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Astron. Astrophys. 337, 233-245 (1998)

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Extended cold dust emission at 1.3 mm from evolved stars

C. Sánchez Contreras 1, 2, J. Alcolea 1, V. Bujarrabal 1 and R. Neri 3

1 Observatorio Astronómico Nacional (IGN), Apartado 1143, E-28800 Alcalá de Henares, Spain ([sanchez,j.alcolea,bujarrabal]@oan.es)
2 Departamento de Astrofísica, Facultad C. Físicas, Universidad Complutense, E-28040 Madrid, Spain
3 IRAM, 300 rue de la Piscine, F-38406 St. Martin d'Hères, France (neri@iram.fr)

Received 5 March 1998 / Accepted 4 June 1998


We have performed maps of the 1.3 mm continuum emission from a sample of 16 evolved stars. We have detected emission from a total of 11 objects, two of which are new detections at this wavelength: M 1-92 and, tentatively, M 1-91. 4 objects in the sample, the bipolar nebulae M 2-9, OH 231.8+4.2, NGC 7027 and CRL 2688, show extended emission in the direction of their symmetry axis up to distances from the central star [FORMULA] 1017 cm. We argue that most of this radio emission is arising from cold dust present in the bipolar lobes. Extended emission has not been found in the direction perpendicular to the nebular axis (except probably for NGC 7027), therefore the equatorial torus/disk of dust probably present in this type of objects is not extended enough to be detected by our observations. The 1.3 mm emission map of NGC 7027 shows an extended structure elongated approximately in the equatorial plane. This component extends up to a distance from the nebula center of about 15", and we think it could correspond to the outer region of the circumstellar disk of dust observed at shorter wavelengths in this source. In cases were extended components have been found, we estimate, assuming simplifying hypotheses, the temperature and mass of the dust. In the sources M 2-9, OH 231.8+4.2 and CRL 2688, the cold dust mass is [FORMULA] 2 10-3 [FORMULA], while NGC 7027 seems to have a larger dust content, [FORMULA] 10-2 [FORMULA]. For M 2-9 and OH 231.8+4.2 the uncertainty factors of our estimations have values between 2 and 3.5. For CRL 2688 the errors can be as high as a factor 10, and for NGC 7027 the dust mass given could just be a lower limit. In all the well studied cases, the cold dust component represents a large fraction of the total dust mass in the envelope ([FORMULA] 50%) and is probably composed by relatively big grains (radii larger than 1 [FORMULA]). We caution that the analysis of radio continuum emission can be very uncertain when not enough data on extent and spectral flux distribution exist.

Key words: stars: circumstellar matter – stars: AGB and post-AGB – ISM: dust, extinction – ISM: planetary nebulae: general – radio continuum: ISM – radio continuum: stars

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