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Near-infrared imaging-polarimetry of the Red Rectangle
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Paper Abstract

We have carried out KHL band high resolution imaging and H band imaging-polarimetry of the Red Rectangle nebula using CIAO and 36 element AO mounted on the 8.2m Subaru telescope. HK band images show a X-shape structure close to 0.1 inch and 2 lobes with separation of 0.15 inch at the north and the south. Our L band image show a small clump and its position is 0.1 arcsec east from the center of the southern lobe. The polarization map shows roughly centrosymmetric vector pattern and the center of the pattern is consistent with that of 2 lobes. There is scatter of the vector pattern at approximately 0.1 inch east from the southern lobe and a local minimum in the degree of polarization. These results can explain that the primary star HD44179 is at 0.1 inch east from the southern lobes and the dominant illumination source is a M type star at the center of the nebula.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2003
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4843, Polarimetry in Astronomy, (14 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458840
Show Author Affiliations
Koji Murakawa, Subaru Telescope/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)
Motohide Tamura, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)
Hiroshi Suto, Subaru Telescope/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)
Takashi Miyata, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Tim M. Gledhill, Univ. of Hertfordshire (United States)
James H. Hough, Univ. of Hertfordshire (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4843:
Polarimetry in Astronomy
Silvano Fineschi, Editor(s)

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