Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 81–89 | Cite as

Thermal emission spectra of silicates from planetary nebulae

  • E. Bussoletti
  • J. P. Baluteau
  • N. Epchtein


Calculations of the grain equilibrium temperature and of the expected infrared spectra of IC 418, BD+30° 3639, NGC 6572 and NGC 7027 have been performed using dielectric constants of lunar silicates. The results have been compared with previous work on pure graphite and ice-mantle grains. Lα heating of dust followed by thermal re-emission is consistent with the large infrared excesses detected in planetary nebulae. An extra source of heating is, nevertheless, necessary to fit correctly the experimental results. It appears from the calculations that, for each object, it is possible to define theoretically the most probable nature of the emitting dust.


Dust Graphite Silicate Dielectric Constant Emission Spectrum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Bussoletti
    • 1
  • J. P. Baluteau
    • 2
  • N. Epchtein
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto di FisicaUniversità degli StudiLecceItaly
  2. 2.Observatoire de MeudonFrance

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