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See detailSpectroscopic and photometric variability of O and Wolf-Rayet stars
Gosset, Eric ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009, July 01), 158

Low-level line profile variability in the optical domain is a ubiquitous feature of O, Of and Wolf-Rayet type stars. This variability can arise from pulsations, from magnetic fields or wind structures ... [more ▼]

Low-level line profile variability in the optical domain is a ubiquitous feature of O, Of and Wolf-Rayet type stars. This variability can arise from pulsations, from magnetic fields or wind structures (both small and large scales). For main-sequence O-type stars, the spectra display many absorption lines that provide stringent diagnostics of photospheric features. However, as the stars evolve off the main-sequence towards the Of and Wolf-Rayet stage, the stellar wind densities (and hence the wind optical depths) increase dramatically. The wind eventually dominates the formation of the entire spectrum rendering the investigation of photospheric structures more ambiguous. We discuss the observational analyses of the spectroscopic and photometric variability of massive stars of spectral type O, Of and WR. In particular, we highlight the search for a connection between the photospheric and the wind variability. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for line-profile variability in the spectrum of the O supergiant HD 152249: preliminary results
Gosset, Eric ULg; Sana, H.; Linder, N. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009, July 01), 158

Already suspected to be variable, the O9Ib((f)) supergiant HD 152249 has been the subject of a dedicated follow-up spectroscopic run. We report here on the preliminary results. This star is definitely ... [more ▼]

Already suspected to be variable, the O9Ib((f)) supergiant HD 152249 has been the subject of a dedicated follow-up spectroscopic run. We report here on the preliminary results. This star is definitely exhibiting significant line-profile variations which are most probably a sign of the existence of non-radial pulsations. HD 152249 could thus belong to the newly identified group of pulsating OB supergiants. [less ▲]

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See detailDust formation by the colliding wind WC5+O9 binary WR19 at periastron passage
Williams, P. M.; Rauw, Grégor ULg; van der Hucht, K. A.

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2009), 395

We present infrared photometry of the episodic dust-making Wolf-Rayet system WR19 (LS3), tracking its fading from a third observed dust formation episode in 2007 and strengthening the view that these ... [more ▼]

We present infrared photometry of the episodic dust-making Wolf-Rayet system WR19 (LS3), tracking its fading from a third observed dust formation episode in 2007 and strengthening the view that these episodes are periodic (P = 10.1 +/- 0.1y). Radial velocities (RVs) of the O9 component observed between 2001 and 2008 show RV variations consistent with WR19 being a spectroscopic binary of high eccentricity (e = 0.8), having periastron passage in 2007.14, shortly before the phase of dust formation. In this respect, WR19 resembles the archetypical episodic dust-making colliding wind binary system WR140. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile, in allocations 67.D-0043, 70.D-0266, 72.D-0070, 73.D-0027, 74.D-0116, 76.D-0029, 78.D-0001, 79.D-0092 and 80.D-0198. E-mail: pmw@roe.ac.uk [less ▲]

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See detailNon-thermal processes in colliding-wind massive binaries: the contribution of Simbol-X to a multiwavelength investigation
De Becker, Michaël ULg; Blomme, Ronny; Micela, Giusi et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2009, May), 1126

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 ... [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 ▲]

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See detailA multiwavelength investigation of the massive eclipsing binary Cyg OB2 #5
Linder, Natacha ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 495

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 ... [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 ▲]

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See detailThe strange case of the Of?p stars
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Walborn, N. R.; Martins, F. et al

Poster (2009)

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See detailHot stars survey with the GAIA space mission
Lobel, A.; Liu, C.; Frémat, Y. et al

Poster (2009)

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See detailThe multiwavelength picture of star formation in the very young open cluster NGC6383
Rauw, Grégor ULg; De Becker, Michaël ULg

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 ▲]

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See detailThe first orbital solution for the massive colliding-wind binary HD 93162 (=WR 25)
Gamen, R.; Gosset, Eric ULg; Morrell, N. I. et al

in Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica Conference Series (2008, August 01)

Since the discovery, with EINSTEIN, of strong X-ray emission associated with HD 93162, this object was recurrently predicted by some authors to be a colliding-wind binary system. However, radial-velocity ... [more ▼]

Since the discovery, with EINSTEIN, of strong X-ray emission associated with HD 93162, this object was recurrently predicted by some authors to be a colliding-wind binary system. However, radial-velocity variations that would prove the suspected binary nature have never been found so far. We spectroscopically monitored this object in order to investigate its possible variability and to provide an answer to the above-mentioned discordance. We derived radial velocities from spectroscopic data acquired mainly between 1994 and 2006, and searched for periodicities. For the first time, periodic radial-velocity variations are detected. Our analysis definitively shows that the Wolf-Rayet star WR 25 is actually an eccentric binary system with a probable period of about 208 days. [less ▲]

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See detailColliding Wind Signatures in Early-Type Binaries
Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica Conference Series (2008, August 01)

Observations of early-type binaries not only allow us to establish the fundamental properties of massive stars in a model-independent fashion, but furthermore provide important information on the ... [more ▼]

Observations of early-type binaries not only allow us to establish the fundamental properties of massive stars in a model-independent fashion, but furthermore provide important information on the interactions of their stellar winds. The signatures of wind-wind interactions have been found over a broad range of wavelengths and energies, from the radio domain to X-rays and possibly gamma-rays. In this review, I discuss some results of the study of wind interactions in Wolf-Rayet and O-star binaries. [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 detailHard X-ray emission from eta Carinae
Leyder, Jean-Christophe ULg; Walter, R.; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 477

Context: If relativistic particle acceleration takes place in colliding-wind binaries, hard X-rays and gamma-rays are expected through inverse Compton emission, but to date these have never been ... [more ▼]

Context: If relativistic particle acceleration takes place in colliding-wind binaries, hard X-rays and gamma-rays are expected through inverse Compton emission, but to date these have never been unambiguously detected. Aims: To detect this emission, observations of eta Carinae were performed with INTEGRAL, leveraging its high spatial resolution. Methods: Deep hard X-ray images of the region of eta Car were constructed in several energy bands. Results: The hard X-ray emission previously detected by BeppoSax around eta Car originates from at least 3 different point sources. The emission of eta Car itself can be isolated for the first time, and its spectrum unambiguously analyzed. The X-ray emission of eta Car in the 22-100 keV energy range is very hard (Gamma ~= 1 ± 0.4) and its luminosity is 7 × 10^33 erg s^-1. Conclusions: The observed emission is in agreement with the predictions of inverse Compton models, and corresponds to about 0.1% of the energy available in the wind collision. eta Car is expected to be detected in the GeV energy range. [less ▲]

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See detailXMM-Newton X-ray study of early type stars in the Carina OB1 association
Antokhin, I. I.; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Vreux, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 477(2), 593-609

Aims. X-ray properties of the stellar population in the Carina OB I association are examined with special emphasis on early-type stars. Their spectral characteristics provide some clues to understanding ... [more ▼]

Aims. X-ray properties of the stellar population in the Carina OB I association are examined with special emphasis on early-type stars. Their spectral characteristics provide some clues to understanding the nature of X-ray formation mechanisms in the winds of single and binary early-type stars. Methods. A timing and spectral analysis of five observations with XMM-Newton is performed using various statistical tests and thermal spectral models. Results. 235 point sources have been detected within the field of view. Several of these sources are probably pre-main sequence stars with characteristic short-term variability. Seven sources are possible background AGNs. Spectral analysis of twenty four sources of type OB and WR 25 was performed. We derived spectral parameters of the sources and their fluxes in three energy bands. Estimating the interstellar absorption for every source and the distance to the nebula, we derived X-ray luminosities of these stars and compared them to their bolometric luminosities. We discuss possible reasons for the fact that, on average, the observed X-ray properties of binary and single early type stars are not very different, and give several possible explanations. [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 detailThe massive binary HD 152218 revisited: A new colliding wind system in NGC 6231
Sana, H.; Nazé, Yaël ULg; O'Donnell, B. et al

in New Astronomy (2008), 13(4), 202-215

We present the results of an optical and X-ray monitoring campaign on the short-period massive SB2 binary HD 152218. Combining our HiRes spectroscopic data with previous observations, we unveil the ... [more ▼]

We present the results of an optical and X-ray monitoring campaign on the short-period massive SB2 binary HD 152218. Combining our HiRes spectroscopic data with previous observations, we unveil the contradictions between the published orbital solutions. In particular, we solve the aliasing on the period and derive a value close to 5.604 d. Our eccentricity e = 0.259 +/- 0.006 is slightly lower than previously admitted. We show that HD 152218 is probably undergoing a relatively rapid apsidal motion of about 3 degrees yr(-1) and we confirm the O9IV + O9.7V classification. We derive minimal masses of 15.82 +/- 0.26 M-circle dot and 12.00 +/- 0.19 M-circle dot and constrain the radius of the components to R-1 = 10.3 +/- 1.3 R-circle dot and R-2 = 7.8 +/- 1.7 R-circle dot. We also report the results of an XMM-Newton monitoring of the HD 152218 X-ray emission throughout its orbital motion. The averaged X-ray spectrum is relatively soft and it is well reproduced by a 2-T optically thin thermal plasma model with component temperatures about 0.3 and 0.7 keV. The system presents an increase of its X-ray flux by about 30% near apastron compared to periastron, which is interpreted as the signature of an ongoing wind-wind interaction process occurring within the wind acceleration region. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray spectroscopy of early-type stars: The present and the future
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg; Oskinova, L. M.

in Astronomische Nachrichten (2008), 329(2), 222-225

XMM-Newton and Chandra have boosted our knowledge about the X-ray emission of early-type stars (spectral types OB and Wolf-Rayet). However, there are still a number of open questions that need to be ... [more ▼]

XMM-Newton and Chandra have boosted our knowledge about the X-ray emission of early-type stars (spectral types OB and Wolf-Rayet). However, there are still a number of open questions that need to be addressed in order to fully understand the X-ray spectra of these objects. Many of these issues require high-resolution spectroscopy or monitoring of a sample of massive stars. Given the moderate X-ray brightness of these targets, rather long exposure times are needed to achieve these goals. In this contribution, we review our current knowledge in this field and present some hot topics that could ideally be addressed with XMM-Newton over the next decade. (C) 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. [less ▲]

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See detailThe massive star binary fraction in young open clusters - I. NGC 6231 revisited
Sana, H.; Gosset, Eric ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2008), 386(1), 447-460

We present the results of a long-term high-resolution spectroscopy campaign on the O-type stars in NGC 6231. We revise the spectral classification and multiplicity of these objects and we constrain the ... [more ▼]

We present the results of a long-term high-resolution spectroscopy campaign on the O-type stars in NGC 6231. We revise the spectral classification and multiplicity of these objects and we constrain the fundamental properties of the O-star population. Almost three quarters of the O-type stars in the cluster are members of a binary system. The minimum binary fraction is 0.63, with half the O-type binaries having an orbital period of the order of a few days. The eccentricities of all the short-period binaries are revised downward, and henceforth match a normal period-eccentricity distribution. The mass ratio distribution shows a large preference for O + OB binaries, ruling out the possibility that, in NGC 6231, the companion of an O-type star is randomly drawn from a standard initial mass function. Obtained from a complete and homogeneous population of O-type stars, our conclusions provide interesting observational constraints to be confronted with the formation and early evolution theories of O-stars. [less ▲]

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