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See detailPhase closure image reconstruction for future VLTI instrumentation
Filho, Mercedes E; Renard, Stephanie; Garcia, Paulo et al

in 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 ▲]

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See detailPhase referencing in optical interferometry
Filho, Mercedes E; Garcia, Paulo; Duvert, Gilles et al

in 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 ▲]

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See detailEvidence for short-term variations in two O-type stars
De Becker, Michaël ULg; Linder, Natacha ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Information Bulletin on Variable Stars (2008), 5841

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 ... [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 ▲]

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See detailThe XMM-Newton view of the rich cluster Cyg OB2
Rauw, Grégor ULg; De Becker, Michaël ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

Poster (2008, May)

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See detailA binary signature in the non-thermal radio-emitter Cyg OB2 #9
Nazé, Yaël ULg; De Becker, Michaël ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 483

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 ... [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 ▲]

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See detailMultiplicity of O-type stars in NGC 2244
Mahy, Laurent ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg et al

Poster (2008)

We present the main results from our long‐term spectroscopic campaign devoted to the O‐type stars in the young open cluster NGC 2244. Previous works by our team on the O‐stars multiplicity in other young ... [more ▼]

We present the main results from our long‐term spectroscopic campaign devoted to the O‐type stars in the young open cluster NGC 2244. Previous works by our team on the O‐stars multiplicity in other young open clusters (IC 1805 and NGC 6231) showed that the number of binary systems in such clusters was larger than 40%. Until now, only two stars (HD 47129 and HD 48099) in the surroundings of NGC 2244 have been confirmed as spectroscopic binaries (SB) although Garcia & Mermilliod (2001) estimated the O‐type binary fraction at 50%. In this context, we revisited the spectral classification, the projected rotational velocity and the multiplicity of O‐type stars in NGC 2244. [less ▲]

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See detailThe investigation of particle acceleration in colliding-wind massive binaries with SIMBOL-X.
De Becker, Michaël ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Pittard, J. M. et al

in Memorie della Società Astronomica Italiana : Journal of the Italian Astronomical Society (2008), 79

An increasing number of early-type (O and Wolf-Rayet) colliding wind binaries (CWBs) is known to accelerate particles up to relativistic energies. In this context, non-thermal emission processes such as ... [more ▼]

An increasing number of early-type (O and Wolf-Rayet) colliding wind binaries (CWBs) is known to accelerate particles up to relativistic energies. In this context, non-thermal emission processes such as inverse Compton (IC) scattering are expected to produce a high energy spectrum, in addition to the strong thermal emission from the shock-heated plasma. SIMBOL-X will be the ideal observatory to investigate the hard X-ray spectrum (above 10 keV) of these systems, i.e. where it is no longer dominated by the thermal emission. Such observations are strongly needed to constrain the models aimed at understanding the physics of particle acceleration in CWB. Such systems are important laboratories for investigating the underlying physics of particle acceleration at high Mach number shocks, and probe a different region of parameter space than studies of supernova remnants. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-resolution optical spectroscopy of Plaskett's star
Linder, Natacha ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Martins, Fabrice et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 489(2), 713-723

Context. Plaskett's star (HD 47 129) is a very massive O + O binary that belongs to the Mon OB2 association. Previous work suggests that this system displays the Struve-Sahade effect although the ... [more ▼]

Context. Plaskett's star (HD 47 129) is a very massive O + O binary that belongs to the Mon OB2 association. Previous work suggests that this system displays the Struve-Sahade effect although the measurements of the secondary radial velocities are very difficult and give controversial results. Both components have powerful stellar winds that collide and produce a strong X-ray emission. Aims. Our aim is to study the physical parameters of this system in detail and to investigate the relation between its spectral properties and its evolutionary status. Methods. We present here analysis of an extensive set of high-resolution optical spectra of HD 47 129. We used a disentangling method to separate the individual spectra of each star. We derived a new orbital solution and discuss the spectral classification of both components. A Doppler tomography technique applied to the emission lines H alpha and He II gamma 4686 yields a Doppler map that illustrates the wind interactions in the system. Finally, an atmosphere code is used to determine the different chemical abundances of the system components and the wind parameters. Results. HD 47 129 appears to be an O8 III/I + O7.5 III binary system in a post RLOF evolutionary stage, where matter has been transferred from the primary to the secondary star. The He overabundance of the secondary supports this scenario. In addition, the N overabundance and C underabundance of the primary component confirm previous results based on X-ray spectroscopy and indicate that the primary is an evolved massive star. We also determined a new orbital solution, with M-P sin(3) i = 45.4 +/- 2.4 M-circle dot and M-S sin(3) i = 47.3 +/- 0.3 M-circle dot. Furthermore, the secondary star has a high rotational velocity (nu sin i similar to 300 km s(-1)) that deforms its surface, leading to a non-uniform distribution in effective temperature. This could explain the variations in the equivalent widths of the secondary lines with phase. We suggest that the wind of the secondary star is confined near the equatorial plane because of its high rotational velocity, affecting the ram pressure equilibrium in the wind interaction zone. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic and photometric variability of the O9.5Vp star HD93521
Rauw, Grégor ULg; De Becker, Michaël ULg; van Winckel, Hans et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 487(2), 659-670

Aims. The line profile variability and photometric variability of the O9.5Vp star HD93521 are examined in order to establish the properties of the non-radial pulsations in this star. Methods. Fourier ... [more ▼]

Aims. The line profile variability and photometric variability of the O9.5Vp star HD93521 are examined in order to establish the properties of the non-radial pulsations in this star. Methods. Fourier techniques are used to characterize the modulations of the He I lambda lambda 5876, 6678 and H alpha lines in several spectroscopic time series and to search for variations in a photometric time series. Results. Our spectroscopic data confirm the existence of two periods of 1.75 and 2.89 h. The line profiles, especially those affected by emission wings, exhibit also modulations on longer time scales, but these are epoch-dependent and change from line to line. Unlike previous claims, we find no unambiguous signature of the rotational period in our data, nor of a third pulsation period (corresponding to a frequency of 2.66 d(-1)). Conclusions. HD93521 very likely exhibits non-radial pulsations with periods of 1.75 and 2.89 h with l similar or equal to 8 +/- 1 and l similar or equal to 4 +/- 1 respectively. No significant signal is found in the first harmonics of these two periods. The 2.89 h mode is seen at all epochs and in all lines investigated, while the visibility of the 1.75 h mode is clearly epoch-dependent. Whilst light variations are detected, their connection to these periodicities is not straightforward. [less ▲]

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See detailColliding-wind binaries as non-thermal X-ray emitters: an observational investigation from XMM-Newton to next generation X-ray observatories
De Becker, Michaël ULg

Poster (2007, December)

The investigation of massive stars in the radio domain revealed about 25 years ago that some of them are synchrotron emitters, showing that these objects are able to accelerate particles up to ... [more ▼]

The investigation of massive stars in the radio domain revealed about 25 years ago that some of them are synchrotron emitters, showing that these objects are able to accelerate particles up to relativistic velocities. In this context, non-thermal emission processes such as inverse Compton scattering are expected to be at work in the high-energy domain. For this reason, an observational campaign devoted to the X-ray investigation of non-thermal radio emitters has been carried out with XMM-Newton. However, considering the rather strong thermal X-ray emission from these systems below 10 keV, XMM-Newton does not appear to be the ideal observatory to detect their putative non-thermal X-rays. As a consequence, the advent of next generation X-ray observatories with a bandpass extending significantly above 10 keV (SIMBOL-X, XEUS, NEXT) is expected to provide important results related to the non-thermal high-energy emission from colliding-wind binaries and their capability to accelerate particles. [less ▲]

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See detailL'émission non-thermique dans les binaires massives à collision de vents
De Becker, Michaël ULg

Scientific conference (2007, November 21)

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See detailNon-thermal emission processes in massive binaries
De Becker, Michaël ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics Review (2007), 14(3-4), 171-216

In this paper, I present a general discussion of several astrophysical processes likely to play a role in the production of non-thermal emission in massive stars, with emphasis on massive binaries. Even ... [more ▼]

In this paper, I present a general discussion of several astrophysical processes likely to play a role in the production of non-thermal emission in massive stars, with emphasis on massive binaries. Even though the discussion will start in the radio domain where the non-thermal emission was first detected, the census of physical processes involved in the non-thermal emission from massive stars shows that many spectral domains are concerned, from the radio to the very high energies. First, the theoretical aspects of the non-thermal emission from early-type stars will be addressed. The main topics that will be discussed are respectively the physics of individual stellar winds and their interaction in binary systems, the acceleration of relativistic electrons, the magnetic field of massive stars, and finally the non-thermal emission processes relevant to the case of massive stars. Second, this general qualitative discussion will be followed by a more quantitative one, devoted to the most probable scenario where non-thermal radio emitters are massive binaries. I will show how several stellar, wind and orbital parameters can be combined in order to make some semi-quantitative predictions on the high-energy counterpart to the non-thermal emission detected in the radio domain. These theoretical considerations will be followed by a census of results obtained so far, and related to this topic. These results concern the radio, the visible, the X-ray and the gamma-ray domains. Prospects for the very high energy gamma-ray emission from massive stars will also be addressed. Two particularly interesting examples-one O-type and one Wolf-Rayet binary-will be considered in details. Finally, strategies for future developments in this field will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Struve-Sahade effect in the optical spectra of O-type binaries - I. Main-sequence systems
Linder, Natacha ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Sana, H. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 474(1), 193-204

Aims. We present a spectroscopic analysis of four massive binary systems that are known or are good candidates to display the Struve-Sahade effect (defined as the apparent strengthening of the secondary ... [more ▼]

Aims. We present a spectroscopic analysis of four massive binary systems that are known or are good candidates to display the Struve-Sahade effect (defined as the apparent strengthening of the secondary spectrum of the binary when the star is approaching, and the corresponding weakening of the lines when it is receding). Methods. We use high resolution optical spectra to determine new orbital solutions and spectral types of HD 165 052, HD 100 213, HD 159 176 and DH Cep. As good knowledge of the fundamental parameters of the considered systems is necessary to examine the Struve-Sahade effect. We then study equivalent width variations in the lines of both components of these binaries during their orbital cycle. Results. In the case of these four systems, variations appear in the equivalent widths of some lines during the orbital cycle, but the definition given above can any longer be valid, since it is now clear that the effect modifies the primary spectrum as much as the secondary spectrum. Furthermore, the lines affected, and the way in which they are affected, depend on the considered system. For at least two of them (HD 100 213 and HD 159 176) these variations probably reflect the ellipsoidal variable nature of the system. [less ▲]

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See detailINTEGRAL-ISGRI observations of the cygnus OB2 region - Searching for hard X-ray point sources in a region containing several non-thermal emitting massive stars
De Becker, Michaël ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Pittard, J. M. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 472(3), 905-910

Aims. We analyze INTEGRAL-ISGRI data in order to probe the hard X-ray emission ( above 20 keV) from point sources in the CygOB2 region and to investigate the putative non-thermal high-energy emission from ... [more ▼]

Aims. We analyze INTEGRAL-ISGRI data in order to probe the hard X-ray emission ( above 20 keV) from point sources in the CygOB2 region and to investigate the putative non-thermal high-energy emission from early-type stars (Wolf-Rayet and O-type stars). Among the targets located in the field of view, we focus on the still unidentified EGRET source 3EG2033+4118 that may be related to massive stars known to produce non-thermal emission in the radio domain, and on the wide colliding-wind binary WR 140. Methods. Using a large set of data obtained with the IBIS-ISGRI imager onboard INTEGRAL, we run the OSA software package in order to find point sources in the fully coded field of view of the instrument. Results. Our data do not allow the detection of a lower-energy counterpart of 3EGJ2033+4118 nor of any other new point sources in the field of view, and we derive upper limits on the high-energy flux for a few targets: 3EGJ2033+4118, TeVJ2032+4130, WR 140, WR 146 and WR 147. The results are discussed in the context of the multiwavelength investigation of these objects. Conclusions. The upper limits derived are valuable constraints for models aimed at understanding the acceleration of particles in non-thermal emitting massive stars, and of the still unidentified very-high gamma-ray source TeVJ2032+4130. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term Spectroscopic Variability of Two Oe Stars
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg; Marique, P. X. et al

in Information Bulletin on Variable Stars (2007), 5773

HD 45314 and HD 60848 are poorly studied Oe-type stars. Spectroscopic monitoring over 5 years reveals strong variations in the strength of the emission lines and for HD 45314 in the V/R ratio of the ... [more ▼]

HD 45314 and HD 60848 are poorly studied Oe-type stars. Spectroscopic monitoring over 5 years reveals strong variations in the strength of the emission lines and for HD 45314 in the V/R ratio of the double-peaked emissions. Part of these long-term variations could be recurrent. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly-type stars in the core of the young open cluster Westerlund 2
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 463(3), 981-991

Aims. The properties of the early-type stars in the core of the Westerlund 2 cluster are examined in order to establish a link between the cluster and the very massive Wolf-Rayet binary WR 20a as well as ... [more ▼]

Aims. The properties of the early-type stars in the core of the Westerlund 2 cluster are examined in order to establish a link between the cluster and the very massive Wolf-Rayet binary WR 20a as well as the H II complex RCW 49. Methods. Photometric monitoring as well as spectroscopic observations of Westerlund 2 are used to search for light variability and to establish the spectral types of the early-type stars in the cluster core. Results. The first light curves of the eclipsing binary WR 20a in B and V filters are analysed and a distance of 8 kpc is inferred. Three additional eclipsing binaries, which are probable late O or early B-type cluster members, are discovered, but none of the known early O-type stars in the cluster displays significant photometric variability above 1% at the 1-sigma level. The twelve brightest O-type stars are found to have spectral types between O3 and O6.5, significantly earlier than previously thought. Conclusions. The distance of the early-type stars in Westerlund 2 is established to be in excellent agreement with the distance of WR20a, indicating that WR20a actually belongs to the cluster. Our best estimate of the cluster distance thus amounts to 8.0 +/- 1.4 kpc. Despite the earlier spectral types, the currently known population of early-type stars in Westerlund 2 does not provide enough ionizing photons to account for the radio emission of the RCW49 complex. This suggests that there might still exist a number of embedded early O-stars in RCW49. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-thermal radio emission from O-type stars. II. HD167971
Blomme, Ronny; De Becker, Michaël ULg; Runacres, M. C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 464(2), 701-148

HD 167971 is a triple system consisting of a 3.3-day eclipsing binary (O5- 8 V + O5- 8 V) and an O8 supergiant. It is also a well known non-thermal radio emitter. We observed the radio emission of HD ... [more ▼]

HD 167971 is a triple system consisting of a 3.3-day eclipsing binary (O5- 8 V + O5- 8 V) and an O8 supergiant. It is also a well known non-thermal radio emitter. We observed the radio emission of HD 167971 with the Very Large Array (VLA) and the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA). By combining these data with VLA archive observations we constructed a radio lightcurve covering a 20-yr time-range. We searched for, but failed to find, the 3.3-day spectroscopic period of the binary in the radio data. This could be due to the absence of intrinsic synchrotron radiation in the colliding-wind region between the two components of the eclipsing binary, or due to the large amount of free-free absorption that blocks the synchrotron radiation. We are able to explain many of the observed characteristics of the radio data if the non-thermal emission is produced in a colliding-wind region between the supergiant and the combined winds of the binary. Furthermore, if the system is gravitationally bound, the orbital motion occurs over a period of similar to 20 years or longer, as suggested by the long-term variability in the radio data. We argue that the variability is due to the free-free absorption that changes with orbital phase or may also in part be due to changes in separation, should the orbit be eccentric. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Colliding-Wind Massive Binaries
De Becker, Michaël ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Massive Stars in Interactive Binaries (2007)

We report on the recent discovery of two new massive binary systems: WR20a and CygOB2#8A. For both systems, we briefly present the orbital solutions and we discuss the strong phase-locked line profile ... [more ▼]

We report on the recent discovery of two new massive binary systems: WR20a and CygOB2#8A. For both systems, we briefly present the orbital solutions and we discuss the strong phase-locked line profile variability of the Halpha and HeII lambda 4686 lines for WR20a, and the HeII &; 4686 line in the case of CygOB2#8A. In both cases, we show that the profile variability reveals the signature of a wind interaction. The prospects for future high-energy observations are also discussed. [less ▲]

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