Hα spectropolarimetry of the B[e] supergiant GG Carinae*
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2 Departamento de Astronomia, IAG, Universidade de São Paulo, Rua do Matão 1226, São Paulo, SP, 05508-900, Brazil
3 UMR 6525 H. Fizeau, Univ. Nice Sophia Antipolis, CNRS, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, France
Accepted: 24 October 2009
Aims. We study the geometry of the circumstellar environment of the B[e] supergiant star GG Car.
Methods. We present observations acquired using the IAGPOL imaging polarimeter in combination with the Eucalyptus-IFU spectrograph to obtain spectropolarimetric measurements of GG Car across Hα at two epochs. Polarization effects along the emission line are analysed using the Q-U diagram. In particular, the polarization position angle (PA) obtained using the line effect is able to constrain the symmetry axis of the disk/envelope.
Results. By analysing the fluxes, GG Car shows an increase in its double-peaked Hα line emission relative to the continuum within the interval of our measurements (~43 days). The depolarization line effect around Hα is evident in the Q-U diagram for both epochs, confirming that light from the system is intrinsically polarized. A rotation of the PA along Hα is also observed, indicating a counter-clockwise rotating disk. The intrinsic PA calculated using the line effect (~85°) is consistent between our two epochs, suggesting a clearly defined symmetry axis of the disk.
Key words: polarization / stars: individual: GG Car / circumstellar matter
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