ISO observations of symbiotic stars: Preliminary analysis & results

S. P.S. Eyres*, A. Salama, P. Barr, J. Clavel, R. N. Jenkins, K. Leech, M. Kesslef, T. Lim, L. Metcalfe, B. Schulz, R. N. Jenkins, A. Evans

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A number of symbiotic stars have been observed with ISO. In addition to a number of emission lines, SWS observations of the symbiotic novae RR Tel and V1016 Cyg reveal prominent, broad 10 & 18 μm silicate dust features. The 10 μm features are similar to the crystalline silicate profiles seen in classical novae. There is some evidence that the silicate brightness in V1016 Cyg varies with Mira-component phase. However, the silicate feature in RR Tel also showed some variation even though observations were made at very similar Mira-component phases. PHT observations of S-type symbiotic stars show the IR emission to be dominated by the red-giant component. However, an excess in the PHT-P filters from 10 to 15 μm is evident in all the stars, and there may be a broad 3.2 μm absorption feature or a broad 3.8 μm emission feature. At this time we have no adequate physical explanations for any of these features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-366
Number of pages6
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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