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Schönau-Berzdorf, Germany

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Stasinska G.,University Paris Diderot | Morisset C.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | Tovmassian G.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | Rauch T.,University of Tübingen | And 10 more authors.
Astronomy and Astrophysics | Year: 2010

The planetary nebula TS 01 (also called PNG135.9+55.9 or SBS 1150+599A) with its record-holding low oxygen abundance and its double degenerate close binary core (period 3.9 h) is an exceptional object located in the Galactic halo. We have secured observational data in a complete wavelength range to pin down the abundances of half a dozen elements in the nebula. The abundances are obtained via detailed photoionization modelling which takes into account all the observational constraints (including geometry and aperture effects) using the pseudo-3D photoionization code Cloudy-3D. The spectral energy distribution of the ionizing radiation is taken from appropriate model atmospheres. Incidentally we find from the new observational constraints that both stellar components contribute to the ionization: the "cool" one provides the bulk of hydrogen ionization, while the "hot" one is responsible for the presence of the most highly charged ions, which explains why previous attempts to model the nebula experienced difficulties. The nebular abundances of C, N, O, and Ne are found to be 1/3.5, 1/4.2, 1/70, and 1/11 of the solar value respectively, with uncertainties of a factor 2. Thus the extreme O deficiency of this object is confirmed. The abundances of S and Ar are less than 1/30 of solar. The abundance of He relative to H is 0.089 ± 0.009. Standard models of stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis cannot explain the abundance pattern observed in the nebula. To obtain an extreme oxygen deficiency in a star whose progenitor has an initial mass of about 1 M⊙ requires an additional mixing process, which can be induced by stellar rotation and/or by the presence of the close companion. We have computed a stellar model with an initial mass of 1 M⊙, appropriate metallicity, and initial rotation of 100 km s-1, and find that rotation greatly improves the agreement between the predicted and observed abundances. © 2010 ESO.


Decressin T.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA | Decressin T.,University of Geneva
Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union | Year: 2010

Massive stars have a strong impact on globular cluster evolution. First providing they rotate initially fast enough they can reach the break-up velocity during the main sequence and a mechanical mass-loss will eject matter from the equator at low velocity. Rotation-induced mixing will also bring matter from the convective core to the surface. From this ejected matter loaded in H-burning material a second generation of stars will born. The chemical pattern of these second generation stars are similar to the one observed for stars in globular cluster with abundance anomalies in light elements. Then during the explosion as supernovae the massive stars will also clear the cluster of the remaining gas. If this gas expulsion process acts on short timescale it can strongly modify the dynamical properties of clusters by ejecting preferentially first generation stars. © International Astronomical Union 2011.


Subr L.,Charles University | Kroupa P.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA | Baumgardt H.,University of Queensland
Astrophysical Journal | Year: 2012

We investigate the dynamical evolution of the Orion Nebula Cluster (ONC) by means of direct N-body integrations. A large fraction of residual gas was probably expelled when the ONC formed, so we assume that the ONC was much more compact when it formed compared with its current size, in agreement with the embedded cluster radius-mass relation from Marks & Kroupa. Hence, we assume that few-body relaxation played an important role during the initial phase of evolution of the ONC. In particular, three-body interactions among OB stars likely led to their ejection from the cluster and, at the same time, to the formation of a massive object via "runaway" physical stellar collisions. The resulting depletion of the high-mass end of the stellar mass function in the cluster is one of the important points where our models fit the observational data. We speculate that the runaway-mass star may have collapsed directly into a massive black hole (M• ≳ 100 M ⊙). Such a dark object could explain the large velocity dispersion of the four Trapezium stars observed in the ONC core. We further show that the putative massive black hole is likely to be a member of a binary system with ≈70% probability. In such a case, it could be detected either due to short periods of enhanced accretion of stellar winds from the secondary star during pericentre passages, or through a measurement of the motion of the secondary whose velocity would exceed 10 km s-1 along the whole orbit. © 2012. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.


Stasielak J.,Polish Academy of Sciences | Engel R.,Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | Baur S.,Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | Neunteufel P.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA | And 4 more authors.
Astroparticle Physics | Year: 2016

Reflection of radio waves off the short-lived plasma produced by the high-energy shower particles in the air is simulated, considering various radar setups and shower geometries. We show that the plasma produced by air showers has to be treated always as underdense. Therefore, we use the Thomson cross-section for scattering of radio waves corrected for molecular quenching and we sum coherently contributions of the reflected radio wave over the volume of the plasma disk to obtain the time evolution of the signal arriving at the receiver antenna. The received power and the spectral power density of the radar echo are analyzed. Based on the obtained results, we discuss possible modes of radar detection of extensive air showers. We conclude that the scattered signal is too weak for the radar method to provide an efficient and inexpensive method of air shower detection. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Brockamp M.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA | Baumgardt H.,University of Queensland | Kroupa P.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society | Year: 2011

The disruption rate of stars by supermassive black holes (SMBHs) is calculated numerically with a modified version of Aarseth's nbody6 code. Equal-mass systems without primordial binaries are treated. The initial stellar distribution around the SMBH follows a Sérsic n= 4 profile representing bulges of late-type galaxies as well of early-type galaxies without central light deficits, i.e. without cores. In order to infer relaxation-driven effects and to increase the statistical significance, a very large set of N-body integrations with different particle numbers N, ranging from 103 to 0.5 × 106 particles, is performed. Three different black hole capture radii are taken into account, enabling us to scale these results to a broad range of astrophysical systems with relaxation times shorter than one Hubble time, i.e. for SMBHs up to M≈ 107M⊙. The computed number of disrupted stars is driven by diffusion in angular momentum space into the loss cone of the black hole and the rate scales with the total number of particles as (dN/dt) ∝Nb, where b is as large as 0.83. This is significantly steeper than the expected scaling (dN/dt) ∝ ln(N) derived from simplest energy relaxation arguments. Only a relatively modest dependence of the tidal disruption rate on the mass of the SMBH is found and we discuss our results in the context of the M-σ relation. The number of disrupted stars contributes a significant part to the mass growth of black holes in the lower mass range as long as a significant part of the stellar mass becomes swallowed by the SMBH. This also bears direct consequences for the search and existence of intermediate-mass black holes in globular clusters. For SMBHs similar to the galactic centre black hole SgrA{black star}, a tidal disruption rate of 55 ± 27eventsMyr-1 is deduced. Finally relaxation-driven stellar feeding cannot account for the masses of massive black holes M≥ 107M⊙ in complete agreement with conventional gas accretion and feedback models. © 2011 The Authors Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2011 RAS.


Haghi H.,Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences | Haghi H.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA | Baumgardt H.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA | Baumgardt H.,University of Queensland | Kroupa P.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA
Astronomy and Astrophysics | Year: 2011

We determine the mean velocity dispersion of six Galactic outer halo globular clusters, AM 1, Eridanus, Pal 3, Pal 4, Pal 15, and Arp 2 in the weak acceleration regime to test classical vs. modified Newtonian dynamics (MOND). Owing to the nonlinearity of MOND's Poisson equation, beyond tidal effects, the internal dynamics of clusters is affected by the external field in which they are immersed. For the studied clusters, particle accelerations are much lower than the critical acceleration a0 of MOND, but the motion of stars is neither dominated by internal accelerations (ai ae) nor external accelerations (ae ai). We use the N-body code N-MODY in our analysis, which is a particle-mesh-based code with a numerical MOND potential solver developed by Ciotti et al. (2006, ApJ, 640, 741) to derive the line-of-sight velocity dispersion by adding the external field effect. We show that Newtonian dynamics predicts a low-velocity dispersion for each cluster, while in modified Newtonian dynamics the velocity dispersion is much higher. We calculate the minimum number of measured stars necessary to distinguish between Newtonian gravity and MOND with the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. We also show that for most clusters it is necessary to measure the velocities of between 30 to 80 stars to distinguish between both cases. Therefore the observational measurement of the line-of-sight velocity dispersion of these clusters will provide a test for MOND. © 2011 ESO.


Decressin T.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA | Baumgardt H.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA | Baumgardt H.,University of Queensland | Charbonnel C.,University of Geneva | And 2 more authors.
Astronomy and Astrophysics | Year: 2010

Aims. We investigate the early evolution of two distinct populations of low-mass stars in globular clusters under the influence of primordial gas expulsion driven by supernovae and study whether this process can increase the fraction of second generation stars at the level required by observations. Methods. We analyse N-body models that take the effect of primordial gas expulsion into account. We divide the stars into two populations that mimic the chemical and dynamical properties of stars in globular clusters so that second-generation stars start with a more centrally concentrated distribution. Results. The main effect of gas expulsion is to eject mostly first-generation stars while second-generation stars remain bound to the cluster. In the most favourable cases, second-generation stars can account for 60% of the bound stars we see today. We also find that, at the end of the gas expulsion phase, the radial distribution of the two populations is still different, so that long-term evolution will further increase the fraction of second generation stars. Conclusions. The large fraction of chemically anomalous stars is readily explainable as a second generation of stars formed out of the slow winds of rapidly rotating massive stars if globular clusters suffer explosive residual gas expulsion for a star formation efficiency of about 0.33. © 2010 ESO.


Decressin T.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA | Baumgardt H.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA | Charbonnel C.,University of Geneva | Charbonnel C.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Kroupa P.,Argelander Institute for Astronomy AIfA
Astronomy and Astrophysics | Year: 2010

Aims. We investigate the early evolution of two distinct populations of low-mass stars in globular clusters under the influence of primordial gas expulsion driven by supernovae and study whether this process can increase the fraction of second generation stars at the level required by observations. Methods. We analyse N-body models that take the effect of primordial gas expulsion into account. We divide the stars into two populations that mimic the chemical and dynamical properties of stars in globular clusters so that second-generation stars start with a more centrally concentrated distribution. Results. The main effect of gas expulsion is to eject mostly first-generation stars while second-generation stars remain bound to the cluster. In the most favourable cases, second-generation stars can account for 60% of the bound stars we see today. We also find that, at the end of the gas expulsion phase, the radial distribution of the two populations is still different, so that long-term evolution will further increase the fraction of second generation stars. Conclusions. The large fraction of chemically anomalous stars is readily explainable as a second generation of stars formed out of the slow winds of rapidly rotating massive stars if globular clusters suffer explosive residual gas expulsion for a star formation efficiency of about 0.33. © ESO 2010.

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