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The optical spectrum of R136a - The central object of the 30 Doradus nebula
Ebbets, D. C.; Conti, P. S.
AA(Washburn Observatory, Madison, WI)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1, vol. 263, Dec. 1, 1982, p. 108-115. NASA-supported research (ApJ Homepage)
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Early Stars, Magellanic Clouds, Nebulae, Star Clusters, Stellar Spectra, Wolf-Rayet Stars, Emission Spectra, H Ii Regions, Line Spectra, O Stars, Spectrum Analysis, Stellar Luminosity
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R136 (HD 38268) is the brightest member of the compact cluster of stars at the center of the 30 Doradus Nebula, a massive H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The far-ultraviolet luminosity is equivalent to at least 1000 ordinary O type stars. Optically, R136 is an unresolved patch corresponding to a linear extent of about 0.7 pc. Several components are known to be present, of which R136a is the brightest. A quantitative description of the optical spectrum of R136a has not been available in the literature. The present investigation is concerned with the analysis of spectrograms in the visible region. It is found that the optical spectrum of R136a shows broad but rather weak emission lines of ions which are frequently seen in early WN-type stars. The centroid of H-alpha is displaced by approximately 100 km/s redward of the nebular H-alpha emission. The Balmer series is visible, in absorption, up to H11.

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