Global hot-star wind models for stars from Magellanic Clouds

J. Krticka, J. Kubat

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Astronomical Institute, Ondrejov, Czech Republic

We provide mass-loss rate predictions for O stars from Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. We calculate global (unified, hydrodynamic) model atmospheres of main sequence, giant, and supergiant stars for chemical composition corresponding to Magellanic Clouds. The models solve radiative transfer equation in comoving frame, kinetic equilibrium equations (also known as NLTE equations), and hydrodynamical equations from (quasi-)hydrostatic atmosphere to expanding stellar wind. The models allow us to predict wind density, velocity, and temperature (consequently also the terminal wind velocity and the mass-loss rate) just from basic global stellar parameters. As a result of their lower metallicity, the line radiative driving is weaker leading to lower wind mass-loss rates with respect to the Galactic stars. We provide a formula that fits the mass-loss rate predicted by our models as a function of stellar luminosity and metallicity. On average, the mass-loss rate scales with metallicity as Z^0.59. The predicted mass-loss rates are lower than mass-loss rates derived from Halpha diagnostics and can be reconciled with observational results assuming clumping factor Cc=9. On the other hand, the predicted mass-loss rates either agree or are slightly higher than the mass-loss rates derived from ultraviolet wind line profiles. The calculated PV ionization fractions also agree with values derived from observations for LMC stars with Teff<40 000 K. Taken together, our theoretical predictions provide reasonable models with consistent mass-loss rate determination, which can be used for quantitative study of stars from Magellanic Clouds.

Reference: Astronomy & Astrophysics, in press
Status: Manuscript has been accepted