A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

Name 060202
Title X-Ray Emission from Nitrogen-Rich Wolf-Rayet Stars


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-17c2cer
Author Dr Stephen Skinner
Description Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars are massive evolved stars approaching the end of their lives as supernovae. Previous studies have focused on X-ray bright WR+OB colliding wind binaries, but much less is known about the X-ray emission of single WR stars. We have initiated a survey of single (non-binary) nitrogen-rich (WN-type) stars aimed at determining their X-ray properties and identifying possible emission processes. We have recently detected X-rays from a WN2 and a WN6 star with Chandra and an observation of a WN4 star is pending. We propose here to use XMM EPIC to extend this exploratory survey to the later WN7 - WN9 spectral types, thus providing a first-look at X-ray properties across the full spectral sequence.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2009-08-30T01:44:03Z/2010-03-03T02:08:10Z
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2011-03-30T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2011-03-30T00:00:00Z, 060202, PPS_NOT_AVAILABLE. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-17c2cer