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Sulphur-bearing molecules in AGB stars
Katholieke Univ Leuven, Inst Astron, Dept Phys & Astron, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium..
Katholieke Univ Leuven, Inst Astron, Dept Phys & Astron, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium..
Chalmers Univ Technol, Onsala Space Observ, Dept Earth & Space Sci, S-43992 Onsala, Sweden..
Katholieke Univ Leuven, Inst Astron, Dept Phys & Astron, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium..
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2017 (English)In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 606, article id A124Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Context. Sulphur is a relatively abundant element in the local Galaxy that is known to form a variety of molecules in the circumstellar envelopes of AGB stars. The abundances of these molecules vary based on the chemical types and mass-loss rates of AGB stars. Aims. Through a survey of (sub-) millimetre emission lines of various sulphur-bearing molecules, we aim to determine which molecules are the primary carriers of sulphur in different types of AGB stars. In this paper, the first in a series, we investigate the occurrence of H2S in AGB circumstellar envelopes and determine its abundance, where possible. Methods. We surveyed 20 AGB stars with a range of mass-loss rates and different chemical types using the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope to search for rotational transition lines of five key sulphur-bearing molecules: CS, SiS, SO, SO2, and H2S. Here we present our results for H2S, including detections, non-detections, and detailed radiative transfer modelling of the detected lines. We compared results based on various descriptions of the molecular excitation of H2S and different abundance distributions, including Gaussian abundances, where possible, and two different abundance distributions derived from chemical modelling results. Results. We detected H2S towards five AGB stars, all of which have high mass-loss rates of. M >= 5 x 10(-6) M-circle dot yr(-1) and are oxygen rich. H2S was not detected towards the carbon or S-type stars that fall in a similar mass-loss range. For the stars in our sample with detections, we find peak o-H2S abundances relative to H-2 between 4 x 10(-7) and 2.5 x 10(-5). Conclusions. Overall, we conclude that H2S can play a significant role in oxygen-rich AGB stars with higher mass-loss rates, but is unlikely to play a key role in stars of other chemical types or in lower mass-loss rate oxygen-rich stars. For two sources, V1300 Aql and GX Mon, H2S is most likely the dominant sulphur-bearing molecule in the circumstellar envelope.

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EDP SCIENCES S A , 2017. Vol. 606, article id A124
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stars: AGB and post-AGB, circumstellar matter, stars: evolution, stars: mass-loss
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340749DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731203ISI: 000413564700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-340749DiVA, id: diva2:1181476
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