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See detailA detailed X-ray investigation of ζ Puppis. III. Spectral analysis of the whole RGS spectrum
Hervé, Anthony ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013), 551

Context. ζ Pup is the X-ray brightest O-type star of the sky. This object was regularly observed with the RGS instrument onboard XMM-Newton for calibration purposes, which led to an unprecedented set of ... [more ▼]

Context. ζ Pup is the X-ray brightest O-type star of the sky. This object was regularly observed with the RGS instrument onboard XMM-Newton for calibration purposes, which led to an unprecedented set of high-quality spectra. <BR /> Aims: We have previously reduced and extracted this data set and integrated it into the most detailed high-resolution X-ray spectrum of any early-type star so far. Here we present the analysis of this spectrum, taking into account for the presence of structures in the stellar wind. <BR /> Methods: For this purpose, we used our new modeling tool that allows fitting the entire spectrum with a multi-temperature plasma. We illustrate the impact of a proper treatment of the radial dependence of the X-ray opacity of the cool wind on the best-fit radial distribution of the temperature of the X-ray plasma. <BR /> Results: The best-fit of the RGS spectrum of ζ Pup is obtained assuming no porosity. Four plasma components at temperatures between 0.10 and 0.69 keV are needed to adequately represent the observed spectrum. Whilst the hardest emission is concentrated between ~3 and 4 R[SUB]∗[/SUB], the softer emission starts already at 1.5 R[SUB]∗[/SUB] and extends to the outer regions of the wind. <BR /> Conclusions: The inferred radial distribution of the plasma temperatures agrees rather well with theoretical expectations. The mass-loss rate and CNO abundances corresponding to our best-fit model also agree quite well with the results of recent studies of ζ Pup in the UV and optical domain. 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 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 detailGlobal Modeling of X-Ray Spectra Produced in O-type Star Winds
Hervé, Anthony ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2012), 748

High-resolution X-ray spectra of O-type stars revealed less wind absorption than expected from smooth winds with conventional mass-loss rates. Various solutions have been proposed, including porous winds ... [more ▼]

High-resolution X-ray spectra of O-type stars revealed less wind absorption than expected from smooth winds with conventional mass-loss rates. Various solutions have been proposed, including porous winds, optically thick clumps, or an overall reduction of the mass-loss rates. The latter has a strong impact on the evolution of the star. Our final goal is to analyze high-resolution X-ray spectra of O-type stars with a multi-temperature plasma model in order to determine crucial stellar and wind parameters such as the mass-loss rate, the CNO abundances, and the X-ray temperature plasma distribution in the wind. In this context we are developing a modeling tool to calculate synthetic X-ray spectra. We present here the main ingredients and physics necessary for such a work. Our code uses the most recent version of the AtomDB emissivities to compute the intrinsic emissivity of the hot plasma as well as the CMFGEN model atmosphere code to evaluate the opacity of the cool wind. Following the comparison between two formalisms of stellar wind fragmentation, we introduce, for the first time in X-rays, the effects of a tenuous inter-clump medium. We then explore the quantitative impact of different model parameters on the X-ray spectra such as the position in the wind of the X-ray emitting plasma. For the first time, we also show that the two formalisms of stellar wind fragmentation yield different results, although the differences for individual lines are small and can probably not be tested with the current generation of X-ray telescopes. As an illustration of our method, we compare various synthetic line profiles to the observed O VIII λ18.97 line in the spectrum of ζ Puppis. We illustrate how different combinations of parameters can actually lead to the same morphology of a single line, underlining the need to analyze the whole spectrum in a consistent way when attempting to constrain the parameters of the wind. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of a possible X-ray sensor based on the Plasmon Surface Resonance for the next generation of instruments
Hervé, Anthony ULg; Hastanin, Juriy ULg; Habraken, Serge ULg et al

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

With the new generation of X-ray space observatories, such as IXO in preparation, we explore a new technology in order to improve the spectral resolution and the sensitivity of future instruments. We have ... [more ▼]

With the new generation of X-ray space observatories, such as IXO in preparation, we explore a new technology in order to improve the spectral resolution and the sensitivity of future instruments. We have studied the possibility to create a sensor based on the Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR), already used in chemistry and biomedical applications, and have determined the preliminary constraints on its size, energy resolution and working temperature. [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 detailA close look at the RGS spectra of the O4Ief star Zeta Pup
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Flores, A.; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

Poster (2010)

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