A multiwavelength survey of wolf-rayet nebulae in the large magellanic cloud

Clara Shang Hung, Po Sheng Ou, You Hua Chu, Robert A. Gruendl, Chuan Jui Li

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Surveys of Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) have yielded a fairly complete catalog of 154 known stars. We have conducted a comprehensive, multiwavelength study of the interstellar/circumstellar environments of WR stars, using the Magellanic Cloud Emission Line Survey images in the Ha, [O III], and [S II] lines; Spitzer Space Telescope 8 and 24 μm images; Blanco 4 m Telescope Ha CCD images; and Australian Telescope Compact Array + Parkes Telescope H I data cube of the LMC. We have also examined whether the WR stars are in OB associations, classified the H II environments of WR stars, and used this information to qualitatively assess the WR stars' evolutionary stages. The 30 Dor giant H II region has active star formation and hosts young massive clusters, thus we have made statistical analyses for 30 Dor and the rest of the LMC both separately and altogether. Due to the presence of massive young clusters, the WR population in 30 Dor is quite different from that from elsewhere in the LMC. We find small bubbles (<50 pc diameter) around ~12% of WR stars in the LMC, most of which are WN stars and not in OB associations. The scarcity of small WR bubbles is discussed. Spectroscopic analyses of abundances are needed to determine whether the small WR bubbles contain interstellar medium or circumstellar medium. Implications of the statistics of interstellar environments and OB associations around WR stars are discussed. Multiwavelength images of each LMC WR star are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberabcc00
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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