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Measurements and Analysis of Helium-Like Triplet Ratios in the X-Ray Spectra of O-Type Stars

Description: We discuss new methods of measuring and interpreting the forbidden-to-intercombination line ratios of helium-like triplets in the X-ray spectra of O-type stars, including accounting for the spatial distribution of the X-ray emitting plasma and using the detailed photospheric UV spectrum. Measurements are made for four O stars using archival Chandra HETGS data. We assume an X-ray emitting plasma spatially distributed in the wind above some minimum radius R{sub 0}. We find minimum radii of formation typically in the range of 1.25 < R{sub 0}/R{sub *} < 1.67, which is consistent with results obtained independently from line profile fits. We find no evidence for anomalously low f/i ratios and we do not require the existence of X-ray emitting plasmas at radii that are too small to generate sufficiently strong shocks.
Date: June 19, 2006
Creator: Leutenegger, Maurice A.; Paerels, Frits B.S.; /Columbia U., Astron. Astrophys.; Kahn, Steven M.; /SLAC; Cohen, David H. et al.
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