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See detailX-ray emission of interacting wind binaries in Cyg OB2
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Cazorla, Constantin ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in EAS Publications Series (2013, February 01)

Cyg OB2 #5, #8A, and #9 are binary or multiple massive stars in the Cyg OB2 association displaying several peculiarities, such as bright X-ray emission and non-thermal radio emission. Our X-ray monitoring ... [more ▼]

Cyg OB2 #5, #8A, and #9 are binary or multiple massive stars in the Cyg OB2 association displaying several peculiarities, such as bright X-ray emission and non-thermal radio emission. Our X-ray monitoring of these stars reveals the details of their behaviours at high energies, which can be directly linked to wind-wind collisions (WWCs). In addition, the X-ray emission of Cyg OB2 #12, an evolved massive star, shows a long-term decrease, which could hint at the presence of a companion (with associated colliding winds) or indicate the return to quiescence of the star following a recent eruption. [less ▲]

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See detailAn unexpected result for the V444 Cyg binary
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Lomax, J.; Hoffman, J.

in EAS Publications Series (2013, February 01)

V444 Cyg is a short-period (4 d) binary composed of two massive objects, a WN star and an O star. The winds of the two massive components collide, generating X-ray emission. A monitoring campaign in the ... [more ▼]

V444 Cyg is a short-period (4 d) binary composed of two massive objects, a WN star and an O star. The winds of the two massive components collide, generating X-ray emission. A monitoring campaign in the high-energy domain was performed using Swift and XMM-Newton, with surprising results on the collision geometry (wide shock opening angle, clear Coriolis deflection). Polarimetric data further help to understand the system properties. This new information places strong constraints on the physical parameters of the two stars. [less ▲]

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See detailA Detailed X-Ray Investigation of ζ Puppis. II. The Variability on Short and Long Timescales
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Oskinova, Lidia M.; Gosset, Eric ULg

in Astrophysical Journal (2013), 763

Stellar winds are a crucial component of massive stars, but their exact properties still remain uncertain. To shed some light on this subject, we have analyzed an exceptional set of X-ray observations of ... [more ▼]

Stellar winds are a crucial component of massive stars, but their exact properties still remain uncertain. To shed some light on this subject, we have analyzed an exceptional set of X-ray observations of ζ Puppis, one of the closest and brightest massive stars. The sensitive light curves that were derived reveal two major results. On the one hand, a slow modulation of the X-ray flux (with a relative amplitude of up to 15% over 16 hr in the 0.3-4.0 keV band) is detected. Its characteristic timescale cannot be determined with precision, but amounts from one to several days. It could be related to corotating interaction regions, known to exist in ζ Puppis from UV observations. Hour-long changes, linked to flares or to the pulsation activity, are not observed in the last decade covered by the XMM observations; the 17 hr tentative period, previously reported in a ROSAT analysis, is not confirmed either and is thus transient, at best. On the other hand, short-term changes are surprisingly small (<1% relative amplitude for the total energy band). In fact, they are compatible solely with the presence of Poisson noise in the data. This surprisingly low level of short-term variability, in view of the embedded wind-shock origin, requires a very high fragmentation of the stellar wind, for both absorbing and emitting features (>10[SUP]5[/SUP] parcels, comparing with a two-dimensional wind model). This is the first time that constraints have been placed on the number of clumps in an O-type star wind and from X-ray observations. Based on observations collected with XMM-Newton, an ESA Science Mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA Member States and the USA (NASA). [less ▲]

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See detailThe 2.35 year itch of Cyg OB2 #9. II. Radio monitoring
Blomme, R.; Nazé, Yaël ULg; Volpi, D. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013), 550

Cyg OB2 #9 is one of a small set of non-thermal radio emitting massive O-star binaries. The non-thermal radiation is due to synchrotron emission in the colliding-wind region. Cyg OB2 #9 was only recently ... [more ▼]

Cyg OB2 #9 is one of a small set of non-thermal radio emitting massive O-star binaries. The non-thermal radiation is due to synchrotron emission in the colliding-wind region. Cyg OB2 #9 was only recently discovered to be a binary system and a multiwavelength campaign was organized to study its 2011 periastron passage. We want to better determine the parameters of this system and model the wind-wind collision. This will lead to a better understanding of the Fermi mechanism that accelerates electrons up to relativistic speeds in shocks, and its occurrence in colliding-wind binaries. We report here on the results of the radio observations obtained in the monitoring campaign and present a simple model to interpret the data. We used the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA) radio interferometer to obtain 6 and 20 cm continuum fluxes during the Cyg OB2 #9 periastron passage in 2011. We introduce a simple model to solve the radiative transfer in the stellar winds and the colliding-wind region, and thus determine the expected behaviour of the radio light curve. The observed radio light curve shows a steep drop in flux sometime before periastron. The fluxes drop to a level that is comparable to the expected free-free emission from the stellar winds, suggesting that the non-thermal emitting region is completely hidden at that time. After periastron passage, the fluxes slowly increase. We use the asymmetry of the light curve to show that the primary has the stronger wind. This is somewhat unexpected if we use the astrophysical parameters based on theoretical calibrations. But it becomes entirely feasible if we take into account that a given spectral type – luminosity class combination covers a range of astrophysical parameters. The colliding-wind region also contributes to the free-free emission, which can help to explain the high values of the spectral index seen after periastron passage. Combining our data with older Very Large Array (VLA) data allows us to derive a period P = 860:0 3:7 days for this system. With this period, we update the orbital parameters that were derived in the first paper of this series. A simple model introduced to explain only the radio data already allows some constraints to be put on the parameters of this binary system. Future, more sophisticated, modelling that will also include optical, X-ray and interferometric information will provide even better constraints. [less ▲]

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See detailX-Ray Plasma Temperature Distribution in the Wind of ζ Puppis
Hervé, Anthony ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, January 01)

Different scenarios try to explain the X-ray production in the O-type star wind (magnetic confinement, embedded shocks…) and their plasma temperature distribution. In this context, we have developed a new ... [more ▼]

Different scenarios try to explain the X-ray production in the O-type star wind (magnetic confinement, embedded shocks…) and their plasma temperature distribution. In this context, we have developed a new modeling code which computes synthetic spectra as a function of plasma temperature, abundances, and localization of the X-ray emitting shell in the wind. Then we combine several synthetic spectra in order to fit the observed high-resolution spectra. Our preliminary results on ζ Puppis reveal a non-porous wind as well as non-solar abundances for the CNO elements. More important, an extended region with a low temperature plasma begins to emit close to the star surface while small shells with hotter temperature plasmas emit farther in the wind. [less ▲]

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See detailMassive Non-Thermal Radio Emitters: New Data and their Modeling
Volpi, D.; Blomme, R.; De Becker, Michaël ULg et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, January 01)

During recent years some non-thermal radio emitting OB stars have been discovered to be binary or multiple systems. The non-thermal emission is due to synchrotron radiation that is emitted by electrons ... [more ▼]

During recent years some non-thermal radio emitting OB stars have been discovered to be binary or multiple systems. The non-thermal emission is due to synchrotron radiation that is emitted by electrons accelerated up to high energies. The electron acceleration occurs at the strong shocks created by the collision of radiatively-driven winds. Here we summarize the available radio data and more recent observations for the binary Cyg OB2 No. 9. We also show a new emission model which is being developed to compare the theoretical total radio flux and the spectral index with the observed radio light curves. This comparison will be useful in order to solve fundamental questions, such as the determination of the stellar mass-loss rates, which are perturbed by clumping. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative NIR Spectroscopy of Massive Stars
Sana, H.; Stap, F. A.; de Koter, A. et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, January 01)

Interest for near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy of massive stars has been dramatically increasing over the last decade. Because it allows one to observe objects inaccessible at optical wavelengths due to ... [more ▼]

Interest for near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy of massive stars has been dramatically increasing over the last decade. Because it allows one to observe objects inaccessible at optical wavelengths due to absorption, the infrared domain offers a privileged window to study highly extinguished objects. Yet, a detailed calibration of the massive star properties at NIR wavelength is still missing. Following the lines of the work of Repolust et al. (2005), we have acquired high resolution spectroscopy of several nearby massive stars using VLT/CRIRES, focusing on spectral lines of interest in the J, H, K, and L bands. In this work, we present the earliest results of our quantitative spectroscopic analysis of the main sequence stars in our sample. Using the unique combination of a genetic algorithm approach with the state-of-the-art non-LTE atmosphere model FASTWIND, we compare the stellar and wind properties as derived from the optical and the NIR regime. [less ▲]

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See detail(G)astronomie - Dip martien
Nazé, Yaël ULg

Article for general public (2013)

See detailConstaining the wind collision region geometry in the WN+O binary V444 Cyg
Lomax, Jamie; Nazé, Yaël ULg; Hoffman, jennifer

Poster (2013)

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See detailThe Belgian sky
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Fontaine, Sébastien ULg

Poster (2013)

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See detailExploring the sky
Nazé, Yaël ULg

Poster (2013)

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See detailThe adventures of a little star
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Thonnard, Florine

Poster (2013)

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See detailMagnetic fields in O stars
Nazé, Yaël ULg

in proceedings of "Putting A-stars into context" (2013)

Over the last decade, large-scale, organized (generally dipolar) magnetic fields with a strength between 0.1 and 20 kG were detected in dozens of OB stars. This contribution reviews the impact of such ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, large-scale, organized (generally dipolar) magnetic fields with a strength between 0.1 and 20 kG were detected in dozens of OB stars. This contribution reviews the impact of such magnetic fields on the stellar winds of O-stars, with emphasis on variability and X-ray emission. [less ▲]

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See detailAstronomie et chronoligie chez Newton - arguments astronomiques à l'appui de la chronologie de Newton
Nazé, Yaël ULg

in Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences (2012), 62(169), 717-765

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See detailAlexandre Moatti, Einstein, un siècle contre lui
Nazé, Yaël ULg

in Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences (2012), 169

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See detailWhy bother ?
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Bouquiaux, Laurence ULg

Poster (2012, November 27)

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See detailThe 2.35 year itch of Cygnus OB2 #9. I. Optical and X-ray monitoring
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Mahy, Laurent ULg; Damerdji, Yassine ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012), 546

Context. Nonthermal radio emission in massive stars is expected to arise in wind-wind collisions occurring inside a binary system. One such case, the O-type star Cyg OB2 #9, was proven to be a binary only ... [more ▼]

Context. Nonthermal radio emission in massive stars is expected to arise in wind-wind collisions occurring inside a binary system. One such case, the O-type star Cyg OB2 #9, was proven to be a binary only four years ago, but the orbital parameters remained uncertain. The periastron passage of 2011 was the first one to be observable under good conditions since the discovery of binarity. <BR /> Aims: In this context, we have organized a large monitoring campaign to refine the orbital solution and to study the wind-wind collision. <BR /> Methods: This paper presents the analysis of optical spectroscopic data, as well as of a dedicated X-ray monitoring performed with Swift and XMM-Newton. <BR /> Results: In light of our refined orbital solution, Cyg OB2 #9 appears as a massive O+O binary with a long period and high eccentricity; its components (O5-5.5I for the primary and O3-4III for the secondary) have similar masses and similar luminosities. The new data also provide the first evidence that a wind-wind collision is present in the system. In the optical domain, the broad Hα line varies, displaying enhanced absorption and emission components at periastron. X-ray observations yield the unambiguous signature of an adiabatic collision, because as the stars approach periastron, the X-ray luminosity closely follows the 1/D variation expected in that case. The X-ray spectrum appears, however, slightly softer at periastron, which is probably related to winds colliding at slightly lower speeds at that time. <BR /> Conclusions: It is the first time that such a variation has been detected in O+O systems, and the first case where the wind-wind collision is found to remain adiabatic even at periastron passage. [less ▲]

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See detailNGC 1624-2: a slowly rotating, X-ray luminous Of?cp star with an extraordinarily strong magnetic field
Wade, G. A.; Maíz Apellániz, J.; Martins, F. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2012), 425

This paper presents a first observational investigation of the faint Of?p star NGC 1624-2, yielding important new constraints on its spectral and physical characteristics, rotation, magnetic field ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a first observational investigation of the faint Of?p star NGC 1624-2, yielding important new constraints on its spectral and physical characteristics, rotation, magnetic field strength, X-ray emission and magnetospheric properties. Modelling the spectrum and spectral energy distribution, we conclude that NGC 1624-2 is a main-sequence star of mass M ≃ 30 M[SUB]&sun;[/SUB], and infer an effective temperature of 35 ± 2 kK and log g = 4.0 ± 0.2. Based on an extensive time series of optical spectral observations we report significant variability of a large number of spectral lines, and infer a unique period of 157.99 ± 0.94 d which we interpret as the rotational period of the star. We report the detection of a very strong (5.35 ± 0.5 kG) longitudinal magnetic field <B[SUB]z[/SUB]>, coupled with probable Zeeman splitting of the Stokes I profiles of metal lines confirming a surface field modulus of 14 ± 1 kG, consistent with a surface dipole of polar strength ≳20 kG. This is the largest magnetic field ever detected in an O-type star, and the first report of Zeeman splitting of Stokes I profiles in such an object. We also report the detection of reversed Stokes V profiles associated with weak, high-excitation emission lines of O III, which we propose may form in the close magnetosphere of the star. We analyse archival Chandra ACIS-I X-ray data, inferring a very hard spectrum with an X-ray efficiency of log L[SUB]x[/SUB]/L[SUB]bol[/SUB] = -6.4, a factor of 4 larger than the canonical value for O-type stars and comparable to that of the young magnetic O-type star θ[SUP]1[/SUP] Ori C and other Of?p stars. Finally, we examine the probable magnetospheric properties of the star, reporting in particular very strong magnetic confinement of the stellar wind, with η[SUB]*[/SUB] ≃ 1.5 × 10[SUP]4[/SUP], and a very large Alfvén radius, R[SUB]Alf[/SUB] = 11.4 R[SUB]*[/SUB]. Based on spectropolarimetric observations obtained at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) which is operated by the National Research Council of Canada, the Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers (INSU) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of France, and the University of Hawaii, as well as on observations obtained using the Narval spectropolarimeter at the Observatoire du Pic du Midi (France), which is operated by the INSU. The spectroscopic data were gathered with five facilities: the 9.2-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory (MDO), the 3.5-m Telescope at Calar Alto Observatory (CAHA), the 1.5-m Telescope at the Observatorio de Sierra Nevada (OSN), the 4.2-m William Herschel Telescope at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (ORM) and the 2-m Himalayan Chandra Telescope at Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO). [less ▲]

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See detailSur l'histoire de l'astronomie à Liège
Gosset, Eric ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2012)

Cette série de posters s'intéresse à l'astronomie à Liège : (1) l'astronomie avant l'institut (Y. Nazé), (2) l'institut et les premiers directeurs (E. Gosset), et (3) l'astronomie au milieu du 20e siècle ... [more ▼]

Cette série de posters s'intéresse à l'astronomie à Liège : (1) l'astronomie avant l'institut (Y. Nazé), (2) l'institut et les premiers directeurs (E. Gosset), et (3) l'astronomie au milieu du 20e siècle (Y. Nazé). [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetometry of a sample of massive stars in Carina
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Bagnulo, Stefano; Petit, Véronique et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2012), 423

X-ray surveys of the Carina nebula have revealed a few hard and luminous sources associated with early-type stars. Such unusual characteristics for the high-energy emission may be related to magnetically ... [more ▼]

X-ray surveys of the Carina nebula have revealed a few hard and luminous sources associated with early-type stars. Such unusual characteristics for the high-energy emission may be related to magnetically confined winds. To search for the presence of magnetic fields in these objects, we performed a limited spectropolarimetric survey using the Focal reducer and low dispersion spectrograph (FORS) instrument. The multi-object mode was used, so that a total of 21 OB stars could be investigated during a one-night-long run. A magnetic field was detected in two objects of the sample, with a 6σ significance: Tr16-22 and 13. Such a detection was expected for Tr16-22, as its X-ray emission is too bright, variable and hard, compared to other late-type O or O+OB systems. It is more surprising for Tr16-13, a poorly known star which so far has never shown any peculiar characteristics. Subsequent monitoring is now needed to ascertain the physical properties of these objects and enable a full modelling of their magnetic atmospheres and winds. Based on data collected at ESO under Program ID 386.D-0624A. [less ▲]

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