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Asymmetric Ejecta of Cool Supergiants and Hypergiants in the Massive Cluster Westerlund 1

Andrews, H.; Fenech, D.; Prinja, R. K.; Clark, J. S. and Hindson, L. (2018). Asymmetric Ejecta of Cool Supergiants and Hypergiants in the Massive Cluster Westerlund 1. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 477(1) L55-L59.

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We report new 5.5 GHz radio observations of the massive star cluster Westerlund 1, taken by the Australia Telescope Compact Array, detecting nine of the ten yellow hypergiants (YHGs) and red supergiants (RSGs) within the cluster. Eight of nine sources are spatially resolved. The nebulae associated with the YHGs Wd1-4a, -12a and -265 demonstrate a cometary morphology - the first time this phenomenon has been observed for such stars. This structure is also echoed in the ejecta of the RSGs Wd1-20 and -26; in each case the cometary tails are directed away from the cluster core. The nebular emission around the RSG Wd1-237 is less collimated than these systems but once again appears more prominent in the hemisphere facing the cluster. Considered as a whole, the nebular morphologies provide compelling evidence for sculpting via a physical agent associated with Westerlund 1, such as a cluster wind.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1745-3933
Keywords: stars: massive, stars: evolution, stars: wind, outflows, supergiants
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Astronomy
Item ID: 54016
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: Jisc Publications-Router
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2018 14:10
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 01:17
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