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Volume 394, Number 2, November I 2002
Page(s) 679 - 690
Section Diffuse matter in space
Published online 15 October 2002

A&A 394, 679-690 (2002)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20021119

The mineral composition and spatial distribution of the dust ejecta of NGC 6302

F. Kemper1, F. J. Molster2, C. Jäger3 and L. B. F. M. Waters1, 4

1  Astronomical Institute "Anton Pannekoek", University of Amsterdam, Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2  ESTEC/ESA, RSSD-ST, Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ Noordwijk, The Netherlands
3  University of Jena, Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory (AIU), Schillergässchen 3, 07745 Jena, Germany
4  Instituut voor Sterrenkunde, K.U. Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200B, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium

(Received 22 May 2002 / Accepted 30 July 2002 )

We have analysed the full ISO spectrum of the planetary nebula NGC 6302 in order to derive the mineralogical composition of the dust in the nebula. We use an optically thin dust model in combination with laboratory measurements of cosmic dust analogues. We find two main temperature components at about 100 and 50 K respectively, with distinctly different dust compositions. The warm component contains an important contribution from dust without strong infrared resonances. In particular the presence of small warm amorphous silicate grains can be excluded. The detection of weak PAH bands also points to a peculiar chemical composition of the dust in this oxygen-rich nebula. The cool dust component contains the bulk of the mass and shows strong emission from crystalline silicates, which contain about 10 percent of the mass. In addition, we identify the 92  $\mu$m band with the mineral calcite, and argue that the 60  $\mu$m band contains a contribution from the carbonate dolomite. We present the mass absorption coefficients of six different carbonate minerals. The geometry of the dust shell around NGC 6302 is studied with mid-infrared images obtained with TIMMI2. We argue that the cool dust component is present in a circumstellar dust torus, while the diffuse emission from the warm component originates from the lobes.

Key words: planetary nebulae: individual: NGC 6302 -- stars: circumstellar matter -- dust, extinction -- methods: laboratory

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