Of Wolf-Rayet central stars and common envelopes

Orsola De Marco*, Eric L. Sandquist, Mordecai M. Mac Low, Falk Herwig, Ronald E. Taam

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Abstract

Although single star evolutionary calculations have recently succeeded in reproducing the composition of the hydrogen-deficient Wolf-Rayet (WR) central stars of planetary nebulae, it is clear from the latest infrared observations that a new perspective has to be adopted: the simultaneous presence of carbon- and oxygen-rich dust, while being a rare phenomenon for H-rich central stars, is found around the vast majority of cool WR central stars. De Marco & Soker (2002) proposed that the majority of WR central stars are the result of a merger with a low-mass companion during the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) phase. In this work, we partly test this speculative suggestion by 3-dimensional hydrodynamical models, which simulate the common envelope phase between 0.1 and 0.2M companions and an AGB star at the rst and tenth thermal pulse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-37
Number of pages4
JournalRevista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica: Serie de Conferencias
Volume15
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventWinds, Bubbles and Explosions: A Conference to Honor John Dyson - Patzcuaro, Michoacan
Duration: 9 Sep 200213 Sep 2002

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Keywords

  • Methods: numerical
  • Stars: AGB and post-AGB
  • Stars: evolution
  • Stellar dynamics

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De Marco, O., Sandquist, E. L., Mac Low, M. M., Herwig, F., & Taam, R. E. (2003). Of Wolf-Rayet central stars and common envelopes. Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica: Serie de Conferencias, 15, 34-37.