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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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See detailMagnetic Massive Stars
Townsend, Rich; Cohen, David H; Dessart, Luc et al

in IAU Symposium (2008, June 01)

Magnetic fields are unexpected in massive stars, due to the absence of a sub-surface convective dynamo. However, advances in instrumentation over the past three decades have led to their detection in a ... [more ▼]

Magnetic fields are unexpected in massive stars, due to the absence of a sub-surface convective dynamo. However, advances in instrumentation over the past three decades have led to their detection in a small but growing subset of these stars. Moreover, complementary theoretical developments have highlighted their potentially significant influence over the structure, evolution and circumstellar environments of massive stars. Here, we summarize a special session convened prior to the main conference, focused on presenting recent developments in the study of massive-star magnetic fields. [less ▲]

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