Research report 2007 - Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

Infrared interferometry of the enigmatic star η Carinae

Driebe, Thomas; Hofmann, Karl-Heinz; Kraus, Stefan; Schertl, Dieter; Weigelt, Gerd

Infrarot-Astronomie (Prof. Dr. Gerd Weigelt)
MPI für Radioastronomie, Bonn

Observations with the Very Large Telescope Interferometer of the European Southern Observatory allowed the first spectro-interferometric studies of the enigmatic Luminous Blue Variable η Carinae with high spectral resolution [1]. The aim of this work was to study the opaque stellar wind of η Carinae with a high angular resolution of 5 milli-arcseconds.

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