A compact X-ray source and possible X-ray jets within the planetary nebula Menzel 3

Joel H. Kastner*, Bruce Balick, Eric G. Blackman, Adam Frank, Noam Soker, Saeqa D. Vrtílek, Jingqiang Li

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Abstract

We report the discovery, by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, of X-ray emission from the bipolar planetary nebula Menzel 3. In Chandra CCD imaging, Mz 3 displays hot [∼(3-6) × 106 K] gas within its twin, coaxial bubbles of optical nebulosity as well as a compact X-ray source at the position of its central star(s). The brightest diffuse X-ray emission lies along the polar axis of the optical nebula, suggesting a jetlike configuration. The observed combination of an X-ray-emitting point source and possible X-ray jet(s) is consistent with models in which accretion disks and, potentially, magnetic fields shape bipolar planetary nebulae via the generation of fast, collimated outflows.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L37-L40
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume591
Issue number1 II
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2003

Keywords

  • ISM: jets and outflows
  • Planetary nebulae: individual (Menzel 3)
  • Stars: AGB and post-AGB
  • Stars: mass loss
  • Stars: winds, outflows

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