The iue mega campaign: Wind variability and rotation in early-type stars

D. Massa, A. W. Fullerton, J. S. Nichols, S. P. Owocki, R. K. Prinja, N. St-Louis, A. J. Willis, B. Altner, C. T. Bolton, J. P. Cassinelli, D. Cohen, R. G. Cooper, A. Feldmeier, K. G. Gayley, T. Harries, S. R. Heap, R. N. Henriksen, I. D. Howarth, I. Hubeny, E. KambeL. Kaper, G. Koenigsberger, S. Marchenko, S. R. McCandliss, A. F.J. Moffat, T. Nugis, J. Puls, C. Robert, R. E. Schulte-Ladbeck, L. J. Smith, M. A. Smith, W. L. Waldron, R. L. White

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Abstract

Wind variability in OB stars may be ubiquitous, and a connection between projected stellar rotation velocity and wind activity is well established. However, the origin of this connection is unknown. To probe the nature of the rotation connection, several of the attendees at the workshop on Instability and Variability of Hot-Star Winds drafted an IUE observing proposal. The goal of this program was to follow three stars for several rotations to determine whether the rotation connection is correlative or causal. The stars selected for monitoring all have rotation periods <5 days. They were HD 50896 (WN5), HD 64760 (B0.5 Ib), and HD 66811 Pup; O4 If(n)]. During 16 days of nearly continuous observations in 1995 January (dubbed the ‘‘MEGA’’ campaign), 444 high-dispersion IUE spectra of these stars were obtained. This Letter presents an overview of the results of the MEGA campaign and provides an introduction to the three following Letters, which discuss the results for each star.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L53-L55
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume452
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 10 1995

Keywords

  • Stars: Activity
  • Stars: Early-type
  • Stars: Mass loss
  • Ultraviolet: Stars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Massa, D., Fullerton, A. W., Nichols, J. S., Owocki, S. P., Prinja, R. K., St-Louis, N., Willis, A. J., Altner, B., Bolton, C. T., Cassinelli, J. P., Cohen, D., Cooper, R. G., Feldmeier, A., Gayley, K. G., Harries, T., Heap, S. R., Henriksen, R. N., Howarth, I. D., Hubeny, I., ... White, R. L. (1995). The iue mega campaign: Wind variability and rotation in early-type stars. Astrophysical Journal, 452(1), L53-L55. https://doi.org/10.1086/309707