Bipolar planetary nebulae from outflow collimation by common envelope evolution

Yangyuxin Zou, Adam Frank, Zhuo Chen, Thomas Reichardt, Orsola De Marco, Eric G. Blackman, Jason Nordhaus, Bruce Balick, Jonathan Carroll-Nellenback, Luke Chamandy, Baowei Liu

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Abstract

The morphology of bipolar planetary nebulae (PNe) can be attributed to interactions between a fast wind from the central engine and the dense toroidal-shaped ejecta left over from common envelope (CE) evolution. Here we use the 3D hydrodynamic adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) code AstroBEAR to study the possibility that bipolar PN outflows can emerge collimated even from an uncollimated spherical wind in the aftermath of a CE event. The output of a single CE simulation via the smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) code phantom serves as the initial conditions. Four cases of winds, all with high enough momenta to account for observed high momenta pre-PN outflows, are injected spherically from the region of the CE binary remnant into the ejecta. We compare cases with two different momenta and cases with no radiative cooling versus application of optically thin emission via a cooling curve to the outflow. Our simulations show that in all cases highly collimated bipolar outflows result from deflection of the spherical wind via the interaction with the CE ejecta. Significant asymmetries between the top and bottom lobes are seen in all cases. The asymmetry is strongest for the lower momentum case with radiative cooling. While real post-CE winds may be aspherical, our models show that collimation via 'inertial confinement' will be strong enough to create jet-like outflows even beginning with maximally uncollimated drivers. Our simulations reveal detailed shock structures in the shock-focused inertial confinement (SFIC) model and develop a lens-shaped inner shock that is a new feature of SFIC-driven bipolar lobes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2855-2869
Number of pages15
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume497
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

Bibliographical note

This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 497, Issue 3, September 2020, Pages 2855–2869, https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/staa2145. Copyright 2020 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • binaries: Close
  • hydrodynamics
  • planetary nebulae: General
  • planetary nebulae: Individual: OH 231.8+04.2

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