Observations of Bipolar Mass Flow from Symbiotic Stars

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Spectroscopic observations of high spatial and high spectral resolution indicate that mass flow from symbiotic stars generally exhibits a bipolar pattern. Besides the polar features moving at velocities up to several 100 km/s, equatorial structures of much lower expansion rate are present in some cases. Mostly, the high-velocity components appear to be highly collimated and hence can be considered as “jets”. The jets probably originate from an accretion disk within a binary star where mass from a late-type giant is accreted by a compact companion.


Accretion Disk Binary Star High Spectral Resolution Symbiotic Star Collimation Angle 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Solf
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für AstronomieHeidelbergGermany

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