This project has three major objectives: 1) To determine the physico-chemical characteristics of bipolar planetary nebulae and symbiotic nebulae, to help understanding the origin of bipolarity and to test theoretical models, mainly models with binary central stars, aimed at explaining the observed morphology and kinematics. 2) To study the low-ionization microstructures in planetary nebulae, their origin (in the context of the main shell formation), their physico-chemical characteristics, and their interaction with the nebular gas. 3) To discover and study galactic and extragalactic planetary nebulae, analyzing their physico-chemical properties and the metallicity gradients along the galactic discs.
Members of the project
Highlights and results
Miszalski, B and collaborators (2016, MNRAS, 456, 633) re-discovered a dwarf nova system, an eruption of which was first observed by ancient Chinese astronomers in the year 483 CE. Hillwig, T and collaborators (2016, ApJ, 832, 125) demonstrated that the symmetry axes of planetary nebulae with binary central stars always lie perpendicular to the orbital plane of the central binaries. The probability of encountering such a tight correlation by chance is less than a million to one.
GHαFaS: Galaxy Hα Fabry-Perot System for the William Herschel Telescope
GHαFaS, a new Fabry-Perot system, is now available at the William Herschel Telescope (WHT). It was mounted, for the first time, at the Nasmyth focus of the 4.2-m WHT on La Palma in 2007 July. Using modern technology, with a spectral resolution of the order R˜15,000, and with a seeing-limited spatial resolution, GHαFaS will provide a new look at theHernandez, O. et al.
The structure of the outer Galactic disc as revealed by IPHAS early A stars
This study is an investigation of the stellar density profile of the Galactic disc in the anticentre direction. We select over 40000 early A stars from INT/WFC Photometric Hα Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane (IPHAS) photometry in the Galactic longitude range 160°Sale, S. E. et al.
Initial data release from the INT Photometric Hα Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane (IPHAS)
The INT/WFC Photometric Hα Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane (IPHAS) is an imaging survey being carried out in Hα, r' and i' filters, with the Wide Field Camera (WFC) on the 2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) to a depth of r' = 20 (10σ). The survey is aimed at revealing the large scale organization of the Milky Way and can be applied toGonzález-Solares, E. A. et al.