The first linear polarization spectra of Wolf-Rayet stars in the ultraviolet: EZ canis majoris and θ muscae
During the 1990 December Astro-1 space shuttle mission we conducted spectropolarimetry in the wave-length region from 1400 to 3200 Å of the Wolf-Rayet stars EZ CMa (WN5) and θ Mus (WC6 + O9.5I) with the Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment (WUPPE). The UV polarization of EZ CMa displays features which correspond to emission lines. This indicates a large, ∼0.8%, intrinsic UV-continuum polarization, and provides further evidence that the wind of EZ CMa is highly distorted. The polarization of θ Mus does not change across emission lines, or the strong interstellar 2200 Å feature. The polarization decreases smoothly to shorter wavelengths, at constant position angle. The combined UV-optical polarization spectrum of θ Mus can be described well with interstellar polarization following a Serkowski law.
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Schulte-Ladbeck, R., Nordsieck, K., Code, A., Anderson, C., Babler, B., Bjorkman, K., Clayton, G., Magalhães, A., Meade, M., Shepherd, D., Taylor, M., & Whitney, B. (1992). The first linear polarization spectra of Wolf-Rayet stars in the ultraviolet: EZ canis majoris and θ muscae. Astrophysical Journal, 391 (1 PART 2) https://doi.org/10.1086/186393