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See detailStudying massive stars with the International X-ray Observatory
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Oskinova, Lida

in Bulletin de la Societe Royale des Sciences de Liege (2011), 80

Chandra and XMM-Newton have deeply changed our view of the X-ray emission of massive stars. However, the majority of the massive stars being rather faint sources, the number of high-resolution X-ray ... [more ▼]

Chandra and XMM-Newton have deeply changed our view of the X-ray emission of massive stars. However, the majority of the massive stars being rather faint sources, the number of high-resolution X-ray spectra of massive stars remains rather limited and obtaining these spectra requires rather long exposure times. ESA, NASA and JAXA are currently designing the International X-ray Observatory (IXO) that will provide a quantum leap in collecting area compared to the current missions. In this contribution, we highlight the capabilities of IXO and its instrumentation for the study of massive stars in our Galaxy and beyond. [less ▲]

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See detail3D modelling of the massive star binary systems Eta Carinae, WR 22, and WR 140
Parkin, E. R.; Pittard, J. M.; Corcoran, M. F. et al

in Bulletin de la Societe Royale des Sciences de Liege (2011), 80

Massive stars possess powerful stellar winds. Wind-wind collision in a massive star binary system generates a region of thermalized plasma which may emit prolifically at X-ray wavelengths. Results are ... [more ▼]

Massive stars possess powerful stellar winds. Wind-wind collision in a massive star binary system generates a region of thermalized plasma which may emit prolifically at X-ray wavelengths. Results are presented from 3D adaptive-mesh refinement (AMR) hydrodynamical models which include radiative cooling and the radiative driving of the stellar winds. The models provide an exceptional insight into the turbulent nature of the wind-wind interaction regions. The X-ray emission from the hydrodynamical models is then calculated, allowing detailed comparisons with observational data. Preliminary results from investigations of Eta Carinae, WR 22, and WR 140 are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of porosity on emergent synthetic spectra of massive stars in the X-ray domain
Hervé, Anthony ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Bulletin de la Societe Royale des Sciences de Liege (2011), 80

Massive stars possess powerful stellar winds. Studies over the last decade, including the analyses of X-ray emission-line profiles, revealed the importance of wind fragmentation and clumping and led to a ... [more ▼]

Massive stars possess powerful stellar winds. Studies over the last decade, including the analyses of X-ray emission-line profiles, revealed the importance of wind fragmentation and clumping and led to a downwards revision of the mass-loss rates. We present the first results of our code that allows to compare two models of wind fragmentation, and their consequences on the emergent X-ray spectra of massive stars. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic binaries as observed by the future Gaia space mission
Damerdji, Yassine ULg; Delchambre, Ludovic ULg; Morel, Thierry ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Societe Royale des Sciences de Liege (2011), 80

The future Gaia satellite will observe a large number of stars through its three main channels: astrometric, photometric and, for the brightest stars, spectroscopic. The satellite is equipped with the RVS ... [more ▼]

The future Gaia satellite will observe a large number of stars through its three main channels: astrometric, photometric and, for the brightest stars, spectroscopic. The satellite is equipped with the RVS spectrograph, which will provide medium-resolution spectra over a small wavelength range. These spectra should allow us to identify stars exhibiting a composite spectrum, either because of a chance alignment or a true binarity. We discuss the various aspects related to the data treatment of the binary candidates and describe the algorithms that are intended to be included in the processing pipeline. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic follow-up of the colliding-wind binary WR140 during the 2009 January periastron passage
Fahed, R.; Moffat, A. F. J.; Zorec, J. et al

in Bulletin de la Societe Royale des Sciences de Liege (2011), 80

We present the results from the spectroscopic follow-up of WR140 (WC7 + O4-5) during its last periastron passage in January 2009. This object is known as the archetype of colliding wind binaries and has a ... [more ▼]

We present the results from the spectroscopic follow-up of WR140 (WC7 + O4-5) during its last periastron passage in January 2009. This object is known as the archetype of colliding wind binaries and has a relatively large period (≃8 years) and eccentricity (≃0.9). We provide updated values for the orbital parameters, new estimates for the WR and O star masses and new constraints on the mass-loss rates. [less ▲]

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See detailA photometric study of the Carina nebula region around WR 22
Kumar, Brajesh ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Societe Royale des Sciences de Liege (2011), 80

We performed the first photometric observations of a field situated around WR 22 in the Carina nebula region. We present and discuss the preliminary results of the study.

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See detailMassive binaries as seen with Gaia
Palate, Matthieu ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Societe Royale des Sciences de Liege (2011), 80

Gaia, ESA's forthcoming astrometric observatory, will observe a billion stars of our Galaxy, among which thousands of high-mass stars. In this contribution, we study the capabilities of Gaia's ... [more ▼]

Gaia, ESA's forthcoming astrometric observatory, will observe a billion stars of our Galaxy, among which thousands of high-mass stars. In this contribution, we study the capabilities of Gaia's spectrometer (RVS) in the context of massive stars, especially the detectability of lower-mass companions to O-type stars. This preliminary study enables us to estimate to what extent Gaia will constrain the distribution of the physical and orbital parameters of massive binaries (luminosity, period, mass ratio, eccentricity...). [less ▲]

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See detailThe X-ray emission of the WR+O binary WR 79
Gosset, Eric ULg; Sana, Hugues; Rauw, Grégor ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Societe Royale des Sciences de Liege (2011), 80

In the framework of our multiwavelength study of the open cluster NGC 6231, we observed the colliding-wind WR+O binary WR 79 at six different epochs with the XMM-Newton observatory. These pointings offer ... [more ▼]

In the framework of our multiwavelength study of the open cluster NGC 6231, we observed the colliding-wind WR+O binary WR 79 at six different epochs with the XMM-Newton observatory. These pointings offer the possibility to study the X-ray spectrum of WR 79 and its possible variability. Our results are briefly discussed and compared with the X-ray characteristics of other similar objects. [less ▲]

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See detailA search for X-ray sources around WR 22 in the Carina region
Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2011), 525

We present the results of a deep search for X-ray sources in a circular field of 30' in diameter situated around WR 22 in the Carina region and observed with the XMM-Newton observatory. This field is ... [more ▼]

We present the results of a deep search for X-ray sources in a circular field of 30' in diameter situated around WR 22 in the Carina region and observed with the XMM-Newton observatory. This field is broadly located to the west of the main part of the Carina nebula. On the basis of six pointings (nominal exposure time: 10 ks each) centred on the WR+O binary star WR 22, we perform a survey with an effective exposure time of 68.8 ks. We introduce a catalogue of 43 bona-fide X-ray point sources, most of which were unknown before the XMM-Newton observations, and perform the first steps towards their identifications by cross-correlating the positions with optical/infrared catalogues. We investigated the possible variability of these sources in the X-ray domain and we extracted a few X-ray spectra for the brightest ones. A short description of the diffuse X-ray emission present in the region is also given. Based on observations 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 multiwavelength view of hot, massive stars
Rauw, Grégor ULg; De Becker, Michaël ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2011), 80

Massive stars are certainly among the most fascinating objects of stellar populations. They trigger many astrophysical processes from star formation to the chemical enrichment of the interstellar medium ... [more ▼]

Massive stars are certainly among the most fascinating objects of stellar populations. They trigger many astrophysical processes from star formation to the chemical enrichment of the interstellar medium. Yet, their properties are still not fully understood and these objects are therefore at the core of many ongoing research activities. With the advent of new, high-performance, ground-based and space-borne facilities, the multi-wavelength investigation of hot, massive stars has definitely been boosted over the last decade. It is indeed nowadays possible to study these objects over a wide part of the electromagnetic spectrum, all the way from radio waves to gamma-rays. Motivated by this fact, we decided to organize a conference devoted to this topic in the framework of the well-established series of Liege International Astrophysical Colloquia (LIAC). The resonance in the community was extremely positive, with many proposals for high-quality contributions. During the week of 12 - 16 July 2010, 138 astrophysicists, from institutes in 21 countries all over the world, gathered in Liege to discuss how the multi-wavelength approach has revolutionized their research on massive stars. The colloquium was organized into five thematic sessions, and the present proceedings are organized along the same chapters: (1) stellar winds, diagnostics across the electromagnetic spectrum; (2) massive star formation, confronting theory and observation; (3) evolution and interaction of massive stars with their environment; (4) future instrumentation and its application to massive star research; (5) massive binaries: interaction and evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailResults from the Herschel Key Program MESS
Groenewegen, M. A. T.; Waelkens, C.; Barlow, M. J. et al

in Kerschbaum, F.; Lebzelter, T.; Wing, R. F. (Eds.) Why Galaxies Care about AGB Stars II: Shining Examples and Common Inhabitants. ASPC 445 (2011)

MESS (Mass loss of Evolved StarS) is a Herschel Guaranteed Time Key Program that will image about 100, and do spectroscopy of about 50, post-main-sequence objects of all flavours: AGB stars, post-AGB ... [more ▼]

MESS (Mass loss of Evolved StarS) is a Herschel Guaranteed Time Key Program that will image about 100, and do spectroscopy of about 50, post-main-sequence objects of all flavours: AGB stars, post-AGB stars, planetary nebulae, luminous blue variables, Wolf-Rayet stars, and supernova remnants. In this review the implementation and current status of MESS is outlined, and first results are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Herschel view of nebulae around evolved massive stars
Vamvatira-Nakou, Chloi ULg; Royer, P.; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg et al

Conference (2011)

The detailed study of the nebulae ejected from Luminous Blue Variables and the circumstellar bubbles around Wolf-Rayet stars, which radiate strongly in the IR due to the heating of dust, is crucial for ... [more ▼]

The detailed study of the nebulae ejected from Luminous Blue Variables and the circumstellar bubbles around Wolf-Rayet stars, which radiate strongly in the IR due to the heating of dust, is crucial for understanding the massive stars evolution. With Herschel, the largest telescope ever flown in space, we are able to study the gas and the dust in these circumstellar environments in the full far-infrared waveband. In the context of 'Mass-loss of Evolved StarS' Herschel guaranteed time key programme, we have obtained imaging and spectroscopic observations of nebulae associated with Luminous Blue Variable and Wolf-Rayet stars using PACS, one of the three instruments onboard Herschel. A description of these observations and first results of the data analysis are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Mons campaign on OB stars
Morel, Thierry ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Eversberg, T. et al

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2011), 80

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See detailInteractions in Massive Binary Systems
Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Prša, Andrej; Zejda, Miloslav (Eds.) Binaries - Key to Comprehension of the Universe (2010, December 01)

In binary systems consisting of two massive stars, the interaction of the powerful stellar winds of the two components produces signatures over a broad range of wavelengths. Many observational and ... [more ▼]

In binary systems consisting of two massive stars, the interaction of the powerful stellar winds of the two components produces signatures over a broad range of wavelengths. Many observational and theoretical studies of this phenomenon have been performed over the last two decades. In very close massive binary systems, mass exchange due to Roche lobe overflow can also occur and the signatures of the two phenomena are sometimes hard to distinguish. In this review, I discuss some recent developments in the study of both phenomena. [less ▲]

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See detailHard X-ray identification of η Carinae and steadiness close to periastron
Leyder, Jean-Christophe ULg; Walter, R.; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 524

Context. The colliding-wind binary η Carinae exhibits soft X-ray thermal emission that varies strongly around the periastron passage. It has been found to have non-thermal emission, thanks to its ... [more ▼]

Context. The colliding-wind binary η Carinae exhibits soft X-ray thermal emission that varies strongly around the periastron passage. It has been found to have non-thermal emission, thanks to its detection in hard X-rays using INTEGRAL and Suzaku, and also in γ-rays with AGILE and Fermi. <BR /> Aims: This paper attempts to definitively identify η Carinae as the source of the hard X-ray emission, to examine how changes in the 2-10 keV band influence changes in the hard X-ray band, and to understand more clearly the mechanisms producing the non-thermal emission using new INTEGRAL observations obtained close to periastron passage. <BR /> Methods: To strengthen the identification of η Carinae with the hard X-ray source, a long Chandra observation encompassing the INTEGRAL/ISGRI error circle was analysed, and all other soft X-ray sources (including the outer shell of η Carinae itself) were discarded as likely counter-parts. To expand the knowledge of the physical processes governing the X-ray lightcurve, new hard X-ray images of η Carinae were studied close to periastron, and compared to previous observations far from periastron. <BR /> Results: The INTEGRAL component, when represented by a power law (with a photon index Γ of 1.8), would produce more emission in the Chandra band than observed from any point source in the ISGRI error circle apart from η Carinae, as long as the hydrogen column density to the ISGRI source is lower than N[SUB]H[/SUB] ≲ 10[SUP]24[/SUP] cm[SUP]-2[/SUP]. Sources with such a high absorption are very rare, thus the hard X-ray emission is very likely to be associated with η Carinae. The eventual contribution of the outer shell to the non-thermal component also remains fairly limited. Close to periastron passage, a 3-σ detection is achieved for the hard X-ray emission of η Carinae, with a flux similar to the average value far from periastron. <BR /> Conclusions: Assuming a single absorption component for both the thermal and non-thermal sources, this 3-σ detection can be explained with a hydrogen column density that does not exceed N[SUB]H[/SUB] ≲ 6 × 10[SUP]23[/SUP] cm[SUP]-2[/SUP] without resorting to an intrinsic increase in the hard X-ray emission. The energy injected in hard X-rays (averaged over a month timescale) appears to be rather constant at least as close as a few stellar radii, well within the acceleration region of the wind. [less ▲]

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See detailNew findings on the prototypical Of?p stars
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Ud-Doula, Asif; Spano, Maxime et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 520

<BR /> Aims: In recent years several in-depth investigations of the three prototypical Of?p stars were undertaken. These multiwavelength studies revealed the peculiar properties of these objects (in the X ... [more ▼]

<BR /> Aims: In recent years several in-depth investigations of the three prototypical Of?p stars were undertaken. These multiwavelength studies revealed the peculiar properties of these objects (in the X-rays as well as in the optical): magnetic fields, periodic line profile variations, recurrent photometric changes. However, many questions remain unsolved. <BR /> Methods: To clarify some of the properties of the Of?p stars, we have continued their monitoring. A new xmm-Newton observation and two new optical datasets were obtained. <BR /> Results: Additional information about the prototypical Of?p trio has been found. HD 108 has now reached its quiescent, minimum-emission state for the first time in 50-60 yr. The échelle spectra of HD 148937 confirm the presence of the 7d variations in the Balmer lines and reveal similar periodic variations (though of lower amplitudes) in the He i λ 5876 and He ii λ 4686 lines, underlining its similarities with the other two prototypical Of?p stars. The new xmm-Newton observation of HD 191612 was taken at the same phase in the line modulation cycle, but at a different orbital phase from previous data. It clearly shows that the X-ray emission of HD 191612 is modulated by the 538d period and not by the orbital period of 1542d - it is thus not of colliding-wind origin. The phenomenon responsible for the optical changes appears also at work in the high-energy domain. There are problems however: our MHD simulations of the wind magnetic confinement predict both a harder X-ray flux of a much larger strength than what is observed (the modelled differential emission measure peaks at 30-40 MK, whereas the observed one peaks at 2 MK) and narrow lines (hot gas moving with velocities of 100-200 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP], whereas the observed full width at half maximum is ~2000 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP]). Based on observations collected at the Haute-Provence Observatory, at the La Silla and San Pedro Mártir Observatories, and 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 detailNon-thermal radio emission from O-type stars. IV. Cygnus OB2 No. 8A
Blomme, R.; De Becker, Michaël ULg; Volpi, D. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 519

Context. Several early-type colliding-wind binaries are known to emit synchrotron radiation due to relativistic electrons, which are most probably accelerated by the Fermi mechanism. By studying such ... [more ▼]

Context. Several early-type colliding-wind binaries are known to emit synchrotron radiation due to relativistic electrons, which are most probably accelerated by the Fermi mechanism. By studying such systems we can learn more about this mechanism, which is also relevant in other astrophysical contexts. Colliding-wind binaries are furthermore important for binary frequency determination in clusters and for understanding clumping and porosity in stellar winds. Aims: We study the non-thermal radio emission of the binary Cyg OB2 No. 8A, to see if it is variable and if that variability is locked to the orbital phase. We investigate if the synchrotron emission generated in the colliding-wind region of this binary can explain the observations and we verify that our proposed model is compatible with the X-ray data. Methods: We use both new and archive radio data from the Very Large Array (VLA) to construct a light curve as a function of orbital phase. We also present new X-ray data that allow us to improve the X-ray light curve. We develop a numerical model for the colliding-wind region and the synchrotron emission it generates. The model also includes free-free absorption and emission due to the stellar winds of both stars. In this way we construct artificial radio light curves and compare them with the observed one. Results: The observed radio fluxes show phase-locked variability. Our model can explain this variability because the synchrotron emitting region is not completely hidden by the free-free absorption. In order to obtain a better agreement for the phases of minimum and maximum flux we need to use stellar wind parameters for the binary components which are somewhat different from typical values for single stars. We verify that the change in stellar parameters does not influence the interpretation of the X-ray light curve. Our model has trouble explaining the observed radio spectral index. This could indicate the presence of clumping or porosity in the stellar wind, which - through its influence on both the Razin effect and the free-free absorption - can considerably influence the spectral index. Non-thermal radio emitters could therefore open a valuable pathway to investigate the difficult issue of clumping in stellar winds. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst Orbital Solution for the Non-thermal Emitter Cyg OB2 No. 9
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Damerdji, Yassine ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2010), 719

After the first detection of its binary nature, the spectroscopic monitoring of the non-thermal radio emitter Cyg OB2 No. 9 (P = 2.4 yr) has continued, doubling the number of available spectra of the star ... [more ▼]

After the first detection of its binary nature, the spectroscopic monitoring of the non-thermal radio emitter Cyg OB2 No. 9 (P = 2.4 yr) has continued, doubling the number of available spectra of the star. Since the discovery paper of 2008, a second periastron passage has occurred in 2009 February. Using a variety of techniques, the radial velocities could be estimated and a first, preliminary orbital solution was derived from the He I 5876 line. The mass ratio appears close to unity and the eccentricity is large, i.e., 0.7-0.75. X-ray data from 2004 and 2007 are also analyzed in quest of peculiarities linked to binarity. The observations reveal neither large overluminosity nor strong hardness, but it must be noted that the high-energy data were taken after the periastron passage, at a time where colliding wind emission may be low. Some unusual X-ray variability is however detected, with a 10% flux decrease between 2004 and 2007. To clarify their origin and find a more obvious signature of the wind-wind collision, additional data, taken at periastron and close to it, are needed. Based on observations collected at the Haute-Provence Observatory and 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 detailMassive binaries as seen with GAIA
Palate, Matthieu ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2010, July)

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