Wednesday, July 24, 2013

1307.5959 (V. Bujarrabal et al.)

ALMA observations of the Red Rectangle, a preliminary analysis    [PDF]

V. Bujarrabal, A. Castro-Carrizo, J. Alcolea, H. Van Winckel, C. Sanchez Contreras, M. Santander-Garcia, R. Neri, R. Lucas
We aim to study equatorial disks in rotation and axial outflows in post-AGB objects, as to disclose the formation and shaping mechanisms in planetary nebulae. So far, both disks and outflows had not been observed simultaneously. We have obtained high-quality ALMA observations of 12CO and 13CO J=3-2 and 12CO J=6-5 line emission in the Red Rectangle, the only post-AGB/protoplanetary object in which a disk in rotation has been mapped up to date. These observations provide an unprecedented description of the complex structure of this source. Together with an equatorial disk in rotation, we find a low-velocity outflow that occupies more or less the region placed between the disk and the optical X-shaped nebula. From our observations and preliminary modeling of the data, we confirm the previously known properties of the disk and obtain a first description of the structure, dynamics, and physical conditions of the outflow.
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