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The nature of the Na <span class="smallCaps">i</span> D-lines in the Red Rectangle*

Joshua D. Thomas, Adolf N. Witt, Jason P. Aufdenberg, J. E. Bjorkman, Julie A. Dahlstrom, S. R. Federman, L. M. Hobbs, Uma P. Vijh and Donald G. York

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 417, issue 4, pages 2860-2873
Published in print November 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online November 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
The nature of the Na i D-lines in the Red Rectangle*

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In this paper we examine the profiles of the complex Na i D-lines in the Red Rectangle. The spectra were acquired with the Astrophysical Research Consortium Echelle Spectrograph (ARCES) echelle spectrograph (R= 38 000) on the 3.5-m telescope at the Apache Point Observatory. Additional spectra taken with Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph were acquired from the Hubble Legacy Archive and were used to independently confirm the spatial origin of the spectral features. The profile of a single D-line consists of double-peaked emission, redshifted absorption and blueshifted absorption. We find that the double-peaked emission originates from the bipolar outflow, the redshifted absorption feature is due to the photospheric line, and the blueshifted absorption arises from the bipolar outflow as seen against the photosphere of the luminous post asymptotic giant branch component in HD 44179. In order to better understand the Na i D-line profile, we examined the periodically variable asymmetric photospheric absorption lines. The asymmetric lines are interpreted as a signature of slow self-accretion following enhanced mass loss around periastron. An empirical model was constructed to remove the photospheric component from the Na i D-line profile in order to study the nebular emission and absorption of sodium along the line of sight to the primary. This paper also discusses the different origins of the single-peaked emission, the double-peaked emission and the blueshifted and redshifted absorption components.

Keywords: stars: AGB and post-AGB; binaries: close; stars: individual: HD 44179; stars: mass-loss; ISM: jets and outflows

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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