In a recent analysis of the radio emission from the planetary nebula A30, Dgani, Evans, & White claim that the emission, located in the inner region, is probably dominated by nonthermal emission. We propose a model to explain this. We assume that the fast wind, blown by the central star of A30, carries a very weak magnetic field. The interaction of this wind with a cluster of dense condensations traps the magnetic field lines for a long time and stretches them, leading to a strong magnetic field. If relativistic particles are formed as the fast wind is shocked, then the enhanced magnetic field will result in nonthermal radio emission. The typical nonthermal radio flux at 1 GHz can be up to several millijanskys. In order to detect the nonthermal emission, the emitting region should be spatially resolved from the main optical nebula. We list other planetary nebulae that may possess nonthermal radio emission.
- ISM: kinematics and dynamics
- ISM: magnetic fields
- Planetary nebulae: general
- Planetary nebulae: individual (A30)
- Radio continuum: ISM