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Even though an orbital solution ... [more ▼]With an orbital period of about 3.078 days, the double-lined spectroscopic binary HD 48099 is, until now, the only short-period O+O system known in the Mon OB2 association. Even though an orbital solution has already been derived for this system, few information are available about the individual stars. We present, in this paper, the results of a long-term spectroscopic campaign. We derive a new orbital solution and apply a disentangling method to recover the mean spectrum of each star. To improve our knowledge concerning both components, we determine their spectral classifications and their projected rotational velocities. We also constrain the main stellar parameters of both stars by using the CMFGEN atmosphere code and provide the wind properties for the primary star through the study of International Ultraviolet Explorer spectra. This investigation reveals that HD 48099 is an O5.5 V ((f)) + O9 V binary with M [SUB]1[/SUB]sin[SUP]3[/SUP] i = 0.70 M [SUB]sun[/SUB] and M [SUB]2[/SUB]sin[SUP]3[/SUP] i = 0.39 M [SUB]sun[/SUB], implying a rather low orbital inclination. This result, combined with both a large effective temperature and log g, suggests that the primary star (vsin i sime 91 km s[SUP]â 1[/SUP]) is actually a fast rotator with a strongly clumped wind and a nitrogen abundance of about 8 times the solar value. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 31 (4 ULg) Spectroscopic study of the O-type runaway supergiant HD 195592De Becker, Michaël ; Linder, Natacha ; Rauw, Grégor in New Astronomy (2010), 15The scope of this paper is to perform a detailed spectroscopic study of the northern O-type supergiant HD195592. We use a large sample of high quality spectra in order to investigate its multiplicity, and ... [more ▼]The scope of this paper is to perform a detailed spectroscopic study of the northern O-type supergiant HD195592. We use a large sample of high quality spectra in order to investigate its multiplicity, and to probe the line profile variability. Our analysis reveals a clear spectroscopic binary signature in the profile of the He i λ 6678 line, pointing to a probable O + B system. We report on low amplitude radial velocity variations in every strong absorption line in the blue spectrum of HD 195592. These variations are ruled by two time-scales respectively of 5.063 and about 20 days. The former is firmly established, whilst the latter is poorly constrained. We report also on a very significant line profile variability of the H β line, with time scales strongly related to those of the radial velocities. Our results provide significant evidence that HD 195592 is a binary system, with a period that might be the variability time-scale of about 5 days. The second time scale may be the signature of an additional star moving along a wider orbit provided its mass is low enough, even though direct evidence for the presence of a third star is still lacking. Alternatively, the second time-scale may be the signature of a variability intrinsic to the stellar wind of the primary, potentially related to the stellar rotation. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 35 (14 ULg) High-resolution X-ray diagnostics of colliding wind interactions in massive binariesRauw, Grégor ; Nazé, Yaël ; Mahy, Laurent et alPoster (2010)Detailed reference viewed: 10 (3 ULg) Spectroscopic Study of the Variability of Three Northern Of+ SupergiantsDe Becker, Michaël ; Rauw, Grégor ; Linder, N.in Astrophysical Journal (2009), 704The transition from early Of stars to WN-type objects is poorly understood. O-type supergiants with emission lines (OIf+) are considered to be intermediate between these two classes. The scope of this ... [more ▼]The transition from early Of stars to WN-type objects is poorly understood. O-type supergiants with emission lines (OIf+) are considered to be intermediate between these two classes. The scope of this paper is to investigate the spectral variability of three Of+ supergiants. We constituted spectral time series of unprecedented quality for our targets (~200 spectra in total), essentially in the blue domain, covering timescales from a few hours up to a few years. Temporal Variance Spectrum and Fourier analyses were performed in order to characterize their spectral variability. We report on a correlated significant line profile variability in the prominent He II λ4686 and Hβ lines most likely related to the strong stellar winds. The variability pattern is similar for the three stars investigated (HD 14947, HD 15570, and HD 16691), and the main differences are more quantitative than qualitative. However, the reported timescales are somewhat different, and the most striking variability pattern is reported for HD 16691. We did not find any clear evidence for binarity, and we focus mainly on an interpretation based on a single-star scenario. We show that the behavior of the three stars investigated in this study present strong similarities, pointing to a putative common scenario, even though a few differences should be noted. Our preferred interpretation scheme is that of Large-Scale Corotating Structures modulating the profile of the lines that are produced in the strong stellar wind. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 16 (5 ULg) Early-type stars in the young open cluster NGC 2244 and in the Monoceros OB2 association. I. The multiplicity of O-type starsMahy, Laurent ; Nazé, Yaël ; Rauw, Grégor et alin Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 502Aims. We present the results obtained from a long-term spectroscopic campaign to study the multiplicity of O-type stars in both the young open cluster NGC 2244 and the Mon OB2 association. Methods: Our ... [more ▼]Aims. We present the results obtained from a long-term spectroscopic campaign to study the multiplicity of O-type stars in both the young open cluster NGC 2244 and the Mon OB2 association. Methods: Our spectroscopic monitoring was performed over several years, allowing us to investigate different timescales. For each star, several spectral diagnostic tools were applied to search for line shifts and profile variations. We also measured the projected rotational velocity and revisited the spectral classification. Results: Several stars in our sample have been previously considered to be spectroscopic binaries, although only a few scattered observations were available. Our results now have identified a more complex situation for two new spectroscopic binaries (HD 46 149 in NGC 2244 and HD 46 573 in Mon OB2). The first object is a long-period double-lined spectroscopic binary, although the exact value of its period remains uncertain and the second object is classified as an SB1 system with a period of about 10.67 days but the time series of our observations do not enable us to derive a unique orbital solution for this system. We also find another star to be variable in radial velocity (HD 46 150) and detect line profile variations in two rapid rotators (HD 46 056 and HD 46 485). Conclusions: This spectroscopic investigation places a firm lower limit (17%) on the binary fraction of O-stars in NGC 2244 and reveals the lack of short-period O+OB systems in this cluster. In addition, a comparison of these new results with two other well-studied clusters (NGC 6231 and IC 1805) puts forward possible hints of a relation between stellar density and binarity, which could provide constraints on the theories of the formation and early evolution of hot stars. Table 2 is only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/502/937 Based on observations collected at Observatoire de Haute-Provence (France), San Pedro Màrtir Observatory (Mexico), La Silla Observatory (European Southern Observatory), and Asiago Observatory (Italy). [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 53 (8 ULg) Non-thermal processes in colliding-wind massive binaries: the contribution of Simbol-X to a multiwavelength investigationDe Becker, Michaël ; Blomme, Ronny; Micela, Giusi et alin AIP Conference Proceedings (2009, May), 1126Several colliding-wind massive binaries are known to be non-thermal emitters in the radio domain. This constitutes strong evidence for the fact that an efficient particle acceleration process is at work ... [more ▼]Several colliding-wind massive binaries are known to be non-thermal emitters in the radio domain. This constitutes strong evidence for the fact that an efficient particle acceleration process is at work in these objects. The acceleration mechanism is most probably the Diffusive Shock Acceleration (DSA) process in the presence of strong hydrodynamic shocks due to the colliding-winds. In order to investigate the physics of this particle acceleration, we initiated a multiwavelength campaign covering a large part of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this context, the detailed study of the hard X-ray emission from these sources in the SIMBOL-X bandpass constitutes a crucial element in order to probe this still poorly known topic of astrophysics. It should be noted that colliding-wind massive binaries should be considered as very valuable targets for the investigation of particle acceleration in a similar way as supernova remnants, but in a different region of the parameter space. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 39 (8 ULg) Long baseline interferometry as a tool to investigate colliding-wind massive binariesDe Becker, Michaël Conference (2009, March 20)Massive stars present the interesting property to generate strong stellar winds. In the particular case of binary systems made of two massive stars, the two stellar winds are likely to collide. In ... [more ▼]Massive stars present the interesting property to generate strong stellar winds. In the particular case of binary systems made of two massive stars, the two stellar winds are likely to collide. In addition, in this scenario, interesting physics is occurring, such as strong high-energy emission, dust production or even particle acceleration. However, our capability to understand these "higher-level" processes relies intimately on our knowledge of stellar and orbital parameters of these binaries, and on our vision of the hydrodynamics that is taking place in these objects. In this context, the purpose of this presentation is to discuss the expected contribution of long baseline interferometry. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 10 (1 ULg) The Simbol-X mission and the investigation of hard X-rays from massive starsDe Becker, Michaël Conference (2009, February 19)Simbol-X is a mission initially driven by the French and Italian space agencies. This is a formation flying satellite whose main interest is an unprecedented imaging and spectral capability, with a high ... [more ▼]Simbol-X is a mission initially driven by the French and Italian space agencies. This is a formation flying satellite whose main interest is an unprecedented imaging and spectral capability, with a high sensitivity at energies between 10 and 80 keV. This space observatory is especially designed to study acceleration processes in astrophysical sources, along with extreme physics under relativistic conditions. I will briefly present the current status of the mission. I will also discuss prospects for future observations of massive stars with Simbol-X, aiming at probing the physics of particle acceleration in colliding-wind massive binaries. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 11 (0 ULg) Long baseline interferometry applied to the study of massive stars: current observations and prospects for VSIDe Becker, Michaël Conference (2009, February 19)Recent advances in the development of interferometric instruments coupled to long baseline facilities such as the VLTI allow us to observe astronomical targets at the milli-arcsecond scale. In the context ... [more ▼]Recent advances in the development of interferometric instruments coupled to long baseline facilities such as the VLTI allow us to observe astronomical targets at the milli-arcsecond scale. In the context of the study of massive stars, this new tool is likely to provide crucial information on the multiplicity of massive stars, and on interactions in colliding-wind binaries. In this context, our group is leading observation campaigns with the VLTI aiming at investigating massive multiple systems. I will briefly present these campaigns and discuss prospects for observations with next generation instruments such as the VLTI-Spectro-Imager (VSI). [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 11 (0 ULg) A multiwavelength investigation of the massive eclipsing binary Cyg OB2 #5Linder, Natacha ; Rauw, Grégor ; Manfroid, Jean et alin Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 495Context. The properties of the early-type binary Cyg OB2 #5 have been debated for many years and spectroscopic and photometric investigations yielded conflicting results. Aims. We have attempted to ... [more ▼]Context. The properties of the early-type binary Cyg OB2 #5 have been debated for many years and spectroscopic and photometric investigations yielded conflicting results. Aims. We have attempted to constrain the physical properties of the binary by collecting new optical and X-ray observations. Methods. The optical light curves obtained with narrow-band continuum and line-bearing filters are analysed and compared. Optical spectra are used to map the location of the He II $\lambda$ 4686 and H$\alpha$ line-emission regions in velocity space. New XMM-Newton as well as archive X-ray spectra are analysed to search for variability and constrain the properties of the hot plasma in this system. Results. We find that the orbital period of the system slowly changes though we are unable to discriminate between several possible explanations of this trend. The best fit solution of the continuum light curve reveals a contact configuration with the secondary star being significantly brighter and hotter on its leading side facing the primary. The mean temperature of the secondary star turns out to be only slightly lower than that of the primary, whilst the bolometric luminosity ratio is found to be 3.1. The solution of the light curve yields a distance of $925 \pm 25$ pc much lower than the usually assumed distance of the Cyg OB2 association. Whilst we confirm the existence of episodes of higher X-ray fluxes, the data reveal no phase-locked modulation with the 6.6 day period of the eclipsing binary nor any clear relation between the X-ray flux and the 6.7 yr radio cycle. Conclusions. The bright region of the secondary star is probably heated by energy transfer in a common envelope in this contact binary system as well as by the collision with the primary's wind. The existence of a common photosphere probably also explains the odd mass-luminosity relation of the stars in this system. Most of the X-ray, non-thermal radio, and possibly $\gamma$-ray emission of Cyg OB2 #5 is likely to arise from the interaction of the combined wind of the eclipsing binary with at least one additional star of this multiple system. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 59 (10 ULg) The Quiet HMXB Candidates HD 14633 and HD 15137McSwain, M. V.; Roberts, M. S. E.; Boyajian, T. S. et alConference (2009)The runaway O-type binaries HD 14633 and HD 15137 were likely ejected from the cluster of their birth by supernovae explosions in close binaries. Neither star is a known X-ray source, but they likely ... [more ▼]The runaway O-type binaries HD 14633 and HD 15137 were likely ejected from the cluster of their birth by supernovae explosions in close binaries. Neither star is a known X-ray source, but they likely contain neutron stars and may be weak stellar wind accretion systems. Hence the two binaries have been classified as "quiet HMXBs". Here we present new optical spectra of these spectroscopic binaries and reassess their orbits. We also present preliminary results from recent XMM-Newton observations, intended to detect the hard power-law spectrum from accreting or quiescent neutron star companions and reveal the evolutionary history of these intriguing runaways. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 8 (0 ULg) Milli-arcsecond Astrophysics with VSI, the VLTI Spectro-imager in the ELT EraMalbet, F.; Buscher, D.; Weigelt, G. et alin Moorwood, Alan (Ed.) Science with the VLT in the ELT Era (2009)Nowadays, compact sources relatively warm like surfaces of nearby stars, circumstellar environments of stars from early stages to the most evolved ones and surroundings of active galactic nuclei can be ... [more ▼]Nowadays, compact sources relatively warm like surfaces of nearby stars, circumstellar environments of stars from early stages to the most evolved ones and surroundings of active galactic nuclei can be investigated at milli-arcsecond scales only with the VLT in its interferometric mode. We propose a spectro-imager, named VSI (VLTI spectro-imager), which is capable to probe these sources both over spatial and spectral scales in the near-infrared domain. This instrument will provide information complementary to what is obtained at the same time with ALMA at different wavelengths and the extreme large telescopes. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 62 (12 ULg) The multiwavelength picture of star formation in the very young open cluster NGC6383Rauw, Grégor ; De Becker, Michaël in Reipurth, Bo (Ed.) Handbook of Star Forming Region. Volume 2: The Southern Sky (2008)We review the properties of the very young (˜ 2 Myr) open cluster NGC 6383. The cluster is dominated by the massive binary HD 159176 (O7 V + O7 V). The distance to NGC 6383 is consistently found to be 1.3 ... [more ▼]We review the properties of the very young (˜ 2 Myr) open cluster NGC 6383. The cluster is dominated by the massive binary HD 159176 (O7 V + O7 V). The distance to NGC 6383 is consistently found to be 1.3 ± 0.1 kpc and the average reddening is determined to be E(bv) = 0.32 ± 0.02. Several pre-main sequence candidates have been identified using different criteria relying on the detection of emission lines, infrared excesses, photometric variability and X-ray emission. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 12 (1 ULg) Science case for 1 mas spectro-imagining in the near-infraredGarcia, Paulo J V; Berger, Jean-Phillipe; Marconi, Alessandro et alin Schöller, Markus; Danchi, William; Delplancke, Françoise (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry (2008, July 01)We present the work developed within the science team of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer Spectro-Imager (VSI) during the Phase A studies. VSI aims at delivering ~ 1 milliarcsecond resolution data ... [more ▼]We present the work developed within the science team of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer Spectro-Imager (VSI) during the Phase A studies. VSI aims at delivering ~ 1 milliarcsecond resolution data cubes in the near-infrared, with several spectral resolutions up to 12 000, by combining up to 8 VLTI telescopes. In the design of an instrument, the science case plays a central role by supporting the instrument construction decision, defining the top-level requirements and balancing design options. The overall science philosophy of VSI was that of a general user instrument serving a broad community. The science team addressed themes which included several areas of astrophysics and illustrated specific modes of operation of the instrument: a) YSO disks and winds; b) Multiplicity of young stars; c) Exoplanets; d) Debris disks; e) Stellar surface imaging; f) The environments of evolved stars; g) AGN tori; h) AGN's Broad Line Region; i) Supermassive black-holes; and j) Microlensing. The main conclusions can be summarized as follows: a) The accessible targets and related science are extremely sensitive to the instrument limiting magnitude; the instrument should be optimized for sensitivity and have its own fringe tracker. b) Most of the science cases are readily achievable with on-axis fringe tracking, off-axis fringe tracking enabling extra science. c) In most targets (YSOs, evolved stars and AGNs), the interpretation and analysis of circumstellar/nuclear dust morphology requires direct access to the gas via spectral resolved studies of emission lines, requiring at least a spectral resolution of 2 500. d) To routinely deliver images at the required sensitivity, the number of telescopes in determinant, with 6 telescopes being favored. e) The factorial increase in the number of closure phases and visibilities, gained in a single observation, makes massive surveys of parameters and related science for the first time possible. f) High dynamic range imaging and very high dynamic range differential closure phase are possible allowing the study of debris disks and characterization of pegasides. g) Spectro-imaging in the near-infrared is highly complementary to ALMA, adaptive optics and interferometric imaging in the thermal infrared. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 110 (13 ULg) VSI: the VLTI spectro-imagerMalbet, F.; Buscher, D.; Weigelt, G. et alin Schöller, Markus; Danchi, William; Delplancke, Françoise (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry (2008, July 01)The VLTI Spectro Imager (VSI) was proposed as a second-generation instrument of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer providing the ESO community with spectrally-resolved, near-infrared images at ... [more ▼]The VLTI Spectro Imager (VSI) was proposed as a second-generation instrument of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer providing the ESO community with spectrally-resolved, near-infrared images at angular resolutions down to 1.1 milliarcsecond and spectral resolutions up to R = 12000. Targets as faint as K = 13 will be imaged without requiring a brighter nearby reference object; fainter targets can be accessed if a suitable reference is available. The unique combination of high-dynamic-range imaging at high angular resolution and high spectral resolution enables a scientific program which serves a broad user community and at the same time provides the opportunity for breakthroughs in many areas of astrophysics. The high level specifications of the instrument are derived from a detailed science case based on the capability to obtain, for the first time, milliarcsecond-resolution images of a wide range of targets including: probing the initial conditions for planet formation in the AU-scale environments of young stars; imaging convective cells and other phenomena on the surfaces of stars; mapping the chemical and physical environments of evolved stars, stellar remnants, and stellar winds; and disentangling the central regions of active galactic nuclei and supermassive black holes. VSI will provide these new capabilities using technologies which have been extensively tested in the past and VSI requires little in terms of new infrastructure on the VLTI. At the same time, VSI will be able to make maximum use of new infrastructure as it becomes available; for example, by combining 4, 6 and eventually 8 telescopes, enabling rapid imaging through the measurement of up to 28 visibilities in every wavelength channel within a few minutes. The current studies are focused on a 4-telescope version with an upgrade to a 6-telescope one. The instrument contains its own fringe tracker and tip-tilt control in order to reduce the constraints on the VLTI infrastructure and maximize the scientific return. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 67 (7 ULg) Phase closure image reconstruction for future VLTI instrumentationFilho, Mercedes E; Renard, Stephanie; Garcia, Paulo et alin Schöller, Markus; Danchi, William; Delplancke, Françoise (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry (2008, July 01)Classically, optical and near-infrared interferometry have relied on closure phase techniques to produce images. Such techniques allow us to achieve modest dynamic ranges. In order to test the feasibility ... [more ▼]Classically, optical and near-infrared interferometry have relied on closure phase techniques to produce images. Such techniques allow us to achieve modest dynamic ranges. In order to test the feasibility of next generation optical interferometers in the context of the VLTI-spectro-imager (VSI), we have embarked on a study of image reconstruction and analysis. Our main aim was to test the influence of the number of telescopes, observing nights and distribution of the visibility points on the quality of the reconstructed images. Our results show that observations using six Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs) during one complete night yield the best results in general and is critical in most science cases; the number of telescopes is the determining factor in the image reconstruction outcome. In terms of imaging capabilities, an optical, six telescope VLTI-type configuration and ~200 meter baseline will achieve 4 mas spatial resolution, which is comparable to ALMA and almost 50 times better than JWST will achieve at 2.2 microns. Our results show that such an instrument will be capable of imaging, with unprecedented detail, a plethora of sources, ranging from complex stellar surfaces to microlensing events. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 62 (4 ULg) Phase referencing in optical interferometryFilho, Mercedes E; Garcia, Paulo; Duvert, Gilles et alin Schöller, Markus; Danchi, William; Delplancke, Françoise (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry (2008, July 01)One of the aims of next generation optical interferometric instrumentation is to be able to make use of information contained in the visibility phase to construct high dynamic range images. Radio and ... [more ▼]One of the aims of next generation optical interferometric instrumentation is to be able to make use of information contained in the visibility phase to construct high dynamic range images. Radio and optical interferometry are at the two extremes of phase corruption by the atmosphere. While in radio it is possible to obtain calibrated phases for the science objects, in the optical this is currently not possible. Instead, optical interferometry has relied on closure phase techniques to produce images. Such techniques allow only to achieve modest dynamic ranges. However, with high contrast objects, for faint targets or when structure detail is needed, phase referencing techniques as used in radio interferometry, should theoretically achieve higher dynamic ranges for the same number of telescopes. Our approach is not to provide evidence either for or against the hypothesis that phase referenced imaging gives better dynamic range than closure phase imaging. Instead we wish to explore the potential of this technique for future optical interferometry and also because image reconstruction in the optical using phase referencing techniques has only been performed with limited success. We have generated simulated, noisy, complex visibility data, analogous to the signal produced in radio interferometers, using the VLTI as a template. We proceeded with image reconstruction using the radio image reconstruction algorithms contained in aips imagr (clean algorithm). Our results show that image reconstruction is successful in most of our science cases, yielding images with a 4 milliarcsecond resolution in K band. We have also investigated the number of target candidates for optical phase referencing. Using the 2MASS point source catalog, we show that there are several hundred objects with phase reference sources less than 30 arcseconds away, allowing to apply this technique. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 55 (7 ULg) Evidence for short-term variations in two O-type starsDe Becker, Michaël ; Linder, Natacha ; Rauw, Grégor in Information Bulletin on Variable Stars (2008), 5841Only a few O-type stars are known to display short-term (a fraction of a day) variations. Intense spectroscopic monitoring of the ON8V star HD 13268 revealed low amplitude variations with periods of ... [more ▼]Only a few O-type stars are known to display short-term (a fraction of a day) variations. Intense spectroscopic monitoring of the ON8V star HD 13268 revealed low amplitude variations with periods of several hours. In addition, observations of the SB1 system HD 15137 revealed variations on a time scale of a few hours. We consider these stars to be a good candidates for non radial pulsations, even though variations related to inhomogeneities in a circumstellar disk can not be rejected. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 25 (4 ULg) The XMM-Newton view of the rich cluster Cyg OB2Rauw, Grégor ; De Becker, Michaël ; Nazé, Yaël et alPoster (2008, May)Detailed reference viewed: 12 (5 ULg) A binary signature in the non-thermal radio-emitter Cyg OB2 #9Nazé, Yaël ; De Becker, Michaël ; Rauw, Grégor et alin Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 483Aims. Non-thermal radio emission associated with massive stars is believed to arise from a wind-wind collision in a binary system. However, the evidence of binarity is still lacking in some cases, notably ... [more ▼]Aims. Non-thermal radio emission associated with massive stars is believed to arise from a wind-wind collision in a binary system. However, the evidence of binarity is still lacking in some cases, notably Cyg OB2 #9. Methods: For several years, we have been monitoring this heavily-reddened star from various observatories. This campaign allowed us to probe variations both on short and long timescales and constitutes the first in-depth study of the visible spectrum of this object. Results: Our observations provide the very first direct evidence of a companion in Cyg OB2 #9, confirming the theoretical wind-wind collision scenario. These data suggest a highly eccentric orbit with a period of a few years, compatible with the 2 yr-timescale measured in the radio range. In addition, the signature of the wind-wind collision is very likely reflected in the behaviour of some emission lines. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 29 (4 ULg)