Analysis of Doppler-broadened X-ray Emission Line Profiles from Hot Stars

Abstract

We show how X-ray emission arising within an accelerating, expanding medium that also contains a source of continuum absorption generates line profiles of a characteristic shape. A simple, spherical wind model based on this picture provides good fits to the Chandra HETGS spectrum of the prototypical O star, ζ Pup. We discuss the model, the fitting procedure, and the determination of confidence limits on the model parameters, and our initial results for this star. The derived fit parameters are consistent with a generic wind-shock scenario for ζ Pup, but there are several surprising aspects of the results, including a lower-than-expected mean wind optical depth and a nearly complete lack of wavelength dependence of the results.

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@inproceedings{CohenAnalysisOD, title={Analysis of Doppler-broadened X-ray Emission Line Profiles from Hot Stars}, author={David H . Cohen and Roban Hultman Kramer and Stanley P . Owocki} }