We have analyzed the [Fe II] and [Ni II] emission lines in the bipolar planetary nebula Mz 3. We find that the [Fe II] and [Ni II] lines arise exclusively from the central regions. Fluorescence excitation in the formation process of these lines is negligible for this low-excitation nebula. From the [Fe II]/[Ni II] ratio, we obtain a higher Fe/Ni abundance ratio than the solar value. The current result provides further supporting evidence for Mz 3 as a symbiotic Mira.
Planetary Nebulae in our Galaxy and Beyond
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- 2 pages, 1 figure, to be published in the Proceedings of the IAU Symposium 234: Planetary Nebulae in Our Galaxy and Beyond, eds. M.J. Barlow, R.H. Mendez