The presence of magnetic fields is an attractive hypothesis for shaping planetary nebulae (PNe). We report on observations of the central star of the two PNe NGC 1360 and LSS 1326. We performed spectroscopy on circularly polarized light with the Focal Reducer and Low Dispersion Spectrograph at the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory. Contrary to previous reports, we find that the effective magnetic field, which is the average over the visible stellar disk of longitudinal components of the magnetic fields, is null within errors for both stars. We conclude that direct evidence of magnetic fields on the central stars of PNe is still missing—either the magnetic field is much weaker (<600 G) than previously reported, or more complex (thus leading to cancellations), or both. Certainly, indirect evidence (e.g., MASER emission) fully justify further efforts to point out the strength and morphology of such magnetic fields.

NON-DETECTION OF MAGNETIC FIELDS IN THE CENTRAL STARS OF THE PLANETARY NEBULAE NGC 1360 AND LSS 1362

LEONE, Francesco;
2011

Abstract

The presence of magnetic fields is an attractive hypothesis for shaping planetary nebulae (PNe). We report on observations of the central star of the two PNe NGC 1360 and LSS 1326. We performed spectroscopy on circularly polarized light with the Focal Reducer and Low Dispersion Spectrograph at the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory. Contrary to previous reports, we find that the effective magnetic field, which is the average over the visible stellar disk of longitudinal components of the magnetic fields, is null within errors for both stars. We conclude that direct evidence of magnetic fields on the central stars of PNe is still missing—either the magnetic field is much weaker (<600 G) than previously reported, or more complex (thus leading to cancellations), or both. Certainly, indirect evidence (e.g., MASER emission) fully justify further efforts to point out the strength and morphology of such magnetic fields.
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