Physical structure of planetary nebulae. II. NGC 7662

Martin A. Guerrero, Elizabeth G. Jaxon, You Hua Chu

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We present a study of the structure and kinematics of the triple-shell planetary nebula NGC 7662 based on long-slit echelle spectroscopic observations and Hubble Space Telescope archival narrowband images. The structure of the main nebula consists of a central cavity surrounded by two concentric shells. The bright inner shell has a nonnegligible thickness and the highest density in the nebula. The outer shell is filled with nebular material whose density profile shows a αr -1 drop-off in the inner regions of the shell and flattens in the outermost regions. Both the inner and the outer shells can be described as prolate ellipsoids: the inner shell is more elongated, while the outermost layer of the outer shell expands faster. The physical structure of NGC 7662 is qualitatively consistent with the predictions of hydrodynamical simulations based on the interacting stellar wind models for planetary nebulae with a 0.605 M⊙ central star. Models with a higher asymptotic giant branch wind velocity are needed for detailed comparisons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1705-1710
Number of pages6
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2004


  • Planetary nebulae: general
  • Planetary nebulae: individual ( NGC 7662)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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