ETHOS 1: a high-latitude planetary nebula with jets forged by a post-common-envelope binary central star

B. Miszalski, R. L. M. Corradi, H. M. J. Boffin, D. Jones, L. Sabin, M. Santander-Garcia, P. Rodriguez-Gil, M. M. Rubio-Diez

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    Abstract

    We report on the discovery of ETHOS 1 (PN G068.1+11.0), the first spectroscopically confirmed planetary nebula (PN) from a survey of the SuperCOSMOS Science Archive for high-latitude PNe. ETHOS 1 stands out as one of the few PNe to have both polar outflows (jets) travelling at 120 +/- 10 km s-1 and a close binary central star. The light curve observed with the Mercator Telescope reveals an orbital period of 0.535 d and an extremely large amplitude (0.816 mag) due to irradiation of the companion by a very hot pre-white dwarf. ETHOS 1 further strengthens the long-suspected link between binary central stars of PNe (CSPN) and jets. The Isaac Newton Telescope/Intermediate Dispersion Spectrograph and Very Large Telescope (VLT) FORS spectroscopy of the CSPN reveals weak N iii, C iii and C iv emission lines seen in other close binary CSPN and suggests that many CSPN with these weak emission lines are misclassified close binaries. We present VLT FORS imaging and Manchester Echelle Spectrometer long-slit observations from which a kinematic model of the nebula is built. An unusual combination of bipolar outflows and a spherical nebula conspires to produce an X-shaped appearance. The kinematic age of the jets (1750 +/- 250 yr kpc-1) is found to be more than that of the inner nebula (900 +/- 100 yr kpc-1), consistent with previous studies of similar PNe. Emission-line ratios of the jets are found to be consistent with that of reverse-shock models for fast low-ionization emitting regions (FLIERs) in PNe. Further large-scale surveys for close binary CSPN will be required to securely establish whether FLIERs are launched by close binaries.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1264-1274
    Number of pages11
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Volume413
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2011

    Keywords

    • binaries: close
    • stars: winds
    • outflows
    • ISM: jets and outflows
    • planetary nebulae: individual: PN G068

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