Journal article

Spitzer spectroscopy of dusty disks around B[e] hypergiants in the large magellanic cloud

JH Kastner, CL Buchanan, B Sargent, WJ Forrest

ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

We used the Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) to obtain mid-infrared (5-35 μm) spectra of two highly luminous B[e] stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), R126 (HD 37974) and R66 (HD 268835). Both stars display flat spectra with silicate emission features; R66 displays, in addition, spectral evidence of crystalline grains and PAHs. Given the similarity of the IRS spectra of R126 and R66 to those of pre-mainsequence stars, we interpret these spectra as being due to thermal emission from circumstellar dust disks. Comparison with a model of thermal emission from a passive, irradiated dust disk suggests that the disks around R126 and R66 are quite massive, with ∼3 × 10-3 M⊙ ..

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