Optical Polarimetry of Symbiotic Stars

  • Antonio Mário Magalhães
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 145)


A review of some physical mechanisms that may give rise to detectable optical polarization in symbiotic stars is presented , emphasizing the ability of polarimetry in studying the evolution of dust envelopes, the atmospheric structure of the cool component and the geometry of these systems. A brief summary of the techniques is also given. General Polarimetric properties of symbiotics as well as data for a few specific systems are discussed. Proposed models for symbiotics that include the prediction of their Polarimetric properties are highly encouraged. Specific suggestions for future work from the ultraviolet through the infrared and which explore the potential of the technique are advanced.


Position Angle Stellar Disk Cool Star Symbiotic System Cool Component 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Mário Magalhães
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  1. 1.Instituto Astronômico e GeofísicoUniversidade de São PauloSāo PauloBrazil

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