The central star of the planetary nebula LMC-N66: a massive accreting white dwarf?

M. Pena1 and W.-R. Hamann2

1Instituto de Astronomia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
2Universität Potsdam, Institut für Physik, Astrophysik

The central star of the PN LMC-N66 showed an impressive outburst in 1993 - 1994, returning to its initial conditions about 8 years later. Its spectrum resembles that of a WN4.5 star, being the only confirmed central star of planetary nebulae showing such a spectral type. Recent analysis for the central star parameters, performed by Hamann et al. (2003) is presented. They have found that the bolometric luminosity increased by a factor larger than 6, during the outburst. We discuss the possible scenarios which have been proposed to explain the exceptional stellar parameters and the outburst mechanism. The stellar characteristics and the morphology and kinematics of the planetary nebula suggest the presence of binary system (massive star with a less massive companion or, a white dwarf accreting matter in a close-binary system). These cases pose the least severe contradictions with observational constraints.

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