Journal Article

Shock fronts in the symbiotic system BI Crucis

M. Contini, R. Angeloni and P. Rafanelli

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 396, issue 2, pages 807-817
Published in print June 2009 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online June 2009 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Shock fronts in the symbiotic system BI Crucis

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We investigate the symbiotic star BI Crucis (BI Cru) through a comprehensive and self-consistent analysis of the spectra emitted in three different epochs: 1960s, 1970s and late 1980s. In particular, we would like to find out the physical conditions in the shocked nebula and in the dust shells, as well as their location within the symbiotic system, by exploiting both photometric and spectroscopic data from radio to UV. We suggest a model which, on the basis of optical imaging, emission-line ratios and spectral energy distribution profile, is able to account for collision of the winds, formation of lobes and jets by accretion onto the white dwarf (WD), as well as for the interaction of the blast wave from a past, unrecorded outburst with the interstellar medium (ISM). We have found that the spectra observed throughout the years show the marks of the different processes at work within BI Cru, perhaps signatures of a post-outburst evolution. We then call for new infrared and millimeter observations, potentially able to resolve the inner structure of the symbiotic nebula.

Keywords: binaries: symbiotic; stars: individual: BI Cru

Journal Article.  9069 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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