A high-resolution image of the inner shell of the P Cygni nebula in the infrared [Fe II] line

C. Arcidiacono, R. Ragazzoni, C. Morossi, M. Franchini, P. Di Marcantonio, C. Kulesa, D. McCarthy, R. Briguglio, M. Xompero, L. Busoni, F. Quirós-Pacheco, E. Pinna, K. Boutsia, D. Paris

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Using the adaptive optics system of the Large Binocular Telescope, we have obtained nearinfrared camera PISCES images of the inner shell of the nebula around the luminous blue variable star P Cygni in the [Fe II] emission line at 1.6435 μm. We have combined the images in order to cover a field of view of about 20 arcsec around P Cygni, thus providing the highresolution (0.08 arcsec) two-dimensional spatial distribution of the inner shell of the P Cygni nebula in [Fe II].We have identified several nebular emission regions that are characterized by a signal-to-noise ratio > 3. A comparison of our results with those available in the literature shows full consistency with the findings of Smith & Hartigan, which are based on radial velocity measurements, and relatively good agreement with the extension of emission nebula in [N II] λ6584 found by Barlow et al. We have clearly also detected extended emission inside the radial distance R=7.8 arcsec and outside R=9.7 arcsec, which are the nebular boundaries proposed by Smith & Hartigan. New complementary spectroscopic observations are planned in order to measure radial velocities and to derive the three-dimensional distribution of the P Cygni nebula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1142-1150
Number of pages9
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Circumstellar matter
  • Instrumentation: adaptive optics
  • Stars: individual: P Cygni

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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