The long-period binary central stars of the planetary nebulae NGC 1514 and LoTr 5

D. Jones, H. Van Winckel, A. Aller, K. Exter, O. De Marco

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    The importance of long-period binaries for the formation and evolution of planetary nebulae is still rather poorly understood, which in part is due to the lack of central star systems that are known to comprise such long-period binaries. Here, we report on the latest results from the on-going Mercator-HERMES survey for variability in the central stars of planetary nebulae. We present a study of the central stars of NGC 1514, BD+30°623, the spectrum of which shows features associated with a hot nebular progenitor as well as a possible A-Type companion. Cross-correlation of high-resolution HERMES spectra against synthetic spectra shows the system to be a highly eccentric (e ~ 0.5) double-lined binary with a period of ~3300 days. Previous studies indicated that the cool component might be a horizontal branch star of mass ~0.55 M but the observed radial velocity amplitudes rule out such a low mass. If we assume that the nebular symmetry axis and binary orbital plane are perpendicular, then the data are more consistent with a post-main-sequence star ascending towards the giant branch. We also present the continued monitoring of the central star of LoTr 5, HD 112313, which has now completed one full cycle, allowing the orbital period (P~2700 days) and eccentricity (e ~ 0.3) to be derived. To date, the orbital periods of BD+30°623 and HD 112313 are the longest to have been measured spectroscopically in the central stars of planetary nebulae. Furthermore, these systems, along with BD+33°2642, comprise the only spectroscopic wide-binary central stars currently known.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberL9
    Pages (from-to)1-4
    Number of pages4
    JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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    Copyright 2017 ESO. First published in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 600, L9, 2017, published by EDP Sciences. The original publication is available at Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.


    • Binaries: spectroscopic
    • Planetary nebulae: individual: LoTr 5
    • Planetary nebulae: individual: NGC 1514
    • Stars: chemically peculiar
    • Techniques: radial velocities


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