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Shaping the Outflows of Binary AGB Stars
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Theoretical Astrophysics.
Chalmers, Onsala Space Observ, Dept Earth & Space Sci, S-43900 Onsala, Sweden..
S African Astron Observ, Observatory, South Africa..
2015 (English)In: WHY GALAXIES CARE ABOUT AGB STARS III: A CLOSER LOOK IN SPACE AND TIME, ASTRONOMICAL SOC PACIFIC , 2015, Vol. 497, 187-192 p.Conference paper (Refereed)Text
Abstract [en]

The required conditions for stars to evolve into planetary nebulae (PNe) continue to puzzle. Since PNe are found in a wide variety of shapes, processes that could sculpt circumstellar envelopes (CSEs) are being investigated. A binary companion will have a strong gravitational effect, but known binary AGB stars are rare. We have observed the CO emission from a small sample of known binary AGB stars (R Aqr, Mira, W Aql, and pi(1). Gru) with ALMA. The stars cover a decisive range in binary separation, necessary to provide essential constraints for 3-D models of the binary interaction. They have previously been observed with Herschel/PACS and VLTI/MIDI allowing the circumstellar morphology to be studied from the very inner CSE out to the very largest scales. The circumstellar gas distribution will strongly depend on how the mass is initially lost from the primary. These observations will therefore not only help us understand the important processes for the binary interaction, but will also provide crucial information needed to understand the mass-loss mechanisms of the primary. The first set of observations has been delivered and preliminary results are presented.

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ASTRONOMICAL SOC PACIFIC , 2015. Vol. 497, 187-192 p.
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294835ISI: 000371098100037OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-294835DiVA: diva2:938218
Conference on Why Galaxies Care About AGB Stars III: A Closer Look in Space and Time, JUL 28-AUG 01, 2014, Univ Vienna, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Available from: 2016-06-16 Created: 2016-05-27 Last updated: 2016-06-16Bibliographically approved

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