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Wind structure of the Wolf-Rayet star EZ CMA=HD 50896
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Stars: individual (EZ CMa = HD 50896)
Stars: winds, outflows
Stars: Wolf-Rayet
The Wolf-Rayet star HD 50896 (EZ CMa=WR6) is well-known for the emission-line profile variability that occurs on a 3.7-day timescale. In particular, the shape of the N V 4604-21 doublet changes from a P Cygni profile to one in which no blue-shifted absorption component is present. In this paper we use spectroscopic observations obtained in 1991, 1999, 2005 and 2009 to glean physical conditions within the stellar wind that may give rise to these changes. We find that variations in the opacity at a distance r/Rₘₐₓ ∼ 0.3–0.5 of the stellar surface can produce the observed effects. Here, Rₘₐₓ is the extent of the N V line-forming region. The results are consistent either with a scenario in which the opacity of the inner wind region of HD 50896 undergoes cyclical variations over the 3.76 d period or with a quadrupolar wind distribution in which the sectors having different opacities rotate in and out of our line-of-sight on this periodic timescale.
Presentamos los resultados del análisis de la línea de N V 4604 observada en espectros de la estrella Wolf-Rayet HD 50896 obtenidos en 1991, 1999, 2005 y 2009. Mostramos que la variabilidad de esta línea es consistente con un modelo en el que la opacidad del viento sufre cambios cíclicos con un periodo de 3.76 d o bien con un modelo de un viento con estructura cuadrupolar donde cada sector tiene una opacidad distinta.
Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica
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Flores, A., et al., (2011), Wind structure of the Wolf-Rayet star EZ CMA=HD 50896, Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica, Vol. 47(2): 261–275
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