectral lines can be used to constrain the orbital parameters. However, part of the emission may originate in the interaction zone between the stellar winds, modifying the line profiles and thus challenging us to use different models to interpret them. In this work, we analysed the He II lambda 4686 angstrom + C IV lambda 4658 angstrom blended lines of WR 30a (WO4+O5) assuming that part of the emission originate in the wind-wind interaction zone. In fact, this line presents a quiescent base profile, attributed to the WO wind, and a superposed excess, which varies with the orbital phase along the 4.6-d period. Under these assumptions, we were able to fit the excess spectral line profile and central velocity for all phases, except for the longest wavelengths, where a spectral line with constant velocity seems to be present. The fit parameters provide the eccentricity and inclination of the binary orbit, from which it is possible to constrain the stellar masses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-262
Number of pages5
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume383
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Keywords

  • binaries : general
  • stars : individual : WR 30a
  • stars : winds, outflows
  • stars : Wolf-Rayet
  • CARINAE BINARY-SYSTEM
  • WOLF-RAYET STARS
  • COLLIDING WINDS
  • STELLAR WINDS
  • X-RAY
  • PARAMETERS
  • COLLISION
  • PERIASTRON
  • RADIO

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