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Sample records for recurrent novae progenitors

  1. Recurrent novae as progenitors of Type Ia supernovae

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    Kato, Mariko; Hachisu, Izumi

    2012-09-01

    Recurrent novae are binaries harboring a very massive white dwarf (WD), as massive as the Chandrasekhar mass, because of their short recurrence periods of nova outbursts of 10--100 years. Thus, recurrent novae are considered as candidates of progenitors of Type Ia supernovae (SNe~Ia). In fact, the SN~Ia PTF~11kx showed evidence that its progenitor is a symbiotic recurrent nova. The binary parameters of recurrent novae have been well determined, especially for the ones with frequent outbursts, U Sco and RS Oph, which provide useful information on the elementary processes in binary evolution toward SNe~Ia. Therefore we use them as testbeds for binary evolution models. For example, the original double degenerate (DD) scenario cannot reproduce RS Oph type recurrent novae, whereas the new single degenerate (SD) scenario proposed by Hachisu et al. (1999) naturally can. We review main differences between the SD and DD scenarios, especially for their basic processes of binary evolution. We also discuss observational support for each physical process. The original DD scenario is based on the physics in 1980s, whereas the SD scenario on more recent physics including the new opacity, mass-growth efficiency of WDs, and optically thick winds developed in nova outbursts.

  2. Recurrent novae

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    Hack, Margherita; Selvelli, Pierluigi

    1993-01-01

    Recurrent novae seem to be a rather inhomogeneous group: T CrB is a binary with a M III companion; U Sco probably has a late dwarf as companion. Three are fast novae; two are slow novae. Some of them appear to have normal chemical composition; others may present He and CNO excess. Some present a mass-loss that is lower by two orders of magnitude than classical novae. However, our sample is too small for saying whether there are several classes of recurrent novae, which may be related to the various classes of classical novae, or whether the low mass-loss is a general property of the class or just a peculiarity of one member of the larger class of classical novae and recurrent novae.

  3. Recurrent novae, classical novae, symbiotic novae, and population II novae

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    Kato, M.

    2002-01-01

    Light curve analyses of the decay phase of nova outbursts are summarized. The nova duration is determined by the strong wind mass-loss which depends only on the white dwarf mass. Fast novae correspond to very massive white dwarfs and very slow novae correspond almost to the lower mass limit of white dwarfs. This relation is shown in both classical novae and recurrent novae. Light curves are theoretically reproduced for recurrent novae, U Sco, V394 CrA, CI Aql, V2487 Oph, RS Oph, T CrB, V745 Sco and V3890 Sgr, using a binary model composed of a white dwarf, an irradiated accretion disk, and a partly irradiated companion which is shadowed by the accretion disk. From the light curve fitting, we conclude that most of these objects contain a very massive white dwarf close to the Chandrasekhar mass limit (1.37 Modot for U Sco, V394 CrA T CrB and RS Oph, 1.35 Modot for V2487 Oph, V3890 Sgr and V745 Sco). They are strong candidates of type Ia SN progenitors. Population II novae have trends of slow evolution and small expanding velocity compared with disk novae.

  4. RECURRENT NOVAE IN M31

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    Shafter, A. W.; Henze, M.; Rector, T. A.; Schweizer, F.; Hornoch, K.; Orio, M.; Pietsch, W.; Darnley, M. J.; Williams, S. C.; Bode, M. F.; Bryan, J.

    2015-02-01

    The reported positions of 964 suspected nova eruptions in M31 recorded through the end of calendar year 2013 have been compared in order to identify recurrent nova (RN) candidates. To pass the initial screen and qualify as a RN candidate, two or more eruptions were required to be coincident within 0.′1, although this criterion was relaxed to 0.′15 for novae discovered on early photographic patrols. A total of 118 eruptions from 51 potential RN systems satisfied the screening criterion. To determine what fraction of these novae are indeed recurrent, the original plates and published images of the relevant eruptions have been carefully compared. This procedure has resulted in the elimination of 27 of the 51 progenitor candidates (61 eruptions) from further consideration as RNe, with another 8 systems (17 eruptions) deemed unlikely to be recurrent. Of the remaining 16 systems, 12 candidates (32 eruptions) were judged to be RNe, with an additional 4 systems (8 eruptions) being possibly recurrent. It is estimated that ∼4% of the nova eruptions seen in M31 over the past century are associated with RNe. A Monte Carlo analysis shows that the discovery efficiency for RNe may be as low as 10% that for novae in general, suggesting that as many as one in three nova eruptions observed in M31 arise from progenitor systems having recurrence times ≲100 yr. For plausible system parameters, it appears unlikely that RNe can provide a significant channel for the production of Type Ia supernovae.

  5. Recurrent Novae in M31

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    Shafter, A. W.; Henze, M.; Rector, T. A.; Schweizer, F.; Hornoch, K.; Orio, M.; Pietsch, W.; Darnley, M. J.; Williams, S. C.; Bode, M. F.; Bryan, J.

    2015-02-01

    The reported positions of 964 suspected nova eruptions in M31 recorded through the end of calendar year 2013 have been compared in order to identify recurrent nova (RN) candidates. To pass the initial screen and qualify as a RN candidate, two or more eruptions were required to be coincident within 0.‧1, although this criterion was relaxed to 0.‧15 for novae discovered on early photographic patrols. A total of 118 eruptions from 51 potential RN systems satisfied the screening criterion. To determine what fraction of these novae are indeed recurrent, the original plates and published images of the relevant eruptions have been carefully compared. This procedure has resulted in the elimination of 27 of the 51 progenitor candidates (61 eruptions) from further consideration as RNe, with another 8 systems (17 eruptions) deemed unlikely to be recurrent. Of the remaining 16 systems, 12 candidates (32 eruptions) were judged to be RNe, with an additional 4 systems (8 eruptions) being possibly recurrent. It is estimated that ∼4% of the nova eruptions seen in M31 over the past century are associated with RNe. A Monte Carlo analysis shows that the discovery efficiency for RNe may be as low as 10% that for novae in general, suggesting that as many as one in three nova eruptions observed in M31 arise from progenitor systems having recurrence times ≲ 100 yr. For plausible system parameters, it appears unlikely that RNe can provide a significant channel for the production of Type Ia supernovae.

  6. V2487 Ophiuchi: A strong candidate for a recurrent nova and a progenitor of Type Ia supernova

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    Hachisu, I.; Kato, M.; Kato, T.; Matsumoto, K.

    2002-01-01

    The light curve of the 1998 outburst of V2487 Ophiuchi (Nova Oph 1998) shows a very rapid decline (t3 ~9 day) and a mid-plateau phase from 10 to 30 days after the optical maximum, which are characteristics common to the U Sco subclass of the recurrent novae. We have numerically reproduced light curves of the 1998 outburst based on a thermonuclear runaway model with optically thick winds. The results show the mass of the white dwarf (WD) is as massive as 1.35 +/- 0.01 Modot; the envelope mass of the WD at the optical maximum is ~6 times 10-6 Modot; the hydrogen content of the WD envelope is as low as X ~0.1 by mass weight. The mass transfer rate in quiescence is roughly estimated to be ~1.5 times 10-7 Modot yr-1 and, therefore, that the recurrence period of nova outbursts is about 40 yr. Since the WD mass may be now growing at a rate of ~2 times 10-8 Modot yr-1, V2487 Oph is a strong candidate for a progenitor of a Type Ia supernova.

  7. OPTICAL AND X-RAY OBSERVATIONS OF M31N 2007-12b: AN EXTRAGALACTIC RECURRENT NOVA WITH A DETECTED PROGENITOR?

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    Bode, M. F.; Darnley, M. J.; Hilton, T.; Shafter, A. W.; Page, K. L.; Smirnova, O.; Anupama, G. C.

    2009-11-01

    We report combined optical and X-ray observations of nova M31N 2007-12b. Optical spectroscopy obtained 5 days after the 2007 December outburst shows evidence of very high ejection velocities (FWHM Halpha approx = 4500 km s{sup -1}). In addition, Swift X-ray data show that M31N 2007-12b is associated with a Super-Soft Source (SSS) which appeared between 21 and 35 days post-outburst and turned off between then and day 169. Our analysis implies that M {sub WD} approx> 1.3 M {sub sun} in this system. The optical light curve, spectrum, and X-ray behavior are consistent with those of a recurrent nova. Hubble Space Telescope observations of the pre-outburst location of M31N 2007-12b reveal the presence of a coincident stellar source with magnitude and color very similar to the Galactic recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi at quiescence, where the red giant secondary dominates the emission. We believe that this is the first occasion on which a nova progenitor system has been identified in M31. However, the greatest similarities of outburst optical spectrum and SSS behavior are with the supposed Galactic recurrent nova V2491 Cygni. A previously implied association of M31N 2007-12b with nova M31N 1969-08a is shown to be erroneous, and this has important lessons for future searches for recurrent novae in extragalactic systems. Overall, we show that suitable complementary X-ray and optical observations can be used not only to identify recurrent nova candidates in M31, but also to determine subtypes and important physical parameters of these systems. Prospects are therefore good for extending studies of recurrent novae into the Local Group with the potential to explore in more detail such important topics as their proposed link to Type Ia Supernovae.

  8. Classical novae and recurrent novae: General properties

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    Hack, Margherita; Selvelli, Pierluigi; Duerbeck, Hilmar W.

    1993-01-01

    We describe the observable characteristics of classical novae and recurrent novae obtained by different techniques (photometry, spectroscopy, and imaging) in all the available spectral ranges. We consider the three stages in the life of a nova: quiescence (pre- and post-outburst), outburst, final decline and nebular phase. We describe the photometric properties during the quiescent phase. We describe the photometric properties during outburst, the classification according the rate of decline (magnitudes per day), which permits us to define very fast, fast, intermediate, slow, and very slow novae and the correlation between luminosity and speed class. We report the scanty data on the spectra of the few known prenovae and those on the spectra of old novae and those of dwarf novae and nova-like, which, however, are almost undistinguishable. We describe the typical spectra appearing from the beginning of the outburst, just before maximum, up to the nebular phase and the correlation between spectral type at maximum, expansional velocity, and speed class of the nova. We report the existing infrared observations, which permit us to explain some of the characteristics of the outburst light curve, and give evidence of the formation of a dust shell in slow and intermediate novae (with the important exception of the very slow nova HR Del 1967) and its absence or quasi-absence in fast novae. The ultraviolet and X-ray observations are described. The X ray observations of novae, mainly from the two satellites EINSTEIN and EXOSAT, are reported. Observations of the final decline and of the envelopes appearing several months after outburst are also reported.

  9. Recurrent Novae as a Progenitor System of Type Ia Supernovae. I. RS Ophiuchi Subclass: Systems with a Red Giant Companion

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    Hachisu, Izumi; Kato, Mariko

    2001-09-01

    Theoretical light curves of four recurrent novae in outburst are modeled to obtain various physical parameters. The four objects studied here are those with a red giant companion, i.e., T Coronae Borealis, RS Ophiuchi, V745 Scorpii, and V3890 Sagittarii. Our model consists of a very massive white dwarf (WD) with an accretion disk and a red giant companion. Light-curve calculation includes reflection effects of the companion star and the accretion disk together with a shadowing effect on the companion by the accretion disk. We also include a radiation-induced warping instability of the accretion disk to reproduce the second peak of T CrB outbursts. The early visual light curves are well reproduced by applying a thermonuclear runaway model to a very massive white dwarf close to the Chandrasekhar mass limit, i.e., MWD=1.37+/-0.01 Msolar for T CrB and 1.35+/-0.01 Msolar for RS Oph with solar metallicity (Z=0.02), but 1.377+/-0.01 Msolar for RS Oph with low metallicity (Z=0.004), 1.35+/-0.01 Msolar for V745 Sco, and 1.35+/-0.01 Msolar for V3890 Sgr. Optically thick winds, which blow from the WDs during the outbursts, play a key role in determining the nova duration and the speed of decline because the wind quickly reduces the envelope mass on the WD. The envelope mass at each optical maximum is also estimated to be ΔM~3×10-6 Msolar (T CrB), 2×10-6 Msolar (RS Oph), 5×10-6 Msolar (V745 Sco), 3×10-6 Msolar (V3890 Sgr), indicating average mass accretion rates of Macc~0.4×10-7 Msolar yr-1 (80 yr; T CrB), 1.2×10-7 Msolar yr-1 (18 yr; RS Oph), 0.9×10-7 Msolar yr-1 (52 yr; V745 Sco), and 1.1×10-7 Msolar yr-1 (28 yr; V3890 Sgr) during the quiescent phase before the last outburst. Although a large part of the envelope mass is blown off in the wind, each WD retains a substantial part of the envelope mass after hydrogen burning ends. Thus, we have obtained net mass-increasing rates of the WDs as MHe~0.1×10-7 Msolar yr-1 (T CrB), 0.12×10-7 Msolar yr-1 (RS Oph), 0.05×10

  10. Identification of Recurrent Novae in M31

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    Shafter, Allen W.; Rector, T. A.; Schweizer, F.; Bryan, J.

    2014-01-01

    Over roughly the past century a total of more than 900 optical transient events have been recorded in M31, the vast majority of which are believed to represent eruptions of classical novae. The impressive dataset of nova positions put together by Pietsch (http://www.mpe.mpg.de m31novae/opt/m31/) provides the opportunity to search for multiple nova outbursts from the same progenitor system, and thus to characterize the population of recurrent novae (RNe) in M31. In order to identify RNe candidates, we have searched for spatial near coincidences among the 945 recorded novae given in the Pietsch catalog through the end of August 2013. Given that the positions of many of the early novae are quite uncertain, we have set our initial screen to include nova pairs with nominal separations less than or equal to 6 arcsec. We have identified a total of 102 novae that pass this coarse screen. Of these, 78 novae form 39 pairs, 15 form five triples, four novae are part of a quad, and five novae form a quint. As demonstrated by Shafter, Rice and Daub (2009, presented at the "Wild Stars in the Old West II" conference, mintaka.sdsu.edu/faculty/shafter/extragalactic_novae/RNePoster4.pdf), the majority of the 102 novae surviving our initial screen are expected to be associated with chance positional near coincidences (especially near the nucleus), and are not RNe. To decide which candidates are indeed RNe, we have undertaken a study to locate the original discovery plates, CCD images or published finding charts, and to perform the necessary astrometry to identify which of our candidate RNe are chance positional coincidences, and which are RNe. For each candidate, we estimate the probability that the object is a chance positional coincidence as in Shafter et al. (2009). To date, we have been successful in identifying finding charts or original images for most of the candidates, and have found a total of 23 nova outbursts in M31 associated with 10 systems that are almost certainly RNe.

  11. Hydrodynamic simulations of recurrent novae

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    Starrfield, S.; Sparks, W. M.; Truran, J. W.; Sion, E. M.

    1984-12-01

    Simulations of the 1979 outburst of the recurrent nova U Scorpii using a Lagrangian, hydrodynamic computer code which incorporates accretion in the evolution to the outburst are discussed. Three evolutionary sequences were computed in an attempt to understand the very rapid outburst and short recurrence time of this most unusual nova. It is now possible to reproduce the CNO composition of the ejected material, the light curve, the amount of ejected material, and the kinetic energy of the ejecta. The best sequence studied involved accretion of solar rich material onto a 1.38 solar magnatude white dwarf at a rate of 1.6 x 10 to the minus 8 solar magnatude per year.

  12. Classical and Recurrent Nova Models

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    José, Jordi; Casanova, Jordi; García-Berro, Enrique; Hernanz, Margarita; Shore, Steven N.; Calder, Alan C.

    2013-01-01

    Remarkable progress in the understanding of nova outbursts has been achieved through combined efforts in photometry, spectroscopy and numerical simulations. According to the thermonuclear runaway model, novae are powered by thermonuclear explosions in the hydrogen-rich envelopes transferred from a low-mass stellar companion onto a close white dwarf star. Extensive numerical simulations in 1-D have shown that the accreted envelopes attain peak temperatures ranging between 108 and 4 × 108 K, for about several hundred seconds, hence allowing extensive nuclear processing which eventually shows up in the form of nucleosynthetic fingerprints in the ejecta. Indeed, it has been claimed that novae can play a certain role in the enrichment of the interstellar medium through a number of intermediate-mass elements. This includes 17O, 15N, and 13C, systematically overproduced with respect to solar abundances, plus a lower contribution in a number of other species (A < 40), such as 7Li, 19F, or 26Al. At the turn of the XXI Century, classical novae have entered the era of multidimensional models, which provide a new insight into the physical mechanisms that drive mixing at the core-envelope interface. In this review, we will present hydrodynamic models of classical novae, from the onset of accretion up to the explosion and ejection stages, both for classical and recurrent novae, with special emphasis on their gross observational properties and their associated nucleosynthesis. The impact of nuclear uncertainties on the final yields will be discussed. Recent results from 2-D models of mixing during classical nova outbursts will also be presented.

  13. ON THE PROGENITORS OF GALACTIC NOVAE

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    Darnley, M. J.; Bode, M. F.; Hounsell, R. A.; Ribeiro, V. A. R. M.; Williams, R. P.

    2012-02-10

    Of the approximately 400 known Galactic classical novae, only 10 of them, the recurrent novae, have been seen to erupt more than once. At least eight of these recurrents are known to harbor evolved secondary stars, rather than the main-sequence secondaries typical in classical novae. In this paper, we propose a new nova classification system, based solely on the evolutionary state of the secondary and not (like the current schemes) based on the properties of the outbursts. Using archival optical and near-infrared photometric observations of a sample of 38 quiescent Galactic novae we show that the evolutionary state of the secondary star in a quiescent system can be predicted and several objects are identified for follow-up observations: CI Aql, V2487 Oph, DI Lac, and EU Sct.

  14. Identifying and quantifying recurrent novae masquerading as classical novae

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    Pagnotta, Ashley; Schaefer, Bradley E.

    2014-06-20

    Recurrent novae (RNe) are cataclysmic variables with two or more nova eruptions within a century. Classical novae (CNe) are similar systems with only one such eruption. Many of the so-called CNe are actually RNe for which only one eruption has been discovered. Since RNe are candidate Type Ia supernova progenitors, it is important to know whether there are enough in our Galaxy to provide the supernova rate, and therefore to know how many RNe are masquerading as CNe. To quantify this, we collected all available information on the light curves and spectra of a Galactic, time-limited sample of 237 CNe and the 10 known RNe, as well as exhaustive discovery efficiency records. We recognize RNe as having (1) outburst amplitude smaller than 14.5 – 4.5 × log (t {sub 3}), (2) orbital period >0.6 days, (3) infrared colors of J – H > 0.7 mag and H – K > 0.1 mag, (4) FWHM of Hα > 2000 km s{sup –1}, (5) high excitation lines, such as Fe X or He II near peak, (6) eruption light curves with a plateau, and (7) white dwarf mass greater than 1.2 M {sub ☉}. Using these criteria, we identify V1721 Aql, DE Cir, CP Cru, KT Eri, V838 Her, V2672 Oph, V4160 Sgr, V4643 Sgr, V4739 Sgr, and V477 Sct as strong RN candidates. We evaluate the RN fraction among the known CNe using three methods to get 24% ± 4%, 12% ± 3%, and 35% ± 3%. With roughly a quarter of the 394 known Galactic novae actually being RNe, there should be approximately a hundred such systems masquerading as CNe.

  15. Shortest recurrence periods of novae

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    Kato, Mariko; Saio, Hideyuki; Hachisu, Izumi; Nomoto, Ken'ichi

    2014-10-01

    Stimulated by the recent discovery of the 1 yr recurrence period nova M31N 2008-12a, we examined the shortest recurrence periods of hydrogen shell flashes on mass-accreting white dwarfs (WDs). We discuss the mechanism that yields a finite minimum recurrence period for a given WD mass. Calculating the unstable flashes for various WD masses and mass accretion rates, we identified a shortest recurrence period of about two months for a non-rotating 1.38 M {sub ☉} WD with a mass accretion rate of 3.6 × 10{sup –7} M {sub ☉} yr{sup –1}. A 1 yr recurrence period is realized for very massive (≳ 1.3 M {sub ☉}) WDs with very high accretion rates (≳ 1.5 × 10{sup –7} M {sub ☉} yr{sup –1}). We revised our stability limit of hydrogen shell burning, which will be useful for binary evolution calculations toward Type Ia supernovae.

  16. Shortest Recurrence Periods of Forced Novae

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    Hachisu, Izumi; Saio, Hideyuki; Kato, Mariko

    2016-06-01

    We revisit hydrogen shell burning on white dwarfs (WDs) with higher mass accretion rates than the stability limit, {\\dot{M}}{{stable}}, above which hydrogen burning is stable. Novae occur with mass accretion rates below the limit. For an accretion rate >{\\dot{M}}{{stable}}, a first hydrogen shell flash occurs followed by steady nuclear burning, so the shell burning will not be quenched as long as the WD continuously accretes matter. On the basis of this picture, some persistent supersoft X-ray sources can be explained by binary models with high accretion rates. In some recent studies, however, the claim has been made that no steady hydrogen shell burning exists even for accretion rates >{\\dot{M}}{{stable}}. We demonstrate that, in such cases, repetitive flashes occurred because mass accretion was artificially controlled. If we stop mass accretion during the outburst, no new nuclear fuel is supplied, so the shell burning will eventually stop. If we resume mass accretion after some time, the next outburst eventually occurs. In this way, we can design the duration of outburst and interpulse time with manipulated mass accretion. We call such a controlled nova a “forced nova.” These forced novae, if they exist, could have much shorter recurrence periods than “natural novae.” We have obtained the shortest recurrence periods for forced novae for various WD masses. Based on the results, we revisit WD masses of some recurrent novae, including T Pyx.

  17. ON THE PROGENITORS OF LOCAL GROUP NOVAE. I. THE M31 CATALOG

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    Williams, S. C.; Darnley, M. J.; Bode, M. F.; Keen, A.; Shafter, A. W.

    2014-07-01

    We report the results of a survey of M31 novae in quiescence. This is the first catalog of extragalactic systems in quiescence to be published, and contains data for 38 spectroscopically confirmed novae from 2006 to 2012. We used Liverpool Telescope images of each nova during eruption to define an accurate position for each system. These positions were then matched to archival Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images and we performed photometry on any resolved objects that were coincident with the eruption positions. The survey aimed to detect quiescent systems with red giant secondaries, as only these, along with a few systems with bright sub-giant secondaries, will be resolvable in the HST images. There are only a few confirmed examples of such red giant novae in our Galaxy, the majority of which are recurrent novae. However, we find that a relatively high percentage of the nova eruptions in M31 may occur in systems containing red giant secondaries. Of the 38 systems in this catalog, 11 have a progenitor candidate whose probability of being a coincidental alignment is less than 5%. We show that at the 3σ limit, up to only 2 of these 11 systems may be due to chance alignments, leading to an estimate of the M31 nova population with evolved secondaries of up to 24%, compared to the ∼3% seen Galactically. Such an elevated proportion of nova systems with evolved secondaries may imply the presence of a much larger population of recurrent novae than previously thought. This would have considerable impact, particularly with regards to their potential as Type Ia supernova progenitors. Additionally, for several novae, serendipitous HST images had been taken when the nova was still fading; this allowed us to produce light curves that go fainter than is usually achievable for most extragalactic systems. Finally, as this survey is astrometric in nature, we also update the position of each nova in the catalog.

  18. A remarkable recurrent nova in M 31: The optical observations

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    Darnley, M. J.; Williams, S. C.; Bode, M. F.; Henze, M.; Ness, J.-U.; Shafter, A. W.; Hornoch, K.; Votruba, V.

    2014-03-01

    Context. In late Nov. 2013 the fifth eruption in five years of the M 31 recurrent nova M 31N 2008-12a was announced. Aims: In this Letter we address the optical lightcurve and progenitor system of M 31N 2008-12a. Methods: Optical imaging data of the 2013 eruption from the Liverpool Telescope, La Palma; Danish 1.54 m Telescope, La Silla; and archival Hubble Space Telescope near-IR, optical, and near-UV data are astrometrically and photometrically analysed. Results: Photometry of the 2013 eruption, combined with three previous eruptions, enabled construction of a template lightcurve of a very fast nova (t2(V)≃4 days). The archival data allowed recovery of the progenitor system in optical and near-UV data, indicating a red-giant secondary with bright accretion disk, or alternatively a system with a sub-giant secondary but dominated by a disk. Conclusions: The eruptions of M 31N 2008-12a, and a number of historic X-ray detections, indicate a unique system with a recurrence timescale of ~1 yr. This implies the presence of a very high-mass white dwarf and a high accretion rate. The recovered progenitor system is consistent with such an elevated rate of accretion. We encourage additional observations, especially towards the end of 2014.

  19. On the Progenitors of Local Group Novae. II. The Red Giant Nova Rate of M31

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    Williams, S. C.; Darnley, M. J.; Bode, M. F.; Shafter, A. W.

    2016-02-01

    In our preceding paper, Liverpool Telescope data of M31 novae in eruption were used to facilitate a search for their progenitor systems within archival Hubble Space Telescope data, with the aim of detecting systems with red giant secondaries (RG-novae) or luminous accretion disks. From an input catalog of 38 spectroscopically confirmed novae with archival quiescent observations, likely progenitors were recovered for 11 systems. Here we present the results of the subsequent statistical analysis of the original survey, including possible biases associated with the survey and the M31 nova population in general. As part of this analysis, we examine the distribution of optical decline times (t2) of M31 novae, how the likely bulge and disk nova distributions compare, and how the M31 t2 distribution compares to that of the Milky Way. Using a detailed Monte Carlo simulation, we determine that {30}-10+13% of all M31 nova eruptions can be attributed to RG-nova systems, and at the 99% confidence level, \\gt 10% of all M31 novae are RG-novae. This is the first estimate of a RG-nova rate of an entire galaxy. Our results also imply that RG-novae in M31 are more likely to be associated with the M31 disk population than the bulge; indeed, the results are consistent with all RG-novae residing in the disk. If this result is confirmed in other galaxies, it suggests that any Type Ia supernovae that originate from RG-nova systems are more likely to be associated with younger populations and may be rare in old stellar populations, such as early-type galaxies.

  20. Models of classical and recurrent novae

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    Friedjung, Michael; Duerbeck, Hilmar W.

    1993-01-01

    The behavior of novae may be divided roughly into two separate stages: quiescence and outburst. However, at closer inspection, both stages cannot be separated. It should be attempted to explain features in both stages with a similar model. Various simple models to explain the observed light and spectral observations during post optical maximum activity are conceivable. In instantaneous ejection models, all or nearly all material is ejected in a time that is short compared with the duration of post optical maximum activity. Instantaneous ejection type 1 models are those where the ejected material is in a fairly thin shell, the thickness of which remains small. In the instantaneous ejection type 2 model ('Hubble Flow'), a thick envelope is ejected instantaneously. This envelope remains thick as different parts have different velocities. Continued ejection models emphasize the importance of winds from the nova after optical maximum. Ejection is supposed to occur from one of the components of the central binary, and one can imagine a general swelling of one of the components, so that something resembling a normal, almost stationary, stellar photosphere is observed after optical maximum. The observed characteristics of recurrent novae in general are rather different from those of classical novae, thus, models for these stars need not be the same.

  1. Comprehensive Photometric Histories of All Known Galactic Recurrent Novae

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.

    2009-01-01

    I collect virtually all photometry of the ten known galactic recurrent novae (RNe). This consists of my modern measures of nearly all archival plates (providing the only data for half of 37 known eruptions), my own 10,000 CCD magnitudes from 1987 to present (providing virtually all of the magnitudes in quiescence for seven RNe), over 140,000 visual magnitude estimates recorded by amateur astronomers (who discovered half the known eruptions), and the small scattering of magnitudes from all the literature. From this, I produce various uniform products; (1) BVRIJHK comparison star magnitudes and BV comparison star sequences to cover the entire range of eruption, (2) complete light curves for all eruptions, (3) best fit B and V light curve templates, (4) orbital periods for all-but-one RN, (5) exhaustive searches for all missed eruptions, (6) measured discovery efficiencies since 1890, (7) true recurrence time scales, (8) predicted next eruption dates, (9) variations on time scales of minutes, hours, days, months, years, decades, and century, (10) uniform distances and extinctions to all RNe, (11) BV colors at peak and UBVRIJHK colors at minimum all with extinction corrections, and (12) the spectral energy distributions over UBVRIJHK. Highlights of this work include the discoveries of one new RN, seven previously-undiscovered eruptions, and five new orbital periods. I have also measured the orbital period change of two RNe across recent eruptions with accuracies of 0.5 ppm, and I have determined the RN death rate in our Local Group to an accuracy of a factor of 3. An important utility of this work is the determination of whether RNe can be the progenitors of Type Ia supernovae, in particular, whether there are enough RNe to produce the observed supernova rate and whether the RN white dwarf is gaining mass over each eruption cycle.

  2. Comprehensive Photometric Histories of All Known Galactic Recurrent Novae

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.

    2010-04-01

    I collect virtually all photometry of the 10 known galactic recurrent novae (RNe) and their 37 known eruptions. This consists of my modern measures of nearly all archival plates (providing the only data for half of 37 known eruptions), my own 10,000 CCD magnitudes from 1987 to present (providing virtually all of the magnitudes in quiescence for seven RNe), over 140,000 visual magnitude estimates recorded by amateur astronomers (who discovered half the known eruptions), and the small scattering of magnitudes from all the literature. From this, I produce various uniform products: (1) BVRIJHK comparison star magnitudes and BV comparison star sequences to cover the entire range of eruption; (2) complete light curves for all eruptions; (3) best-fit B and V light curve templates; (4) orbital periods for all but one RN; (5) exhaustive searches for all missed eruptions; (6) measured discovery efficiencies since 1890; (7) true recurrence time scales; (8) predicted next eruption dates; (9) variations on time scales of minutes, hours, days, months, years, decades, and century; (10) uniform distances and extinctions to all RNe; (11) BV colors at peak and UBVRIJHK colors at minimum, all with extinction corrections; and (12) the spectral energy distributions over UBVRIJHK. Highlights of this work include the discoveries of one new RN, six previously unknown eruptions, and the orbital periods for half the RNe. The goal of this work is to provide uniform demographics for answering questions like the "What is the death rate of RNe in our Galaxy?" and "Are the white dwarfs gaining or losing mass over each eruption cycle?." An important use of this work is for the question of whether RNe can be the progenitors of Type Ia supernovae.

  3. COMPREHENSIVE PHOTOMETRIC HISTORIES OF ALL KNOWN GALACTIC RECURRENT NOVAE

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.

    2010-04-01

    I collect virtually all photometry of the 10 known galactic recurrent novae (RNe) and their 37 known eruptions. This consists of my modern measures of nearly all archival plates (providing the only data for half of 37 known eruptions), my own 10,000 CCD magnitudes from 1987 to present (providing virtually all of the magnitudes in quiescence for seven RNe), over 140,000 visual magnitude estimates recorded by amateur astronomers (who discovered half the known eruptions), and the small scattering of magnitudes from all the literature. From this, I produce various uniform products: (1) BVRIJHK comparison star magnitudes and BV comparison star sequences to cover the entire range of eruption; (2) complete light curves for all eruptions; (3) best-fit B and V light curve templates; (4) orbital periods for all but one RN; (5) exhaustive searches for all missed eruptions; (6) measured discovery efficiencies since 1890; (7) true recurrence time scales; (8) predicted next eruption dates; (9) variations on time scales of minutes, hours, days, months, years, decades, and century; (10) uniform distances and extinctions to all RNe; (11) BV colors at peak and UBVRIJHK colors at minimum, all with extinction corrections; and (12) the spectral energy distributions over UBVRIJHK. Highlights of this work include the discoveries of one new RN, six previously unknown eruptions, and the orbital periods for half the RNe. The goal of this work is to provide uniform demographics for answering questions like the 'What is the death rate of RNe in our Galaxy?' and 'Are the white dwarfs gaining or losing mass over each eruption cycle?.' An important use of this work is for the question of whether RNe can be the progenitors of Type Ia supernovae.

  4. Ultraviolet spectroscopy of the recurrent nova U Scorpii during outburst

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    Williams, R. E.; Sparks, W. M.; Gallagher, J. S.; Ney, E. P.; Starrfield, S. G.; Truran, J. W.

    1981-01-01

    Observations of the recurrent nova U Sco during the 1979 outburst are presented, and the spectral evolution is found to differ from that of other recurrent novas. Spectra are dominated by emission lines, and the strong forbidden-line emission characteristic is conspicuously absent. A method to determine masses of nova shells is outlined, and an analysis of the emission lines shows an enrichment in N relative to C and O, and that the nova ejecta are rich in He relative to H. Optical spectra of U Sco obtained following its return to quiescence show predominantly He II emission lines, which suggests an enrichment of the preoutburst gas in He, and thus the presence of a highly evolved companion.

  5. One eruption every (half?) year - A remarkable recurrent nova in M31

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    Henze, Martin

    2016-07-01

    Recurrent Novae (RN) are those for which more than one eruption has been observed. Only ten RN are known in our Galaxy, while 17 such objects have been observed in the neighbouring Andromeda galaxy (M31). The object M31N 2008-12a stands out as a unique RN in M31 since it showed eight observed eruptions in the last eight years and has a suspected recurrence time between successive eruptions of only six months. Its eruption frequency is unparalleled: the recurrence time is at least an order of magnitude shorter than for the fastest Galactic RN, U Sco. Theoretical models predict M31N 2008-12a to have a WD mass close to the Chandrasekhar limit and a high accretion rate, making it the most promising candidate for a single-degenerate type Ia supernova progenitor known to date. For the first time, we can conduct statistical studies of repeated eruptions in an individual nova. I will present new results from the recent 2015 eruption and the early 2016 monitoring campaign. I will discuss these results in the context of the known eruption history and provide an outlook towards future observing plans and the ultimate fate of this remarkable nova.

  6. Pan-chromatic Observations of the Recurrent Nova LMC 2009a (LMC 1971b)

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    Bode, M. F.; Darnley, M. J.; Beardmore, A. P.; Osborne, J. P.; Page, K. L.; Walter, F. M.; Krautter, J.; Melandri, A.; Ness, J.-U.; O'Brien, T. J.; Orio, M.; Schwarz, G. J.; Shara, M. M.; Starrfield, S.

    2016-02-01

    Nova LMC 2009a is confirmed as a recurrent nova (RN) from positional coincidence with nova LMC 1971b. The observational data set is one of the most comprehensive for any Galactic or extragalactic RN: optical and near-IR photometry from outburst until over 6 years later; optical spectra for the first 6 months, and Swift satellite ultraviolet (UV) and X-ray observations from 9 days to almost 1 year post-outburst. We find MV = -8.4 ± 0.8r ± 0.7s and expansion velocities between 1000 and 4000 km s-1. Coronal line emission before day 9 indicates shocks in the ejecta. Strengthening of He iiλ4686 preceded the emergence of the super-soft source (SSS) in X-rays at ˜63-70 days, which was initially very variable. Periodic modulations, P = 1.2 days, most probably orbital in nature, were evident in the UV and optical from day 43. Subsequently, the SSS shows an oscillation with the same period but with a delay of 0.28P. The progenitor system has been identified; the secondary is most likely a sub-giant feeding a luminous accretion disk. Properties of the SSS infer a white dwarf (WD) mass 1.1 M⊙ ≲ MWD ≲ 1.3 M⊙. If the accretion occurs at a constant rate, {\\dot{M}}{{acc}}≃ {3.6}-2.5+4.7× {10}-7 {M}⊙ yr-1 is needed, consistent with nova models for an inter-eruption interval of 38 years, low outburst amplitude, progenitor position in the color-magnitude diagram, and spectral energy distribution at quiescence. We note striking similarities between LMC 2009a and the Galactic nova KT Eri, suggesting that KT Eri is a candidate RN.

  7. Early X-ray emission from novae: The case of the symbiotic recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi

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    Delgado, L.; Hernanz, M.

    2014-07-01

    Novae can be sources of high-energy photons, reaching GeV energies. Such emission is a consequence of π^{0} decay and/or Inverse Compton, which are related to particle (p and e^{-}) acceleration. The strong shock between matter ejected by the white dwarf and the circumstellar medium is responsible for this process. The 2006 outburst of RS Ophiuchi was the first nova for which particle acceleration was predicted. This prediction showed that the blast wave decelerated faster than expected as a consequence of acceleration of particles in the shock and their escape. RS Oph is a recurrent nova in a symbiotic system composed of a white dwarf and a red giant with a recurrence period of ˜ 21 years. Five novae have been detected by Fermi/LAT so far. Our aim is to understand the acceleration process through the analysis of contemporaneous X-ray emission. We present an analysis of the XMM-Newton's observations of RS Oph early after its 2006 outburst both with RGS and EPIC-MOS, which have a broader energy range than RGS. We will compare with RXTE, Swift/BAT and Chandra observations, to get a global picture of VHE γ-ray emission in novae and its relationship with particle acceleration.

  8. HYDROGEN BURNING ON ACCRETING WHITE DWARFS: STABILITY, RECURRENT NOVAE, AND THE POST-NOVA SUPERSOFT PHASE

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    Wolf, William M.; Bildsten, Lars; Brooks, Jared; Paxton, Bill

    2013-11-10

    We examine the properties of white dwarfs (WDs) accreting hydrogen-rich matter in and near the stable burning regime of accretion rates as modeled by time-dependent calculations done with Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics (MESA). We report the stability boundary for WDs of masses between 0.51 M{sub ☉} and 1.34 M{sub ☉} as found via time-dependent calculations. We also examine recurrent novae that are accreting at rates close to, but below, the stable burning limit and report their recurrence times. Our dense grid in accretion rates finds the expected minimum possible recurrence times as a function of the WD mass. This enables inferences to be made about the minimum WD mass possible to reach a specific recurrence time. We compare our computational models of post-outburst novae to the stably burning WDs and explicitly calculate the duration and effective temperature (T{sub eff}) of the post-nova WD in the supersoft phase. We agree with the measured turnoff time-T{sub eff} relation in M31 by Henze and collaborators, infer WD masses in the 1.0-1.3 M{sub ☉} range, and predict ejection masses consistent with those observed. We close by commenting on the importance of the hot helium layer generated by stable or unstable hydrogen burning for the short- and long-term evolution of accreting WDs.

  9. High-Velocity Jets in Recurrent Nova Outbursts

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    Kato, Mariko; Hachisu, Izumi

    2003-04-01

    Very fast bipolar mass outflows are suggested from emission-line profiles during the early stage of outbursts in the recurrent nova U Sco. The ejection velocity reaches 5000 or 6000 km s-1 at the optical peak and gradually decreases in time. Such properties have not been reproduced so far in nova theories. We propose a jet-shaped mass outflow as a mechanism of acceleration up to several thousand kilometers per second. The mass flow is accelerated where the jet is shaped, which is deep inside the region where the spherically symmetric winds would be accelerated. The terminal jet velocity depends sensitively on the white dwarf mass but weakly on other parameters.

  10. NEAR-IR STUDIES OF RECURRENT NOVA V745 SCORPII DURING ITS 2014 OUTBURST

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    Banerjee, D. P. K.; Joshi, Vishal; Venkataraman, V.; Ashok, N. M.; Raj, A.; Marion, G. H.; Hsiao, E. Y.

    2014-04-10

    The recurrent nova V745 Scorpii underwent its third known outburst on 2014 February 6. Infrared monitoring of the eruption on an almost daily basis, starting from 1.3 days after discovery, shows the emergence of a powerful blast wave generated by the high velocity nova ejecta exceeding 4000 km s{sup –1} plowing into its surrounding environment. The temperature of the shocked gas is raised to a high value exceeding 10{sup 8} K immediately after outburst commencement. The energetics of the outburst clearly surpass those of similar symbiotic systems like RS Oph and V407 Cyg which have giant secondaries. The shock does not show a free-expansion stage but rather shows a decelerative Sedov-Taylor phase from the beginning. Such strong shock fronts are known to be sites for γ-ray generation. V745 Sco is the latest nova, apart from five other known novae, to show γ-ray emission. It may be an important testbed to resolve the crucial question of whether or not all novae are generically γ-ray emitters by virtue of having a circumbinary reservoir of material that is shocked by the ejecta rather than γ-ray generation being restricted to only symbiotic systems with a shocked red giant (RG) wind. The lack of a free-expansion stage favors V745 Sco to have a density enhancement around the white dwarf (WD), above that contributed by a RG wind. Our analysis also suggests that the WD in V745 Sco is very massive and a potential progenitor for a future SN Ia explosion.

  11. An X-ray-emitting blast wave from the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi.

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    Sokoloski, J L; Luna, G J M; Mukai, K; Kenyon, Scott J

    2006-07-20

    Stellar explosions such as novae and supernovae produce most of the heavy elements in the Universe. The onset of a nova is well understood as driven by runaway thermonuclear fusion reactions on the surface of a white dwarf in a binary star system; but the structure, dynamics and mass of the ejecta are not well known. In rare cases, the white dwarf is embedded in the wind nebula of a red-giant companion, and the explosion products plough through the nebula and produce X-ray emission. Here we report X-ray observations of such an event, from the eruption of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi. The hard X-ray emission from RS Ophiuchi early in the eruption emanates from behind a blast wave, or outward-moving shock wave, that expanded freely for less than 2 days and then decelerated owing to interaction with the nebula. The X-rays faded rapidly, suggesting that the blast wave deviates from the standard spherical shell structure. The early onset of deceleration indicates that the ejected shell had a low mass, the white dwarf has a high mass, and that RS Ophiuchi is therefore a progenitor of the type of supernova (type Ia) integral to studies of the expansion of the Universe. PMID:16855584

  12. Searches for the progenitor of Nova ASASSN-16ig

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    Saito, R. K.; Minniti, D.; Catelan, M.; Angeloni, R.; Gutierrez, L. A.

    2016-08-01

    Stanek et al. (ATel #9343) recently reported the discovery of a likely classical nova about 4.2 degrees away from the Galactic center. Nova ASASSN-16ig is located at coordinates RA,DEC(J2000)= 18:01:07.735,-26:31:42.01, corresponding to l,b=3.813,-1.741, within the area covered by the VVV Survey (vvvsurvey.org; Minniti et al. 2010, New Astronomy, 15, 433).

  13. Campaign to monitor the recurrent nova T Pyx throughout 2011 eruption

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    Waagen, Elizabeth O.

    2011-04-01

    Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 436, a fast photometry observing campaign has been initiated by Dr. Bradley Schaefer (Louisiana State University) to monitor the recurrent nova T Pyxidis throughout its current eruption. The goal is to obtain nearly-fulltime coverage of T Pyx with time resolution of minutes until T Pyx is lost behind the Sun around the start of August. The eruption lasts roughly 9 months, but we will only go from now until the end of July (3.5 months) when T Pyx is lost behind the Sun. [The campaign was subsequently extended throughout the full duration of the eruption; see AAVSO Special Notice #254.] The work on this eruption will largely be aimed at testing whether T Pyx will become a Type Ia supernova, as recurrent novae are one of the best candidate systems for Type Ia supernova progenitors, and T Pyx is the lynchpin of many arguments and discussions regarding the longstanding progenitor problem. T Pyx is only one of ten known recurrent novae in the Milky Way galaxy. It has erupted in 1890, 1902, 1920, 1944, and 1966 (no eruptions were missed during this interval). T Pyx was discovered in outburst - the first since December 7, 1966 - by M. Linnolt (Ocean View, HI, United States) at visual magnitude 13.0 on 2011 April 14.2931, and confirmed by A. Plummer (Linden, NSW, Australia) at visual magnitude 12.2 on April 14.3847 and S. Kerr (Glenlee, QLD, Australia) at visual magnitude 11.3 on April 14.4410. As of April 15.6271, it had brightened to visual magnitude 8.3 (A. Pearce, Nedlands, WA, Australia). If it behaves as in past eruptions, it can be expected to brighten to magnitude 6. All observations - visual, CCD, PEP, and CCD time series - are encouraged. V filter is preferred for CCD/PEP observations, with second choice B filter, then Rc, then unfiltered. Comparison stars have been selected and observing instructions are given. Finder charts with sequence may be created using the AAVSO Variable Star Plotter (http://www.aavso.! org/vsp). Observations

  14. Insights into the evolution of symbiotic recurrent novae from radio synchrotron emission: V745 Scorpii and RS Ophiuchi

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    Kantharia, N. G.; Dutta, Prasun; Roy, Nirupam; Anupama, G. C.; Ishwara-Chandra, C. H.; Chitale, A.; Prabhu, T. P.; Banerjee, D. P. K.; Ashok, N. M.

    2016-02-01

    We present observations at 610 and 235 MHz using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) of the recurrent nova V745 Scorpii which recorded its last outburst on 2014 February 6. This is the second symbiotic recurrent nova whose light curve at low frequencies has been followed in detail, the first being RS Ophiuchi in 2006. We fitted the 610 MHz light curve by a model of synchrotron emission from an expanding shell being modified by radiative transfer effects due to local absorbing gas consisting of a uniformly distributed and a clumpy component. Using our model parameters, we find that the emission at 235 MHz peaked around day 35 which is consistent with our GMRT observations. The two main results of our study are (1) The radio emission at a given frequency is visible sooner after the outburst in successive outbursts of both V745 Scorpii and RS Ophiuchi. The earlier detection of radio emission is interpreted to be caused by decreasing foreground densities. (2) The clumpy material, if exists, is close to the white dwarf and can be interpreted as being due to the material from the hot accretion disc. The uniform density gas is widespread and attributed to the winds blown by the white dwarf. We present implications of these results on the evolution of both novae. Such studies along with theoretical understanding have the potential of resolving several outstanding issues such as why all recurrent novae are not detectable in synchrotron radio and whether recurrent novae are progenitor systems of Type 1a supernova.

  15. THE NOVA SHELL AND EVOLUTION OF THE RECURRENT NOVA T PYXIDIS

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.; Pagnotta, Ashley; Shara, Michael M.

    2010-01-01

    T Pyxidis (T Pyx) is the prototypical recurrent nova (RN), with five eruptions from 1890 to 1967 and a mysterious nova shell. We report new observations of the nova shell with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in the year 2007, which provides a long time baseline to compare with HST images from 1994 and 1995. We find that the knots in the nova shell are expanding with velocities ranging from roughly 500 km s{sup -1} to 715 km s{sup -1}, assuming a distance of 3500 pc. The fractional expansion of the knots is constant, which implies no significant deceleration of the knots, which must have been ejected by an eruption close to the year 1866. We see knots that have turned on after 1995; this shows that the knots are powered by shocks from the collision of the '1866' ejecta with fast ejecta from later RN eruptions. We derive that the '1866' ejecta has a total mass of approx10{sup -4.5} M {sub sun}, which with the low ejection velocity shows that the '1866' event was an ordinary nova eruption, not an RN eruption. This also implies that the accretion rate before the ordinary nova event must have been low (around the 4 x 10{sup -11} M{sub sun} yr{sup -1} expected for gravitational radiation alone), and that the matter accumulated on the surface of the white dwarf for approx750,000 years. The current accretion rate (>10{sup -8} M{sub sun} yr{sup -1}) is approx1000x higher than expected for a system below the period gap, with the plausible reason being that the '1866' event started a continuing supersoft source that drives the accretion. The accretion rate has been declining since before the 1890 eruption, with the current rate being only 3% of its earlier value. The decline in the observed accretion rate shows that the supersoft source is not self-sustaining; we calculate that the accretion in T Pyx will effectively stop in upcoming decades. With this, T Pyx will enter a state of hibernation lasting for an estimated 2,600,000 years before gravitational radiation brings the

  16. Constraining the role of novae as progenitors of type Ia supernovae

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    Soraisam, Monika D.; Gilfanov, Marat

    2015-11-01

    Context. With the progenitors of type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) still eluding direct detections, various types of accreting white dwarfs (WDs) have been proposed as prospective candidates. One of the possibilities are WDs undergoing unstable nuclear burning on their surfaces. Although observations and theoretical modeling of classical novae generally suggest that more material is ejected during the explosion than is accreted, there is growing evidence that in certain accretion regimes of novae, appreciable mass accumulation by the WD in the course of unstable nuclear burning may be possible. Aims: We propose that statistics of novae in nearby galaxies may be a powerful tool to determine the role these systems play in producing SNe Ia. Methods: We used multicycle nova evolutionary models to compute the number and temporal distribution of novae that would be produced by a typical SN Ia progenitor before it reached the Chandrasekhar mass limit (Mch) and exploded, assuming that it experienced unstable nuclear burning during its entire accretion history. We then used the observed nova rate in M 31 to constrain the maximal contribution of the nova channel to the SN Ia rate in this galaxy. Results: The M 31 nova rate measured by the POINT-AGAPE survey is ≈ 65 yr-1. Assuming that all these novae will reach Mch, we estimate the maximal SN Ia rate novae may produce, which is ≲0.1-0.5 × 10-3 yr-1. This constrains the overall contribution of the nova channel to the SN Ia rate at ≲ 2-7%. However, if all POINT-AGAPE novae do eventually reach Mch, a significant population of fast novae (t2 ≲ 10 days) originating from the most massive WDs is expected, with a rate of ~200-300 yr-1, which is significantly higher than currently observed. We point out that statistics of such fast novae can provide powerful diagnostics of the contribution of the nova channel to the final stage of mass accumulation by the single-degenerate (SD) SN Ia progenitors. To explore the prospects of their

  17. Photometric evolution, orbital modulation and progenitor of Nova Mon 2012

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    Munari, U.; Dallaporta, S.; Castellani, F.; Valisa, P.; Frigo, A.; Chomiuk, L.; Ribeiro, V. A. R. M.

    2013-10-01

    We present and discuss accurate and densely mapped BVRCIC light curves of the neon Nova Mon 2012, supplemented by the evolution in Stromgren b and y bands and in the integrated flux of relevant emission lines. Our monitoring started with the optical discovery of the nova (50 days past the first detection in gamma-rays by Fermi-LAT) and extend to day +270, well past the end of the super-soft phase in X-rays. The nova was discovered during the nebular decline, well past t3 and the transition to optically thin ejecta. It displayed very smoothly evolving light curves. A bifurcation between y and V light curves took place at the start of the super-soft X-ray source (SSS) phase, and a knee developed towards the end of the SSS phase. The apparent magnitude of the nova at the unobserved optical maximum is constrained to +3 ≤ V ≤ 4.5. The appearance, grow in amplitude and then demise of a 0.29585 (±0.00002) days orbital modulation of the optical brightness was followed along the nova evolution. The observed modulation, identical in phase and period with the analogue seen in the X-ray and satellite ultraviolet, has a near-sinusoidal shape and a weak secondary minimum at phase 0.5. We favour an interpretation in terms of super-imposed ellipsoidal distortion of the Roche lobe filling companion and irradiation of its side facing the WD. Similar light curves are typical of symbiotic stars where a Roche lobe filling giant is irradiated by a very hot WD. Given the high orbital inclination, mutual occultation between the donor star and the accretion disc could contribute to the observed modulation. The optical+infrared spectral energy distribution of Nova Mon 2012 during the quiescence preceding outburst is nicely fitted by an early K-type main-sequence star (˜K3V) at 1.5 kpc distance, reddened by E(B - V) = 0.38, with a WD companion and an accretion disc contributing to the observed blue excess and moderate Hα emission. A typical early K-type main-sequence star with a mass

  18. An Improved Orbital Period for the Recurrent Nova U Scorpii

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.; Ringwald, F. A.

    1995-07-01

    U Sco is a recurrent nova as well as a double-lined eclipsing binary. As such, an accurate orbital period before its next eruption can be combined with a measured period after that eruption to yield a dynamical measurement of the ejected mass. A properly phased radial velocity curve for both components could yield the mass of the white dwarf, which theory strongly predicts to be near the Chandrasekhar mass. Radial velocity measurements from three epochs were available but until now could not be phased together reliably. Both programs require a highly accurate orbital period. We report on eclipse photometry from 1988 to 1994 with times for nine eclipses. The eclipse light curve is variable in shape and asymmetric with the egress slower than the ingress, implying a bright and variable hot spot. We derive an orbital period of 1.2305631 +/- 0.0000030 days and an eclipse minimum time of HJD 2,447,717.6061 +/- 0.0032. Phasing the radial velocity data shows a large scatter in both the emission- and absorption-line velocities, which have significantly different averages. This casts doubt on previous mass determinations for the white dwarf, in particular the claim that the white dwarf is much less than the Chandrasekhar mass.

  19. A remarkable recurrent nova in M31: Discovery and optical/UV observations of the predicted 2014 eruption

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    Darnley, M. J.; Henze, M.; Steele, I. A.; Bode, M. F.; Ribeiro, V. A. R. M.; Rodríguez-Gil, P.; Shafter, A. W.; Williams, S. C.; Baer, D.; Hachisu, I.; Hernanz, M.; Hornoch, K.; Hounsell, R.; Kato, M.; Kiyota, S.; Kučáková, H.; Maehara, H.; Ness, J.-U.; Piascik, A. S.; Sala, G.; Skillen, I.; Smith, R. J.; Wolf, M.

    2015-08-01

    The Andromeda Galaxy recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a had been caught in eruption eight times. The inter-eruption period of M31N 2008-12a is ~1 yr, making it the most rapidly recurring system known, and a strong single-degenerate Type Ia supernova progenitor candidate. Following the 2013 eruption, a campaign was initiated to detect the predicted 2014 eruption and to then perform high cadence optical photometric and spectroscopic monitoring using ground-based telescopes, along with rapid UV and X-ray follow-up with the Swift satellite. Here we report the results of a high cadence multi-colour optical monitoring campaign, the spectroscopic evolution, and the UV photometry. We also discuss tantalising evidence of a potentially related, vastly-extended, nebulosity. The 2014 eruption was discovered, before optical maximum, on October 2, 2014. We find that the optical properties of M31N 2008-12a evolve faster than all Galactic recurrent novae known, and all its eruptions show remarkable similarity both photometrically and spectroscopically. Optical spectra were obtained as early as 0.26 days post maximum, and again confirm the nova nature of the eruption. A significant deceleration of the inferred ejecta expansion velocity is observed which may be caused by interaction of the ejecta with surrounding material,possibly a red giant wind. We find a low ejected mass and low ejection velocity, which are consistent with high mass-accretion rate, high mass white dwarf, and short recurrence time models of novae. We encourage additional observations, especially around the predicted time of the next eruption, towards the end of 2015. Tables 6-8 are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.orgPhotometry is only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/580/A45

  20. PTF 11kx: a type Ia supernova with a symbiotic nova progenitor.

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    Dilday, B; Howell, D A; Cenko, S B; Silverman, J M; Nugent, P E; Sullivan, M; Ben-Ami, S; Bildsten, L; Bolte, M; Endl, M; Filippenko, A V; Gnat, O; Horesh, A; Hsiao, E; Kasliwal, M M; Kirkman, D; Maguire, K; Marcy, G W; Moore, K; Pan, Y; Parrent, J T; Podsiadlowski, P; Quimby, R M; Sternberg, A; Suzuki, N; Tytler, D R; Xu, D; Bloom, J S; Gal-Yam, A; Hook, I M; Kulkarni, S R; Law, N M; Ofek, E O; Polishook, D; Poznanski, D

    2012-08-24

    There is a consensus that type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) arise from the thermonuclear explosion of white dwarf stars that accrete matter from a binary companion. However, direct observation of SN Ia progenitors is lacking, and the precise nature of the binary companion remains uncertain. A temporal series of high-resolution optical spectra of the SN Ia PTF 11kx reveals a complex circumstellar environment that provides an unprecedentedly detailed view of the progenitor system. Multiple shells of circumstellar material are detected, and the SN ejecta are seen to interact with circumstellar material starting 59 days after the explosion. These features are best described by a symbiotic nova progenitor, similar to RS Ophiuchi. PMID:22923575

  1. Collimation and Asymmetry of the Hot Blast Wave from the Recurrent Nova V745 Sco

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    Drake, Jeremy J.; Delgado, Laura; Laming, J. Martin; Starrfield, Sumner; Kashyap, Vinay; Orlando, Salvatore; Page, Kim L.; Hernanz, M.; Ness, J.-U.; Gehrz, R. D.; van Rossum, Daan; Woodward, Charles E.

    2016-07-01

    The recurrent symbiotic nova V745 Sco exploded on 2014 February 6 and was observed on February 22 and 23 by the Chandra X-ray Observatory Transmission Grating Spectrometers. By that time the supersoft source phase had already ended, and Chandra spectra are consistent with emission from a hot, shock-heated circumstellar medium with temperatures exceeding 107 K. X-ray line profiles are more sharply peaked than expected for a spherically symmetric blast wave, with a full width at zero intensity of approximately 2400 km s‑1, an FWHM of 1200 ± 30 km s‑1, and an average net blueshift of 165 ± 10 km s‑1. The red wings of lines are increasingly absorbed toward longer wavelengths by material within the remnant. We conclude that the blast wave was sculpted by an aspherical circumstellar medium in which an equatorial density enhancement plays a role, as in earlier symbiotic nova explosions. Expansion of the dominant X-ray-emitting material is aligned close to the plane of the sky and is most consistent with an orbit seen close to face-on. Comparison of an analytical blast wave model with the X-ray spectra, Swift observations, and near-infrared line widths indicates that the explosion energy was approximately 1043 erg and confirms an ejected mass of approximately 10‑7 M ⊙. The total mass lost is an order of magnitude lower than the accreted mass required to have initiated the explosion, indicating that the white dwarf is gaining mass and is a Type Ia supernova progenitor candidate.

  2. Recurrent Nova M31N 2008-12a: The 2016 eruption may be imminent

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    Darnley, M. J.; Henze, M.

    2016-08-01

    The remarkable recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a has been observed undergoing eruptions eleven times, which includes annual eruptions between 2008 and 2015 (see Darnley et al. 2016, for a recent review), with the system having a predicted recurrence period of just under six months (Henze et al. 2015).

  3. Erratum - the 1989 Outburst of the Recurrent Nova V745-SCORPII

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    Sekiguchi, K.; Whitelock, P. A.; Feast, M. W.; Barrett, P. E.; Caldwell, J. A. R.; Carter, B. S.; Catchpole, R. M.; Laing, J. D.; Laney, C. D.; Marang, F.; van Wyk, F.

    1991-01-01

    The paper "The 1989 Outburst of the Recurrent Nova V745-SCORPII" was published in Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc. (1990) 246, 78-83. The ninth line of the Introduction has been misprinted. The correct version of the Introduction is reproduced below. INTRODUCTION: The first recorded outburst of V745 Sco (α = 17h52m04s.72, δ = -33° 14' 31".8; equinox 1950.0, McNaught 1989) was reported by Plaut (1958) who found the nova at mpυ ˜11.2 on 1937 May 10. It was classified as a nova on the basis of its outburst amplitude and light curve although no spectroscopic observations were reported (Duerbeck 1984, 1987). The second observed outburst was discovered by Liller (1989) on 1989 July 30.08 UT at a ˜9.7 mag. It was at a similar brightness on July 31.02 UT but had been fainter than magnitude 12 on July 29.549 UT (Honda 1989). In the following we will therefore assume that the nova reached maximum light on July 30.0 UT. The 1989 outburst places V745 Sco in the small class of recurrent novae, bringing their numbers up to seven. This paper presents the results of photometric and spectroscopic observations covering the most recent outburst.

  4. V2487 Oph 1998: a puzzling recurrent nova observed with XMM-Newton

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    Hernanz, M.; Sala, G.; Ospina, N.

    2014-07-01

    V2487 Oph exploded as a classical nova in 1998. Several years later it was identified as a recurrent nova, with a previous eruption in 1900. Most recurrent novae host massive white dwarfs (WDs), which could increase in mass after each eruption, finally reaching the Chandrasekar mass and exploding as type Ia supernovae, if CO WDs. We observed V2487 Oph with XMM-Newton between 2 and 9 years after its explosion, to study its post-outburst behavior, and the WD and companion star properties. The emission revealed restablished accretion onto a magnetic WD in a cataclysmic variable of the intermediate polar (IP) type. Interestingly, V2487 Oph was also detected in hard X-rays with INTEGRAL/IBIS, and was again tentatively classified as IP. There's not yet a confirmation of P_{spin}(WD) < P_{orbit}, the defining property of IPs. V2487 Oph is not the first nova exploding in a magnetic CV, but it is indeed challenging to reach explosive conditions without genuine accretion disks. Also, the type of binary system should be reconciled with the fact of being recurrent (where larger accretion rates than in CVs are required). It will be discussed how XMM-Newton observations (EPIC and RGS) provide insight into such a puzzling object.

  5. The White Dwarf Mass and the Accretion Rate of Recurrent Novae: An X-ray Perspective

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    Mukai, Koji; Sokoloski, Jennifer L.; Nelson, Thomas; Luna, Gerardo J. M.

    2011-01-01

    We present recent results of quiescent X-ray observations of recurrent novae (RNe) and related objects. Several RNe are luminous hard X-ray sources in quiescence, consistent with accretion onto a near Chandrasekhar mass white dwarf. Detection of similar hard X-ray emissions in old novae and other cataclysmic variables may lead to identification of additional RN candidates. On the other hand, other RNe are found to be comparatively hard X-ray faint. We present several scenarios that may explain this dichotomy, which should be explored further.

  6. Swift observations of the early development of the 2016 eruption of the recurrent nova LMCN 1968-12a (OGLE-2016-NOVA-01)

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    Darnley, M. J.; Kuin, N. P. M.; Page, K. L.; Osborne, J. P.; Schwarz, G. J.; Shore, S. N.; Starrfield, S.; Williams, S. C.

    2016-01-01

    The 2016 eruption of the LMC recurrent nova (RN) LMCN 1968-12a was announced in ATel #8578. This eruption is the fifth recorded following 1968 (Sievers 1970), 1990 (see Shore et al. 1991), 2002 and 2010 (for both see Mr & oacute;z et al. 2014), suggestive of a recurrence period of ~6 years.

  7. New optical nova candidate in M 31, a possible recurrent nova?

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    Pietsch, W.; Henze, M.; Burwitz, V.; Updike, A.; Milne, P.; Williams, G.; Hartmann, D. H.

    2009-02-01

    We report the discovery of a possible nova in M 31 on two 8x60s stacked R filter CCD images obtained with the robotic 60cm telescope with an E2V CCD (2kx2k, 13.5μm sq. pixels) of the Livermore Optical Transient Imaging System (Super-LOTIS, located at Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak, Arizona, USA). The object was first detected on 2009 February 20.13 and 21.13 UT with respective magnitudes of 18.5 and 18.6.

  8. Photometric evolution of the 2016 outburst of recurrent Nova LMC 1968: the first three weeks

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    Munari, U.; Walter, F. M.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Frigo, A.

    2016-03-01

    Optical (BVRI) photometry of the first three weeks of the 2016 outburst of the recurrent Nova LMC 1968 is presented and discussed. The 2016 I-band light curve is an exact replica, even in the most minute details, of that for the 2010 eruption. The maximum is inferred to have occurred on 2016 Jan 21.2 at I=11.5 mag, corresponding to an absolute magnitude =-7.15. A 1 day long plateau is present in all bands about six days past optical maximum, simultaneous with the emergence of super-soft X-ray emission in Swift observations, signalling the widespread ionization of the ejecta. The nova entered a much longer plateau about 9 days past maximum, governed by the brightness of the white dwarf, now directly visible and still nuclearly burning on its surface. A recurrence period of 955 days would fit both the OGLE inter-season gaps and the observed intervals between previous outburts.

  9. Outburst-related period changes of recurrent nova CI aquilae

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    Wilson, R. E.; Honeycutt, R. K. E-mail: rewilson@ufl.edu

    2014-11-01

    Pre-outburst and post-outburst light curves and post-outburst eclipse timings are analyzed to measure any period (P) change related to nova CI Aql's outburst of early 2000 and a mean post-outburst dP/dt, which then lead to estimates of the accreting component's rate of mass (M) change and its overall outburst-related change of mass over roughly a decade of observations. We apply a recently developed procedure for unified analysis of three timing-related data types (light curves, radial velocities, and eclipse timings), although with only light curves and timings in this case. Fits to the data are reasonably good without need for a disk in the light-curve model, although the disk certainly exists and has an important role in our post-outburst mass flow computations. Initial experiments showed that, although there seems to be an accretion hot spot, it has essentially no effect on derived outburst-related ΔP or on post-outburst dP/dt. Use of atomic time (HJED) in place of HJD also has essentially nil effect on ΔP and dP/dt. We find ΔP consistently negative in various types of solutions, although at best only marginally significant statistically in any one experiment. Pre-outburst HJD {sub 0} and P results are given, as are post-outburst HJD {sub 0}, P, and dP/dt, with light curves and eclipse times as joint input, and also with only eclipse time input. Post-outburst dP/dt is negative at about 2.4σ. Explicit formulae for mass transfer rates and epoch-to-epoch mass change are developed and applied. A known offset in the magnitude zero point for 1991-1994 is corrected.

  10. Swift UVOT detection of the recurrent nova M31N 1990-10a during its 2016 eruption

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    Henze, M.; Williams, S. C.; Darnley, M. J.; Ederoclite, A.; Sala, G.; Shafter, A. W.; Hornoch, K.

    2016-07-01

    A new eruption of the M31 recurrent nova M31N 1990-10a was discovered recently on July 27 (see ATel #9276). The last observed eruption took place in 2007 (ATel #1131), which suggests a recurrence period of merely 8-9 years.

  11. DYNAMICAL FRAGMENTATION OF THE T PYXIDIS NOVA SHELL DURING RECURRENT ERUPTIONS

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    Toraskar, Jayashree; Mac Low, Mordecai-Mark; Shara, Michael M.; Zurek, David R. E-mail: mordecai@amnh.org E-mail: dzurek@amnh.org

    2013-05-01

    Hubble Space Telescope images of the ejecta surrounding the nova T Pyxidis resolve the emission into more than 2000 bright knots. We simulate the dynamical evolution of the ejecta from T Pyxidis during its multiple eruptions over the last 150 years using the adaptive mesh refinement code Ramses. We demonstrate that the observed knots are the result of Richtmyer-Meshkov gas dynamical instabilities (the equivalent of Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities in an accelerated medium). These instabilities are caused by the overrunning of the ejecta from the classical nova of 1866 by fast-moving ejecta from the six subsequent recurrent nova outbursts. Magnetic fields may play a role in determining knot scale and preventing their conductive evaporation. The model correctly predicts the observed expansion and dimming of the T Pyx ejecta as well as the knotty morphology. The model also predicts that deeper, high-resolution imagery will show filamentary structure connecting the knots. We show reprocessed Hubble Space Telescope imagery that shows the first hints of such a structure.

  12. Hubble Space Telescope Imaging of the Expanding Nebular Remnant of the 2006 Outburst of the Recurrent Nova RS Ophiuchi

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    Bode, M. F.; Harman, D. J.; O'Brien, T. J.; Bond, Howard E.; Starrfield, S.; Darnley, M. J.; Evans, A.; Eyres, S. P. S.

    2007-08-01

    We report Hubble Space Telescope imaging obtained 155 days after the 2006 outburst of RS Ophiuchi. We detect extended emission in both [O III] λ5007 and [Ne V] λ3426 lines. In both lines, the remnant has a double ring structure. The east-west orientation and total extent of these structures (580+/-50 AU at d=1.6 kpc) is consistent with that expected due to expansion of emitting regions imaged earlier in the outburst at radio wavelengths. Expansion at high velocity appears to have been roughly constant in the east-west direction (vexp=3200+/-300 km s-1 in the plane of the sky), with tentative evidence of deceleration north-south. We present a bipolar model of the remnant whose inclination is consistent with that of the central binary. The true expansion velocities of the polar components are then v=5600+/-1100 km s-1. We suggest that the bipolar morphology of the remnant results from interaction of the outburst ejecta with a circumstellar medium that is significantly denser in the equatorial regions of the binary than at the poles. This is also consistent with observations of shock evolution in the X-ray and the possible presence of dust in the infrared. Furthermore, it is in line with models of the shaping of planetary nebulae with close binary central systems, and also with recent observations relating to the progenitors of Type Ia supernovae, for which recurrent novae are a proposed candidate. Our observations also reveal more extended structures to the south and east of the remnant whose possible origin is briefly discussed.

  13. ECLIPSES DURING THE 2010 ERUPTION OF THE RECURRENT NOVA U SCORPII

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.; Pagnotta, Ashley; LaCluyze, Aaron P.; Reichart, Daniel E.; Ivarsen, Kevin M.; Haislip, Joshua B.; Nysewander, Melissa C.; Moore, Justin P.; Oksanen, Arto; Worters, Hannah L.; Sefako, Ramotholo R.; Mentz, Jaco; Dvorak, Shawn; Gomez, Tomas; Harris, Barbara G.; Henden, Arne A.; Tan, Thiam Guan; Templeton, Matthew; Allen, W. H.; Monard, Berto; and others

    2011-12-01

    The eruption of the recurrent nova U Scorpii on 2010 January 28 is now the all-time best observed nova event. We report 36,776 magnitudes throughout its 67 day eruption, for an average of one measure every 2.6 minutes. This unique and unprecedented coverage is the first time that a nova has had any substantial amount of fast photometry. With this, two new phenomena have been discovered: the fast flares in the early light curve seen from days 9-15 (which have no proposed explanation) and the optical dips seen out of eclipse from days 41-61 (likely caused by raised rims of the accretion disk occulting the bright inner regions of the disk as seen over specific orbital phases). The expanding shell and wind cleared enough from days 12-15 so that the inner binary system became visible, resulting in the sudden onset of eclipses and the turn-on of the supersoft X-ray source. On day 15, a strong asymmetry in the out-of-eclipse light points to the existence of the accretion stream. The normal optical flickering restarts on day 24.5. For days 15-26, eclipse mapping shows that the optical source is spherically symmetric with a radius of 4.1 R{sub Sun }. For days 26-41, the optical light is coming from a rim-bright disk of radius 3.4 R{sub Sun }. For days 41-67, the optical source is a center-bright disk of radius 2.2 R{sub Sun }. Throughout the eruption, the colors remain essentially constant. We present 12 eclipse times during eruption plus five just after the eruption.

  14. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE FAR ULTRAVIOLET SPECTROSCOPY OF THE RECURRENT NOVA T PYXIDIS

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    Godon, Patrick; Sion, Edward M.; Starrfield, Sumner; Livio, Mario; Williams, Robert E.; Woodward, Charles E.; Kuin, Paul; Page, Kim L. E-mail: edward.sion@villanova.edu E-mail: mlivio@stsci.edu E-mail: chelsea@astro.umn.edu E-mail: klp5@leicester.ac.uk

    2014-04-01

    With six recorded nova outbursts, the prototypical recurrent nova T Pyxidis (T Pyx) is the ideal cataclysmic variable system to assess the net change of the white dwarf mass within a nova cycle. Recent estimates of the mass ejected in the 2011 outburst ranged from a few ∼10{sup –5} M {sub ☉} to 3.3 × 10{sup –4} M {sub ☉}, and assuming a mass accretion rate of 10{sup –8}-10{sup –7} M {sub ☉} yr{sup –1} for 44 yr, it has been concluded that the white dwarf in T Pyx is actually losing mass. Using NLTE disk modeling spectra to fit our recently obtained Hubble Space Telescope COS and STIS spectra, we find a mass accretion rate of up to two orders of magnitude larger than previously estimated. Our larger mass accretion rate is due mainly to the newly derived distance of T Pyx (4.8 kpc, larger than the previous 3.5 kpc estimate), our derived reddening of E(B – V) = 0.35 (based on combined IUE and GALEX spectra), and NLTE disk modeling (compared to blackbody and raw flux estimates in earlier works). We find that for most values of the reddening (0.25 ≤ E(B – V) ≤ 0.50) and white dwarf mass (0.70 M {sub ☉} ≤ M {sub wd} ≤ 1.35 M {sub ☉}) the accreted mass is larger than the ejected mass. Only for a low reddening (∼0.25 and smaller) combined with a large white dwarf mass (0.9 M {sub ☉} and larger) is the ejected mass larger than the accreted one. However, the best results are obtained for a larger value of reddening.

  15. The 100,000-Magnitude Light Curve For the Eruption of Recurrent Nova T Pyx

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.

    2012-01-01

    The recurrent nova T Pyx erupted on 14 April 2011, its sixth known eruption. As part of an intensive campaign organized by the AAVSO, T Pyx now has 100,000 points in its eruption light curve. The coverage for T Pyx exceeds by far the second place (36,776 magnitudes for U Sco in 2010) and the third place ( 3000 magnitudes for RS Oph in 2006) nova light curves. (1) T Pyx underwent a mysterious pre-eruption rise 11 days before the start of the fast rising thermonuclear explosion, brightening to 1.1 mag above the quiescent level, then returning towards quiescence before the start of the eruption. (2) T Pyx is the first-ever nova that has been followed from the start of the fast rise, and in this case with fast times series and multicolor photometry. For the first 2.0 days, the light curve is well fit by a uniformly expanding shell model, only to then suffer a slight decline in brightness. (3) The pre-eruption orbital period was measured just 40 days prior to the eruption to be 0.07622916+-0.00000008 days. (4) The eruption light curve up to 120 days after the start of the eruption was virtually identical with the light curves from all prior eruptions. But starting at day 125, the light curve has continued declining slowly, rather than the sudden sharp drop by two magnitudes as was seen in the 1967 light curve. (5) The surprisingly short interval between the 1967 and 2011 eruptions is now no longer surprising with the realization that the accretion rate is proportional to the blue flux, so the drop in the average accretion rate from 1944-1967 (22 years) to 1967-2011 (44.33 year) by a factor of two implies an eruption date of 1967+2X22 = 2011. Supported by the National Science Foundation (AST-1109420).

  16. Additional optical photometry of the recurrent nova M31N 1990-10a during its 2016 eruption

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    Goranskij, V.; Barsukova, E.; Henze, M.

    2016-08-01

    We report additional optical measurements of the declining light curve of the recurrent nova M31N 1990-10a (see ATels #9276,#9280,#9281,#9383,#9386). All data were obtained with the 50-cm Maksutov meniscus telescope of the Crimean Astronomical Station of the Moscow University.

  17. Multicolor Optical Photometry of the 2015 Eruption of Recurrent Nova M31N 1963-09c

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    Hornoch, K.; Vrastil, J.; Wolf, M.; Kucakova, H.; Shafter, A. W.; Horst, J. C.; Rivera, D. I.

    2015-11-01

    We report additional multicolor photometry of the recurrent nova M31N 1963-09c (see ATel #8233, #8234, #8235, and CBAT TOCP) acquired with the 0.65-m telescope at Ondrejov and the Mount Laguna Observatory's 40-inch reflector.

  18. Recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a: the 2015 outburst detected in X-rays with Swift XRT

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    Henze, M.; Darnley, M. J.; Shafter, A. W.; Kato, M.; Hachisu, I.; Bode, M. F.; Ness, J.-U.; Osborne, J. P.; Kennea, J. A.; Gehrels, N.

    2015-09-01

    In ATel #7964 we reported the discovery of the 2015 eruption of the recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a on 2015-08-28.55 UT. Comprehensive multi-wavelength studies of previous eruptions were published by Darnley et al.

  19. THE RECURRENT NOVA T Pyx: DISTANCE AND REMNANT GEOMETRY FROM LIGHT ECHOES

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    Sokoloski, J. L.; Crotts, Arlin P. S.; Uthas, Helena; Lawrence, Stephen

    2013-06-20

    The recurrent nova T Pyxidis (T Pyx) is well known for its small binary separation, its unusually high luminosity in quiescence, and the spectacular Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images of its surrounding remnant. In 2011 April, T Pyx erupted for the first time since 1966. Here we describe HST observations in late 2011 of a transient reflection nebula around the erupting white dwarf. Our observations of this light echo in the pre-existing remnant show that it is dominated by a clumpy ring with a radius of about 5'' and an inclination of 30 Degree-Sign -40 Degree-Sign , with the eastern edge tilted toward the observer. The delay times between the direct optical light from the central source and the scattering of this light from dust in several clumps with the same foreground distance as the central source give a distance to T Pyx of 4.8 {+-} 0.5 kpc. Given past evidence from two-dimensional optical spectra that the remnant contains a shell-like component, it must actually consist of a ring embedded within a quasi-spherical shell. The large distance of 4.8 kpc supports the contention that T Pyx has an extraordinarily high rate of mass transfer in quiescence, and thus that nova explosions themselves can enhance mass loss from a donor star, and reduce the time between eruptions in a close binary.

  20. Near-Infrared Observations of Recurrent Nova T Pyx In Outburst

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    Banerjee, D. P. K.; Ashok, N. M.

    2011-04-01

    We report photometric and spectroscopic near-IR observations (1.08 to 2.3 micron) of the recent 2011 outburst of the recurrent nova T Pyx using the 1.2m Mount Abu telescope and the NICMOS3 imager-cum-spectrograph. Photometric observations were centered around mean times of 2011 April 14.6, 15.6 and 16.6 UT respectively and followed immediately by spectroscopy. In its present avatar, T Pyx quickly brightened from J, H, K magnitudes of (9.88, 9.70, 9.70) on 2011 April 14.6 UT to (7.45, 7.30, 6.94) and (6.81, 6.70, 6.37) on the subsequent two nights (typical error 0.03 mag., note: sky not photometric on 2011 April 14 UT ).

  1. Luminous supersoft X-ray emission from the recurrent nova U scorpii

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    Kahabka, P.

    2001-12-01

    BeppoSAX detected luminous 0.2-2.0 keV supersoft X-ray emission from the recurrent nova U Sco ~19-20 days after the peak of the optical outburst in February 1999. The spectral fit requires a very hot ~9 105 K and luminous supersoft X-ray component and in addition a wind component. In addition applying the model of an irradiated accretion disk and subgiant donor star we can reproduce the UV and optical continua observed 12, 33, and 263 days after the peak of the previous (1979/80) outburst assuming that steady nuclear burning proceeded for ~3 weeks and the cooling time for the white dwarf envelope lasted another ~3 weeks. .

  2. FROM X-RAY DIPS TO ECLIPSE: WITNESSING DISK REFORMATION IN THE RECURRENT NOVA U Sco

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    Ness, J.-U.; Talavera, A.; Gonzalez-Riestra, R.; Schaefer, B. E.; Dobrotka, A.; Sadowski, A.; Drake, J. J.; Barnard, R.; Page, K. L.; Hernanz, M.; Sala, G.; Starrfield, S.

    2012-01-20

    The tenth recorded outburst of the recurrent eclipsing nova U Sco was observed simultaneously in X-ray, UV, and optical by XMM-Newton on days 22.9 and 34.9 after the outburst. Two full passages of the companion in front of the nova ejecta were observed, as was the reformation of the accretion disk. On day 22.9, we observed smooth eclipses in UV and optical but deep dips in the X-ray light curve that disappeared by day 34.9, yielding clean eclipses in all bands. X-ray dips can be caused by clumpy absorbing material that intersects the line of sight while moving along highly elliptical trajectories. Cold material from the companion could explain the absence of dips in UV and optical light. The disappearance of X-ray dips before day 34.9 implies significant progress in the formation of the disk. The X-ray spectra contain photospheric continuum emission plus strong emission lines, but no clear absorption lines. Both continuum and emission lines in the X-ray spectra indicate a temperature increase from day 22.9 to day 34.9. We find clear evidence in the spectra and light curves for Thompson scattering of the photospheric emission from the white dwarf. Photospheric absorption lines can be smeared out during scattering in a plasma of fast electrons. We also find spectral signatures of resonant line scattering that lead to the observation of the strong emission lines. Their dominance could be a general phenomenon in high-inclination systems such as Cal 87.

  3. The 2010 Eruption of the Recurrent Nova U Scorpii: The Multi-wavelength Light Curve

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    Pagnotta, Ashley; Schaefer, Bradley E.; Clem, James L.; Landolt, Arlo U.; Handler, Gerald; Page, Kim L.; Osborne, Julian P.; Schlegel, Eric M.; Hoffman, Douglas I.; Kiyota, Seiichiro; Maehara, Hiroyuki

    2015-09-01

    The recurrent nova U Scorpii most recently erupted in 2010. Our collaboration observed the eruption in bands ranging from the Swift XRT and UVOT w2 (193 nm) to K-band (2200 nm), with a few serendipitous observations stretching down to WISE W2 (4600 nm). Considering the time and wavelength coverage, this is the most comprehensively observed nova eruption to date. We present here the resulting multi-wavelength light curve covering the two months of the eruption as well as a few months into quiescence. For the first time, a U Sco eruption has been followed all the way back to quiescence, leading to the discovery of new features in the light curve, including a second, as-yet-unexplained, plateau in the optical and near-infrared. Using this light curve we show that U Sco nearly fits the broken power law decline predicted by Hachisu & Kato, with decline indices of -1.71 ± 0.02 and -3.36 ± 0.14. With our unprecedented multi-wavelength coverage, we construct daily spectral energy distributions and then calculate the total radiated energy of the eruption, {E}{rad}={6.99}-0.57+0.83× {10}44 {erg}. From that, we estimate the total amount of mass ejected by the eruption to be {m}{ej}={2.10}-0.17+0.24× {10}-6{M}⊙ . We compare this to the total amount of mass accreted by U Sco before the eruption, to determine whether the white dwarf undergoes a net mass loss or gain, but find that the values for the amount of mass accreted are not precise enough to make a useful comparison.

  4. The Recurrent Nova T CrB Did Not Erupt In 1842

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.

    2013-01-01

    The recurrent nova T CrB was one of the first well observed nova eruptions in 1866, and 80 years later it erupted again in 1946. Just after the 1866 eruption, Sir John Herschel reported to the Monthly Notices that he had seen the same star in his naked-eye charting of the sky on 1842 June 9, implying that there was a prior eruption 24 years earlier, with substantial implications for astrophysics. Unfortunately, the chart in the Monthly Notices was ambiguous and misleading, including whether the recorded position is or is not that of T CrB. So it has long been unclear whether T CrB did indeed have an eruption in 1842. To resolve this, I have made complete searches through the various archives with Herschel material, including the large collections at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, the Royal Astronomical Society, the complete Herschel correspondence, and the Royal Society; plus three smaller archives as well as consulting with various Herschel experts. In one letter from 1866 to William Huggins, Herschel enclosed his own copy of his original observations, and with this all the ambiguities are resolved. It turns out that Herschel's indicated star was at the same position as a steady background star (BD+25 3020, V=7.06, G8V) and not that of T CrB, and Herschel regularly was seeing stars as faint as V=7.5 mag because he was using an opera glass. With this, there is no evidence for a T CrB eruption in 1842. Supported by the National Science Foundation.

  5. Spectral classification of the recurrent nova M31N 1990-10a during its 2016 eruption with BTA/Scorpio

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    Fabrika, S.; Sholukhova, O.; Valeev, A.; Burenkov, A.; Makarov, D.; Henze, M.; Williams, S. C.; Darnley, M. J.; Shafter, A. W.; Hornoch, K.; Ederoclite, A.; Sala, G.

    2016-08-01

    We report optical spectroscopy and photometry of the recurrent nova M31N 1990-10a during its 2016 eruption (see ATels #9276,#9280,#9281). We confirm the first spectrum obtained in ATel #9281 and describe the spectral evolution of the nova.

  6. The 2011 outburst of recurrent nova T PYX: Radio observations reveal the ejecta mass and hint at complex mass loss

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    Nelson, Thomas; Chomiuk, Laura; Roy, Nirupam; Krauss, Miriam I.; Mioduszewski, Amy J.; Rupen, Michael P.; Sokoloski, J. L.; Weston, Jennifer; Mukai, Koji

    2014-04-10

    Despite being the prototype of its class, T Pyx is arguably the most unusual and poorly understood recurrent nova. Here, we use radio observations from the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array to trace the evolution of the ejecta over the course of the 2011 outburst of T Pyx. The radio emission is broadly consistent with thermal emission from the nova ejecta. However, the radio flux began rising surprisingly late in the outburst, indicating that the bulk of the radio-emitting material was either very cold, or expanding very slowly, for the first ∼50 days of the outburst. Considering a plausible range of volume filling factors and geometries for the ejecta, we find that the high peak flux densities of the radio emission require a massive ejection of (1-30) × 10{sup –5} M {sub ☉}. This ejecta mass is much higher than the values normally associated with recurrent novae, and is more consistent with a nova on a white dwarf well below the Chandrasekhar limit.

  7. The 2011 Outburst of Recurrent Nova T Pyx: Radio Observations Reveal the Ejecta Mass and Hint at Complex Mass Loss

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    Nelson, Thomas; Chomiuk, Laura; Roy, Nirupam; Sokoloski, J. L.; Mukai, Koji; Krauss, Miriam I.; Mioduszewski, Amy J.; Rupen, Michael P.; Weston, Jennifer

    2014-04-01

    Despite being the prototype of its class, T Pyx is arguably the most unusual and poorly understood recurrent nova. Here, we use radio observations from the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array to trace the evolution of the ejecta over the course of the 2011 outburst of T Pyx. The radio emission is broadly consistent with thermal emission from the nova ejecta. However, the radio flux began rising surprisingly late in the outburst, indicating that the bulk of the radio-emitting material was either very cold, or expanding very slowly, for the first ~50 days of the outburst. Considering a plausible range of volume filling factors and geometries for the ejecta, we find that the high peak flux densities of the radio emission require a massive ejection of (1-30) × 10-5 M ⊙. This ejecta mass is much higher than the values normally associated with recurrent novae, and is more consistent with a nova on a white dwarf well below the Chandrasekhar limit.

  8. THE CHANGE OF THE ORBITAL PERIODS ACROSS ERUPTIONS AND THE EJECTED MASS FOR RECURRENT NOVAE CI AQUILAE AND U SCORPII

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.

    2011-12-01

    I report on the cumulative results from a program started 24 years ago designed to measure the orbital period change of recurrent novae (RNe) across an eruption. The goal is to use the orbital period change to measure the mass ejected during each eruption as the key part of trying to measure whether the RNe white dwarfs are gaining or losing mass over an entire eruption cycle, and hence whether they can be progenitors for Type Ia supernovae. This program has now been completed for two eclipsing RNe: CI Aquilae (CI Aql) across its eruption in 2000 and U Scorpii (U Sco) across its eruption in 1999. For CI Aql, I present 78 eclipse times from 1991 to 2009 (including four during the tail of the 2000 eruption) plus two eclipses from 1926 and 1935. For U Sco, I present 67 eclipse times, including 46 times during quiescence from 1989 to 2009, plus 21 eclipse times in the tails of the 1945, 1999, and 2010 eruptions. The eclipse times during the tails of eruptions are systematically and substantially shifted with respect to the ephemerides from the eclipses in quiescence, with this being caused by shifts of the center of light during the eruption. These eclipse times are plotted on an O - C diagram and fitted to models with a steady period change ( P-dot ) between eruptions (caused by, for example, conservative mass transfer) plus an abrupt period change ({Delta}P) at the time of eruption. The primary uncertainty arises from the correlation between {Delta}P with P-dot , such that a more negative P-dot makes for a more positive {Delta}P. For CI Aql, the best fit is {Delta}P = -3.7{sup +9.2}{sub -7.3} Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -7}. For U Sco, the best fit is {Delta}P = (+ 43 {+-} 69) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -7} days. These period changes can directly give a dynamical measure of the mass ejected (M{sub ejecta}) during each eruption with negligible sensitivity to the stellar masses and no uncertainty from distances. For CI Aql, the 1{sigma} upper limit is M{sub ejecta} < 10

  9. Assisted stellar suicide: the wind-driven evolution of the recurrent nova T Pyxidis

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    Knigge, Ch.; King, A. R.; Patterson, J.

    2000-12-01

    We show that the extremely high luminosity of the short-period recurrent nova T Pyx in quiescence can be understood if this system is a wind-driven supersoft x-ray source (SSS). In this scenario, a strong, radiation-induced wind is excited from the secondary star and accelerates the binary evolution. The accretion rate is therefore much higher than in an ordinary cataclysmic binary at the same orbital period, as is the luminosity of the white dwarf primary. In the steady state, the enhanced luminosity is just sufficient to maintain the wind from the secondary. The accretion rate and luminosity predicted by the wind-driven model for T Pyx are in good agreement with the observational evidence. X-ray observations with Chandra or XMM may be able to confirm T Pyx's status as a SSS. T Pyx's lifetime in the wind-driven state is on the order of a million years. Its ultimate fate is not certain, but the system may very well end up destroying itself, either via the complete evaporation of the secondary star, or in a Type Ia supernova if the white dwarf reaches the Chandrasekhar limit. Thus either the primary, the secondary, or both may currently be committing assisted stellar suicide.

  10. Optical flickering of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi: amplitude-flux relation

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    Zamanov, R.; Latev, G.; Boeva, S.; Sokoloski, J. L.; Stoyanov, K.; Bachev, R.; Spassov, B.; Nikolov, G.; Golev, V.; Ibryamov, S.

    2015-07-01

    We report observations of the flickering variability of the symbiotic recurrent nova RS Oph at quiescence in five bands (UBVRI). We find evidence of a correlation between the peak-to-peak flickering amplitude (ΔF) and the average flux of the hot component (Fav). The correlation is highly significant, with a correlation coefficient of 0.85 and a p-value of ˜10-20. Combining the data from all wavebands, we find a dependence of the type Δ F ∝ F_{av}^k, with power-law index k = 1.02 ± 0.04 for the UBVRI flickering of RS Oph. Thus, the relationship between the amplitude of variability and the average flux of the hot component is consistent with linearity. The rms amplitude of flickering is on average 8 per cent (±2 per cent) of Fav. The detected correlation is similar to that found in accreting black holes/neutron stars and cataclysmic variables. The possible reasons are briefly discussed. The data are available upon request from the authors.

  11. Pre-outburst Chandra observations of the recurrent nova T Pyxidis

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    Balman, Ş.

    2014-12-01

    Aims: I study the spectral, temporal, and spatial characteristics of the quiescent X-ray emission (not in outburst) of the recurrent nova T Pyx. Methods: I performed the spectral analysis of the X-ray data obtained using the Chandra Observatory, Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS-S3) detector. I fit the spectra with several models that describe plasma emission characteristics. In addition, I calculated the light curve of the data and performed power spectral analysis using Fourier transform. Finally, I did high-resolution imaging analysis of the data at the subpixel level and produced radial surface brightness profiles. Results: I present a total of 98.8 ks (~ 3 × 30 ks) observation of T Pyx obtained with the ACIS-S3 detector onboard the Chandra Observatory obtained during the quiescent phase, about 2-3 months before its outburst in April 2011. The total Chandra spectrum of the source T Pyx gives a maximum temperature kTmax> 37.0 keV (2σ lower limit) with (0.9-1.5) × 10-13 erg s-1 cm-2 and (1.3-2.2) × 1032 erg s-1 (at 3.5 kpc) in the 0.1-50 keV range using a multitemperature plasma emission model with a power-law distribution of temperatures (i.e., CEVMKL in XSPEC). I find a ratio of (Lx/Ldisk) ≃ (2-7) × 10-4 and the ratio is smaller if Ldisk is higher than 3 × 1035 erg s-1 indicating considerable inefficiency of emission in the boundary layer. There is no soft X-ray blackbody emission from T Pyx with a 2σ upper limit on the blackbody temperature and the flux/luminosity as kTBB< 25 eV and Lsoft< 2.0 × 1033 erg s-1 in the 0.1-10.0 keV band. All fits yield only interstellar NH during quiescence. I suggest that T Pyx has an optically thin boundary layer merged with an advection-dominated accretion flow and/or X-ray corona in the inner disk indicating ongoing quasi-spherical accretion at (very) high rates during quiescent phases. Such a boundary layer structure may be excessively heating the white dwarf, influencing the thermonuclear runaway leading to

  12. A Model for the Quiescent Phase of the Recurrent Nova U Scorpii

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    Hachisu, Izumi; Kato, Mariko; Kato, Taichi; Matsumoto, Katsura; Nomoto, Ken'ichi

    2000-05-01

    A theoretical light curve is constructed for the quiescent phase of the recurrent nova U Scorpii in order to resolve the existing distance discrepancy between the outbursts (d~6 kpc) and the quiescences (d~14 kpc). Our U Sco model consists of a very massive white dwarf (WD), an accretion disk (ACDK) with a flaring-up rim, and a lobe-filling, slightly evolved, main-sequence star (MS). The model properly includes an accretion luminosity of the WD, a viscous luminosity of the ACDK, and a reflection effect of the MS and the ACDK irradiated by the WD photosphere. The B light curve is well reproduced by a model of 1.37 Msolar WD + 1.5 Msolar MS (0.8-2.0 Msolar MS is acceptable) with an ACDK having a flaring-up rim and the inclination angle of the orbit i~80deg. The calculated color is rather blue (B-V~0.0) for a suggested mass accretion rate of 2.5×10-7 Msolar yr-1, thus indicating a large color excess of E(B-V) ~ 0.56 with the observational color of B-V=0.56 in quiescence. Such a large color excess corresponds to an absorption of AV~1.8 and AB~2.3, which reduces the distance to 6-8 kpc. This is in good agreement with the distance estimation of 4-6 kpc for the latest outburst. Such a large intrinsic absorption is very consistent with the recently detected period change of U Sco, which is indicating a mass outflow of ~3×10-7 Msolar yr-1 through the outer Lagrangian points in quiescence.

  13. A remarkable recurrent nova in M 31: The predicted 2014 outburst in X-rays with Swift

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    Henze, M.; Ness, J.-U.; Darnley, M. J.; Bode, M. F.; Williams, S. C.; Shafter, A. W.; Sala, G.; Kato, M.; Hachisu, I.; Hernanz, M.

    2015-08-01

    Context. The M 31 nova M31N 2008-12a was recently found to be a recurrent nova (RN) with a recurrence time of about one year. This is by far the fastest recurrence time scale of any known RN. Aims: Our optical monitoring programme detected the predicted 2014 outburst of M31N 2008-12a in early October. We immediately initiated an X-ray/UV monitoring campaign with Swift to study the multiwavelength evolution of the outburst. Methods: We monitored M31N 2008-12a with daily Swift observations for 20 days after discovery, covering the entire supersoft X-ray source (SSS) phase. Results: We detected SSS emission around day six after outburst. The SSS state lasted for approximately two weeks until about day 19. M31N 2008-12a was a bright X-ray source with a high blackbody temperature. Conclusions: The X-ray properties of this outburst are very similar to the 2013 eruption. Combined X-ray spectra show a fast rise and decline of the effective blackbody temperature. The short-term X-ray light curve showed strong, aperiodic variability which decreased significantly after about day 14. Overall, the X-ray properties of M31N 2008-12a are consistent with the average population properties of M 31 novae. The optical and X-ray light curves can be scaled uniformly to show similar time scales to those of the Galactic RNe U Sco or RS Oph. The SSS evolution time scales and effective temperatures are consistent with a high-mass WD. We predict the next outburst of M31N 2008-12a to occur in Oct.-Dec. 2015. Tables 1-3 are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  14. Multi-wavelength Light Curve Model of the One-year Recurrence Period Nova M31N 2008-12A

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    Kato, Mariko; Saio, Hideyuki; Hachisu, Izumi

    2015-07-01

    We present a theoretical light curve model of the recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a, the current record holder for the shortest recurrence period (1 year). We combined interior structures calculated using a Henyey-type evolution code with optically thick wind solutions of hydrogen-rich envelopes, which give the proper mass-loss rates, photospheric temperatures, and luminosities. The light curve model is calculated for a 1.38 {M}⊙ white dwarf (WD) with an accretion rate of 1.6× {10}-7 {M}⊙ yr-1. This model shows a very high effective temperature ({log} {T}{ph} ({{K}})≥slant 4.97) and a very small wind mass-loss rate ({\\dot{M}}{wind}≤slant 9.3× {10}-6 {M}⊙ yr-1) even at the maximum expansion of the photosphere. These properties are consistent with the faint optical peak of M31N 2008-12a because the brightness of the free-free emission is proportional to the square of the mass-loss rate. The model well reproduces the short supersoft X-ray turn-on time of 6 days and turn-off time of 18 days after the outburst. The ejecta mass of our model is calculated to be 6.3× {10}-8 {M}⊙ , corresponding to 37% of the accreted mass. The growth rate of the WD is 0.63 times the mass accretion rate, making it a progenitor for a SN Ia. Our light curve model predicts a bright supersoft X-ray phase one or two days before the optical peak. We encourage detection of this X-ray flash in future outbursts.

  15. Migration and Differentiation of Neural Progenitor Cells after Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Avulsion in Rats

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    Zhao, Wan; Xu, Wen

    2014-01-01

    To investigate migration and differentiation of neural progenitor cells (NPCs) from the ependymal layer to the nucleus ambiguus (NA) after recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) avulsion. All of the animals received a CM-DiI injection in the left lateral ventricle. Forty-five adult rats were subjected to a left RLN avulsion injury, and nine rats were used as controls. 5-Bromo-2-deoxyuridine (BrdU) was injected intraperitoneally. Immunohistochemical analyses were performed in the brain stems at different time points after RLN injury. After RLN avulsion, the CM-DiI+ NPCs from the ependymal layer migrated to the lesioned NA. CM-DiI+/GFAP+ astrocytes, CM-DiI+/DCX+ neuroblasts and CM-DiI+/NeuN+ neurons were observed in the migratory stream. However, the ipsilateral NA included only CM-DiI+ astrocytes, not newborn neurons. After RLN avulsion, the NPCs in the ependymal layer of the 4th ventricle or central canal attempt to restore the damaged NA. We first confirm that the migratory stream includes both neurons and glia differentiated from the NPCs. However, only differentiated astrocytes are successfully incorporated into the NA. The presence of both cell types in the migratory process may play a role in repairing RLN injuries. PMID:25202908

  16. The 2011 Outburst of Recurrent Nova T Pyx: X-Ray Observations Expose the White Dwarf Mass and Ejection Dynamics

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    Chomiuk, Laura; Nelson, Thomas; Mukai, Koji; Solokoski, J. L.; Rupen, Michael P.; Page, Kim L.; Osborne, Julian P.; Kuulkers, Erik; Mioduszewski, Amy J.; Roy, Nirupam; Weston, Jennifer; Krauss, Miriam I.

    2014-01-01

    The recurrent nova T Pyx underwent its sixth historical outburst in 2011, and became the subject of an intensive multi-wavelength observational campaign.We analyze data from the Swift and Suzaku satellites to produce a detailed X-ray light curve augmented by epochs of spectral information. X-ray observations yield mostly non-detections in the first four months of outburst, but both a super-soft and hard X-ray component rise rapidly after Day 115. The super-soft X-ray component, attributable to the photosphere of the nuclear-burning white dwarf, is relatively cool (approximately 45 electron volts) and implies that the white dwarf in T Pyx is significantly below the Chandrasekhar mass (approximately 1 M). The late turn-on time of the super-soft component yields a large nova ejecta mass (approximately greater than 10(exp -5) solar mass), consistent with estimates at other wavelengths. The hard X-ray component is well fit by a approximately 1 kiloelectron volt thermal plasma, and is attributed to shocks internal to the 2011 nova ejecta. The presence of a strong oxygen line in this thermal plasma on Day 194 requires a significantly super-solar abundance of oxygen and implies that the ejecta are polluted by white dwarf material. The X-ray light curve can be explained by a dual-phase ejection, with a significant delay between the first and second ejection phases, and the second ejection finally released two months after outburst. A delayed ejection is consistent with optical and radio observations of T Pyx, but the physical mechanism producing such a delay remains a mystery.

  17. The 2011 outburst of recurrent nova T Pyx: X-ray observations expose the white dwarf mass and ejection dynamics

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    Chomiuk, Laura; Nelson, Thomas; Mukai, Koji; Rupen, Michael P.; Mioduszewski, Amy J.; Krauss, Miriam I.; Page, Kim L.; Osborne, Julian P.; Kuulkers, Erik; Roy, Nirupam

    2014-06-20

    The recurrent nova T Pyx underwent its sixth historical outburst in 2011, and became the subject of an intensive multi-wavelength observational campaign. We analyze data from the Swift and Suzaku satellites to produce a detailed X-ray light curve augmented by epochs of spectral information. X-ray observations yield mostly non-detections in the first four months of outburst, but both a super-soft and hard X-ray component rise rapidly after Day 115. The super-soft X-ray component, attributable to the photosphere of the nuclear-burning white dwarf, is relatively cool (∼45 eV) and implies that the white dwarf in T Pyx is significantly below the Chandrasekhar mass (∼1 M {sub ☉}). The late turn-on time of the super-soft component yields a large nova ejecta mass (≳ 10{sup –5} M {sub ☉}), consistent with estimates at other wavelengths. The hard X-ray component is well fit by a ∼1 keV thermal plasma, and is attributed to shocks internal to the 2011 nova ejecta. The presence of a strong oxygen line in this thermal plasma on Day 194 requires a significantly super-solar abundance of oxygen and implies that the ejecta are polluted by white dwarf material. The X-ray light curve can be explained by a dual-phase ejection, with a significant delay between the first and second ejection phases, and the second ejection finally released two months after outburst. A delayed ejection is consistent with optical and radio observations of T Pyx, but the physical mechanism producing such a delay remains a mystery.

  18. Spectral classification of the recurrent nova M31N 1990-10a during its 2016 eruption with WHT/ACAM

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    Ederoclite, A.; Henze, M.; Aguado, D.; Allende, C.; Williams, S.; Darnley, M. J.; Sala, G.; Shafter, A. W.; Hornoch, K.

    2016-07-01

    An optical spectrum of the fast recurrent nova candidate M31N 1990-10a (see ATels #9276,#9280) was obtained on 2016-07-30.11 UT with the ACAM instrument on the 4m William Herschel Telescope at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (located in La Palma, Spain).

  19. Recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a: Swift XRT observes the end of the 2015 supersoft X-ray phase

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    Henze, M.; Darnley, M. J.; Shafter, A. W.; Kato, M.; Hachisu, I.; Bode, M. F.; Ness, J.-U.; Osborne, J. P.; Kennea, J. A.; Gehrels, N.; et al.

    2015-09-01

    In ATel #7964 we announced the discovery of the 2015 eruption of the recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a on 2015-08-28.55 UT. Comprehensive multi-wavelength studies of previous eruptions were published by Darnley et al. 2014, 2015, and Henze et al. 2014, 2015a.

  20. First Science with the Keck Interferometer Nuller High Spatial Resolution N-Band Observations of the Recurrent Nova RS Ophiuchi

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    Barry, Richard K.; Danchi, W. C.; Traub, W.; Kuchner, M.; Wisniewski, J. P.; Akeson, R.; Colavita, M.; Greenhouse, M, A.; Koresko, C.; Serabyn, E.; Sokoloski, J. L.

    2008-01-01

    We report observations of the nova RS 0phiuchi using the Keck Interferometer Nuller (KIN) taken approximately 3.8 days following the most recent outburst that occurred on 2006 February 12. The KIN operates in N-band from approx. 8 to 12.5 microns in a nulling mode - the sparse aperture equivalent of the conventional coronagraphic technique used in filled aperture te1escopes. In this mode the stellar light is suppressed by a destructive fringe, effectively enhancing the contrast of the circumstellar material located near the star. In a second, constructive-fringe mode, the instrument detects primarily the light from the central, bright source. These are the outer and inner spatial regimes, resprectively. We will describe the capabilities of the KIN, including these unique modes, and outline how they were key in our discovery that dust does not appear to be created in the outburst as in previous models, but instead was created between nova events. We also show how these first results from the KIN are consistent with Spitzer data. The KIN data show evidence of enhanced neutral atomic hydrogen emission and atomic metals including silicon located in the inner spatial regime near the white dwarf (WD) relative to the outer regime. There are also nebular emission lines and evidence of hot silicate dust in the outer spatial region, centered at approximately 17 AU from the WD, that are not found in the inner regime. The KIN and Spitzer data suggest that these emissions were excited by the nova flash in the outer spatial regime before the blast wave reached these regions. We describe the present results in terms of a new model for dust creation in recurrent novae that includes an increase in density in the plane of the orbit of the two stars created by a spiral shock wave caused by the motion of the stars through the cool wind of the red giant star. These data show the power and potential of the nulling technique which has been developed for the detection of Earth

  1. Dwarf Novae in the Galactic Bulge Survey - Observational Constraints on X-ray/Recurrence Time Relations and Space Density

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    Britt, Christopher; Maccarone, T. J.; Hynes, R. I.; Jonker, P.; Torres, M.; Galactic Bulge Survey Collaboration

    2014-01-01

    The Galactic Bulge Survey is a shallow, wide-field X-ray survey of the Galactic Bulge made with the Chandra X-ray Observatory, covering 12 square degrees above and below the Galactic Plane, centered at |b|=1.5°. In 8 days of optical observations, made with the Mosaic-II instrument on the Blanco 4m telescope at CTIO with the purpose of identifying variable optical counterparts to the 1216 unique X-ray sources in the GBS, 8 dwarf novae (DN) outbursts were identified. 4 of the X-ray detected systems undergoing DN outbursts are within the 100 brightest X-ray sources. It is thought that X-ray flux in DN systems traces mass accretion, which is correlated with recurrence rate. With these observations, we can place observational constraints on the relationship between X-ray flux and recurrence rates. In addition, there are DN outbursts in our data set for which no X-ray detection was made. We can use our observations to independently estimate the space density of systems undergoing DN outbursts in the Milky Way.

  2. Thomson scattering and collisional ionization in the X-ray grating spectra of the recurrent nova U Scorpii

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    Orio, M.; Behar, E.; Gallagher, J.; Bianchini, A.; Chiosi, E.; Luna, G. J. M.; Nelson, T.; Rauch, T.; Schaefer, B. E.; Tofflemire, B.

    2013-02-01

    We present a Chandra observation of the recurrent nova U Scorpii, done with the High Resolution camera-S (HRC-S) detector and the Low Energy Transmission Grating (LETG) on day 18 after the observed visual maximum of 2010, and compare it with XMM-Newton observations obtained on days 23 and 35 after maximum. The total absorbed flux was in the range 2.2-2.6 × 10-11 erg cm-2 s-1, corresponding to unabsorbed luminosity 7-8.5 × 1036 ×(d/12 kpc)2 for N(H) = 2-2.7 × 1021 cm-2. On day 18, 70 per cent of the soft X-tray flux was in a continuum typical of a very hot white dwarf (WD) atmosphere, which accounted for about 80 per cent of the flux on days 23 and 35. In addition, all spectra display very broad emission lines, due to higher ionization stages at later times. With Chandra we observed apparent P Cygni profiles. We find that these peculiar profiles are not due to blueshifted absorption and redshifted emission in photoionized ejecta, like the optical P Cyg of novae, but they are rather a superposition of WD atmospheric absorption features reflected by the already discovered Thomson scattering corona, and emission lines due to collisional ionization in condensations in the ejecta. On days 23 and 35, the absorption components were no longer measurable, having lost the initial large blueshift that displaced them from the core of the broad emission lines. We interpret this as an indication that mass-loss ceased between day 18 and day 23. On day 35, the emission line spectrum became very complex, with several different components. Model atmospheres indicate that the WD atmospheric temperature was about 730 000 K on day 18 and reached 900 000-1000 000 K on day 35. This peak temperature is consistent with a WD mass of at least 1.3 M⊙.

  3. X-RAY ECLIPSE DIAGNOSIS OF THE EVOLVING MASS LOSS IN THE RECURRENT NOVA U SCORPII 2010

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    Takei, D.; Drake, J. J.; Tsujimoto, M.; Ness, J.-U.; Osborne, J. P.; Starrfield, S.; Kitamoto, S.

    2013-05-20

    We report the Suzaku detection of the earliest X-ray eclipse seen in the recurrent nova U Scorpii 2010. A target-of-opportunity observation 15 days after the outburst found a 27% {+-} 5% dimming in the 0.2-1.0 keV energy band at the predicted center of an eclipse. In comparison with the X-ray eclipse depths seen at two later epochs by XMM-Newton, the source region shrank by about 10%-20% between days 15 and 35 after the outburst. The X-ray eclipses appear to be deeper than or similar to contemporaneous optical eclipses, suggesting the X-ray and optical source region extents are comparable on day 15. We raise the possibility of the energy dependency in the photon escape regions, and that this would be a result of the supersoft X-ray opacity being higher than the Thomson scattering opacity at the photosphere due to bound-free transitions in abundant metals that are not fully ionized. Assuming a spherically symmetric model, we constrain the mass-loss rate as a function of time. For a ratio of actual to Thomson opacity of 10-100 in supersoft X-rays, we find an ejecta mass of about 10{sup -7}-10{sup -6} M{sub Sun }.

  4. Nuclear β-Catenin Induces an Early Liver Progenitor Phenotype in Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Promotes Tumor Recurrence

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    Zulehner, Gudrun; Mikula, Mario; Schneller, Doris; van Zijl, Franziska; Huber, Heidemarie; Sieghart, Wolfgang; Grasl-Kraupp, Bettina; Waldhör, Thomas; Peck-Radosavljevic, Markus; Beug, Hartmut; Mikulits, Wolfgang

    2010-01-01

    Transforming growth factor-β cooperates with oncogenic Ras to activate nuclear β-catenin during the epithelial to mesenchymal transition of hepatocytes, a process relevant in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this study we investigated the role of β-catenin in the differentiation of murine, oncogene-targeted hepatocytes and in 133 human HCC patients scheduled for orthotopic liver transplantation. Transforming growth factor-β caused dissociation of plasma membrane E-cadherin/β-catenin complexes and accumulation of nuclear β-catenin in Ras-transformed, but otherwise normal hepatocytes in p19ARF−/− mice. Both processes were inhibited by Smad7-mediated disruption of transforming growth factor-β signaling. Overexpression of constitutively active β-catenin resulted in high levels of CK19 and M2-PK, whereas ablation of β-catenin by axin overexpression caused strong expression of CK8 and CK18. Therefore, nuclear β-catenin resulted in dedifferentiation of neoplastic hepatocytes to immature progenitor cells, whereas loss of nuclear β-catenin led to a differentiated HCC phenotype. Poorly differentiated human HCC showed cytoplasmic redistribution or even loss of E-cadherin, suggesting epithelial to mesenchymal transition. Analysis of 133 HCC patient samples revealed that 58.6% of human HCC exhibited strong nuclear β-catenin accumulation, which correlated with clinical features such as vascular invasion and recurrence of disease after orthotopic liver transplantation. These data suggest that activation of β-catenin signaling causes dedifferentiation to malignant, immature hepatocyte progenitors and facilitates recurrence of human HCC after orthotopic liver transplantation. PMID:20008139

  5. PHOTOMETRIC AND SPECTROSCOPIC PROPERTIES OF NOVAE IN THE LARGE MAGELLANIC CLOUD

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    Shafter, A. W.

    2013-05-15

    The photometric and spectroscopic properties of the 43 known LMC nova candidates are summarized and reviewed. Of these, photometric data sufficient to establish decline rates are available for 29 novae, while spectroscopic data sufficient to establish the spectroscopic classes are available for 18 systems. Half of the 18 novae belong to the Fe II class, with the remaining nine belonging to either the He/N or the Fe IIb classes. As seen in previous nova studies of M31 and M33, the He/N and Fe IIb novae have on average faster photometric developments than do their Fe II counterparts. Overall, the available photometry confirms earlier studies, and shows conclusively that LMC novae have faster rates of decline than do novae in the Galaxy and M31. It appears that the increased fraction of faster, He/N and Fe IIb novae observed in the LMC compared with M31 is almost certainly the result of differences in the underlying stellar population between the two galaxies. We propose that the younger population seen in the LMC compared with M31's bulge (where most of the novae are found), produces progenitor binaries with higher average white dwarf masses. The higher mean white dwarf mass not only produces a larger fraction of fast, He/N novae compared with M31, but also results in a relatively large recurrent nova population.

  6. Dwarf novae

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    Ladous, Constanze

    1993-01-01

    Dwarf novae are defined on grounds of their semi-regular brightness variations of some two to five magnitudes on time scales of typically 10 to 100 days. Historically several different classification schemes have been used. Today, dwarf novae are divided into three sub-classes: the U Geminorum stars, the SU Ursae Majoris stars, and the Z Camelopardalis stars. Outbursts of dwarf novae occur at semi-periodic intervals of time, typically every 10 to 100 days; amplitudes range from typically 2 to 5 mag. Within certain limits values are characteristic for each object. Relations between the outburst amplitude, or the total energy released during outburst, and the recurrence time have been found, as well as relations between the orbital period and the outburst decay time, the absolute magnitude during outburst maximum, and the widths of long and short outbursts, respectively. Some dwarf novae are known to have suspended their normal outburst activity altogether for a while. They later resumed it without having undergone any observable changes. The optical colors of dwarf novae all are quite similar during outburst, considerably bluer than during the quiescent state. During the outburst cycle, characteristic loops in the two color diagram are performed. At a time resolution on the order of minutes, strictly periodic photometric changes due to orbital motion become visible in the light curves of dwarf novae. These are characteristic for each system. Remarkably little is known about orbital variations during the course of an outburst. On time-scales of minutes and seconds, further more or less periodic types of variability are seen in dwarf novae. Appreciable flux is emitted by dwarf novae at all wavelengths from the X-rays to the longest IR wavelengths, and in some cases even in the radio. Most dwarf novae exhibit strong emission line spectra in the optical and UV during quiescence, although some have only very weak emissions in the optical and/or weak absorptions at UV

  7. Search for soft X-ray flashes at the fireball phase of classical/recurrent novae using MAXI/GSC data

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    Morii, Mikio; Yamaoka, Hitoshi; Mihara, Tatehiro; Matsuoka, Masaru; Kawai, Nobuyuki

    2016-06-01

    We searched for precursive soft X-ray flashes (SXFs) associated with optically discovered classical or recurrent novae in the data of five years' all-sky observations with the Gas Slit Camera (GSC) of the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI). We first developed a tool to measure the fluxes of point sources by fitting the event distribution with a model that incorporates the point-spread function (PSF-fit) to minimize the potential contamination from nearby sources. Then we applied the PSF-fit tool to 40 classical/recurrent novae that were discovered in optical observations from 2009 August to 2014 August. We found no precursive SXFs with significance above the 3 σ level in the energy range of 2-4 keV between td - 10 d and td, where td is the date when each nova was discovered. We obtained the upper limits for the bolometric luminosity of SXFs, and compared them with the theoretical prediction and that observed for MAXI J0158-744. This result could constrain the population of massive white dwarfs with a mass of roughly 1.40 solar mass, or larger, in binary systems.

  8. Spectrophotometry of the unusual optical candidate for 3U 1728-24 (=GX 2+5 = GX 1+4) a recurrent nova?

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    Davidsen, A. F.; Malina, R.; Bowyer, S.

    1976-01-01

    The spectrum of the object suggested as a possible optical counterpart of GX 2+5, was studied, using the image tube scanner attached to the 3-m telescope of Lick Observatory. An improved X-ray error box obtained with Copernicus strongly supports this proposed identification. The candidate displays all the characteristics of the symbiotic stars and the related recurrent novae. The spectrum reveals the presence of an M star together with a blue component and a large number of emission lines displaying a wide range of ionization. There is evidence of variability of both the continuum and the line intensities. This object provides strong support for the often proposed association of some X-ray sources with nova-like systems.

  9. The Spectroscopic Evolution of the Symbiotic-like Recurrent Nova V407 Cygni During Its 2010 Outburst. 2. The Circumstellar Environment and the Aftermath

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    Shore, S. N.; Wahlgren, G. M.; Augusteijn, T.; Liimets, T.; Koubsky, P.; Slechta, M.; Votruba, V.

    2011-01-01

    The nova outburst of V407 Cyg in 2010 Mar. 10 was the first observed for this star but its close resemblance to the well known symbiotic-like recurrent nova RS Oph suggests that it is also a member of this rare type of Galactic novae. The nova was the first detected at gamma-ray energies and is the first known nova explosion for this system. The extensive multiwavelength coverage of this outburst makes it an ideal comparison with the few other outbursts known for similar systems. We extend our previous analysis of the Mira and the expanding shock from the explosion to detail the time development of the photoionized Mira wind, circumstellar medium, and shocked circumstellar environment to derive their physical parameters and how they relate to large scale structure of the environment, extending the previous coverage to more than 500 days after outburst. We use optical spectra obtained at high resolution with the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) (R approx. =.45000 to 65000) and medium resolution Ondrejov Observatory (R approx. = 12000) data and compare the line variations with publicly available archival measurements at 30 GHz OVNR and at X-rays with Swift during the first four months of the outburst, through the end of the epoch of strong XR emission. We use nebular diagnostics and high resolution profile variations to derive the densities and locations of the extended emission. We find that the higher the ionization and/or the higher the excitation energy, the more closely the profiles resemble the He II/Ca V-type high velocity shock profile discussed in Paper I. This also accounts for the comparative development of the [N II] and [O III] isoelectronic transitions: the [O III] 4363A profile does not show the low velocity peaks while the excited [N II] 5754A does. If nitrogen is mainly N(+3) or higher in the shock, the upper state of the [N II] nebular lines will contribute but if the oxygen is O(+2) then this line is formed by recombination, masking the nebular

  10. The 2015 super-active state of recurrent nova T CrB and the long term evolution after the 1946 outburst

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    Munari, Ulisse; Dallaporta, Sergio; Cherini, Giulio

    2016-08-01

    The recurrent nova T CrB has entered in 2015 a phase of unprecedented high activity. To trace something equivalent, it is necessary to go back to 1938, before the last nova eruption in 1946. The 2015 super-active state is characterized by: a large increase in the mean brightness (ΔB=0.72 mag over the underlying secular trend), vanishing of the orbital modulation from the B-band lightcurve, and appearance of strong and high ionization emission lines, on top of a nebular continuum that overwhelms at optical wavelengths the absorption spectrum of the M giant. Among the emission lines, HeII 4686 attains a flux in excess of Hγ, the full set of OIII and NIII lines involved in the Bowen fluorescence mechanism are strong and varying in intensity in phase with HeII 4686, and OIV and [NeV] are present. A large increase in the radiation output from the hot source is responsible for a large expansion in the ionized fraction of the M giant wind. The wind is completely ionized in the direction to the observer. A high electron density is supported by the weakness of forbidden lines and by the large amplitude and short time scale of the reprocessing by the nebular material of the highly variable photo-ionization input from the hot source. During the super-active state the nebula is varying to and from ionization-bounded and density-bounded conditions, and the augmented irradiation of the cool giant has changed the spectral type of its side facing the WD from M3III to M2III, i.e. an increase of ˜80 K in effective temperature.

  11. The Nova Outburst: Thermonuclear Runaways on Degenerated Dwarfs

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    Starrfield, S.; Truran, J.W.; Sparks, W.M.

    1999-07-08

    Observational and theoretical studies of the outbursts of classical novae have provided critical insights into a broad range of astrophysical phenomena. Thermonuclear runaways (TNRs) in accreted hydrogen-rich envelopes on the white dwarf (WD) components of close binary systems constitute not only the outburst mechanism for a classical nova explosion, but also the recurrent novae and a fraction of the symbiotic novae explosions. Studies of the general characteristics of these explosions, both in our own galaxy and in neighboring galaxies of varying metallicity, can teach us about binary stellar evolution, while studies of the evolution of nova binary systems can constrain models for the (as yet unidentified) progenitors of Type Ia supernovae. Further, the empirical relation between the peak luminosity of a nova and the rate of decline, which presents a challenge to theoretical models, allows novae to be utilized as standard candles for distance determinations out to the Virgo Cluster. E xtensive studies of novae with IUE and the resulting abundance determinations have revealed the existence of oxygen-neon white dwarfs in some systems. The high levels of enrichment of novae ejecta in elements ranging from carbon to sulfur confirm that there is significant dredge-up of matter from the core of the underlying white dwarf and enable novae to contribute to the chemical enrichment of the interstellar medium. Observations of the epoch of dust formation in the expanding shells of novae allow important constraints to be placed on the dust formation process and confirm that graphite, SiC, and SiO{sub 2} grains are formed by the outburst. It is possible that grains from novae were injected into the pre-solar nebula and can be identified with some of the pre-solar grains or ''stardust'' found in meteorites. Finally, g-ray observations during the first several years of their outburst, using the next generation of satellite observatories, could confirm

  12. A Long Term High-Cadence Nova Survey

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    Castelaz, Michael W.; Rottler, L.; Barker, T.; Coker, M.

    2014-01-01

    We have initiated a nova survey that uses a previously unstudied long term high cadence archive data set covering about 1/3 of the sky to 1) improve on the number and recurrence frequency of recurrent novae (RNe), and 2) permit an investigation of the puzzling and diverse set of features in classical novae (CNe) and RNe light curves. RNe are of great astrophysical interest because they have long been considered to be the prime candidates for progenitors of Type Ia supernovae. However, the recurrence time scale is not well known, but is an essential parameter determining whether any RNe become Type Ia supernovae. Novae exhibit a wide variety of light curves with features like pre-eruption rises and dips, flat-tops at peak, and flares superimposed on decline, for example. These features are poorly understood. The answers require more and better light curves. The data set our team is using to address RNe occurrence and light curves was taken in the 1950’s over a nearly 9 year period with two Baker Super-Schmidt telescopes 80 km apart in New Mexico, resulting in 42,000 photographic images. Each telescope had a 52 degree field of view. Images to a limiting stellar magnitude of 13 were taken at a rate of 2-3 per hour sampling a total of one-third of the entire sky. A similar data set does not exist anywhere else, nor is one planned with such high cadence and field of view. We are digitizing the films and through a data pipeline plan to identify candidate RNe and new CNe enhancing the number of known RNe and creating light curves leading up to and following novae eruptions. We will describe the digitizing process and data pipeline, and initial results from the first 1,600 films that we have surveyed.

  13. GE-17ALTERATION OF THE p53 PATHWAY AND ANCESTRAL PROGENITORS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH TUMOR RECURRENCE IN GLIOBLASTOMA

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    Kim, Hoon; Zheng, Siyuan; Amini, Seyed; Virk, Selene; Mikkelsen, Tom; Brat, Daniel; Sougnez, Carrie; Muller, Florian; Hu, Jian; Sloan, Andrew; Cohen, Mark; Van Meir, Erwin; Scarpace, Lisa; Lander, Eric; Gabriel, Stacey; Getz, Gad; Meyerson, Matthew; Chin, Lynda; Barnholtz-Sloan, Jill; Verhaak, Roel

    2014-01-01

    To evaluate evolutionary patterns of GBM recurrence, we analyzed whole genome sequencing (WGS) and multi-sector exome sequencing data from pairs of primary and posttreatment GBM. WGS on ten primary-recurrent pairs detected a median number of 12,214 mutations which we utilized to uncover clonal structures, by analyzing the distribution of mutation cellular frequencies (the fraction of tumor cells harboring a mutation). On average, 41 % of the mutations were shared by primary and recurrence. The majority of shared mutations were clonal in both primary and recurrence, but we also observed many clonal mutations that were uniquely detected in either the primary or the recurrence. This raises the intriguing possibility that major tumor clones in the primary tumor and disease relapse both evolved from a shared ancestral tumor cell population. At least one subclone was identified in the majority of WGS samples, and we observed groups of mutations that were at low cancer cell fractions in both primary and recurrence, suggesting that both subclones evolved from the same ancestral tumor cells separate from the major clone ancestral cells. To address the possibility that the lack of overlap between subsequent tumors was due to intratumoral heterogeneity, we analyzed exome sequencing from a second tumor sector of seven primary and six recurrent tumors. We found that the majority of "second biopsy" mutations were not conserved between time points, suggesting that intratumoral heterogeneity did not explain the large number of mutations uniquely detected in primary and recurrence. The limited overlap of mutations in primary and recurrence provides evidence for ancestral tumor cell populations that could not be eradicated by therapy, while offspring cell populations contained unique mutations, were selectively killed by treatment and could therefore no longer be detected after disease relapse. This study has provided new insights into patterns and dynamics of tumor evolution.

  14. Modelling nova populations in galaxies

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    Chen, Hai-Liang; Woods, T. E.; Yungelson, L. R.; Gilfanov, M.; Han, Zhanwen

    2016-05-01

    Theoretical modelling of the evolution of classical and recurrent novae plays an important role in studies of binary evolution, nucleosynthesis and accretion physics. However, from a theoretical perspective the observed statistical properties of novae remain poorly understood. In this paper, we have produced model populations of novae using a hybrid binary population synthesis approach for differing star formation histories (SFHs): a starburst case (elliptical-like galaxies), a constant star formation rate case (spiral-like galaxies) and a composite case (in line with the inferred SFH for M31). We found that the nova rate at 10 Gyr in an elliptical-like galaxy is ˜10-20 times smaller than a spiral-like galaxy with the same mass. The majority of novae in elliptical-like galaxies at the present epoch are characterized by low-mass white dwarfs (WDs), long decay times, relatively faint absolute magnitudes and long recurrence periods. In contrast, the majority of novae in spiral-like galaxies at 10 Gyr have massive WDs, short decay times, are relatively bright and have short recurrence periods. The mass-loss time distribution for novae in our M31-like galaxy is in agreement with observational data for Andromeda. However, it is possible that we underestimate the number of bright novae in our model. This may arise in part due to the present uncertainties in the appropriate bolometric correction for novae.

  15. THE EXPANDING NEBULAR REMNANT OF THE RECURRENT NOVA RS OPHIUCHI (2006). II. MODELING OF COMBINED HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE IMAGING AND GROUND-BASED SPECTROSCOPY

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    Ribeiro, V. A. R. M.; Bode, M. F.; Darnley, M. J. E-mail: mfb@astro.livjm.ac.u

    2009-10-01

    We report Hubble Space Telescope (HST) imaging, obtained 155 and 449 days after the 2006 outburst of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi, together with ground-based spectroscopic observations, obtained from the Observatorio Astronomico Nacional en San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Mexico and at the Observatorio AstrofIsico Guillermo Haro, at Cananea, Sonora, Mexico. The observations at the first epoch were used as inputs to model the geometry and kinematic structure of the evolving RS Oph nebular remnant. We find that the modeled remnant comprises two distinct co-aligned bipolar components; a low-velocity, high-density innermost (hour glass) region and a more extended, high-velocity (dumbbell) structure. This overall structure is in agreement with that deduced from radio observations and optical interferometry at earlier epochs. We find that the asymmetry observed in the west lobe is an instrumental effect caused by the profile of the HST filter and hence demonstrate that this lobe is approaching the observer. We then conclude that the system has an inclination to the line of sight of 39{sup +10}{sub -10}. This is in agreement with the inclination of the binary orbit and lends support to the proposal that this morphology is due to the interaction of the outburst ejecta with either an accretion disk around the central white dwarf and/or a pre-existing red giant wind that is significantly denser in the equatorial regions of the binary than at the poles. The second epoch HST observation was also modeled. However, as no spectra were taken at this epoch, it is more difficult to constrain any model. Nevertheless, we demonstrate that between the two HST epochs the outer dumbbell structure seems to have expanded linearly. For the central (hour glass) region, there may be evidence of deceleration, but it is harder to draw firm conclusions in this case.

  16. The Expanding Nebular Remnant of the Recurrent Nova RS Ophiuchi (2006). II. Modeling of Combined Hubble Space Telescope Imaging and Ground-based Spectroscopy

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    Ribeiro, V. A. R. M.; Bode, M. F.; Darnley, M. J.; Harman, D. J.; Newsam, A. M.; O'Brien, T. J.; Bohigas, J.; Echevarría, J. M.; Bond, H. E.; Chavushyan, V. H.; Costero, R.; Coziol, R.; Evans, A.; Eyres, S. P. S.; León-Tavares, J.; Richer, M. G.; Tovmassian, G.; Starrfield, S.; Zharikov, S. V.

    2009-10-01

    We report Hubble Space Telescope (HST) imaging, obtained 155 and 449 days after the 2006 outburst of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi, together with ground-based spectroscopic observations, obtained from the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional en San Pedro Mártir, Baja California, México and at the Observatorio Astrofísico Guillermo Haro, at Cananea, Sonora, México. The observations at the first epoch were used as inputs to model the geometry and kinematic structure of the evolving RS Oph nebular remnant. We find that the modeled remnant comprises two distinct co-aligned bipolar components; a low-velocity, high-density innermost (hour glass) region and a more extended, high-velocity (dumbbell) structure. This overall structure is in agreement with that deduced from radio observations and optical interferometry at earlier epochs. We find that the asymmetry observed in the west lobe is an instrumental effect caused by the profile of the HST filter and hence demonstrate that this lobe is approaching the observer. We then conclude that the system has an inclination to the line of sight of 39+1°-10. This is in agreement with the inclination of the binary orbit and lends support to the proposal that this morphology is due to the interaction of the outburst ejecta with either an accretion disk around the central white dwarf and/or a pre-existing red giant wind that is significantly denser in the equatorial regions of the binary than at the poles. The second epoch HST observation was also modeled. However, as no spectra were taken at this epoch, it is more difficult to constrain any model. Nevertheless, we demonstrate that between the two HST epochs the outer dumbbell structure seems to have expanded linearly. For the central (hour glass) region, there may be evidence of deceleration, but it is harder to draw firm conclusions in this case.

  17. New Nova Candidates from the RSBE M31 Nova Survey

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    Lauber, Stephanie; Rector, Travis A.; Shafter, Allen W.

    2015-01-01

    Since 1995 the Kitt Peak National Observatory WIYN 0.9-m telescope has been used to monitor M31 for novae as part of the Research-Based Science Education Project (RBSE). The resulting images, which typically cover approximately the inner 20 arc min of M31, are taken through a broad-band H-alpha filter to isolate the strong H-alpha emission lines characteristic of novae shortly after eruption.We are in the process of reanalyzing the entire RBSE data set covering the period between September 1995 and August 2014 in order to produce an up-to-date list of novae from this survey. Here, we present coordinates and H-alpha magnitudes for 4 new nova discoveries not previous reported. Among the new nova discoveries, one system appears spatially coincident with M31N 1988-09a, and is thus a recurrent nova candidate.

  18. SN 2010U: A LUMINOUS NOVA IN NGC 4214

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    Humphreys, Roberta M.; Helton, L. Andrew; Prieto, Jose L.; Rosenfield, Philip; Williams, Benjamin; Murphy, Jeremiah; Dalcanton, Julianne; Gilbert, Karoline; Kochanek, Christopher S.; Stanek, K. Z.; Khan, Rubab; Szczygiel, Dorota; Mogren, Karen; Fesen, Robert A.; Milisavljevic, Dan

    2010-07-20

    The luminosity, light curve, post-maximum spectrum, and lack of a progenitor on deep pre-outburst images suggest that SN 2010U was a luminous, fast nova. Its outburst magnitude is consistent with that for a fast nova using the maximum magnitude-rate of decline relationship for classical novae.

  19. The fist homogeneous, multi-color photometric and spectroscopic sample of Stripped Envelope Super Novae and what it can tell us about their progenitors

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    Bianco, Federica; Modjaz, Maryam; Liu, Yuqian; CfA supernova Group

    2015-01-01

    Stripped envelope supernovae (stripped SN) arise from the spectacular death of massive stars which have lost their outer layers of Hydrogen and Helium in the late stages of their lives. They hold clues to study the final stages of the life of massive stars and the chemical enrichment of the Universe, and are intrinsically as common as SN type Ia. However, they have been observed and studied far less than SN Ia. The scarcity of data has thus far impaired the detailed study of their characteristics and a clear picture of the progenitor channels still eludes us.The CfA produced the first large stripped SN survey that includes multi-color photometry in the optical and NIR (Bianco et al. 2014) as well as spectroscopy (Modjaz et al. 2014) of over 50 stripped SN. This dataset allows us to accurately derive bolometric lightcurves, and measure ejecta velocities in a consistent fashion for the entire sample. We can set constraints on the ejecta masses of SN IIb, Ib, Ic and Ic-BL, and probe the diversity in the explosions and in the progenitor channels. The study of our sample allows a direct comparison of the ejecta characteristics with the outcome of recent stellar evolution studies, confirming that binary evolution plays an important role in the late stages of the life of high mass stars.

  20. Investigation of the Nebular Remnants of Novae

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    Ribeiro, Valério A. R. M.

    2011-01-01

    Classical and recurrent nova outbursts occur on the surface of a white dwarf in a close binary system. It is widely established that the outburst is due to a thermonuclear runaway. Their study provides a real-time laboratory for the understanding of a wide range of astrophysical phenomena. These include for example, mass transfer in close binary systems, nuclear powered outbursts, dust formation, mass loss from red giants, and many others. Recurrent novae have also been suggested as the progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae. This thesis concentrates on investigating the nebular remnants of novae by studying both resolved imaging (where available) and spectroscopic evolution and combining this with detailed modelling. Such studies have wider implications for example in our understanding of the shaping of proto-Planetary Nebulae. Here, using a morpho-kinematical code, the true 3D geometry, from which information such as the remnant's inclination angle and expansion velocity can be derived, of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi and classical novae V2491 Cygni, V2672 Ophiuchi and KT Eridani are established and related to other characteristics of each system. Each of the classical novae have also been suggested as a recurrent nova candidate. Furthermore, several enhancements to the modelling code were implemented prompted by the work described in this thesis. The RS Oph work entailed detailed modelling of Hubble Space Telescope resolved imaging combined with ground-based spectroscopic observations. Here it was shown that the bipolar morphology of RS Oph consisted of two distinct components with an outer dumbbell and an inner hour glass overdensity, which were required to reproduce both the observed images and spectra. This morphology was suggested to arise due to the interaction between the pre-existing anisotropic red-giant wind and the ejecta. The observed asymmetry in the ACS/HRC image was shown to be due to the finite width and offset from the [OIII] line's rest wavelength

  1. A detailed photometric and spectroscopic study of the 2011 outburst of the recurrent nova T Pyxidis from 0.8 to 250 days after discovery

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    Surina, F.; Bode, M. F.; Darnley, M. J.; Harman, D. J.; Hounsell, R. A.; Walter, F. M.

    2014-05-01

    We investigated the optical light curve of T Pyx during its 2011 outburst by compiling a database of Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI) and AAVSO observations. The SMEI light curve, providing unprecedented detail covering t = 1.5-49 days post-discovery, was divided into four phases based on the idealized nova optical light curve: the initial rise (1.5-3.3 days), the pre-maximum halt (3.3-13.3 days), the final rise (14.7-27.9 days), and the early decline (27.9+ days). The SMEI light curve contains a strongly detected period of 1.44 ± 0.05 days during the pre-maximum halt phase. These oscillations resemble those found in recent thermonuclear runaway models arising from instabilities in the expanding envelope. No spectral variations that mirror the light curve periodicity were found, however. The marked dip at t ∼ 22-24 days just before the light curve maximum at t = 27.9 days may represent the same (shorter duration) phenomenon seen in other novae observed by SMEI and present in some model light curves. The spectra from the 2 m Liverpool Telescope and SMARTS 1.5 m telescope were obtained from t = 0.8-80.7 and 155.1-249.9 days, covering the major phases of development. The nova was observed very early in its rise where a distinct high-velocity ejection phase was evident with initially derived V {sub ej} ∼ 4000 km s{sup –1}. A marked drop occurred at t = 5.7 days, and then a gradual increase in derived V {sub ej} to stabilize at ∼1500 km s{sup –1} at the pre-maximum halt. Here, we propose two different stages of mass loss, a short-lived phase occurring immediately after outburst and lasting ∼6 days, followed by a more steadily evolving and higher mass loss phase. The overall spectral development follows that typical of a classical nova and comparison with the photometric behavior reveals consistencies with the simple evolving pseudo-photosphere model of the nova outburst. Comparing optical spectra to X-ray and radio light curves, weak [Fe X] 6375

  2. A Detailed Photometric and Spectroscopic Study of the 2011 Outburst of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis from 0.8 to 250 Days after Discovery

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    Surina, F.; Hounsell, R. A.; Bode, M. F.; Darnley, M. J.; Harman, D. J.; Walter, F. M.

    2014-05-01

    We investigated the optical light curve of T Pyx during its 2011 outburst by compiling a database of Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI) and AAVSO observations. The SMEI light curve, providing unprecedented detail covering t = 1.5-49 days post-discovery, was divided into four phases based on the idealized nova optical light curve: the initial rise (1.5-3.3 days), the pre-maximum halt (3.3-13.3 days), the final rise (14.7-27.9 days), and the early decline (27.9+ days). The SMEI light curve contains a strongly detected period of 1.44 ± 0.05 days during the pre-maximum halt phase. These oscillations resemble those found in recent thermonuclear runaway models arising from instabilities in the expanding envelope. No spectral variations that mirror the light curve periodicity were found, however. The marked dip at t ~ 22-24 days just before the light curve maximum at t = 27.9 days may represent the same (shorter duration) phenomenon seen in other novae observed by SMEI and present in some model light curves. The spectra from the 2 m Liverpool Telescope and SMARTS 1.5 m telescope were obtained from t = 0.8-80.7 and 155.1-249.9 days, covering the major phases of development. The nova was observed very early in its rise where a distinct high-velocity ejection phase was evident with initially derived V ej ~ 4000 km s-1. A marked drop occurred at t = 5.7 days, and then a gradual increase in derived V ej to stabilize at ~1500 km s-1 at the pre-maximum halt. Here, we propose two different stages of mass loss, a short-lived phase occurring immediately after outburst and lasting ~6 days, followed by a more steadily evolving and higher mass loss phase. The overall spectral development follows that typical of a classical nova and comparison with the photometric behavior reveals consistencies with the simple evolving pseudo-photosphere model of the nova outburst. Comparing optical spectra to X-ray and radio light curves, weak [Fe X] 6375 Å emission was marginally detected before the

  3. THE 2011 ERUPTION OF THE RECURRENT NOVA T PYXIDIS: THE DISCOVERY, THE PRE-ERUPTION RISE, THE PRE-ERUPTION ORBITAL PERIOD, AND THE REASON FOR THE LONG DELAY

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.; Landolt, Arlo U.; Linnolt, Michael; Stubbings, Rod; Pojmanski, Grzegorz; Plummer, Alan; Kerr, Stephen; Nelson, Peter; Carstens, Rolf; Streamer, Margaret; Richards, Tom; Myers, Gordon; Dillon, William G.

    2013-08-10

    We report the discovery by M. Linnolt on JD 2,455,665.7931 (UT 2011 April 14.29) of the sixth eruption of the recurrent nova T Pyxidis. This discovery was made just as the initial fast rise was starting, so with fast notification and response by observers worldwide, the entire initial rise was covered (the first for any nova), and with high time resolution in three filters. The speed of the rise peaked at 9 mag day{sup -1}, while the light curve is well fit over only the first two days by a model with a uniformly expanding sphere. We also report the discovery by R. Stubbings of a pre-eruption rise starting 18 days before the eruption, peaking 1.1 mag brighter than its long-time average, and then fading back toward quiescence 4 days before the eruption. This unique and mysterious behavior is only the fourth known (with V1500 Cyg, V533 Her, and T CrB) anticipatory rise closely spaced before a nova eruption. We present 19 timings of photometric minima from 1986 to 2011 February, where the orbital period is fast increasing with P/ P-dot =+313,000 yr. From 2008 to 2011, T Pyx had a small change in this rate of increase, so that the orbital period at the time of eruption was 0.07622950 {+-} 0.00000008 days. This strong and steady increase of the orbital period can only come from mass transfer, for which we calculate a rate of (1.7-3.5) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -7} M{sub Sun} yr{sup -1}. We report 6116 magnitudes between 1890 and 2011, for an average B = 15.59 {+-} 0.01 from 1967 to 2011, which allows for an eruption in 2011 if the blue flux is nearly proportional to the accretion rate. The ultraviolet-optical-infrared spectral energy distribution is well fit by a power law with f{sub {nu}}{proportional_to}{nu}{sup 1.0}, although the narrow ultraviolet region has a tilt with a fit of f{sub {nu}}{proportional_to}{nu}{sup 1/3}. We prove that most of the T Pyx light is not coming from a disk, or any superposition of blackbodies, but rather is coming from some nonthermal

  4. Nova Scotia.

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    Timmons, Vianne; Power, Anne

    2003-01-01

    This article profiles the educational system of Nova Scotia and discusses initiatives for students who are at-risk. It describes programs and services for students who are at-risk, relevant educational legislation, areas of strength, challenges that need to be overcome, and areas of action. (Contains references.) (CR)

  5. Searching for nova shells around cataclysmic variables

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    Sahman, D. I.; Dhillon, V. S.; Knigge, C.; Marsh, T. R.

    2015-08-01

    We present the results of a search for nova shells around 101 cataclysmic variables (CVs), using H α images taken with the 4.2-m William Herschel Telescope (WHT) and the 2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope Photometric H α Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane (IPHAS). Both telescopes are located on La Palma. We concentrated our WHT search on nova-like variables, whilst our IPHAS search covered all CVs in the IPHAS footprint. We found one shell out of the 24 nova-like variables we examined. The newly discovered shell is around V1315 Aql and has a radius of ˜2.5 arcmin, indicative of a nova eruption approximately 120 yr ago. This result is consistent with the idea that the high mass-transfer rate exhibited by nova-like variables is due to enhanced irradiation of the secondary by the hot white dwarf following a recent nova eruption. The implications of our observations for the lifetime of the nova-like variable phase are discussed. We also examined four asynchronous polars, but found no new shells around any of them, so we are unable to confirm that a recent nova eruption is the cause of the asynchronicity in the white dwarf spin. We find tentative evidence of a faint shell around the dwarf nova V1363 Cyg. In addition, we find evidence for a light echo around the nova V2275 Cyg, which erupted in 2001, indicative of an earlier nova eruption ˜300 yr ago, making V2275 Cyg a possible recurrent nova.

  6. Magnetic novae

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    Zemko, Polina; Orio, Marina

    2016-07-01

    We present the results of optical and X-ray observations of two quiescent novae, V2491 Cyg and V4743 Sgr. Our observations suggest the intriguing possibility of localization of hydrogen burning in magnetic novae, in which accretion is streamed to the polar caps. V2491 Cyg was observed with Suzaku more than 2 years after the outburst and V4743 Sgr was observed with XMM Newton 2 and 3.5 years after maximum. In the framework of a monitoring program of novae previously observed as super soft X-ray sources we also obtained optical spectra of V4743 Sgr with the SALT telescope 11.5 years after the eruption and of V2491 Cyg with the 6m Big Azimutal Telescope 4 and 7 years post-outburst. In order to confirm the possible white dwarf spin period of V2491 Cyg measured in the Suzaku observations we obtained photometric data using the 90cm WIYN telescope at Kitt Peak and the 1.2 m telescope in Crimea. We found that V4743 Sgr is an intermediate polar (IP) and V2491 Cyg is a strong IP candidate. Both novae show modulation of their X-ray light curves and have X-ray spectra typical of IPs. The Suzaku and XMM Newton exposures revealed that the spectra of both novae have a very soft blackbody-like component with a temperature close to that of the hydrogen burning white dwarfs in their SSS phases, but with flux by at least two orders of magnitude lower, implying a possible shrinking of emitting regions in the thin atmosphere that is heated by nuclear burning underneath it. In quiescent IPs, independently of the burning, an ultrasoft X-ray flux component originates at times in the polar regions irradiated by the accretion column, but the soft component of V4743 Sgr disappeared in 2006, indicating that the origin may be different from accretion. We suggest it may have been due to an atmospheric temperature gradient on the white dwarf surface, or to continuing localized thermonuclear burning at the bottom of the envelope, before complete turn-off. The optical spectra of V2491 Cyg and V

  7. Swift-XRT observations of Quasi-periodic oscillations seen in the Super Soft Source emission from Classical and Recurrent Novae

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    Beardmore, Andrew

    2016-07-01

    We report short timescale, soft X-ray flux quasi-periodic oscillations that have been seen by the Swift X-ray Telescope (XRT) during the super soft source (SSS) emission phase from novae. A periodogram analysis revealed oscillations were visible in the 0.3-10 keV XRT light curves obtained from RS Oph (period, P=35.0 s), KT Eri (P=34.9s), V339 Del (P=54.0s), and V5668 Sgr (P=69.7s), with fractional rms variabilities ranging from 1-8 per cent. During day 32-59 of the RS Oph outburst, the oscillation central frequency appeared quite variable, ranging from 26.2-31.1 mHz, caused by a lower coherence at this time. However, after day 50 the oscillation became more coherent, with a frequency that slowly increased from 28.3-28.9 mHz over 9 days, before the trend reversed. The oscillation frequency was less variable in KT Eri and V339 Del. No other correlations, such as between the oscillation frequency or amplitude with source intensity, were seen. A wavelet analysis of the variability seen in RS Oph, KT Eri and V339 Del revealed the oscillations were sometimes visible for entire XRT snapshots lasting 1.0-1.5 ks, yet on other occasions, they were detected for only ˜120 s (i.e. ˜2-4 cycles). The modulation fractional amplitude was variable, occasionally reaching values of 15-20 per cent for a few cycles. During times when the coherence was low, the oscillation phase was seen to jump by ˜0.4-0.6 cycles in RS Oph, then remain stable for ˜10 cycles. KT Eri showed smaller phase jumps of ˜0.2 cycles. We detect a significant spectral variation through the 35s oscillation seen in RS~Oph, with the spectrum becoming harder at the time of the modulation maximum. Fits to the oscillation maximum and minima spectra suggest the increased flux between 0.6-0.75 keV in the former is caused by a 25 per cent reduction in the neutral oxygen column density at this phase. We discuss the possible origins behind the oscillations.

  8. Novae. Fermi establishes classical novae as a distinct class of gamma-ray sources.

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    2014-08-01

    A classical nova results from runaway thermonuclear explosions on the surface of a white dwarf that accretes matter from a low-mass main-sequence stellar companion. In 2012 and 2013, three novae were detected in γ rays and stood in contrast to the first γ-ray-detected nova V407 Cygni 2010, which belongs to a rare class of symbiotic binary systems. Despite likely differences in the compositions and masses of their white dwarf progenitors, the three classical novae are similarly characterized as soft-spectrum transient γ-ray sources detected over 2- to 3-week durations. The γ-ray detections point to unexpected high-energy particle acceleration processes linked to the mass ejection from thermonuclear explosions in an unanticipated class of Galactic γ-ray sources. PMID:25082700

  9. The UBV Color Evolution of Classical Novae. II. Color–Magnitude Diagram

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    Hachisu, Izumi; Kato, Mariko

    2016-04-01

    We have examined the outburst tracks of 40 novae in the color–magnitude diagram (intrinsic B ‑ V color versus absolute V magnitude). After reaching the optical maximum, each nova generally evolves toward blue from the upper right to the lower left and then turns back toward the right. The 40 tracks are categorized into one of six templates: very fast nova V1500 Cyg fast novae V1668 Cyg, V1974 Cyg, and LV Vul moderately fast nova FH Ser and very slow nova PU Vul. These templates are located from the left (blue) to the right (red) in this order, depending on the envelope mass and nova speed class. A bluer nova has a less massive envelope and faster nova speed class. In novae with multiple peaks, the track of the first decay is more red than that of the second (or third) decay, because a large part of the envelope mass had already been ejected during the first peak. Thus, our newly obtained tracks in the color–magnitude diagram provide useful information to understand the physics of classical novae. We also found that the absolute magnitude at the beginning of the nebular phase is almost similar among various novae. We are able to determine the absolute magnitude (or distance modulus) by fitting the track of a target nova to the same classification of a nova with a known distance. This method for determining nova distance has been applied to some recurrent novae, and their distances have been recalculated.

  10. OGLE Atlas of Classical Novae. I. Galactic Bulge Objects

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    Mróz, P.; Udalski, A.; Poleski, R.; Soszyński, I.; Szymański, M. K.; Pietrzyński, G.; Wyrzykowski, Ł.; Ulaczyk, K.; Kozłowski, S.; Pietrukowicz, P.; Skowron, J.

    2015-08-01

    Eruptions of classical novae are possible sources of lithium formation and gamma-ray emission. Nova remnants can also become Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia). The contribution of novae to these phenomena depends on nova rates, which are not well established for the Galaxy. Here, we directly measure a Galactic bulge nova rate of 13.8 ± 2.6 {{yr}}-1. This measurement is much more accurate than any previous measurement of this kind thanks to many years’ monitoring of the bulge by the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) survey. Our sample consists of 39 novae eruptions, ∼1/3 of which are OGLE-based discoveries. This long-term monitoring allows us to not only measure the nova rate but also to study in detail the light curves of 39 eruptions and more than 80 post-nova candidates. We measured orbital periods for 9 post-novae and 9 novae, and in 14 cases we procured the first estimates. The OGLE survey is very sensitive to the frequently erupting recurrent novae. We did not find any object similar to M31 2008-12a, which erupts once a year. The lack of detection indicates that there is only a small number of them in the Galactic bulge.

  11. Typical examples of classical novae

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    Hack, Margherita; Selvelli, Pierluigi; Bianchini, Antonio; Duerbeck, Hilmar W.

    1993-01-01

    Because of the very complicated individualistic behavior of each nova, we think it necessary to review the observations of a few well-observed individuals. We have selected a few objects of different speed classes, which have been extensively observed. They are: V1500 Cygni 1975, a very fast nova; V603 Aql 1918, fast nova; CP Pup 1942, fast nova; GK Per 1901, fast nova; V 1668 Cyg 1979, moderately fast nova; FH Ser 1970, slow nova; DQ Her 1934, slow nova; T Aur 1891, slow nova; RR Pic 1925, slow nova; and HR Del 1967, very slow nova.

  12. Fermi Sees a Nova

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    Watch V407 Cyg go nova! A nova is a sudden, short-lived brightening of an otherwise inconspicuous star. The outburst occurs when a white dwarf in a binary system erupts in an enormous thermonuclear...

  13. ToO IRS Observations of Novae

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    Woodward, Charles; Black, John; Bode, Michael; Evans, Aneuryn; Geballe, Thomas; Gehrz, Robert; Greenhouse, Matthew; Hauschildt, Peter; Helton, Andrew; Krautter, Joachim; Liller, William; Lyke, James; Lynch, David; Rudy, Richard; Salama, Alberto; Schwarz, Greg; Shore, Steve; Starrfield, Sumner; Truran, Jim; Vanlandingham, Karen; Wagner, R. Mark

    2006-05-01

    Stars are the engines of energy production and chemical evolution in our Universe. They deposit radiative and mechanical energy into their environments and enrich the ambient interstellar medium with elements synthesized in their interiors and dust grains condensed in their atmospheres. Classical novae (CN) contribute to this cycle of chemical enrichment through explosive nucleosynthesis and the violent ejection of material dredged from the white dwarf progenitor and mixed with the accreted surface layers. Using Spitzer (+IRS), we propose a 25.8 hrs no-impact ToO program to study (in temporal detail) the evolutionary stages of CN by targeting 4 Galactic and 2 Magellanic Cloud (MC) novae. Spitzer is a unique facility that enables us to investigate aspects of the CN phenomenon including the in situ formation and astromineralogy of nova dust, the elemental abundances resulting from thermonuclear runaway, the correlation of ejecta masses with progenitor type, the bolometric luminosities of the outburst, and the kinematics and structure of the ejected envelopes. Synoptic, high signal-to-noise IRS spectra permit: 1) determination of the grain size distribution and mineral composition of nova dust; 2) estimation of chemical abundances of nova ejecta from coronal and other emission line spectroscopy; 3) measurement of the density and masses of the ejecta; 4) characterization of the geometry and structure of ejected shells at early stages during which the initial mixing of the chemical abundances can be studied in detail; and 5) exploration of the characteristics of CN in low metallicity systems (MC) at mid- to far-IR wavelengths. Observations of CN with Spitzer will be complemented by extensive ground-based, as well as space-based (e.g., Chandra, Swift, XMM-Newton), DDT and ToO programs led by team CoIs.

  14. Models for various aspects of dwarf novae and nova-like stars

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    Ladous, Constanze

    1993-01-01

    The first attempts to explain the nature of dwarf novae were based on the assumption of single-star phenomena, in which emission lines were assumed to be caused by circumstellar gas shells. The outburst behavior was tentatively ascribed to the kind of (also not understood) mechanism leading to nova outbursts. The realization that some, and possibly all, dwarf novae and nova-like stars (and novae) are binaries eventually led to models which bore more and more similarities to the modern interpretation on the basis of the Roche model. Not all cataclysmic variables are known binaries. In fact, with respect to the entire number of known objects, the proven binaries are still the minority, but all the brightest variables are in fact known to binaries. Not a single system is known which exhibits the usual characteristics of a cataclysmic variable and at the same time can be declared with certainty to be a single star. Two systems are known, the dwarf nova EY Cyg and the recurrent nova V1017 Sgr, in which, in spite of intensive search, no radial velocity variations have been found; but they still exhibit composite spectra consisting of a bright continuum, an emission spectrum, and a cool absorption spectrum. If the Roche model is correct, it is to be expected that a small percentage of objects is viewed pole-on, so orbital motions do not make themselves felt as Doppler shifts of spectral lines. So even these two systems support the hypothesis that all cataclysmic variables (with the possible exception of symbiotic stars) are binaries. In cataclysmic variables, it seems that the brightness changes observed in dwarf novae and nova-like stars in the optical and the UV are due directly to changes in the accretion disks. The study and understanding of accretion disks in these systems can bear potentially valuable consequences for many other fields in astronomy. The observed spectra of dwarf novae and nova-like stars comprise a fairly large range: pure emission spectra, pure

  15. Progenitor Epithelium

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    Marty-Santos, Leilani

    2015-01-01

    Insulin-producing β cells within the vertebrate fetal pancreas acquire their fate in a step-wise manner. Whereas the intrinsic factors dictating the transcriptional or epigenetic status of pancreatic lineages have been intensely examined, less is known about cell–cell interactions that might constitute a niche for the developing β cell lineage. It is becoming increasingly clear that understanding and recapitulating these steps may instruct in vitro differentiation of embryonic stem cells and/or therapeutic regeneration. Indeed, directed differentiation techniques have improved since transitioning from 2D to 3D cultures, suggesting that the 3D microenvironment in which β cells are born is critical. However, to date, it remains unknown whether the changing architecture of the pancreatic epithelium impacts the fate of cells therein. An emerging challenge in the field is to elucidate how progenitors are allocated during key events, such as the stratification and subsequent resolution of the pre-pancreatic epithelium, as well as the formation of lumens and branches. Here, we assess the progenitor epithelium and examine how it might influence the emergence of pancreatic multipotent progenitors (MPCs), which give rise to β cells and other pancreatic lineages. PMID:26216134

  16. NOVA 201 ultrasonic thickness gage (NOVA Gage)

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    Garecht, Diane

    1990-01-01

    The measurement integrity of the NOVA 201 digital ultrasonic thickness gage (NOVA gage) was demonstrated by comparing the NOVA gage measurements to the thickness gage measurements, and determining the bias and uncertainty of the NOVA gage when measuring redesigned solid rocket motor (RSRM) hardware per engineering test plans (ETP). The NOVA gage was tested by three different operators on steel and aluminum RSRM hardware for wall thickness. The results show that the measurement bias is not consistent. The uncertainty of the bias is caused by the heterogeneous material properties of the RSRM components that influence the time of flight of ultrasonic waves. The measurement uncertainty inherent to the design and operation of the NOVA gage is less in comparison to the uncertainty of the bias. The total measurement uncertainty cannot be substantially reduced by taking more than one measurement. There is no correlation between bias and the surface finish range of this test unless 3-in-One oil is used as a couplant, in which case there appears to be a slight trend. There is no correlation between uncertainty and the surface finish range. The measurement uncertainty of the NOVA gage can be reduced using 3-in-One oil as a couplant.

  17. Novae as distance indicators

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    Ford, Holland C.; Ciardullo, Robin

    1988-01-01

    Nova shells are characteristically prolate with equatorial bands and polar caps. Failure to account for the geometry can lead to large errors in expansion parallaxes for individual novae. When simple prescriptions are used for deriving expansion parallaxes from an ensemble of randomly oriented prolate spheroids, the average distance will be too small by factors of 10 to 15 percent. The absolute magnitudes of the novae will be underestimated and the resulting distance scale will be too small by the same factors. If observations of partially resolved nova shells select for large inclinations, the systematic error in the resulting distance scale could easily be 20 to 30 percent. Extinction by dust in the bulge of M31 may broaden and shift the intrinsic distribution of maximum nova magnitudes versus decay rates. We investigated this possibility by projecting Arp's and Rosino's novae onto a composite B - 6200A color map of M31's bulge. Thirty two of the 86 novae projected onto a smooth background with no underlying structure due to the presence of a dust cloud along the line of sight. The distribution of maximum magnitudes versus fade rates for these unreddened novae is indistinguishable from the distribution for the entire set of novae. It is concluded that novae suffer very little extinction from the filamentary and patchy distribution of dust seen in the bulge of M31. Time average B and H alpha nova luminosity functions are potentially powerful new ways to use novae as standard candles. Modern CCD observations and the photographic light curves of M31 novae found during the last 60 years were analyzed to show that these functions are power laws. Consequently, unless the eruption times for novae are known, the data cannot be used to obtain distances.

  18. A Decade of Progress in Understanding the Eruptions of Classical Novae

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    Shara, M. M.

    2014-12-01

    During the 11 years since the 2002 Sitges Nova conference, over 700 refereed papers dealing with classical novae have been published. Rather than spend 2.3 seconds reviewing each one, I've tried to focus on the main themes that have captured the interests of most researchers. I've also used, as examples, the most influential and cited papers in each subfield, though a decade from now some of my choices may seem dated, provincial, or flat-out wrong. The key topics that I address include theory and simulations of nova explosions; the recurrent novae; observations of ejecta; symbiotic novae; connections between novae and type Ia supernovae; connections between classical and dwarf novae; extragalactic novae; the maximum magnitude - rate of decline relationship; and a set of challenges and unanswered questions that I hope we will have made much progress on by the time we reassemble around 2024.

  19. Near-infrared studies during maximum and early decline of Nova Cephei 2014 and Nova Scorpii 2015

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    Srivastava, Mudit K.; Ashok, N. M.; Banerjee, D. P. K.; Sand, D.

    2015-12-01

    We present multiepoch near-infrared photospectroscopic observations of Nova Cephei 2014 and Nova Scorpii 2015, discovered in outburst on 2014 March 8.79 UT and 2015 February 11.84 UT, respectively. Nova Cep 2014 shows the conventional NIR characteristics of a Fe II class nova characterized by strong C I, H I and O I lines, whereas Nova Sco 2015 is shown to belong to the He/N class with strong He I, H I and O I emission lines. The highlight of the results consists in demonstrating that Nova Sco 2015 is a symbiotic system containing a giant secondary. Leaving aside the T CrB class of recurrent novae, all of which have giant donors, Nova Sco 2015 is shown to be only the third classical nova to be found with a giant secondary. The evidence for the symbiotic nature is threefold; first is the presence of a strong decelerative shock accompanying the passage of the nova's ejecta through the giant's wind, second is the H α excess seen from the system and third is the spectral energy distribution of the secondary in quiescence typical of a cool late-type giant. The evolution of the strength and shape of the emission line profiles shows that the ejecta velocity follows a power-law decay with time (t-1.13±0.17). A Case B recombination analysis of the H I Brackett lines shows that these lines are affected by optical depth effects for both the novae. Using this analysis, we make estimates for both the novae of the emission measure n_e^2L, the electron density ne and the mass of the ejecta.

  20. SOFIA: A Promising Resource for Future Nova Studies

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    Helton, L. A.; Sofia Science Team

    2014-12-01

    The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a 2.5-m telescope carried on board a Boeing 747-SP aircraft. Optimized for observations from infrared through sub-mm wavelengths, SOFIA observes from an altitude of 37,000 - 45,000 feet, above 99% of the atmospheric water vapor. The Observatory's complement of instruments possesses a broad range of capabilities, many of which are especially well suited for observations of classical novae, recurrent novae, and other cataclysmic variables. Here we present a selection of the instruments available on board SOFIA that may prove to be very useful for future novae studies.

  1. Nova-like variables

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    Ladous, Constanze

    1993-01-01

    On grounds of different observable characteristics five classes of nova-like objects are distinguished: the UX Ursae Majoris stars, the antidwarf novae, the DQ Herculis stars, the AM Herculis stars, and the AM Canum Venaticorum stars. Some objects have not been classified specifically. Nova-like stars share most observable features with dwarf novae, except for the outburst behavior. The understanding is that dwarf novae, UX Ursae Majoris stars, and anti-dwarf novae are basically the same sort of objects. The difference between them is that in UX Ursae Majoris stars the mass transfer through the accretion disc always is high so the disc is stationary all the time; in anti-dwarf novae for some reason the mass transfer occasionally drops considerably for some time, and in dwarf novae it is low enough for the disc to undergo semiperiodic changes between high and low accretion events. DQ Herculis stars are believed to possess weakly magnetic white dwarfs which disrupt the inner disc at some distance from the central star; the rotation of the white dwarf can be seen as an additional photometric period. In AM Herculis stars, a strongly magnetic white dwarf entirely prevents the formation of an accretion disk and at the same time locks the rotation of the white dwarf to the binary orbit. Finally, AM Canum Venaticorum stars are believed to be cataclysmic variables that consist of two white dwarf components.

  2. Novae in globular clusters

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    Kato, Mariko; Hachisu, Izumi; Henze, Martin

    2013-12-10

    We present the first light-curve analysis of Population II novae that appeared in M31 globular clusters. Our light-curve models, based on the optically thick wind theory, reproduce well both the X-ray turn-on and turnoff times with the white dwarf (WD) mass of about 1.2 M {sub ☉} for M31N 2007-06b in Bol 111 and about 1.37 M {sub ☉} for M31N 2010-10f in Bol 126. The transient supersoft X-ray source CXO J004345 in Bol 194 is highly likely a nova remnant of 1.2-1.3 M {sub ☉} WD. These WD masses are quite consistent with the temperatures deduced from X-ray spectra. We also present the dependence of nova light curves on the metallicity in the range from [Fe/H] = 0.4 to –2.7. Whereas strong optically thick winds are accelerated in Galactic disk novae owing to a large Fe opacity peak, only weak winds occur in Population II novae with low Fe abundance. Thus, nova light curves are systematically slow in low Fe environment. For an extremely low Fe abundance normal nova outbursts may not occur unless the WD is very massive. We encourage V or y filter observation rather than R as well as high cadence X-ray monitorings to open quantitative studies of extragalactic novae.

  3. Nova AQL 1918 - A nude old nova

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    Selvelli, P. L.; Cassatella, A.

    IUE observations at high and low resolution of Nova Aql 1918 are studied. No evidence of outflow or nebular lines is found, which indicates that the shell ejected at the time of the outburst and surrounding the system for many years has disappeared. The ejection of the shell is shown to be a transient phenomenon during the life of the nova, and due to expansion at a rate of about 2 arcsec/yr, the density of the nebula has probably decreased so much that the nebula can now be considered to have vanished.

  4. Getting to know classical novae with Swift

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    Osborne, Julian P.

    2015-09-01

    Novae have been reported as transients for more than two thousand years. Their bright optical outbursts are the result of explosive nuclear burning of gas accreted from a binary companion onto a white dwarf. Novae containing a white dwarf close to the Chandrasekhar mass limit and accreting at a high rate are potentially the unknown progenitors of the type Ia supernovae used to measure the acceleration of the Universe. Swift X-ray observations have radically transformed our view of novae by providing dense monitoring throughout the outburst, revealing new phenomena in the super-soft X-rays from the still-burning white dwarf such as early extreme variability and half- to one-minute timescale quasi-periodic oscillations. The distinct evolution of this emission from the harder X-ray emission due to ejecta shocks has been clearly delineated. Soft X-ray observations allow the mass of the white dwarf, the mass burned and the mass ejected to be estimated. In combination with observations at other wavelengths, including the high spectral resolution observations of the large X-ray observatories, high resolution optical and radio imaging, radio monitoring, optical spectroscopy, and the detection of GeV gamma-ray emission from recent novae, models of the explosion have been tested and developed. I review nine novae for which Swift has made a significant impact; these have shown the signature of the components in the interacting binary system in addition to the white dwarf: the re-formed accretion disk, the companion star and its stellar wind.

  5. Distribution of novae and supernova remnants in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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    Van den Bergh, S.

    1988-12-01

    Novae in the LMC appear to be distributred like an old disk population. The fact that no concentration of novae is seen within the Bar of the Large Cloud suggests that this feature is of relatively recent origin. Supernova remnants are seen to exhibit concentrations in the 30 Dor region, in the Bar of the Large Cloud, and in Constellation III. This distribution supports the idea that most of the supernova remnants in the LMC had young massive progenitors. 11 references.

  6. Novae as Thermonuclear Laboratories

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    Clayton, D. D.

    2003-07-01

    Fred Hoyle undertook a study of observational consequences of the thermonuclear paradigm for the nova event in the years following his 1972 resignation from Cambridge University. The most fruitful of these have been in the areas of gamma-ray astronomy, by which one attempts to measure the level of radioactivity in the nova envelope, and of presolar grain studies in laboratories, by which one measures anomalous isotopic ratios that fingerprint condensation in the thermonuclear event. This work summarizes progress with these two astronomical measures of the novae.

  7. THE PROGENITOR OF THE TYPE Ia SUPERNOVA THAT CREATED SNR 0519-69.0 IN THE LARGE MAGELLANIC CLOUD

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    Edwards, Zachary I.; Pagnotta, Ashley; Schaefer, Bradley E.

    2012-03-10

    Models for the progenitor systems of Type Ia supernovae can be divided into double-degenerate systems, which contain two white dwarfs, and single-degenerate systems, which contain one white dwarf plus one companion star (either a red giant, a subgiant, or a >1.16 M{sub Sun} main-sequence star). The white dwarf is destroyed in the supernova explosion, but any non-degenerate companion remains intact. We present the results of a search for an ex-companion star in SNR 0519-69.0, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, based on images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope with a limiting magnitude of V = 26.05. SNR 0519-69.0 is confidently known to be from a Type Ia supernova based on its light echoes and X-ray spectra. The geometric center of the remnant (based on the H{alpha} and X-ray shell) is at 05:19:34.83, -69:02:06.92 (J2000). Accounting for the measurement uncertainties, the orbital velocity, and the kick velocity, any ex-companion star must be within 4.''7 of this position at the 99.73% confidence level. This circle contains 27 main-sequence stars brighter than V = 22.7, any one of which could be the ex-companion star left over from a supersoft source progenitor system. The circle contains no post-main-sequence stars, and this rules out the possibility of all other published single-degenerate progenitor classes (including symbiotic stars, recurrent novae, helium donors, and the spin-up/spin-down models) for this particular supernova. The only remaining possibility is that SNR 0519-69.0 was formed from either a supersoft source or a double-degenerate progenitor system.

  8. OGLE Atlas of Classical Novae. II. Magellanic Clouds

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    Mróz, P.; Udalski, A.; Poleski, R.; Soszyński, I.; Szymański, M. K.; Pietrzyński, G.; Wyrzykowski, Ł.; Ulaczyk, K.; Kozłowski, S.; Pietrukowicz, P.; Skowron, J.

    2016-01-01

    The population of classical novae in the Magellanic Clouds was poorly known because of a lack of systematic studies. There were some suggestions that nova rates per unit mass in the Magellanic Clouds were higher than in any other galaxy. Here, we present an analysis of data collected over 16 years by the OGLE survey with the aim of characterizing the nova population in the Clouds. We found 20 eruptions of novae, half of which are new discoveries. We robustly measure nova rates of 2.4 ± 0.8 yr-1 (LMC) and 0.9 ± 0.4 yr-1 (SMC) and confirm that the K-band luminosity-specific nova rates in both Clouds are 2-3 times higher than in other galaxies. This can be explained by the star formation history in the Magellanic Clouds, specifically the re-ignition of the star formation rate a few Gyr ago. We also present the discovery of the intriguing system OGLE-MBR133.25.1160, which mimics recurrent nova eruptions.

  9. Light echoes - Novae

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.

    1988-01-01

    The sudden brilliance of a nova eruption will be reflected on surrounding dust grains to create a phantom nebula. Previous searches for these light echoes have used relatively short exposures with photograhic detectors. This paper reports on a search around eight recent novae with long exposures using a CCD camera. Despite an increase of sensitivity by over an order of magnitude, no light echoes were detected. It is found that the average grain density must be less than about 10 to the -9th per cu cm for distances from 0.1 pc to 1000 pc from the novae. The light echo around Nova Persei 1901 was caused by reflection off clouds with grain densities of several times 10 to the -9th per cu cm which are at distances between 0.1 pc and 10 pc. Echoes from dust in a circumstellar shell or ejected during a previous eruption will be effectively unobservable.

  10. Overshoot Convective Mixing in Nova Outbursts

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    Glasner, A. S.; Livne, E.; Truran, J. W.

    2014-12-01

    We present a 2D study of the overshoot convective mechanism in nova outbursts for a wide range of possible compositions of the layer underlying the accreted envelope. Previous surveys studied this mechanism only for solar composition matter accreted on top of carbon oxygen (CO) white dwarfs. Since, during the runaway, mixing with carbon enhances the hydrogen burning rates dramatically, one should question whether significant enrichment of the ejecta is possible also for other underlying compositions (He, O, Ne, Mg) predicted by stellar evolution models. When needed we upgraded our reaction network and simulated several non-carbon cases. Despite large differences in rates, time scales and energetics, our results show that the convective dredge up mechanism predicts significant enrichment in all cases, including that of helium enrichment in recurrent novae.

  11. Is the Nova V2672 Oph a Luminous X-ray Source in Quiescence?

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    Mukai, Koji

    2014-09-01

    The very fast nova V2672 Oph had one of the shortest decay times (t2=2.3 d) and the broadest emission lines (FWZI up to 12,000 km/s) ever observed in novae. It may well be a recurrent nova with a near Chandrasekhar mass white dwarf. There is also a ROSAT all-sky survey Faint Source Catalog source consistent with its position: if confirmed, V2672 Oph would be only the third nova to have been detected in X-rays before the nova eruption. We therefore propose an ACIS-S imaging observation to provide the precise location, and rough timing and spectral characteristics of the ROSAT source. V2672 Oph may join V2487 Oph and V2491 Cyg as novae with quiescent X-ray luminosities not seen in normal cataclysmic variables.

  12. Progenitors of type Ia supernovae in elliptical galaxies

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    Gilfanov, M.; Bogdan, A.

    2011-09-21

    Although there is a nearly universal agreement that type Ia supernovae are associated with the thermonuclear disruption of a CO white dwarf, the exact nature of their progenitors is still unknown. The single degenerate scenario envisages a white dwarf accreting matter from a non-degenerate companion in a binary system. Nuclear energy of the accreted matter is released in the form of electromagnetic radiation or gives rise to numerous classical nova explosions prior to the supernova event. We show that combined X-ray output of supernova progenitors and statistics of classical novae predicted in the single degenerate scenario are inconsistent with X-ray and optical observations of nearby early type galaxies and galaxy bulges. White dwarfs accreting from a donor star in a binary system and detonating at the Chandrasekhar mass limit can account for no more than {approx}5% of type Ia supernovae observed in old stellar populations.

  13. Observations of Novae From ROAD

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    Hambsch, F.-J.

    2014-12-01

    The author discusses observations of galactic novae and some extragalactic supernovae from his remote observatory ROAD (Remote Observatory Atacama Desert) he commenced in August 2011 with Nova Lupi 2011 (PR Lup). The observed novae are mainly chosen according to AAVSO Alert Notices and AAVSO Special Notices as published on their website. Examples of dense observations of different novae are presented. The focus goes to the different behaviors of their light curves. It also demonstrates the capability of the remote observatory ROAD.

  14. Observations of Novae from ROAD

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    Hambsch, Franz-Josef

    2014-05-01

    The author discusses observations of galactic novae and some extragalactic supernovae from his remote observatory ROAD (Remote Observatory Atacama Desert) he commenced in August 2011 with Nova Lupi 2011 (PR Lup). The observed novae are mainly chosen according to alert notices and special notices of the AAVSO as published on their website. Examples of dense observations of different novae are presented. The focus goes to the different behaviors of their light curves. It also demonstrates the capability of the remote observatory ROAD.

  15. Precision Nova operations

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    Ehrlich, R.B.; Miller, J.L.; Saunders, R.L.; Thompson, C.E.; Weiland, T.L.; Laumann, C.W.

    1995-09-01

    To improve the symmetry of x-ray drive on indirectly driven ICF capsules, we have increased the accuracy of operating procedures and diagnostics on the Nova laser. Precision Nova operations includes routine precision power balance to within 10% rms in the ``foot`` and 5% nns in the peak of shaped pulses, beam synchronization to within 10 ps rms, and pointing of the beams onto targets to within 35 {mu}m rms. We have also added a ``fail-safe chirp`` system to avoid Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS) in optical components during high energy shots.

  16. Precision Nova operations

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    Ehrlich, Robert B.; Miller, John L.; Saunders, Rodney L.; Thompson, Calvin E.; Weiland, Timothy L.; Laumann, Curt W.

    1995-12-01

    To improve the symmetry of x-ray drive on indirectly driven ICF capsules, we have increased the accuracy of operating procedures and diagnostics on the Nova laser. Precision Nova operations include routine precision power balance to within 10% rms in the 'foot' and 5% rms in the peak of shaped pulses, beam synchronization to within 10 ps rms, and pointing of the beams onto targets to within 35 micrometer rms. We have also added a 'fail-safe chirp' system to avoid stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in optical components during high energy shots.

  17. Novae as a Class of Transient X-ray Sources

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    Mukai, K.; Orio, M.; Valle, M. Della

    2007-01-01

    Motivated by the recently discovered class of faint (10(exp 34)-10(exp 35) ergs/s) X-ray transients in the Galactic Center region, we investigate the 2-10 keV properties of classical and recurrent novae. Existing data are consistent with the idea that all classical novae are transient X-ray sources with durations of months to years and peak luminosities in the 10(exp 34)-10(exp 35)ergs/s range. This makes classical novae a viable candidate class for the faint Galactic Center transients. We estimate the rate of classical novae within a 15 arcmin radius region centered on the Galactic Center (roughly the field of view of XMM-Newton observations centered on Sgr A*) to be approx.0.1 per year. Therefore, it is plausible that some of the Galactic Center transients that have been announced to date are unrecognized classical novae. The continuing monitoring of the Galactic Center region carried out by Chandra and XMM-Newton may therefore provide a new method to detect classical novae in this crowded and obscured region, an

  18. NOVA HIGH SCHOOL--INTRODUCTION

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    COGSWELL, JOHN F.

    AN OVERVIEW WAS PRESENTED OF THE ORGANIZATION AND OPERATION OF A NUMBER OF INNOVATIVE ASPECTS OF THE NOVA HIGH SCHOOL IN FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA. NOVA IS PART OF A COMPLEX PLANNED TO INCLUDE GRADES K THROUGH 12. STUDENTS MUST APPLY TO ATTEND NOVA AND ARE SELECTED PRIMARILY ON THE RELATION OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE TO MEASURES OF APTITIDE. VOCATIONAL…

  19. X-ray Observations of Novae with Swift

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    Page, Kim

    2016-07-01

    The rapid response capabilities of the Swift satellite, together with the daily planning of its observing schedule, make it an ideal mission for following novae in the X-ray and UV bands, particularly during their early phases of rapid evolution. A number of both classical and recurrent novae have been extensively monitored by Swift throughout their super-soft phase and later decline. We report results from these observations, including the high-amplitude flux variation often see at the start of the super-soft emission, the differing relationships between the X-ray and UV variability, and the spectral evolution seen in the X-ray band.

  20. SCIENCE AT NOVA.

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    Broward County Schools, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

    THE SCIENCE PROGRAM AT NOVA HIGH SCHOOL IS STRUCTURED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF A SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY. THE JUNIOR HIGH PROGRAM EMPHASIZES THE ACCUMLATION, TABULATION, AND ANALYSIS OF DATA. THE SENIOR HIGH PROGRAM MAKES USE OF THESE PROCESSES IN THE INVESTIGATION OF VARIOUS SUBJECT AREAS. THE UNITS COMPOSING THE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM ARE DESCRIBED. UNIT…

  1. Gamma Rays from Classical Novae

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    1997-01-01

    NASA at the University of Chicago, provided support for a program of theoretical research into the nature of the thermonuclear outbursts of the classical novae and their implications for gamma ray astronomy. In particular, problems which have been addressed include the role of convection in the earliest stages of nova runaway, the influence of opacity on the characteristics of novae, and the nucleosynthesis expected to accompany nova outbursts on massive Oxygen-Neon-Magnesium (ONeMg) white dwarfs. In the following report, I will identify several critical projects on which considerable progress has been achieved and provide brief summaries of the results obtained:(1) two dimensional simulation of nova runaway; (2) nucleosynthesis of nova modeling; and (3) a quasi-analytic study of nucleosynthesis in ONeMg novae.

  2. CLASSICAL NOVAE IN ANDROMEDA: LIGHT CURVES FROM THE PALOMAR TRANSIENT FACTORY AND GALEX

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    Cao Yi; Lou Yuqing; Kasliwal, Mansi M.; Neill, James D.; Kulkarni, S. R.; Quimby, Robert M.; Ben-Ami, Sagi; Bloom, Joshua S.; Cenko, S. Bradley; Nugent, Peter E.; Law, Nicholas M.; Ofek, Eran O.; Poznanski, Dovi

    2012-06-20

    We present optical light curves of 29 novae in M31 during the 2009 and 2010 observing seasons of the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF). The dynamic and rapid cadences in PTF monitoring of M31, from one day to ten minutes, provide excellent temporal coverage of nova light curves, enabling us to record the photometric evolution of M31 novae in unprecedented detail. We also detect eight of these novae in the near-ultraviolet (UV) band with the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) satellite. Novae M31N 2009-10b and M31N 2010-11a show prominent UV emission peaking a few days prior to their optical maxima, possibly implying aspherical outbursts. Additionally, our blueshifted spectrum of the recent outburst of PT And (M31N 2010-12a) indicates that it is a recurrent nova in M31 and not a dwarf nova in the Milky Way as was previously assumed. Finally, we systematically searched for novae in all confirmed globular clusters (GCs) of M31 and found only M31N 2010-10f associated with Bol 126. The specific nova rate in the M31 GC system is thus about one per year, which is not enhanced relative to the rate outside the GC system.

  3. Fermi Establishes Classical Novae as a Distinct Class of Gamma-ray Sources

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    Ackermann, M.; Ajello, M.; Albert, A.; Baldini, L.; Ballet, J.; Bastieri, D.; Bellazzini, R.; Bissaldi, E.; Blandford, R. D.; Bloom, E. D.; Bottacini, E.; Brandt, T. J.; Bregeon, J.; Bruel, P.; Buehler, R.; Buson, S.; Caliandro, G. A.; Cameron, R. A.; Caragiulo, M.; Caraveo, P. A.; Ferrara, E. C.; Harding, A. K.; Hays, E.; Perkins, J. S.; Thompson, D. J.

    2014-01-01

    A classical nova results from runaway thermonuclear explosions on the surface of a white dwarf that accretes matter from a low-mass main-sequence stellar companion. In 2012 and 2013, three novae were detected in gamma rays and stood in contrast to the first gamma-ray detected nova V407 Cygni 2010, which belongs to a rare class of symbiotic binary systems. Despite likely differences in the compositions and masses of their white dwarf progenitors, the three classical novae are similarly characterized as soft spectrum transient gamma-ray sources detected over 2-3 week durations. The gamma-ray detections point to unexpected high-energy particle acceleration processes linked to the mass ejection from thermonuclear explosions in an unanticipated class of Galactic gamma-ray sources.

  4. Recurrent varicocele

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    Rotker, Katherine; Sigman, Mark

    2016-01-01

    Varicocele recurrence is one of the most common complications associated with varicocele repair. A systematic review was performed to evaluate varicocele recurrence rates, anatomic causes of recurrence, and methods of management of recurrent varicoceles. The PubMed database was evaluated using keywords “recurrent” and “varicocele” as well as MESH criteria “recurrent” and “varicocele.” Articles were not included that were not in English, represented single case reports, focused solely on subclinical varicocele, or focused solely on a pediatric population (age <18). Rates of recurrence vary with the technique of varicocele repair from 0% to 35%. Anatomy of recurrence can be defined by venography. Management of varicocele recurrence can be surgical or via embolization. PMID:26806078

  5. Nova Lupi 2011

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    Waagen, Elizabeth O.

    2011-08-01

    Announcement of discovery of Nova Lupi 2011 = PNV J14542000-5505030. Discovered by Nicholas Brown (Quinns Rocks, Western Australia) on 2011 Aug. 4.73 UT at unfiltered mag=10.2 (tmax 400 film). Posted on the IAU Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams Transient Object Confirmation Page (TOCP) as PNV J14542000-5505030. Spectra obtained by Fred Walter (SUNY Stony Brook) 2011 August 9.0132 UT with the SMARTS 1.5m RC spectrograph at Cerro Tololo and reported in ATEL #3536 confirms that the object is an Fe II nova near maximum. Initially announced in [vsnet-alert 13560] (Nicholas Brown) and in AAVSO Special Notice #247 (Arne Henden). Finder charts with sequence may be created using the AAVSO Variable Star Plotter (http://www.aavso.org/vsp). Observations should be submitted to the AAVSO International Database. See full Alert Notice for more details and observations.

  6. Nova in Puppis

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    Templeton, Matthew R.

    2007-11-01

    Nova Puppis 2007 was discovered visually by Alfredo Jose Serra Pereira, Carnaxide, Portugal, on November 14.23 UT at visual magnitude 7.0. The discovery was announced in IAU Circular No. 8895 (Daniel W. E. Green, Ed.). The nova is located at 08:16:17.99 -34:15:25.0 (J2000, J. Young and H. Rhoades, Table Mountain Observatory, near Wrightwood, CA). Nothing was visible down to magnitude 8 on November 6.23, 7.22, 8.23, 10.23, and 11.22 UT. Young reports that a red image of the field from the Digitized Sky Survey contains a point source at an approximate magnitude of 20. No spectra have yet been published. Please report observations to the AAVSO International Database as N PUP 2007.

  7. Synoptic Mid-IR Spectra ToO Novae

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    Helton, L. Andrew; Woodward, Chick; Evans, Nye; Geballe, Tom; Spitzer Nova Team

    2007-02-01

    Stars are the engines of energy production and chemical evolution in our Universe, depositing radiative and mechanical energy into their environments and enriching the ambient ISM with elements synthesized in their interiors and dust grains condensed in their atmospheres. Classical novae (CN) contribute to this cycle of chemical enrichment through explosive nucleosynthesis and the violent ejection of material dredged from the white dwarf progenitor and mixed with the accreted surface layers. We propose to obtain mid-IR spectra of a new galactic CN in outburst to investigate aspects of the CN phenomenon including the in situ formation and mineralogy of nova dust and the elemental abundances resulting from thermonuclear runaway. Synoptic, high S/N Michelle spectra permit: 1) determination of the grain size distribution and mineral composition of nova dust; 2) estimation of chemical abundances of nova ejecta from coronal and other emission line spectroscopy; and 3) measurement of the density and masses of the ejecta. This Gemini `Target of Opportunity' initiative (trigger K=5- 8 mag, assuming adequate PWFS guide stars exist) complements our extensive Spitzer, Chandra, Swift, XMM-Newton CN DDT/ToO programs.

  8. The Thermonuclear Runaway and the Classical Nova Outburst

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    Starrfield, S.; Iliadis, C.; Hix, W. R.

    2016-05-01

    Nova explosions occur on the white dwarf component of a cataclysmic variable binary stellar system that is accreting matter lost by its companion. When sufficient material has been accreted by the white dwarf, a thermonuclear runaway occurs and ejects material in what is observed as a classical nova explosion. We describe both the recent advances in our understanding of the progress of the outburst and outline some of the puzzles that are still outstanding. We report on the effects of improving both the nuclear reaction rate library and including a modern nuclear reaction network in our one-dimensional, fully implicit, hydrodynamic computer code. In addition, there has been progress in observational studies of supernovae Ia with implications about the progenitors, and we discuss that in this review.

  9. Nova in Eridanus (KT Eri = N Eri 2009)

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    Waagen, Elizabeth O.

    2009-12-01

    The discovery is reported of Nova Eri 2009 = KT Eri by K. Itagaki, Yamagata, Japan, on Nov. 25.536 UT at unfiltered CCD magnitude 8.1. Spectra from several sources indicates KT Eri is a He/N nova. Pre-discovery images indicate KT Eri actually reached 5th magnitude, and the apparent progenitor is relatively bright at 15th magnitude. Initially announced in CBET 2050 (Daniel W. E. Green, ed.) and AAVSO Special Notice #181 (Elizabeth O. Waagen), with additional information in Special Notices #182 (Arne A. Henden) and #183 (Henden) and CBETs 2053 and 2055 (Daniel W. E. Green, ed.). Finder charts with sequence may be created using the AAVSO Variable Star Plotter (http://www.aavso.org/vsp). Observations should be submitted to the AAVSO International Database. See full Alert Notice for more details and observations.

  10. Analyses of the LMC Novae

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    Vanlandingham, K. M.; Schwarz, G. J.; Starrfield, S.; Hauschildt, P. H.; Shore, S. N.; Sonneborn, G.

    In the past 10 years, 6 classical novae have been observed in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). We have begun a study of these objects using ultraviolet spectra obtained by IUE and optical spectra from nova surveys. We are using the results of this study to further our understanding of novae and stellar evolution. Our study includes analysis of both the early, optically thick spectra using model atmospheres, and the later nebular spectra using optimization of photoionization codes. By analysing of all the LMC novae in a consistent manner, we can compare their individual results and use their combined properties to calibrate Galactic novae. In addition, our studies can be used to determine the elemental abundances of the nova ejecta, the amount of mass ejected, and the contribution of novae to the ISM abundances. To date we have analyzed Nova LMC 1988#1 and Nova LMC 1990#1, and have obtained preliminary results for Nova LMC 1991. The results of this work are presented in this poster. The metal content of the LMC is known to be sub-solar and varies as a function of location within the cloud. A detailed abundance analysis of the ejecta of the LMC novae provides important information concerning the effect of initial metal abundances on energetics of the nova outburst. Since the distance to the LMC is well known, many important parameters of the outburst, such as the luminosity, can be absolutely determined. Both galactic and extragalactic novae have been proposed as potential standard candles. Recent work by Della Valle & Livio (1995) has improved on the standard relations (e.g., Schmidt 1957; Pfau 1976; Cohen 1985; Livio 1992) by including novae from the LMC and M31. Unfortunately, the dependence of the nova outburst on metallicity has not been well-studied. Recent theoretical work by Starrfield et al. (1998) indicates that the luminosity of the outburst increases with decreasing metal abundances. If there is a dependence of luminosity on metallicity, it will have to

  11. ToO Observations of Galactic and Magellanic Cloud Classical Novae

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    Woodward, Charles; Barlow, Michael; Bode, Michael; Evans, Nye; Geballe, Thomas; Gehrz, Robert; Greenhouse, Mattew; Hauschildt, Peter; Krautter, Joachim; Liller, William; Lyke, James; Rudy, Richard; Salama, Alberto; Schwarz, Greg; Shore, Steven; Skrutskie, Michael; Starrfield, Sumner; Truran, James; Wagner, R. Mark; Williams, Robert

    2004-09-01

    Stars are the engines of energy production and chemical evolution in our Universe. They deposit radiative and mechanical energy into their environments, and enrich the ambient interstellar medium with elements synthesized in their interiors and dust grains condensed in their atmospheres. Classical novae (CN), a transient phenomenon, contribute to this cycle of chemical enrichment through explosive nucleosynthesis and the violent ejection of material dredged from the white dwarf progenitor and mixed with the accreted surface layers. Using Spitzer (+IRS), we propose a 10.5 hr, no-impact, multi-cycle (2) ToO program to study (in temporal detail) the later evolutionary stages of CN (> 40 days post-outburst) by targeting 4 Galactic and 3 Magellanic Cloud novae. Spitzer is a unique facility that can enable us to investigate aspects of CN phenomenon including: the in situ formation and astromineralogy of dust, the elemental abundances resulting from thermonuclear runaway, the correllation of ejecta masses with progenitor type, the bolometric luminosities of the outburst, and the kinematics and structure of the ejected envelopes. Specifically, our program addresses four research problems in the study of CN evolution: 1)~determination of the grain size distribution and mineral composition of nova dust; 2)~estimation of chemical abundances of nova ejecta from coronal and forbidden emission line spectroscopy; 3)~measurement of the density and masses of the ejecta; and 4)~characterization of the nature of novae in the SMC and LMC at mid- to far-infrared wavelengths.

  12. HET Spectroscopy of Extragalactic Novae

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    Shafter, Allen W.; Coelho, E. A.; Misselt, K. A.; Bode, M. F.; Darnley, M. J.

    2006-12-01

    We are currently involved in a multifaceted campaign to study extragalactic novae in the optical and IR using a variety of instruments: The Mount Laguna 1m, the Steward 2.3m, and the Liverpool 2m telescopes for optical imaging, the Hobbey-Eberly Telescope (HET) for optical spectroscopy, and the Spitzer Space Telescope for IR photometry and spectroscopy. Here, we report the initial results from our program of spectroscopic observations obtained with the LRS on the HET. Thus far, we have obtained spectra of three novae: Nova M31-2006#9 (ATEL 887), Nova M32-2006#1 (CBET 591), and Nova M33-2006#1 (CBET 655), which were taken on 24-Sep-2006 UT, 30-Sep-2006 UT, and 02-Oct-2006 UT, approximately 6, 65, and 4 days post discovery, for the three novae respectively. The spectra of Nova M31-2006#9 and Nova M33-2006#1 revealed prominent Balmer (FWHM 1600 km/s) and Fe II emission lines typical of the "Fe II" class in the classification system of Williams (1992 AJ, 104, 725). The spectrum of Nova M32-2006#1, which was obtained much longer after eruption, showed strong H-alpha (FWHM 1300 km/s), along with weaker H-beta, Fe II, and [N II] 5755, indicating that this nova is also a member of the Fe II class, and that it had entered the nebular phase at the time of our observations. In addition to these three novae, we also attempted to obtain a spectrum of Nova M31-2006#7 (CBET 615) on 23-Sep-2006 UT, approximately three weeks after discovery. However, by the time of our observations, the nova had faded to invisibility. An 1800s integration at the reported position reveled no trace of the nova. It is likely that this optical transient was an unusually fast nova, possibly of the "He/N" class. This work is being supported in part by NSF grant AST-0607682.

  13. Exploring the Role of Globular Cluster Specific Frequency on the Nova Rates in Three Virgo Elliptical Galaxies

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    Curtin, C.; Shafter, A. W.; Pritchet, C. J.; Neill, J. D.; Kundu, A.; Maccarone, T. J.

    2015-09-01

    It has been proposed that a galaxy’s nova rate might be enhanced by the production of nova progenitor binaries in the dense cores of its globular clusters (GCs). To explore this idea, relative nova rates in three Virgo elliptical galaxies, M87, M49, and M84, which have significantly different GC specific frequencies (SN) of 14, 3.6, and 1.6, respectively, were measured over the course of 4 epochs spanning a period of 14 months. To simplify the analysis, observations of the nearly equidistant galaxies were made on the same nights, with the same integration times, and through the same filter (Hα), so that the relative numbers of novae discovered would reflect the relative nova rates. At the conclusion of our survey we found a total of 27 novae associated with M87, 37 with M49, and 19 with M84. After correcting for survey completeness, we found annual nova rates of {154}-19+23, {189}-22+26, and {95}-14+15, for M87, M49, and M84, respectively, corresponding to K-band luminosity-specific nova rates of 3.8 ± 1.0, 3.4 ± 0.6, and 3.0 ± 0.6 novae per year per {10}10 {L}K,⊙ . The overall results of our study suggest that a galaxy’s nova rate simply scales with its luminosity, and is insensitive to its GC specific frequency. Two novae, one in M87 and one in M84, were found to be spatially coincident with known GCs. After correcting for the mass fraction in GCs, we estimate that novae are likely enhanced relative to the field by at least an order of magnitude in the GC systems of luminous Virgo ellipticals.

  14. NOVA Fall 2002 Teacher's Guide.

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    Ransick, Kristina; Rosene, Dale; Sammons, James; Turck, Mary

    This NOVA teacher's guide presents activities, information, and teaching ideas from the Public Broadcasting System's (PBS) NOVA television program series. Episodes include: (1) "Mysterious Life of Caves" which investigates the role microbes play in the creation of some limestone caves; (2) "Lost Roman Treasure" which follows archaeologists working…

  15. Nova Delphini 2013: Backyard Analysis of a Classical Nova

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    Reid, Piper

    2014-01-01

    On August 14, 2013, Nova Delphini was discovered by Koichi Itagaki. This nova erupted to a maximum brightness of magnitude 4.4 by August 16, 2013. The extraordinary brightness of this event has allowed many amateur astronomers to have the chance to study it. More than 750 amateur astronomers have contributed to the AAVSO photometry database of Nova Delphini.1 The amount and quality of spectroscopic data gathered is unprecedented as well, as over 700 individual spectra have been collected so far in the ARAS database.2 A nova is a class of variable star that undergoes a cataclysmic eruption, which can be observed through a sudden increase in brightness that declines over a series of months or years. At the center of a nova is an accreting white dwarf star which is collecting hydrogen from its surroundings. The accreting mass causes a nuclear reaction on the surface of the white dwarf and as the pressure increases the reaction becomes super-critical and a thermonuclear runaway is ignited causing the brightness increase as well as triggering the ejection of a shell of material form the star. The stages of a classical nova outburst are outlined along with techniques available to amateur astronomers for study of these phenomena. The author’s equipment and software setup are detailed. Results obtained using a low resolution grating, Schmidt-cassegrain telescope and CCD camera that were acquired while Nova Delphini was in the “fireball stage” 3 and subsequent “iron curtain phase”3 are compared and discussed. Results obtained using a high resolution spectroscope, Schmidt-cassegrain telescope and CCD camera that were acquired during the “lifting of the iron curtain phase”3 are also presented. References 1. Turner, Rebecca. “AAVSO - Nova Del 2013” 20 Aug 2013 Web. 8 Sep 2013 nova-del-2013> 2. Tessier, Francois. “ARAS Spectral Database - Nova-Del-2013” 22 Sep 2013 Web. 22 Sep 2013 Novae/Nova

  16. Fritz Zwicky: Novae Become Supernovae

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    Koenig, T.

    2005-12-01

    The Swiss physicist Fritz Zwicky (1898-1974) dabbled in a plethora of disciplines, including astronomy and astrophysics. His dabblings were with vested interest and he has left quite an impact. His first great success was his nova research. In the early 1930s, while supermarkets and Superman were flying, he labelled the distinctly brighter nova Supernova. It had been believed that novae were the collision of two stars, but Zwicky came to recognize supernovae as a phenomenon quite distinct from novae. He and Walter Baade explained supernova by melding astronomy and physics and in this aim they created neutron stars, explained the origin of cosmic rays, initiated the first sky survey, and confirmed that a number of historical novae were indeed supernovae. This was truly an important work in the history of astrophysics.

  17. The Hunt for Old Novae

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    Tappert, C.; Vogt, N.; Schmidtobreick, L.; Ederoclite, A.

    2014-12-01

    We inform on the progress of our on-going project to identify and classify old classical novae, using deep UBVR photometry and subsequent spectroscopy for a proper candidate confirmation, and time-resolved observations in order to find the orbital period and other physical properties of the identified old novae. This way, we have already increased the number of confirmed southern and equatorial post-novae from 33 to 50, and determined new orbital periods of eight objects. As an example, we sumarize the results on V728 Sco (Nova Sco 1862) which we found to be an eclipsing system with a 3.32 h orbital period, displaying high and low states similar to dwarf-nova outbursts. Analysis of the low-state eclipse indicates the presence of a small hot inner disk around the white dwarf component.

  18. Nova Mus 2008 = QY Mus

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    Templeton, Matthew R.

    2008-10-01

    Nova Mus 2008 = QY Mus was discovered by William Liller, Vina del Mar, Chile, on 2008 September 28.998 UT at magnitude 8.6 (Tech Pan film + orange filter). The position is RA = 13h 16m 36.44s , Dec = -67d 36m 47.8s (from P. Nelson). This object was announced as a nova in IAU Circular 8990 (Daniel W.E. Green, editor). The nova classification was determined using low-resolution spectra by W. Liller indicating the presence of broad H-alpha lines at least 2300 angstroms wide. Several observers confirmed the nova and provided photometry. The position above was provided by Peter Nelson (Ellinbank, Vic., Aus.), and is averaged from four separate exposures (rms error approx. 0.4 arcseconds). The GCVS team have formally designated Nova Mus 2008 as QY MUS. Observations should be reported to the AAVSO International Database as QY MUS.

  19. Recurrent vulvovaginitis.

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    Powell, Anna M; Nyirjesy, Paul

    2014-10-01

    Vulvovaginitis (VV) is one of the most commonly encountered problems by a gynecologist. Many women frequently self-treat with over-the-counter medications, and may present to their health-care provider after a treatment failure. Vulvovaginal candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis may occur as discreet or recurrent episodes, and have been associated with significant treatment cost and morbidity. We present an update on diagnostic capabilities and treatment modalities that address recurrent and refractory episodes of VV. PMID:25220102

  20. Nova Survey participation requested

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    Waagen, Elizabeth O.

    2013-03-01

    The AAVSO solicits participation in an online nova survey from our member and observer communities. The survey is being conducted in advance of an upcoming long-term observing campaign that will be launched in mid-April 2013. We are seeking participation in this survey from as broad a sample of the AAVSO community as possible, and your responses will help us gauge the effectiveness of the campaign and serve the observer community better. The survey may be completed anonymously, but you will have the option of providing us with your name and AAVSO observer code if you choose. Please visit the following website to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZQHDYWB. The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete. We ask that you complete the survey by Monday, April 15, 2013.

  1. Olivier Chesneau's Work on Novae

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    Millour, F.; Lagadec, E.

    2015-12-01

    Olivier Chesneau founded a brand new field of observational astrophysics with his attempts to resolve the novae expanding fireball from the very first days of the explosion. With the images he could get, he showed that novae do indeed explode in an aspherical way, leading to a change of paradigm for the physics of these yet-poorly understood catastrophic systems. He also set the stage for a new way of estimating novae distances, by directly measuring the sky-size of the fireball and comparing it with spectroscopic scales, taking into account the tremendous effects of the fireball geometry.

  2. HET Spectra of Three Recent Extragalactic Novae

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    Shafter, A. W.; Coelho, E. A.; Misselt, K. A.; Bode, M. F.; Darnley, M. J.; Quimby, R.

    2006-10-01

    We report optical spectroscopic observations (4280Å - 7280Å) obtained with the HET of three extragalactic novae: Nova M31 2006 No. 9 (ATEL #887), Nova M32 2006 No. 1 (CBET #591), and Nova M33 2006 No. 1 (CBET #655). The spectra were obtained on 24 Sep 2006 UT, 30 Sep 2006 UT, and 02 Oct 2006 UT, corresponding to approximately 6, 65, and 4 days post discovery, for the three novae respectively.

  3. Argonne's Vilas Pol on NOVA!

    SciTech Connect

    2011-01-01

    Can innovations in materials science help clean up our world? Argonne's material scientist Vilas Pol guest starred on NOVA's "Making Stuff: Cleaner," where David Pogue explored the rapidly-developing science and business of clean energy.

  4. Argonne's Vilas Pol on NOVA!

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    None

    2013-04-19

    Can innovations in materials science help clean up our world? Argonne's material scientist Vilas Pol guest starred on NOVA's "Making Stuff: Cleaner," where David Pogue explored the rapidly-developing science and business of clean energy.

  5. Nova reaction rates and experiments

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    Bishop, S.; Herlitzius, C.; Fiehl, J.

    2011-04-01

    Oxygen-neon novae form a subset of classical novae events known to freshly synthesize nuclei up to mass number A≲40. Because several gamma-ray emitters lie in this mass range, these novae are also interesting candidates for gamma-ray astronomy. The properties of excited states within those nuclei in this mass region play a critical role in determining the resonant (p,γ) reaction rates, themselves, largely unknown for the unstable nuclei. We describe herein a new Doppler shift lifetime facility at the Maier-Leibnitz tandem laboratory, Technische Universität München, with which we will map out important resonant (p,γ) nova reaction rates.

  6. EXQUISITE NOVA LIGHT CURVES FROM THE SOLAR MASS EJECTION IMAGER (SMEI)

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    Hounsell, R.; Bode, M. F.; Darnley, M. J.; Mawson, N. R.; Steele, I. A.; Hick, P. P.; Buffington, A.; Jackson, B. V.; Clover, J. M.; Shafter, A. W.; Evans, A.; Eyres, S. P. S.; O'Brien, T. J.

    2010-11-20

    We present light curves of three classical novae (CNe; KT Eridani, V598 Puppis, V1280 Scorpii) and one recurrent nova (RS Ophiuchi) derived from data obtained by the Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI) on board the Coriolis satellite. SMEI provides near complete skymap coverage with precision visible-light photometry at 102 minute cadence. The light curves derived from these skymaps offer unprecedented temporal resolution around, and especially before, maximum light, a phase of the eruption normally not covered by ground-based observations. They allow us to explore fundamental parameters of individual objects including the epoch of the initial explosion, the reality and duration of any pre-maximum halt (found in all three fast novae in our sample), the presence of secondary maxima, speed of decline of the initial light curve, plus precise timing of the onset of dust formation (in V1280 Sco) leading to estimation of the bolometric luminosity, white dwarf mass, and object distance. For KT Eri, Liverpool Telescope SkyCamT data confirm important features of the SMEI light curve and overall our results add weight to the proposed similarities of this object to recurrent rather than to CNe. In RS Oph, comparison with hard X-ray data from the 2006 outburst implies that the onset of the outburst coincides with extensive high-velocity mass loss. It is also noted that two of the four novae we have detected (V598 Pup and KT Eri) were only discovered by ground-based observers weeks or months after maximum light, yet these novae reached peak magnitudes of 3.46 and 5.42, respectively. This emphasizes the fact that many bright novae per year are still overlooked, particularly those of the very fast speed class. Coupled with its ability to observe novae in detail even when relatively close to the Sun in the sky, we estimate that as many as five novae per year may be detectable by SMEI.

  7. The Radio Light Curve of the Gamma-Ray Nova in V407 CYG: Thermal Emission from the Ionized Symbiotic Envelope, Devoured from Within by the Nova Blast

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    Chomiuk, Laura; Krauss, Miriam I.; Rupen, Michael P.; Nelson, Thomas; Roy, Nirupam; Sokoloski, Jennifer L.; Mukai, Koji; Munari, Ulisse; Mioduszewski, Amy; Weston, Jeninfer; O'Brien, Tim J.; Eyres, Steward P. S.; Bode, Michael F.

    2012-01-01

    We present multi-frequency radio observations of the 2010 nova event in the symbiotic binary V407 Cygni, obtained with the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and spanning 1.45 GHz and 17.770 days following discovery. This nova.the first ever detected in gamma rays.shows a radio light curve dominated by the wind of the Mira giant companion, rather than the nova ejecta themselves. The radio luminosity grewas the wind became increasingly ionized by the nova outburst, and faded as the wind was violently heated from within by the nova shock. This study marks the first time that this physical mechanism has been shown to dominate the radio light curve of an astrophysical transient. We do not observe a thermal signature from the nova ejecta or synchrotron emission from the shock, due to the fact that these components were hidden behind the absorbing screen of the Mira wind. We estimate a mass-loss rate for the Mira wind of .Mw approximately equals 10(exp -6) Solar mass yr(exp -1). We also present the only radio detection of V407 Cyg before the 2010 nova, gleaned from unpublished 1993 archival VLA data, which shows that the radio luminosity of the Mira wind varies by a factor of 20 even in quiescence. Although V407 Cyg likely hosts a massive accreting white dwarf, making it a candidate progenitor system for a Type Ia supernova, the dense and radially continuous circumbinary material surrounding V407 Cyg is inconsistent with observational constraints on the environments of most Type Ia supernovae.

  8. Novae in γ-rays

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    Hernanz, M.

    2012-09-01

    Classical novae produce radioactive nuclei which are emitters of γ-rays in the MeV range. Some examples are the lines at 478 and 1275 keV (from ^7Be and ^{22}Na) and the positron-electron annihilation emission (511 keV line and a continuum below this energy, with a cut-off at 20-30 keV). The analysis of γ-ray spectra and light curves is potentially a unique and powerful tool both to trace the corresponding isotopes and to give insights on the properties of the expanding envelope determining its transparency. Another possible origin of γ-rays is the acceleration of particles up to very high energies, so that either neutral pions or inverse Compton processes produce γ-rays of energies larger than 100 MeV. MeV photons during nova explosions have not been detected yet, although several attempts have been made in the last decades; on the other hand, GeV photons from novae have been detected in some particular novae, in symbiotic binaries, where the companion is a red giant with a wind, instead of a main sequence star as in the cataclysmic variables hosting classical novae. Both mechanisms of γ-ray production in novae are reviewed, with more emphasis on the one related to radioactivities.

  9. Infrared studies of Nova Scorpii 2014: an outburst in a symbiotic system sans an accompanying blast wave

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    Joshi, Vishal; Banerjee, D. P. K.; Ashok, N. M.; Venkataraman, V.; Walter, F. M.

    2015-10-01

    Near-IR (NIR) spectroscopy is presented for Nova Scorpii 2014. It is shown that the outburst occurred in a symbiotic binary system - an extremely rare configuration for a classical nova outburst to occur in but appropriate for the eruption of a recurrent nova of the T CrB class. We estimate the spectral class of secondary as M5III ± (two sub-classes). The maximum magnitude versus rate of decline relations give an unacceptably large value of 37.5 kpc for the distance. The spectra are typical of the He/N class of novae with strong He I and H lines. The profiles are broad and flat topped with full width at zero intensities approaching 9000-10 000 km s-1 and also have a sharp narrow component superposed which is attributable to emission from the giant's wind. Hot shocked gas, accompanied by X-rays and γ-rays, is expected to form when the high-velocity ejecta from the nova ploughs into the surrounding giant wind. Although X-ray emission was observed no γ-ray emission was reported. It is also puzzling that no signature of a decelerating shock is seen in the NIR, seen in similar systems like RS Oph, V745 Sco and V407 Cyg, as rapid narrowing of the line profiles. The small outburst amplitude and the giant secondary strongly suggest that Nova Sco 2014 could be a recurrent nova.

  10. Classical Novae in the Swift Era

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    Starrfield, Sumner; Swift-Nova-CV Group

    2008-03-01

    One of the highlights of Swift is that it is a remarkably responsive spacecraft both because of its design and because Neil Gehrels, the PI, is attuned to the great science that can be done with Targets of Opportunity. As a result, we have made important and significant discoveries about the X-ray evolution of Cataclysmic Variables (CV) in general and both Classical (CN) and Recurrent Novae (RN) in particular. Before Swift, both CN and RN were known to emit in both hard and soft X-rays but observations were few, with only a small number of CNe followed through their X-ray bright phase. We have now extended X-ray observations to many more CNe which has answered some questions and, at least as important, posed new questions about the evolution of the explosion. I emphasize that X-ray observations are the only means of following the evolution of the nuclear-burning white dwarf during the outburst. I will review our observations of CN and concentrate on the SSS phase in which the X-ray emission is coming from hot, nuclear-burning, white dwarf outer layers and atmosphere. I will present a brief summary of our results on the 2006 outburst of RS Oph in which a RN was detected with the BAT and then, later, we observed the turn-on of the SSS phase some 26 days into outburst. Finally, I will discuss V723 Cas (1995) which now holds the record for the longest CN observed in outburst in X-rays. I gratefully acknowledge partial support from NSF and NASA grants to ASU and to the members of the Swift-NOVA-CV working group who obtained, extracted, and analyzed the data that I will be presenting.

  11. Spitzer observations of adolescent novae

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    Evans, Aneurin; Gehrz, Robert; Helton, Andrew; Krautter, Joachim; Lyke, James; Polomsky, Elisha; Rushton, Mark; Salama, Alberto; Shore, Steven; Starrfield, Sumner; Truran, James; Wagner, R. Mark; Woodward, Charles

    2006-05-01

    Classical novae (CNe) offer the best opportunity to observe many astrophysical processes (such as dust formation and processing, shaping of nebulae, gas cooling by IR fine structure lines) in `fast forward'. The CN eruption arises following a thermonuclear runaway on the surface of a white dwarf in a semi-detached binary system, following which some 10^-4 Msun of material, enriched in metals, is explosively ejected at ~1000km/s. Following the eruption, CNe vary rapidly, on a timescale ~months, and this necessitates continuous monitoring. Several novae were observed in GO1 as targets-of-opportunity (ToO). We propose to use the Spitzer IRS to observe a sample of novae, including GO1 ToO and several recent (<20years) CNe, to provide us with a well-populated CN parameter space. We aim to determine (i) the ejecta masses, (ii) abundances in the ejected material, (iii) evolution and processing of the CN dust.

  12. NOVAE WITH LONG-LASTING SUPERSOFT EMISSION THAT DRIVE A HIGH ACCRETION RATE

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.; Collazzi, Andrew C.

    2010-05-15

    We identify a new class of novae characterized by the post-eruption quiescent light curve being more than roughly a factor of 10 brighter than the pre-eruption light curve. Eight novae (V723 Cas, V1500 Cyg, V1974 Cyg, GQ Mus, CP Pup, T Pyx, V4633 Sgr, and RW UMi) are separated out as being significantly distinct from other novae. This group shares a suite of uncommon properties, characterized by the post-eruption magnitude being much brighter than before eruption, short orbital periods, long-lasting supersoft emission following the eruption, a highly magnetized white dwarf (WD), and secular declines during the post-eruption quiescence. We present a basic physical picture which shows why all five uncommon properties are causally connected. In general, novae show supersoft emission due to hydrogen burning on the WD in the final portion of the eruption, and this hydrogen burning will be long-lasting if new hydrogen is poured onto the surface at a sufficient rate. Most novae do not have adequate accretion for continuous hydrogen burning, but some can achieve this if the companion star is nearby (with short orbital period) and a magnetic field channels the matter onto a small area on the WD so as to produce a locally high accretion rate. The resultant supersoft flux irradiates the companion star and drives a higher accretion rate (with a brighter post-eruption phase), which serves to keep the hydrogen burning and the supersoft flux going. The feedback loop cannot be perfectly self-sustaining, so the supersoft flux will decline over time, forcing a decline in the accretion rate and the system brightness. We name this new group after the prototype, V1500 Cyg. V1500 Cyg stars are definitely not progenitors of Type Ia supernovae. The V1500 Cyg stars have similar physical mechanisms and appearances as predicted for nova by the hibernation model, but with this group accounting for only 14% of novae.

  13. Transient classification and novae ejecta

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    Williams, Robert

    2016-07-01

    A third parameter, in addition to luminosity and rate of brightness decline, derived from the spectra of transients is suggested as a means of more accurately classifying objects in outburst. Principal component analysis of the spectra of transients is suggested as the best way to determine the third parameter. A model is suggested for novae ejecta that is based on the ballistic ejection of an ensemble of clouds having a wide range of sizes. Short term brightness fluctuations of novae, the formation of dust, and the production of X-ray emission follow naturally from such a picture of the evolving clouds.

  14. The Radio Light Curve of the Gamma-Ray Nova in V407 CYG: Thermal Emission from the Ionized Symbiotic Envelope, Devoured from within by the Nova Blast

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    Chomiuk, Laura; Krauss, Miriam I.; Rupen, Michael P.; Nelson, Thomas; Roy, Nirupam; Sokoloski, Jennifer L.; Mukai, Koji; Munari, Ulisse; Mioduszewski, Amy; Weston, Jennifer; O'Brien, Tim J.; Eyres, Stewart P. S.; Bode, Michael F.

    2012-12-01

    We present multi-frequency radio observations of the 2010 nova event in the symbiotic binary V407 Cygni, obtained with the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and spanning 1-45 GHz and 17-770 days following discovery. This nova—the first ever detected in gamma rays—shows a radio light curve dominated by the wind of the Mira giant companion, rather than the nova ejecta themselves. The radio luminosity grew as the wind became increasingly ionized by the nova outburst, and faded as the wind was violently heated from within by the nova shock. This study marks the first time that this physical mechanism has been shown to dominate the radio light curve of an astrophysical transient. We do not observe a thermal signature from the nova ejecta or synchrotron emission from the shock, due to the fact that these components were hidden behind the absorbing screen of the Mira wind. We estimate a mass-loss rate for the Mira wind of \\dot{M}_w \\approx 10^{-6}\\ {M}_{\\odot }\\ yr^{-1}. We also present the only radio detection of V407 Cyg before the 2010 nova, gleaned from unpublished 1993 archival VLA data, which shows that the radio luminosity of the Mira wind varies by a factor of gsim20 even in quiescence. Although V407 Cyg likely hosts a massive accreting white dwarf, making it a candidate progenitor system for a Type Ia supernova, the dense and radially continuous circumbinary material surrounding V407 Cyg is inconsistent with observational constraints on the environments of most Type Ia supernovae.

  15. The spectroscopic evolution of novae in the bulge of M31 and a search for their possible origin in the M31 globular cluster system

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    Tomaney, Austin Bede

    Results are presented from a three year (1987 to 1989) spectroscopic and photometric survey of novae in M3l's bulge, the first comprehensive study of novae outside the Galactic and Magellanic Cloud systems. Nine novae were detected and monitored and their spectra cover a range of outburst states from early decline to the early nebular phases. Broad agreement in spectral morphology and evolution is found with Galactic novae. Since Galactic novae are mainly disk objects, this indicates that novae outburst properties are not critically dependent on the metallicity of the progenitor population. However, in this sample, and in a sample of four M31 nova spectra taken in 1983, no fast, violent outbursts frequently associated with nova systems containing ONeMg white dwarfs were found, suggestive of a systematic difference between the observed proportion of such outbursts between Galactic and M31 bulge novae. Three novae in the sample were observed on succeeding nights during the transition phase of their evolution. Extraordinary variations in some nightly line strengths, particularly the N III lines, were discovered. It is argued that this variability reflects the deposition of drag energy by the secondary star during the common envelope phase of nova evolution and is indicative of a key phase in mass loss from nova systems. Observations include the spectroscopic coverage of an extremely slow nova from 1987 to l990, during the object's evolution in the nebula phase. This provided a unique opportunity to make the first detailed comparison of the evolution and properties of an extra galactic nova with those in our own Galaxy. The roughly solar abundances obtained are typical of similar slow Galactic novae. Further observations are also presented of a unique outburst in 1988 that was independently discovered and reported by Rich et al. These data confirm the inferences of other observers that the outburst differed markedly from that of a typical classical nova. Finally an

  16. Observations of classical novae in outburst

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    Starrfield, S.; Stryker, L. L.; Sonneborn, G.; Sparks, Warren M.; Ferland, Gary; Wagner, R. M.; Williams, R. E.; Gehrz, Robert D.; Ney, Edward P.; Kenyon, Scott

    1988-01-01

    The IUE obtained ultraviolet data on novae in outburst. The characteristics of every one of the outbursts are different. Optical and infrared data on many of the same novae were also obtained. Three members of the carbon-oxygen class of novae are presented.

  17. Nova LMC 1990 no. 1: The first extragalactic neon nova

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    Sonneborn, George; Shore, Steven N.; Starrfield, Sumner G.

    1990-01-01

    International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) observations of nova LMC (Large Magellanic Cloud) 1990 No. 1, the first neon (or ONeMg) nova observed outside the Galaxy are presented. The observations were obtained from 17 Jan. to Mar. 1990, with especially dense coverage during the first 25 days of the outburst. (The neon nova categorization is based on the detection of forbidden Ne 3-4 lines in optical spectra; the ultraviolet neon lines were not detected.) During the first 30 days of the outburst, the radiative losses were dominated by the N 5 delta 1240 and C 4 delta 1550 lines. The maximum ejection velocity was approximately 8000 km/s, based on the blue absorption edge of the C 4 P-Cygni profile. Early in the outburst of Nova LMC 1990 No. 1 the UV luminosity alone was approximately 3 times 10 to the 38th power erg/sec, implying that the bolometric luminosity was well in excess of the Eddington luminosity for a one solar mass object.

  18. NOVA Fall 1998 Teacher's Guide.

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    Colombo, Luann

    This teacher's guide is designed to accompany the PBS television program "NOVA." Six science activities correspond to: (1) "Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude,, which researches and charts the shortest course to circumnavigate the globe; (2) "Chasing El Nino," which formulates a question and designs an experiment to evaluate the accuracy of…

  19. THE NOVA RATE IN NGC 2403

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    Franck, J. R.; Shafter, A. W.; Hornoch, K.; Misselt, K. A.

    2012-11-20

    A multi-epoch H{alpha} survey of the late-type spiral galaxy NGC 2403 has been completed in order to determine its nova rate. A total of nine nova candidates were discovered in 48 nights of observation with two different telescopes over the period from 2001 February to 2012 April. After making corrections for temporal coverage and spatial completeness, a nova rate of 2.0{sup +0.5} {sub -0.3} yr{sup -1} was determined. This rate corresponds to a luminosity-specific nova rate of 2.5 {+-} 0.7 novae per year per 10{sup 10} L {sub Sun ,K}. This value is consistent with that of the similar Hubble-type galaxy, M33, and is typical of those of other galaxies with measured nova rates, which range from 1 to 3 novae per year per 10{sup 10} L {sub Sun ,K}.

  20. An observational case against nova hibernation

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    Naylor, T.; Charles, P. A.; Mukai, K.; Evans, A.

    1992-01-01

    We use WHT spectroscopy and imaging to show that nova Vul 1670 (= CK Vul) has been incorrectly identified, and thus its luminosity cannot be used as evidence that novae fade into a 'hibernation' phase within 300 yr of their outbursts. INT spectroscopy is used to correct the magnitude of nova Sge 1783 (= WY Sge) for inclination, this result also implying that novae do not fade significantly. We therefore suggest that, while novae decline in the first 60 yr after outburst, thereafter their luminosity remains constant, and they never undergo a 'hibernation' phase. We show that this idea is consistent with the space density of novae and novalike variables, the outburst interval of SS Cyg and the current luminosities of old novae.

  1. AT Cnc: A Second Dwarf Nova with a Classical Nova Shell

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    Shara, Michael M.; Mizusawa, Trisha; Wehinger, Peter; Zurek, David; Martin, Christopher D.; Neill, James D.; Forster, Karl; Seibert, Mark

    2012-10-01

    We are systematically surveying all known and suspected Z Cam-type dwarf novae for classical nova shells. This survey is motivated by the discovery of the largest known classical nova shell, which surrounds the archetypal dwarf nova Z Camelopardalis. The Z Cam shell demonstrates that at least some dwarf novae must have undergone classical nova eruptions in the past, and that at least some classical novae become dwarf novae long after their nova thermonuclear outbursts, in accord with the hibernation scenario of cataclysmic binaries. Here we report the detection of a fragmented "shell," 3 arcmin in diameter, surrounding the dwarf nova AT Cancri. This second discovery demonstrates that nova shells surrounding Z Cam-type dwarf novae cannot be very rare. The shell geometry is suggestive of bipolar, conical ejection seen nearly pole-on. A spectrum of the brightest AT Cnc shell knot is similar to that of the ejecta of the classical nova GK Per, and of Z Cam, dominated by [N II] emission. Galaxy Evolution Explorer FUV imagery reveals a similar-sized, FUV-emitting shell. We determine a distance of 460 pc to AT Cnc, and an upper limit to its ejecta mass of ~5 × 10-5 M ⊙, typical of classical novae.

  2. AT Cnc: A SECOND DWARF NOVA WITH A CLASSICAL NOVA SHELL

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    Shara, Michael M.; Mizusawa, Trisha; Zurek, David; Wehinger, Peter; Martin, Christopher D.; Neill, James D.; Forster, Karl; Seibert, Mark

    2012-10-20

    We are systematically surveying all known and suspected Z Cam-type dwarf novae for classical nova shells. This survey is motivated by the discovery of the largest known classical nova shell, which surrounds the archetypal dwarf nova Z Camelopardalis. The Z Cam shell demonstrates that at least some dwarf novae must have undergone classical nova eruptions in the past, and that at least some classical novae become dwarf novae long after their nova thermonuclear outbursts, in accord with the hibernation scenario of cataclysmic binaries. Here we report the detection of a fragmented 'shell', 3 arcmin in diameter, surrounding the dwarf nova AT Cancri. This second discovery demonstrates that nova shells surrounding Z Cam-type dwarf novae cannot be very rare. The shell geometry is suggestive of bipolar, conical ejection seen nearly pole-on. A spectrum of the brightest AT Cnc shell knot is similar to that of the ejecta of the classical nova GK Per, and of Z Cam, dominated by [N II] emission. Galaxy Evolution Explorer FUV imagery reveals a similar-sized, FUV-emitting shell. We determine a distance of 460 pc to AT Cnc, and an upper limit to its ejecta mass of {approx}5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} M {sub Sun }, typical of classical novae.

  3. A prediction of a luminous red nova eruption

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    Molnar, Lawrence A.; Van Noord, Daniel M.; Steenwyk, Steven D.; Spedden, Chris J.; Kinemuchi, Karen

    2015-01-01

    Luminous red novae have been distinguished as a class of stellar eruption in just the past decade. They are hypothesized to be the result of the merger of two main sequence stars. Tylenda et al. (2011) found remarkable confirmation of this hypothesis by showing that OGLE data preceding the 2008 outburst of V1309 Sco exhibited the light curve of a contact binary system with an orbital period spiraling exponentially down to zero.We will present analysis of light curves of KIC 9832227 (= NSVS 5597755) spanning 15 years that show it is a contact binary system with a negative period derivative and second derivative. The data are taken from the NSVS, WASP, and Kepler surveys, and extended by Calvin Observatory measurements in 2013 and 2014.Fitting the orbital phase timing to the exponential model of Tylenda et al. (2011) provides a satisfactory fit of the entire data set. While we cannot yet conclude the system will follow the model fit, the prediction it makes will soon be easily falsifiable. The model predicts the period derivative will very soon exceed measured values for all other contact binary stars and that the stars should merge sometime between summer 2019 and summer 2022. If the model holds up, this star presents the unprecedented opportunity to perform a set of targeted observations of a luminous red nova progenitor and to follow carefully the course of the merger.Tylenda, R., et al. (2011), AA, 528, A114.

  4. Photometry and spectroscopy of the luminous red nova PSNJ14021678+5426205 in the galaxy M101

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    Goranskij, V. P.; Barsukova, E. A.; Spiridonova, O. I.; Valeev, A. F.; Fatkhullin, T. A.; Moskvitin, A. S.; Vozyakova, O. V.; Cheryasov, D. V.; Safonov, B. S.; Zharova, A. V.; Hancock, T.

    2016-01-01

    We present the results of the study of a red nova from the observations carried out with the Russian 6-m telescope (BTA) along with other telescopes of SAO RAS and SAI MSU. To investigate the nova progenitor,we used the data from the Digital Sky Survey and amateur photos available on the Internet. In the period between April 1993 and July 2014, the brightness of the progenitor gradually increased by 2_ \\cdot ^m 2 in the V-band. At the peak of the first outburst in mid-November 2014, the star reached an absolute visual magnitude of - 12_ \\cdot ^m 75 but was discovered later, in February 2015, in a repeated outburst at the magnitude of - 11_ \\cdot ^m 65. The amplitude of the outburst was minimum among the red novae, only 5_ \\cdot ^m 6 in V-band. The Hα emission line and the background of a cool supergiant continuum with gradually decreasing surface temperature were observed in the spectra. Such process is typical for red novae, although the object under study showed extreme parameters: maximum luminosity, maximum outburst duration, minimum outburst amplitude, unusual shape of the light curve. This event is interpreted as a massive OB star system components'merging accompanied by formation of a common envelope and then the expansion of this envelope with minimal energy losses.

  5. 0.8 - 2.5 μ m Spectroscopy of Five Recent Novae or Novae-Like Objects: V4642 (Nova Sgr 2000), CI Aql, V1493 Aql (Nova Aql 1999 #1), V1494 Aql (Nova Aql 1999 #2) and V4444 Sgr (Nova Sgr 1999).

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    Lynch, D. K.; Rudy, R. J.; Venturini, C. C.; Mazuk, S.; Puetter, R. C.

    2000-12-01

    We report spectroscopy of a number of recent novae or recurrent novae. Near infrared spectroscopy provides a wealth of diagnostic detail about novae and the evolution of their shells because of the number and variety of special-utility lines that are available. Low excitation hydrogen Paschen and Brackett lines provide a background against which to assess abundances, electron densities and temperatures. They also reveal information about the shell geometry, kinematics and optical depths. The intrinsic flux ratio of the OI lines at 0.8446 μ m and 1.1287 μ m is well known and therefore any departure from it is usually a good indicator of interstellar reddening. Neutral and low ionization permitted lines of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon, phosphorus, silicon, calcium, magnesium and iron often provide crucial abundance information which in turn can be related to the initial composition, evolutionary state and surface mixing of the white dwarf (WD) before the outburst . As the ejecta cools and thins to reveal the hot WD, higher ionization forbidden ``coronal" lines begin to appear such as [S VIII] 0.9913 μ m, [Fe XIII] 1.0747, [S IX] 1.2523 μ m, [Al IX] 2.0469 μ m, [Ca VIII] 2.3214 μ m, and [Si VII] 2.4827 μ m . By noting their relative strengths, time of emergence and critical densities, much can be learned about the conditions in the shell. Our spectra show a variety of line widths, shapes and levels of excitation. Of particular interest are the lines that have remained unidentified in these and other novae spectra. This work supported by The Aerospace Corporation's Independent Research and Development Program. Also see posters by Rudy et al. and Venturini et al. .

  6. Possible Nova in M31

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    Burwitz, V.; Pietsch, W.; Updike, A.; Hartmann, D.; Milne, P.; Williams, G.

    2007-10-01

    We report the discovery of an optical nova candidate in M 31 on two 4*60sec stacked R filter CCD images obtained with the robotic 60cm telescope with an E2V CCD (2kx2k) Livermore Optical Transient Imaging System (Super- LOTIS, located at Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak, Arizona, USA) on 2007 Oct 13.255, 13.259 with respective magnitudes of 18.0, 17.8. The position for the nova candidate is RA = 00h43m29.48s, Dec(2000) = +41d17'13.5" (J2000, accuracy of 0.2"), which is 8' 29" east and 1' 5" north of the core of M 31.

  7. The NOvA experiment

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    Ray, Ronald E.

    2008-01-01

    The NOvA Project will construct a 15 kt Far Detector 835 km from Fermilab at Ash River Minnesota, a 220 ton Near Detector on the Fermilab site and upgrade the existing NuMI beamline from 400 kW to 700 kW. The detector technology is liquid scintillator captured in reflective rigid PVC cells. The light is captured using WLS fibre and routed to avalanche photo diodes. NO?A is designed to observe the appearance of electron neutrinos, determine the value of sin{sup 2}(2{theta}{sub 13}) and begin the study of CP violation in the neutrino sector. NO?A is the only currently approved experiment with the ability to determine the neutrino mass ordering. The NOvA physics program and projected sensitivities are described in this report.

  8. Nucleosynthesis and the nova outburst

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    Starrfield, S.; Truran, J.W.; Wiescher, M.; Sparks, W.M.

    1995-01-01

    A nova outburst is the consequence of the accretion of hydrogen rich material onto a white dwarf and it can be considered as the largest hydrogen bomb in the Universe. The fuel is supplied by a secondary star in a close binary system while the strong degeneracy of the massive white dwarf acts to contain the gas during the early stages of the explosion. The containment allows the temperature in the nuclear burning region to exceed 10(sup 8)K under all circumstances. As a result a major fraction of CNO nuclei in the envelope are transformed into (beta)(sup +)-unstable nuclei. We discuss the effects of these nuclei on the evolution. Recent observational studies have shown that there are two compositional classes of novae; one which occurs on carbon-oxygen white dwarfs, and a second class that occurs on oxygen-neon-magnesium white dwarfs. In this review we will concentrate on the latter explosions since they produce the most interesting nucleosynthesis. We report both on the results of new observational determinations of nova abundances and, in addition, new hydrodynamic calculations that examine the consequences of the accretion process on 1.0M(sub (circle dot)), 1.25M(sub (circle dot)), and 1.35M(sub (circle dot)) white dwarfs. Our results show that novae can produce (sup 22)Na, (sup 26)Al, and other intermediate mass nuclei in interesting amounts. We will present the results of new calculations, done with updated nuclear reaction rates and opacities, which exhibit quantitative differences with respect to published work.

  9. Nucleosynthesis and the nova outburst

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    Starrfield, S.; Truran, J.W.; Wiescher, M.; Sparks, W.M.

    1995-12-31

    A nova outburst is the consequence of the accretion of hydrogen rich material onto a white dwarf and it can be considered as the largest hydrogen bomb in the Universe. The fuel is supplied by a secondary star in a close binary system while the strong degeneracy of the massive white dwarf acts to contain the gas during the early stages of the explosion. The containment allows the temperature in the nuclear burning region to exceed 10{sup 8}K under all circumstances. As a result a major fraction of CNO nuclei in the envelope are transformed into {beta}{sup +}-unstable nuclei. We discuss the effects of these nuclei on the evolution. Recent observational studies have shown that there are two compositional classes of novae; one which occurs on carbon-oxygen white dwarfs, and a second class that occurs on oxygen-neon-magnesium white dwarfs. In this review we will concentrate on the latter explosions since they produce the most interesting nucleosynthesis. We report both on the results of new observational determinations of nova abundances and, in addition, new hydrodynamic calculations that examine the consequences of the accretion process on 1.0M{sub {circle_dot}}, 1.25M{sub {circle_dot}}, and 1.35M{sub {circle_dot}} white dwarfs. Our results show that novae can produce {sup 22}Na, {sup 26}Al, and other intermediate mass nuclei in interesting amounts. We will present the results of new calculations, done with updated nuclear reaction rates and opacities, which exhibit quantitative differences with respect to published work.

  10. AST3: dwarf nova outbursts

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    Ma, Bin; Hu, Yi; Shang, Zhaohui; Wang, Lifan

    2016-05-01

    AST3#2 OT J024453.11-580940.1 discovery - new dwarf nova outburst with ampl > 5.8 The 2nd Antarctic Survey Telescope (AST3#2) discovered OT source at (RA, Dec) = 02:44:53.11 -58:09:40.1 on 2016-05-06.071 UT with Sloan-g magnitude of 15.5m (limit 18.6m).

  11. Nova chain design and performance

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    Simmons, W.W.; Glaze, J.A.; Trenholme, J.B.; Hagen, W.F.

    1980-09-04

    During the past year design of the Nova laser has undergone significant change as a result of developments in our laser glass and optical coating evaluation programs. Two notable aspects of the glass development program deserve emphasis. First, vendor qualification for production of fluorophosphate laser glass is progressing satisfactorily. There is a reasonable expectation that vendors can meet fluorophosphate glass specifications within Nova schedule constraints. Secondly, recent gain saturation measurements have shown that the saturation fluence of the fluorophosphate glass is larger than previously supposed (approx. 5.5 J/cm/sup 2/) and in fact is somewhat larger than Shiva silicate glasses. Hence, performance of Nova for pulses in the 3 ns and longer range should be satisfactory. For pulses in the 1 ns regime, of course, the fluorophosphate chain will have superior performance to that of silicate because of its low nonlinear index of refraction (approx. 30% that of silicate). These and other considerations have led us to choose a chain design based upon the use of fluorophosphate glass in our amplifiers.

  12. Positron annihilation gamma rays from novae

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    Leising, Mark D.; Clayton, Donald D.

    1987-01-01

    The potential for observing annihilation gamma rays from novae is investigated. These gamma rays, a unique signature of the thermonuclear runaway models of novae, would result from the annihilation of positrons emitted by beta(+)-unstable nuclei produced near the peak of the runaway and carried by rapid convection to the surface of the nova envelope. Simple models, which are extensions of detailed published models, of the expansion of the nova atmospheres are evolved. These models serve as input into investigations of the fate of nearby Galactic fast novae could yield detectable fluxes of electron-positron annihilation gamma rays produced by the decay of N-13 and F-18. Although nuclear gamma-ray lines are produced by other nuclei, it is unlikely that the fluxes at typical nova distances would be detectable to present and near-future instruments.

  13. NUCLEAR THERMOMETERS FOR CLASSICAL NOVAE

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    Downen, Lori N.; Iliadis, Christian; Jose, Jordi; Starrfield, Sumner

    2013-01-10

    Classical novae are stellar explosions occurring in binary systems, consisting of a white dwarf and a main-sequence companion. Thermonuclear runaways on the surface of massive white dwarfs, consisting of oxygen and neon, are believed to reach peak temperatures of several hundred million kelvin. These temperatures are strongly correlated with the underlying white dwarf mass. The observational counterparts of such models are likely associated with outbursts that show strong spectral lines of neon in their shells (neon novae). The goals of this work are to investigate how useful elemental abundances are for constraining the peak temperatures achieved during these outbursts and determine how robust 'nova thermometers' are with respect to uncertain nuclear physics input. We present updated observed abundances in neon novae and perform a series of hydrodynamic simulations for several white dwarf masses. We find that the most useful thermometers, N/O, N/Al, O/S, S/Al, O/Na, Na/Al, O/P, and P/Al, are those with the steepest monotonic dependence on peak temperature. The sensitivity of these thermometers to thermonuclear reaction rate variations is explored using post-processing nucleosynthesis simulations. The ratios N/O, N/Al, O/Na, and Na/Al are robust, meaning they are minimally affected by uncertain rates. However, their dependence on peak temperature is relatively weak. The ratios O/S, S/Al, O/P, and P/Al reveal strong dependences on temperature and the poorly known {sup 30}P(p, {gamma}){sup 31}S rate. We compare our model predictions to neon nova observations and obtain the following estimates for the underlying white dwarf masses: 1.34-1.35 M {sub Sun} (V838 Her), 1.18-1.21 M {sub Sun} (V382 Vel), {<=}1.3 M {sub Sun} (V693 CrA), {<=}1.2 M {sub Sun} (LMC 1990 no. 1), and {<=}1.2 M {sub Sun} (QU Vul).

  14. Element abundances of classical novae

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    Andrea, J.; Drechsel, H.; Starrfield, S.

    1994-11-01

    Physical conditions and element abundances in the optically thin shells of 11 classical novae with outbursts between 1978 and 1989 were determined from an analysis of UV and optical spectra obtained during the nebular stage. Eight novae were studied on the basis of new optical and UV spectra. The accuracy of the element abundances depends on whether or not simultaneous UV spectra were available to determine individual ionization stage dependent gas temperatures. Generally, slightly higher than solar abundances of helium and pronounced overabundances of the heavier elements were found. QU Vul turned out to be an ONeMg nova, while the other objects belong to the class of CO novae. The nature of V2214 Oph could not be completely clarified. The novae V1668 Cyg (1978), V693 CrA (1981), and V1370 Aql (1982), for which published element abundances exist, were reanalyzed to check the consistency of our spectral analysis approach. Satisfactory agreement of the results was found. Photoionization calculations were carried out for PW Vul using the code of Aldrovandi, Pequignot, and Stasinska. A synthetic spectrum was generated for the parameters derived from the analysis of the UV and optical spectra, which is in very good agreement with the observations. The spectral analysis technique was then applied to the model spectrum and reproduced the model parameters well. Electron temperatures for the C(2+) and C(3+) ions between 7 500 and 12,000 K and for N(4+) betwen 12,000 and 16,000 K were derived. For PW Vul these temperatures remained relatively constant over several months. The decline in density of the ejected shells with time could be investigated for V842 Cen, QV Vul, V977 Sco, and V443 Sct, and was found to deviate from the relation Ne proportional to t-2 for free expansion of a shell in a different way for each object. A possible explanation may be the complex density structure of the shells. This suspicion is supported by high resolution spectra (ESO 3.6m telescope

  15. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Henry Norris Russell Lecture: Fifty Years of Novae

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    Burbidge, E. M.

    1999-05-01

    It is easy to pick out my most memorable meeting of the AAS: the 149th meeting held in January, 1977, and hosted by the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu, HI. It was the meeting at which two traditions of the Society were broken, and we moved into the era of equal opportunity for women astronomers. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin received the highest award of the AAS: the Henry Norris Russell Lectureship. This award had never before been available to women, otherwise Cecilia would, years earlier, have been honored for the many achievements in her lifetime of renowned astronomical research. And I, the first woman to be elected President of the AAS, had the honor of presenting the illuminated scroll to Cecilia, and of introducing her on the platform where she delivered the Henry Norris Russell Prize Lecture, entitled ``Fifty Years of Novae"(1) . Cecilia opened by comparing the experience of young and old scientists in achieving exciting results from their research, and then led us through the history of the discoveries of and about some famous novae. She described the physical picture that emerged from studies of their light curves, their spectra, and the discovery of their binary nature. Three important tables were included, listing data on cataclysmic binaries (dwarf novae) and their link to the nova phenomenon in general. She recalled that she and Sergei Gaposchkin had hesitated between the names catastrophic and cataclysmic for the dwarf novae, and decided on the latter, from the dictionary definitions of those two terms: ``a cataclysm is a great and general flood" while a catastrophe ``is a final event". The nova phenomenon is recurrent, as are the dwarf novae, and both involve an outpouring of a flood of energy. She concluded by describing her 50 years' experience with novae as presenting ``the contemporary portrait of a nova", rather than a final picture, and by forecasting that the next 50 years of discovering and studying novae will be as full of surprises as the

  16. Spitzer Space Telescope observations of the slow classical nova V1186 Sco

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    Schwarz, G. J.; Woodward, C. E.; Lynch, D. K.; Rudy, R.; Ruch, G.; Helton, A.; Venturini, C. C.; Lyke, J. E.; Bode, M. F.; Spitzer CY1 GO ToO Nova Team

    2005-12-01

    The first classical nova observed in our Spitzer Cycle 1 ToO program (PID 2333) was V1186 Sco. This slow nova exhibited a light curve with multiple secondary peaks similar to PW Vul. Visual maximum occurred on 9 July 2004 while the time to decline 2 magnitudes, t2, was 25 days. However, the erratic nature of the light curve makes any determination of intrinsic properties based on the decline times (e.g. luminosity) problematic. Spitzer 5-37 micron spectra were obtained of V1186 Sco and V1187 Sco in late September 2004 and March 2005. V1187 Sco was a very fast nova that was discovered only a few days after V1186 Sco. The first spectra of V1187 Sco showed strong forbidden lines, primarily of neon and magnesium, superimposed on a weak hydrogen recombination spectrum (Lynch et al. 2005, ApJ in press). Both the early and late evolutionary epoch spectra of V1186 Sco were dominated by hydrogen lines. Not unexpected due to its extreme decline time and likely ONeMg white dwarf progenitor, V1187 Sco was dominated by very high ionization "coronal" lines of [Mg V], [Mg VII], [Ar V], [Ne V], and [Ne VI] when Spitzer observations resumed in March 2005. Due to its much slower evolution, the Spitzer data of V1186 Sco obtained the same month showed a greatly weakened hydrogen recombination spectrum with a surprising emergence of the [Ne II] (12.8 micron) as the strongest line. It is not clear if the V1186 Sco outburst occurred on a an ONeMg white dwarf as our complementary ground based optical and near-IR spectroscopy obtained during this later epoch show none of the typical characteristics of an ONeMg nova. However, given the rather slow development of this object it might be too early to make any determination of the white dwarf progenitor.

  17. Functional Blood Progenitor Markers in Developing Human Liver Progenitors.

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    Goldman, Orit; Cohen, Idan; Gouon-Evans, Valerie

    2016-08-01

    In the early fetal liver, hematopoietic progenitors expand and mature together with hepatoblasts, the liver progenitors of hepatocytes and cholangiocytes. Previous analyses of human fetal livers indicated that both progenitors support each other's lineage maturation and curiously share some cell surface markers including CD34 and CD133. Using the human embryonic stem cell (hESC) system, we demonstrate that virtually all hESC-derived hepatoblast-like cells (Hep cells) transition through a progenitor stage expressing CD34 and CD133 as well as GATA2, an additional hematopoietic marker that has not previously been associated with human hepatoblast development. Dynamic expression patterns for CD34, CD133, and GATA2 in hepatoblasts were validated in human fetal livers collected from the first and second trimesters of gestation. Knockdown experiments demonstrate that each gene also functions to regulate hepatic fate mostly in a cell-autonomous fashion, revealing unprecedented roles of fetal hematopoietic progenitor markers in human liver progenitors. PMID:27509132

  18. Progenitors of type Ia supernovae

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    Maeda, Keiichi; Terada, Yukikatsu

    2016-07-01

    Natures of progenitors of type Ia Supernovae (SNe Ia) have not yet been clarified. There has been long and intensive discussion on whether the so-called single degenerate (SD) scenario or the double degenerate (DD) scenario, or anything else, could explain a major population of SNe Ia, but the conclusion has not yet been reached. With rapidly increasing observational data and new theoretical ideas, the field of studying the SN Ia progenitors has been quickly developing, and various new insights have been obtained in recent years. This paper aims at providing a summary of the current situation regarding the SN Ia progenitors, both in theory and observations. It seems difficult to explain the emerging diversity seen in observations of SNe Ia by a single population, and we emphasize that it is important to clarify links between different progenitor scenarios and different sub-classes of SNe Ia.

  19. Newly Determined Explosion Center of Tycho's Supernova and the Implications for Proposed Ex-companion Stars of the Progenitor

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    Xue, Zhichao; Schaefer, Bradley E.

    2015-08-01

    “Star G,” near the center of the supernova remnant of Tycho’s SN 1572, has been claimed to be the ex-companion star of the exploding white dwarf, thus pointing to the progenitor being like a recurrent nova. This claim has been controversial, but there have been no confident proofs or disproofs. Previously, no one has seriously addressed the question as to the exact explosion site in 1572. We now provide accurate measures of the supernova position by two radically different methods. Our first method is to use the 42 measured angular distances between the supernova in 1572 and bright nearby stars, with individual measures being as good as 84 arcsec, and all resulting in a position with a 1σ error radius of 39 arcsec (including systematic uncertainties). Our second method is to use a detailed and state-of-the-art one-dimensional expansion model for 19 positions around the edge of the remnant, where the swept-up material has measured densities, and we determine the center of expansion with a chi-square fit to the 19 measured radii and velocities. This method has a 1σ error radius of 7.5 arcsec. Both measures are substantially offset from the geometric center, and both agree closely, proving that neither has any significant systematic errors. Our final combined position for the site of the 1572 explosion is J2000 α = 0h25m15.ˢ36, δ =64^\\circ 8\\prime 40\\buildrel{\\prime\\prime}\\over{.} 2, with a 7.3 arcsec 1σ uncertainty. Star G is rejected at the 8.2σ confidence level. Our new position lies mostly outside the region previously searched for ex-companion stars.

  20. Endothelial progenitor cells accelerate the resolution of deep vein thrombosis.

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    Li, Wen-Dong; Li, Xiao-Qiang

    2016-08-01

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) causes high morbidity and mortality. Successful resolution of DVT-related thrombi is the key point in the treatment of DVT. Recently, endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) which are multipotent progenitor cells mainly residing in human bone marrow have emerged as a promising therapeutic choice for DVT-related thrombus resolution. In this review, we discussed the mobilization and homing property of EPCs into the sites of thrombosis, mechanisms of EPCs in DVT-related thrombus resolution from the aspects of promoting endothelial regeneration, revascularization, vasoactive and angiogenic factor secretion, proteinase generation, thrombus propagation and recurrence prevention, and vein wall remodeling. In addition, we also provide suggestions on EPCs as a therapeutic choice for thrombus resolution. PMID:26187355

  1. Nova pulse power design and operational experience

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    Whitham, K.; Larson, D.; Merritt, B.; Christie, D.

    1987-01-01

    Nova is a 100 TW Nd++ solid state laser designed for experiments with laser fusion at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The pulsed power for Nova includes a 58 MJ capacitor bank driving 5336 flashlamps with millisecond pulses and subnanosecond high voltages for electro optics. This paper summarizes the pulsed power designs and the operational experience to date.

  2. BVRJK observations of Northern Hemisphere old novae

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    Szkody, Paula

    1994-01-01

    BVR photometry has been accomplished for 65 objects in the Duerbeck atlas along with J photometry of 52 and K of 30 objects. The (B - V), (V - R), and (V - J) colors are compiled with those available in the literature to assess the color change of novae as a function of time since outburst. Using available reddening values results in a list of 42 (B - V), 28 (V - R), and 38 (V - J) dereddened colors for novae that are from 1 to 319 years past outburst. The results indicate all the colors cluster about zero, with no obvious transition to red values as would be expected for novae undergoing a hibernation scenario. This indicates the accretion disk is sustained for at least 200 years after outburst. It is also apparent that red novae with giant secondaries and/or unusual properties readily stand out from the normal novae in color.

  3. Nova shell observation of V2275 Cyg

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    Esenoglu, Hasan H.; Balman, Solen; Saygac, A. Talat

    2016-07-01

    We present a recent search for nova shell of V2275 Cyg after its eruption of 9 years, using narrow bands of H-alpha, OIII and H-alpha-continuum images taken with RTT150 telescope at TUG. They were taken in November 2nd, 2010 with exposures of 600sec. There is uncertain in the literature whether the nova shell is visible in H-alpha. In this work the nova disappears on frame of OIII (wavelengt of 500.7nm with band width of 5nm) when it is faint apparent on the frames of both H-alpha and H-alpha continuum. We will calculate a new angular diameter of the nova shell by using the nebular expantion method if the data allow to measure seeing values of the nova and neighbor stars.

  4. The origin of presolar nova grains

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    José, Jordi; Hernanz, Margarita

    2007-08-01

    Infrared observations reveal that classical novae often form dust in their expanding shells ejected into the interstellar medium as a consequence of violent outbursts. Recent experimental efforts have led to the identification of presolar nova candidate grains from the Acfer 094 and Murchison meteorites. Recently, however, concerns have been raised about the stellar paternity of these grains by new measurements on another sample of SiC grains: these grains are characterized by 12C/13C and 14N/15N ratios similar to the ones reported for the nova grains, but a number of different imprints suggest that a possible supernova origin cannot be excluded. Here we review the predicted nucleosynthetic imprints accompanying nova explosions and discuss the chances to synthesize heavier species, such as titanium, in nova-like events.

  5. Nova laser assurance-management system

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    Levy, A.J.

    1983-07-18

    In a well managed project, Quality Assurance is an integral part of the management activities performed on a daily basis. Management assures successful performance within budget and on schedule by using all the good business, scientific, engineering, quality assurance, and safety practices available. Quality assurance and safety practices employed on Nova are put in perspective by integrating them into the overall function of good project management. The Nova assurance management system was developed using the quality assurance (QA) approach first implemented at LLNL in early 1978. The LLNL QA program is described as an introduction to the Nova assurance management system. The Nova system is described pictorially through the Nova configuration, subsystems and major components, interjecting the QA techniques which are being pragmatically used to assure the successful completion of the project.

  6. Terra Nova Bay Polynya, Antarctica

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    2007-01-01

    In Terra Nova Bay, off the Scott Coast of Victoria Land, Antarctica, a large pocket of open water persists throughout most of the Southern Hemisphere winter, even while most of the rest of the Antarctic coastline is firmly embraced by the frozen Southern Ocean. This pocket of open water--a polynya--results from exceptionally strong winds that blow downslope from the Trans-Antarctic Mountains. These fierce katabatic winds drive the sea ice eastward. Since the dominant ice drift pattern in the area is northward, the Drygalski Ice Tongue prevents the bay from being re-populated with sea ice. This image of the Terra Nova Bay polynya was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on October 16, 2007. Sea ice sits over the Ross Sea like a cracked and crumbling windshield. Blue-tinged glaciers flow down from the Trans-Antarctic Mountains. Although glaciers can appear blue because of melt water, they can also get that tint when the wind scours and polishes the ice surface. Given the strength of the katabatic winds along this part of the Antarctic coast, it is likely that the blue color of these glaciers is a result of their having been swept clean of snow. The large image has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.

  7. BLOBS IN SPACE: THE LEGACY OF A NOVA

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    2002-01-01

    TThe prolific number of eruptions by the recurrent nova T Pyxidis has attracted the attention of many telescopes. The image on the left, taken by a ground-based telescope, shows shells of gas around the star that were blown off during several eruptions. Closer inspection by the Hubble Space Telescope (right-hand image), however, reveals that the shells are not smooth at all. In fact, this high-resolution image shows that the shells are actually more than 2,000 gaseous blobs packed into an area that is 1 light-year across. Resembling shrapnel from a shotgun blast, the blobs may have been produced by the nova explosion, the subsequent expansion of gaseous debris, or collisions between fast-moving and slow- moving gas from several eruptions. False color has been applied to this image to enhance details in the blobs. The ground-based image was taken Jan. 19, 1995 by the European Southern Observatory's New Technology Telescope in La Silla, Chile. The Hubble telescope picture is a compilation of data taken on Feb. 26, 1994, and June 16, Oct. 7, and Nov. 10, 1995, by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. T Pyxidis is 6,000 light-years away in the dim southern constellation Pyxis, the Mariner's Compass. Credits: Mike Shara, Bob Williams, and David Zurek (Space Telescope Science Institute); Roberto Gilmozzi (European Southern Observatory); Dina Prialnik (Tel Aviv University); and NASA.

  8. Are Z Camelopardalis-Type Dwarf Novae Brighter at Standstill?

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    Honeycutt, R. K.; Robertson, J. W.; Turner, G. W.; Mattei, J. A.

    1998-06-01

    Average V-band brightnesses over multiple outbursting and standstill intervals are computed for the light curves of five Z Cam-type dwarf novae: RX And, Z Cam, SY Cnc, AH Her, and HX Peg. Both CCD photometry from RoboScope and AAVSO visual estimates are used in the analysis, with consistent results from the two databases for the stars in common. In four of the five stars, the standstills are as bright as or brighter than the mean V-band brightness during outbursting intervals. This is consistent with Z Cam stars being near the upper stability boundary in M for operation of the thermal limit cycle that is thought to be responsible for dwarf nova outbursts. However, the unusual standstills or hesitations observed in SY Cnc are sometimes fainter than the mean brightness during outbursting intervals. From several well-observed examples we describe the light curves of Z Cam stars as they enter standstill. During this characteristic damped oscillation the amplitude decreases with a timescale approximately equal to the mean outburst recurrence interval, and the period of the oscillation decreases with P&d2 ~=-0.4 as standstill is approached. The exits from standstill usually change abruptly into outbursting mode by emerging from standstill into a decline from outburst.

  9. Automated Searches for Extragalactic Novae

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    Darnley, M. J.

    2005-06-01

    Classical novae (CNe) are interacting binary systems in which the white dwarf undergoes unpredictable explosive outbursts. The energy of a nova outburst is only surpassed by that of gamma-ray bursts, supernovae and a small number of luminous blue variables. However, the outbursts of CNe are far more common than any of these other stars. Due to their brightness and occurrence in both Population I and Population II systems, novae are potentially important as extragalactic distance indicators and tools in the exploration of binary star evolution in galaxies. The POINT-AGAPE survey is an optical search for gravitational micro-lensing events towards the Andromeda galaxy (M31). As well as micro-lensing, the survey is sensitive to many different classes of variable stars and transients, including CNe. In this work we describe the automated detection and selection pipeline used to identify M31 CNe and we present the resulting catalogue of 20 strong CN candidates observed over three seasons. The CNe we discover are observed both in the M31 bulge region as well as over a wide area of the M31 disc. Nine of the CNe are caught during the final rise phase (which is often missed in Galactic novae) and all are well sampled in at least two colours. The excellent light-curve coverage has allowed us to detect and classify CNe over a wide range of speed classes, from very fast to very slow. Among the light curves is, for example, a moderately fast CN exhibiting entry into a deep transition minimum, followed by its final decline. We have also observed in detail a very slow CN which faded by only 0.01 mag day^{-1} over a 150 day period. The CN catalogue constitutes a uniquely well-sampled and objectively-selected data set with which to study the statistical properties of CNe in M31. As a by-product, we have detected other interesting variable objects, including one of the longest period and most luminous Mira variables. An analysis of the MMRD relationship in M31 was performed using the

  10. The NOvA Technical Design Report

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    Ayres, D.S.; Drake, G.R.; Goodman, M.C.; Grudzinski, J.J.; Guarino, V.J.; Talaga, R.L.; Zhao, A.; Stamoulis, P.; Stiliaris, E.; Tzanakos, G.; Zois, M.; /Athens U. /Caltech /UCLA /Fermilab /College de France /Harvard U. /Indiana U. /Lebedev Inst. /Michigan State U. /Minnesota U., Duluth /Minnesota U.

    2007-10-08

    Technical Design Report (TDR) describes the preliminary design of the NOvA accelerator upgrades, NOvA detectors, detector halls and detector sites. Compared to the March 2006 and November 2006 NOvA Conceptual Design Reports (CDR), critical value engineering studies have been completed and the alternatives still active in the CDR have been narrowed to achieve a preliminary technical design ready for a Critical Decision 2 review. Many aspects of NOvA described this TDR are complete to a level far beyond a preliminary design. In particular, the access road to the NOvA Far Detector site in Minnesota has an advanced technical design at a level appropriate for a Critical Decision 3a review. Several components of the accelerator upgrade and new neutrino detectors also have advanced technical designs appropriate for a Critical Decision 3a review. Chapter 1 is an Executive Summary with a short description of the NOvA project. Chapter 2 describes how the Fermilab NuMI beam will provide a narrow band beam of neutrinos for NOvA. Chapter 3 gives an updated overview of the scientific basis for the NOvA experiment, focusing on the primary goal to extend the search for {nu}{sub {mu}} {yields} {nu}{sub e} oscillations and measure the sin{sup 2}(2{theta}{sub 13}) parameter. This parameter has not been measured in any previous experiment and NOvA would extend the search by about an order of magnitude beyond the current limit. A secondary goal is to measure the dominant mode oscillation parameters, sin{sup 2}(2{theta}{sub 23}) and {Delta}m{sub 32}{sup 2} to a more precise level than previous experiments. Additional physics goals for NOvA are also discussed. Chapter 4 describes the Scientific Design Criteria which the Fermilab accelerator complex, NOvA detectors and NOvA detector sites must satisfy to meet the physics goals discussed in Chapter 3. Chapter 5 is an overview of the NOvA project. The changes in the design relative to the NOvA CDR are discussed. Chapter 6 summarizes the NOvA

  11. Embryonic Heart Progenitors and Cardiogenesis

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    Brade, Thomas; Pane, Luna S.; Moretti, Alessandra; Chien, Kenneth R.; Laugwitz, Karl-Ludwig

    2013-01-01

    The mammalian heart is a highly specialized organ, comprised of many different cell types arising from distinct embryonic progenitor populations during cardiogenesis. Three precursor populations have been identified to contribute to different myocytic and nonmyocytic cell lineages of the heart: cardiogenic mesoderm cells (CMC), the proepicardium (PE), and cardiac neural crest cells (CNCCs). This review will focus on molecular cues necessary for proper induction, expansion, and lineage-specific differentiation of these progenitor populations during cardiac development in vivo. Moreover, we will briefly discuss how the knowledge gained on embryonic heart progenitor biology can be used to develop novel therapeutic strategies for the management of congenital heart disease as well as for improvement of cardiac function in ischemic heart disease. PMID:24086063

  12. Possible Nova in M31

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    Pietsch, W.; Burwitz, V.; Stoss, R.; Updike, A.; Hartmann, D.; Milne, P.; Williams, G.

    2007-10-01

    We report the discovery of an optical nova candidate in M 31 on 5 stacked white light images (each with 60 sec exposure) on 2007 Oct 6.104 with a magnitude of 17.1. The images were obtained with the REMO2 telescope of the Observatori Astronomic de Mallorca OAM (620), Costitx, Spain (30cm f/9 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with an SBIG STL-1001E CCD camera). The object is confirmed on R filter CCD images with the robotic 60cm telescope with an E2V CCD (2kx2k) Livermore Optical Transient Imaging System (Super-LOTIS, located at Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak, Arizona, USA) on (two 8*60 s stacked, 17.1 and 17.2 mag) on 2007 Oct 6.336 and 6.429, respectively.

  13. Circumstellar Dust in Symbiotic Novae

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    Jurkic, T.; Kotnik-Karuza, D.

    2015-12-01

    We present a model of inner dust regions around the cool Mira component of the two symbiotic novae, RR Tel and HM Sge, based on the near-IR photometry, ISO spectra and mid-IR interferometry. The dust properties were determined using the DUSTY code. A compact circumstellar silicate dust shell with inner dust shell temperatures between 900 K and 1300 K and of moderate optical depth can explain all the observations. RR Tel shows the presence of an equatorially enhanced dust density during minimum obscuration. Obscuration events are explained by an increase in optical depth caused by the newly condensed dust. The mass loss rates are significantly higher than in intermediate-period single Miras but in agreement with longer-period O-rich AGB stars.

  14. Similarities between Stunted Outbursts in Nova-like Cataclysmic Variables and Outbursts in Ordinary Dwarf Novae

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    Honeycutt, R. K.

    2001-04-01

    Stunted outbursts have been reported in old novae and nova-like cataclysmic variables by Honeycutt, Robertson, and Turner. These 0.4-1 mag outbursts were concluded to be either mass transfer events or disk outbursts similar to dwarf nova eruptions, but seen under unusual conditions. Honeycutt, Robertson, and Turner did not have enough evidence to favor either of these possibilities. This paper uses additional long-term photometry and analysis to argue that the similarities of these stunted outbursts to dwarf nova eruptions are now so numerous that the dwarf nova outburst choice is strongly favored. The similarities discussed here include the range of outburst spacings, the coherence and stability of the outbursts, and the presence of isolated outburst/dip pairs. As part of this discussion we note the presence of unexpectedly stable clocks over 9 years for the repetition interval of dwarf nova outbursts in SY Cnc and of stunted outbursts in FY Per.

  15. The Progenitors of Thermonuclear Supernovae

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    Piersanti, L.; Straniero, O.; Tornambe, A.; Dominguez, I.

    2009-05-03

    In the framework of the rotating Double Degenerate Scenario for type Ia Supernovae progenitors, we show that the dichotomy between explosive events in early and late type galaxies can be easily explained. Assuming that more massive progenitors produce slow-decline (high-luminosity) light curve, it comes out that, at the current age of the Universe, in late type galaxies the continuous star formation provides very massive exploding objects (prompt component) corresponding to slow-decline (bright) SNe; on the other hand, in early type galaxies, where star formation ended many billions years ago, only low mass ''normal luminosity'' objects (delayed component) are present.

  16. Multiwavelength Modeling of Nova Atmospheres

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    Hauschildt, P. H.; Starrfield, S.

    1997-01-01

    We have analyzed the early optically thick ultraviolet spectra of Nova OS And 1986 using a grid of spherically symmetric, non-LTE, line-blanketed, expanding model atmospheres and synthetic spectra with the following set of parameters: 5,000 less than or equal to T(sub model) less than or equal to 60,000K, solar abundances, (rho)(alpha) r(sup -3), v(sub max) = 2000 km/s, L = 6 x 10(exp 4) solar luminosity, and a statistical or microturbulent velocity of 50 km/s. We used the synthetic spectra to estimate the model parameters corresponding to the observed IUE spectra. The fits to the observations were then iteratively improved by changing the parameters of the model atmospheres, in particular T(sub model) and the abundances, to arrive at the best fits to the optically thick pseudo-continuum and the features found in the IUE spectra. The IUE spectra show two different optically thick subphases. The earliest spectra, taken a few days after maximum optical light, show a pseudo-continuum created by overlapping absorption lines. The later observations, taken approximately 3 weeks after maximum light, show the simultaneous presence of allowed, semi-forbidden, and forbidden lines in the observed spectra. Analysis of these phases indicate that OS And 86 had solar metallicities except for Mg which showed evidence of being underabundant by as much as a factor of 10. We determine a distance of 5.1 kpc to OS And 86 and derive a peak bolometric luminosity of approximately 5 x 10(exp 4) solar luminosity. The computed nova parameters provide insights into the physics of the early outburst and explain the spectra seen by IUE. Lastly, we find evidence in the later observations for large non-LTE effects of Fe II which, when included, lead to much better agreement with the observations.

  17. Nova Sco 2011 No. 2 = PNV J16364440-4132340 = PNV J16364300-4132460

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    Waagen, Elizabeth O.

    2011-09-01

    Announcement of discovery of Nova Sco 2011 No. 2 = PNV J16364440-4132340 = PNV J16364300-4132460. Discovered independently by John Seach (Chatsworth Island, NSW, Australia, on 2011 Sep. 06.37 UT at mag=9.8 (DSLR)) and by Yuji Nakamura (Kameyama, Mie, Japan, on 2011 Sep. 06.4313 UT at mag=9.7 C (CCD)). Posted on the IAU Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams Transient Object Confirmation Page (TOCP) as PNV J16364440-4132340 (Nakamura) and PNV J16364300-4132460 (Seach); identifications consolidated in VSX under PNV J16364440-4132340. Spectra obtained by A. Arai et al. on 2011 Sep. 7.42 UT suggest a highly reddened Fe II-type classical nova. Spectra by F. Walter and J. Seron obtained Sep. 2011 8.091 UT confirm a young galactic nova; they report spectra are reminiscent of an early recurrent nova. Initially announced in AAVSO Special Notice #251 (Matthew Templeton) and IAU Central Bureau Electronic Telegram 2813 (Daniel W. E. Green, ed.). Finder charts with sequence may be created using the AAVSO Variable Star Plotter (http://www.aavso.org/vsp). Observations should be submitted to the AAVSO International Database. See full Alert Notice for more details and observations.

  18. Recent progress in understanding the eruptions of classical novae

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    Shara, M.M.

    1989-01-01

    The physical processes generating nova eruptions are reviewed, along with the effects on nova eruptions of binary-system parameters such as the chemical composition or mass of the white dwarf and the mass accretion rate. Also considered are the possible metamorphosis from dwarf to classical novae and back again, X-ray and gamma-ray emission from novae, and the characteristics and distributions of novae in globular clusters and extragalactic systems. Limitations of the thermonuclear runaway model are discussed. 159 references.

  19. Epigenetic therapy of cancer stem and progenitor cells by targeting DNA methylation machineries.

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    Wongtrakoongate, Patompon

    2015-01-26

    Recent advances in stem cell biology have shed light on how normal stem and progenitor cells can evolve to acquire malignant characteristics during tumorigenesis. The cancer counterparts of normal stem and progenitor cells might be occurred through alterations of stem cell fates including an increase in self-renewal capability and a decrease in differentiation and/or apoptosis. This oncogenic evolution of cancer stem and progenitor cells, which often associates with aggressive phenotypes of the tumorigenic cells, is controlled in part by dysregulated epigenetic mechanisms including aberrant DNA methylation leading to abnormal epigenetic memory. Epigenetic therapy by targeting DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) 1, DNMT3A and DNMT3B via 5-Azacytidine (Aza) and 5-Aza-2'-deoxycytidine (Aza-dC) has proved to be successful toward treatment of hematologic neoplasms especially for patients with myelodysplastic syndrome. In this review, I summarize the current knowledge of mechanisms underlying the inhibition of DNA methylation by Aza and Aza-dC, and of their apoptotic- and differentiation-inducing effects on cancer stem and progenitor cells in leukemia, medulloblastoma, glioblastoma, neuroblastoma, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and testicular germ cell tumors. Since cancer stem and progenitor cells are implicated in cancer aggressiveness such as tumor formation, progression, metastasis and recurrence, I propose that effective therapeutic strategies might be achieved through eradication of cancer stem and progenitor cells by targeting the DNA methylation machineries to interfere their "malignant memory". PMID:25621113

  20. Photometric Periods of Recent Southern Novae

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    Walter, Frederick M.; Pagnotta, Ashley; Kafka, Stella

    2013-02-01

    We initiated a program to follow the temporal evolution of novae using the SMARTS facilities in 2003. Since then we have followed the evolution of the 68 galactic novae, resulting in the ``Stony Brook/SMARTS Atlas of mostly Southern Novae", a spectroscopic and photometric database. The next step is to undertake a systematic search for orbital periods. We propose here for a week of classical time on the 0.9m to search for photometric periods in the range of a few hours to a few days; we have identified two systems with periods of 1.1 and 5.2 hours. Our targets are recent novae visible in the A semester, mostly in the galactic center region. This complements our continuing longer-term SMARTS monitoring of these systems as they approach quiescence.

  1. Copernicus observations of Nova Cygni 1975

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    Jenkins, E. B.; Snow, T. P.; Upson, W. L.; Anderson, R.; Starrfield, S. G.; Gallagher, J. S.; Friedjung, M.; Linsky, J. L.; Henry, R. C.; Moos, H. W.

    1977-01-01

    Near-ultraviolet radiation from Nova Cygni 1975 was detected by the Copernicus satellite on five occasions from 1975 September 1 to 1975 September 9. The nova was not seen in the UV after this date. The principal result was the observation of a broad emission feature from the Mg II doublet at 2800 A. The absence of strong UV radiation at shorter wavelengths suggests that these lines are produced by collisional excitation in the outer layers of an expanding shell with electron temperature of approximately 4000 K. The absence of observed emission lines from highly ionized species indicates that the amount of material with log T between 4.4 and 5.7 is less than 0.001 times that which produces the Mg II emission. The continuum flux in the near-UV decreased as the nova evolved, showing that the total luminosity decreased as the nova faded in the visible.

  2. CCD observations of old nova fields

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    Downes, R.A.; Szkody, P.; Washington Uni., Seattle )

    1989-06-01

    The discovery of CK Vulpeculae (Nova 1670) has prompted a major review of ideas concerning the long-term development of novae. Unfortunately, there are very few recovered novae old enough to provide confirmation (or rejection) of the new hibernation scenario. CCD images of seven old nova fields, and R band photometry for four fields, have been obtained in an attempt to recover these objects in quiescence. A strong candidate for U Leonis, and a possible counterpart for T Bootis, are found. For three other fields, weak candidates have been found. Finding charts and colors are presented for the seven fields observed. The R light curves of U Leo, indicating an orbital period of 192.5 or 385.0 min, are shown. 14 refs.

  3. CCD observations of old nova fields

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    Downes, Ronald A.; Szkody, Paula

    1989-01-01

    The discovery of CK Vulpeculae (Nova 1670) has prompted a major review of ideas concerning the long-term development of novae. Unfortunately, there are very few recovered novae old enough to provide confirmation (or rejection) of the new 'hibernation' scenario. CCD images of seven old nova fields, and R band photometry for four fields, have been obtained in an attempt to recover these objects in quiescence. A strong candidate for U Leonis, and a possible counterpart for T Bootis, are found. For three other fields, weak candidates have been found. Finding charts and colors are presented for the seven fields observed. The R light curves of U Leo, indicating an orbital period of 192.5 or 385.0 min, are shown.

  4. Old Novae and the SW Sextantis Phenomenon

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    Schmidtobreick, L.; Tappert, C.

    2014-12-01

    From a large observing campaign, we found that nearly all non- or weakly magnetic cataclysmic variables (CVs) in the orbital period range between 2.8 and 4 hours are of SW Sex type and as such experience very high mass transfer rates. The exceptions seem to be some old novae that have periods around 3.5 h. Their spectra do not show the typical SW Sex characteristics but rather resemble those of dwarf novae with low mass transfer rates. The presence of old novae in this period range of SW Sex stars that do not follow the trend but show instead rather low mass transfer rates is interpreted as evidence for an effect of the nova eruption on the mass transfer rate of the underlying CV similar to the hibernation scenario.

  5. Planets orbiting Quark Nova compact remnants

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    Keränen, P.; Ouyed, R.

    2003-08-01

    We explore planet formation in the Quark Nova scenario. If a millisecond pulsar explodes as a Quark Nova, a protoplanetary disk can be formed out of the metal rich fall-back material. The propeller mechanism transfers angular momentum from the born quark star to the disk that will go through viscous evolution with later plausible grain condensation and planet formation. As a result, earth-size planets on circular orbits may form within short radii from the central quark star. The planets in the PSR 1257+12 system can be explained by our model if the Quark Nova compact remnant is born with a period of ~ 0.5 ms following the explosion. We suggest that a good portion of the Quark Nova remnants may harbour planetary systems.

  6. Pulse shaping on the Nova laser system

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    Lawson, J.K.; Speck, D.R.; Bibeau, C.; Weiland, T.L.

    1989-02-06

    Inertial confinement fusion requires temporally shaped pulses to achieve high gain efficiency. Recently, we demonstrated the ability to produce complex temporal pulse shapes at high power at 0.35 microns on the Nova laser system. 2 refs., 2 figs.

  7. CNO nucleosynthesis and the nova outburst

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    Starrfield, S.; Truran, J.; Sparks, W.

    1977-01-01

    Predictions for CNO nucleosynthesis by the classical nova outburst are presented. Properties of the nova phenomenon pertinent to the production of CNO isotopes are discussed, the effect of beta(+) unstable nuclei on outburst evolution is examined, and the need for enhanced CNO nuclei in the envelope is described. Possible mechanisms for producing such enhancement are considered, and recent observations of enhanced CNO nuclei in nova ejecta are reviewed. Results of model evolutionary calculations are outlined which show that a thermonuclear runaway in the hydrogen envelope of a carbon-oxygen white dwarf can reproduce the gross features of the classical nova outburst, that the behavior of the outburst depends at least on the hydrogen-envelope mass and the degree of CNO enhancement, and that all degrees of isotopic enhancement result in an outburst that may be compared with observed events. Two enhancement mechanisms are identified, both of which involve mixing in the envelope.

  8. Progenitor Cells and Podocyte Regeneration

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    Shankland, Stuart J.; Pippin, Jeffrey W.; Duffield, Jeremy S.

    2014-01-01

    The very limited ability of adult podocytes to proliferate in vivo is clinically significant because: podocytes form a vascular barrier which is functionally critical to the nephron; podocyte hypoplasia is a characteristic of disease; and inadequate regeneration of podocytes is a major cause of persistent podocyte hypoplasia. Excessive podocyte loss or inadequate replacement leads to glomerulosclerosis in many progressive kidney diseases. Thus, restoration of podocyte cell density is almost certainly reliant on regeneration by podocyte progenitors. However such putative progenitors have remained elusive until recently. In this review we describe the developmental processes leading to podocyte and parietal epithelial cell (PEC) formation during glomerulogenesis. We compare evidence that in normal human kidneys PECs expressing ‘progenitor’ markers CD133 and CD24 can differentiate into podocytes in vitro and in vivo with evidence from animal models suggesting a more limited role of PEC-capacity to serve as podocyte progenitors in adults. We will highlight tantalizing new evidence that specialized vascular wall cells of afferent arterioles including those which produce renin in healthy kidney, provide a novel local progenitor source of new PECs and podocytes in response to podocyte hypoplasia in the adult, and draw comparisons with glomerulogenesis. PMID:25217270

  9. Rate of nova production in the Galaxy

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    Liller, W.; Mayer, B.

    1987-07-01

    The ongoing PROBLICOM program in the Southern Hemisphere now makes it possible to derive a reliable value for the overall production rate of Galactic novae. The results, 73 + or - 24/y, indicates that the Galaxy outproduces M 31 by a factor of two or three. It is estimated that the rate of supernova ejecta is one and a half orders of magnitude greater than that of novae in the Galaxy. 15 references.

  10. Monitoring the Next X-Ray Nova Outburst from Centaurus X-4

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    Remillard, Ronald

    We have gained insights regarding compact objects and accretion processes by making comparative studies of Cen X-4 (an X-ray burster) and A0620-00 (black hole binary). These systems are recurrent X-ray novae with similar periods, distances, and companion stars. In quiescent states of accretion, their diverging spectral energy distributions are interpreted as observational support for both the ADAF model and the reality of event horizons surrounding black holes. The next X-ray nova episode for Cen X-4 may occur soon, and it may be very bright (several Crab). Since so much is known about this binary system, there is a unique opportunity to monitor the timing and spectral properties as the accretion rate onto a nonmagnetic neutron star changes by 3 orders of magnitude.

  11. Monitoring the Next X-Ray Nova Outburst from Centaurus X-4

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    Remillard, Ronald

    We have gained insights regarding compact objects and accretion processes by making comparative studies of Cen X-4 (an X-ray burster) and A0620-00 (black hole binary). These systems are recurrent X-ray novae with similar periods, distances, and companion stars. In quiescent states of accretion, their diverging spectral energy distributions are interpreted as observational support for both the ADAF model and the reality of event horizons surrounding black holes. The next X-ray nova episode for Cen X-4 may occur soon. Since it is likely to be very bright (several Crab), and since so much is known about this binary system, there is a unique opportunity to monitor the timing and spectral properties as the accretion rate onto a nonmagnetic neutron star changes by 3 orders of magnitude.

  12. Convective overshoot mixing in Nova outbursts - the dependence on the composition of the underlyingwhitedwarf

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    Glasner, S. Ami; Livne, Eli; Truran, James W.

    2012-12-01

    We present here, for the first time, a 2D study of the overshoot convective mechanism in nova outbursts for a wide range of possible compositions of the layer underlying the accreted envelope. Previous surveys studied this mechanism only for solar composition matter accreted on top of carbon-oxygen (C-O) white dwarfs. Since, during the runaway, mixing with carbon enhances the hydrogen burning rates dramatically, one should question whether significant enrichment of the ejecta is possible also for other underlying compositions (He, O, Ne, Mg), predicted by stellar evolution models. We simulated several non-carbon cases and found significant amounts of those underlying materials in the ejected hydrogen layer. Despite large differences in rates, time-scales and energetics between the cases, our results show that the convective dredge-up mechanism predicts significant enrichment in all our non-carbon cases, including helium enrichment in recurrent novae. The results are consistent with observations.

  13. Circumstellar dust in symbiotic novae

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    Jurkic, Tomislav; Kotnik-Karuza, Dubravka

    2015-08-01

    Physical properties of the circumstellar dust and associated physical mechanisms play an important role in understanding evolution of symbiotic binaries. We present a model of inner dust regions around the cool Mira component of the two symbiotic novae, RR Tel and HM Sge, based on the long-term near-IR photometry, infrared ISO spectra and mid-IR interferometry. Pulsation properties and long-term variabilities were found from the near-IR light curves. The dust properties were determined using the DUSTY code which solves the radiative transfer. No changes in pulsational parameters were found, but a long-term variations with periods of 20-25 years have been detected which cannot be attributed to orbital motion.Circumstellar silicate dust shell with inner dust shell temperatures between 900 K and 1300 K and of moderate optical depth can explain all the observations. RR Tel showed the presence of an optically thin CS dust envelope and an optically thick dust region outside the line of sight, which was further supported by the detailed modelling using the 2D LELUYA code. Obscuration events in RR Tel were explained by an increase in optical depth caused by the newly condensed dust leading to the formation of a compact dust shell. HM Sge showed permanent obscuration and a presence of a compact dust shell with a variable optical depth. Scattering of the near-IR colours can be understood by a change in sublimation temperature caused by the Mira variability. Presence of large dust grains (up to 4 µm) suggests an increased grain growth in conditions of increased mass loss. The mass loss rates of up to 17·10-6 MSun/yr were significantly higher than in intermediate-period single Miras and in agreement with longer-period O-rich AGB stars.Despite the nova outburst, HM Sge remained enshrouded in dust with no significant dust destruction. The existence of unperturbed dust shell suggests a small influence of the hot component and strong dust shielding from the UV flux. By the use

  14. Recurrent Preterm Birth

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    Mazaki-Tovi, Shali; Romero, Roberto; Kusanovic, Juan Pedro; Erez, Offer; Pineles, Beth L.; Gotsch, Francesca; Mittal, Pooja; Than, Nandor Gabor

    2012-01-01

    Recurrent preterm birth is frequently defined as two or more deliveries before 37 completed weeks of gestation. The recurrence rate varies as a function of the antecedent for preterm birth: spontaneous versus indicated. Spontaneous preterm birth is the result of either preterm labor with intact membranes or preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes. This article reviews the body of literature describing the risk of recurrence of spontaneous and indicated preterm birth. Also discussed are the factors which modify the risk for recurrent spontaneous preterm birth (a short sonographic cervical length and a positive cervicovaginal fetal fibronectin test). Patients with a history of an indicated preterm birth are at risk not only for recurrence of this subtype, but also for spontaneous preterm birth. Individuals of African-American origin have a higher rate of recurrent preterm birth. The potential roles of genetic and environmental factors in recurrent preterm birth are considered. PMID:17531896

  15. A XMM-Newton Observation of Nova LMC 1995, a Bright Supersoft X-ray Source

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    Orio, Marina; Hartmann, Wouter; Still, Martin; Greiner, Jochen

    2003-01-01

    Nova LMC 1995, previously detected during 1995-1998 with ROSAT, was observed again as a luminous supersoft X-ray source with XMM-Newton in December of 2000. This nova offers the possibility to observe the spectrum of a hot white dwarf, burning hydrogen in a shell and not obscured by a wind or by nebular emission like in other supersoft X-ray sources. Notwithstanding uncertainties in the calibration of the EPIC instruments at energy E<0.5 keV, using atmospheric models in Non Local Thermonuclear Equilibrium we derived an effective temperature in the range 400,000-450,000 K, a bolometric luminosity Lbolabout equal to 2.3 times 10 sup37 erg s sup-l, and we verified that the abundance of carbon is not significantly enhanced in the X-rays emitting shell. The RGS grating spectra do not show emission lines (originated in a nebula or a wind) observed for some other supersoft X-ray sources. The crowded atmospheric absorption lines of the white dwarf cannot be not resolved. There is no hard component (expected from a wind, a surrounding nebula or an accretion disk), with no counts above the background at E>0.6 keV, and an upper limit Fx,hard = 10 sup-14 erg s sup-l cm sup-2 to the X-ray flux above this energy. The background corrected count rate measured by the EPIC instruments was variable on time scales of minutes and hours, but without the flares or sudden obscuration observed for other novae. The power spectrum shows a peak at 5.25 hours, possibly due to a modulation with the orbital period. We also briefly discuss the scenarios in which this nova may become a type Ia supernova progenitor.

  16. PROGENITORS OF RECOMBINING SUPERNOVA REMNANTS

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    Moriya, Takashi J.

    2012-05-01

    Usual supernova remnants have either ionizing plasma or plasma in collisional ionization equilibrium, i.e., the ionization temperature is lower than or equal to the electron temperature. However, the existence of recombining supernova remnants, i.e., supernova remnants with ionization temperature higher than the electron temperature, has been recently confirmed. One suggested way to have recombining plasma in a supernova remnant is to have a dense circumstellar medium at the time of the supernova explosion. If the circumstellar medium is dense enough, collisional ionization equilibrium can be established in the early stage of the evolution of the supernova remnant and subsequent adiabatic cooling, which occurs after the shock wave gets out of the dense circumstellar medium, makes the electron temperature lower than the ionization temperature. We study the circumstellar medium around several supernova progenitors and show which supernova progenitors can have a circumstellar medium dense enough to establish collisional ionization equilibrium soon after the explosion. We find that the circumstellar medium around red supergiants (especially massive ones) and the circumstellar medium dense enough to make Type IIn supernovae can establish collisional ionization equilibrium soon after the explosion and can evolve to become recombining supernova remnants. Wolf-Rayet stars and white dwarfs have the possibility to be recombining supernova remnants but the fraction is expected to be very small. As the occurrence rate of the explosions of red supergiants is much higher than that of Type IIn supernovae, the major progenitors of recombining supernova remnants are likely to be red supergiants.

  17. Nova Discovery Efficiency 1890-2014; Only 43%±6% of the Brightest Nova Are Discovered

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    Schaefer, Bradley E.

    2014-06-01

    Galactic nova discovery has always been the domain of the best amateur astronomers, with the only substantial exception being the use of the Harvard plates from 1890-1947. (Modern CCD surveys have not produced any significant nova discoveries.) From 1890-1946, novae were discovered by gentlemen who deeply knew the stars in the sky and who checked for new stars on every clear night. This all changed when war surplus binoculars became commonly available, so the various organizations (e.g., AAVSO, BAA) instructed their hunters to use binoculars to regularly search small areas of the Milky Way. In the 1970s the hunters largely switched to blinking photographs, while they switched to CCD images in the 1990s, all exclusively in Milky Way regions. Currently, most hunters use 'go-to' scopes to look deeply only in the Milky Way, use weekly or monthly cadences, never go outside to look up at the light-polluted skies, and do not have the stars memorized at all. This situation is good for catching many faint novae, but is inefficient for catching the more isotropic and systematically-fast bright novae.I have made an exhaustive analysis of all known novae to isolate the effects on the relative discovery efficiency as a function of decade, the elongation from the Sun, the Moon's phase, the declination, the peak magnitude, and the duration of the peak. For example, the relative efficiency for novae south of declination -33° is 0.5 before 1953, 0.2 from 1953-1990, and 0.8 after 1990. My analysis gives the overall discovery efficiency to be 43%±6%, 30%, 22%, 12%, and 6% for novae peaking brighter than 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 mag. Thus, the majority of first magnitude novae are being missed. The bright novae are lost because they are too close to the Sun, in the far south, and/or very fast. This is illustrated by the discovery rate for Vpeak<2 novae being once every five years before 1946, yet only one such nova (V1500 Cyg) has been seen in the last 68 years. A critical consequence of

  18. Computer Simulations of Dwarf-Nova Outbursts with SPH

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    Ruoff, L.; Speith, R.

    Dwarf Novae are cataclysmic variables showing quasi-periodic outbursts of typical durations of a few days with amplitudes of 2-6 mag and recurrence times of days to months. The dwarf nova cycle is now commonly described in the framework of the disk instability (DI) model: The accretion disk which is the main source of luminosity during outburst is thought to be viscously and thermally unstable for a given value of the external mass inflow rate from the secondary. The corresponding surface-density vs. viscosity relation shows a typical S-like shape. This results in a limit cycle behaviour changing the disk structure from a cold state with low viscosity during quiescence to a high viscosity state during outburst, and vice versa. For our calculations we use a SPH algorithm including the entire viscous stress tensor according to the Navier-Stokes equation. In this code we have implemented a standard S-curve for the surface-density vs. viscosity relation based on results of vertical structure calculations performed by various other groups (e.g., Ludwig, Meyer-Hofmeister, Ritter). Our 2D computations show a variety of effects not encountered in the standard 1D approach. The transition to the hot state occurs gradually throughout the disk, as particles tend to mix up early as a result of scattering of density values in SPH. The disk will eventually settle to a steady state or grow and get tidally unstable, resulting in an outburst. We are not able to reproduce concentrical transition fronts in our calculations. Instead, in one class of calculations, outbursts tend to be initiated in spiral-shape density structures.

  19. Supratentorial recurrences in medulloblastoma

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    Jereb, B.; Sundaresan, N.; Horten, B.; Reid, A.; Galicich, J.H.

    1981-02-15

    Four children with medulloblastoma had massive supratentorial recurrences in the region of the cribriform plate after adequate craniospinal irradiation. The pathogenesis of these recurrences is probably related to underdosage to this region by shielding of the eyes. This hypothesis was corroborated by autopsy findings in two other patients in whom subfrontal implants were histologically different from recurrences elsewhere. Two possible solutions to avoid this problem in the future are suggested.

  20. Seven Galactic classical novae from the OGLE-IV Survey

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    Mroz, P.; Udalski, A.

    2016-07-01

    We report the discovery of seven classical novae located in the Galactic bulge and disk fields. Novae were found during a search for bright transients in data from the OGLE-IV sky survey from observing seasons 2014-2016.

  1. Recurrent Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy Related to Recurrent Thyrotoxicosis

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    Patel, Keval; Griffing, George T.; Hauptman, Paul J.

    2016-01-01

    Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or transient left ventricular apical ballooning syndrome, is characterized by acute left ventricular dysfunction caused by transient wall-motion abnormalities of the left ventricular apex and mid ventricle in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease. Recurrent episodes are rare but have been reported, and several cases of takotsubo cardiomyopathy have been described in the presence of hyperthyroidism. We report the case of a 55-year-old woman who had recurrent takotsubo cardiomyopathy, documented by repeat coronary angiography and evaluations of left ventricular function, in the presence of recurrent hyperthyroidism related to Graves disease. After both episodes, the patient's left ventricular function returned to normal when her thyroid function normalized. These findings suggest a possible role of thyroid-hormone excess in the pathophysiology of some patients who have takotsubo cardiomyopathy. PMID:27127432

  2. Recurrent Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy Related to Recurrent Thyrotoxicosis.

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    Patel, Keval; Griffing, George T; Hauptman, Paul J; Stolker, Joshua M

    2016-04-01

    Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or transient left ventricular apical ballooning syndrome, is characterized by acute left ventricular dysfunction caused by transient wall-motion abnormalities of the left ventricular apex and mid ventricle in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease. Recurrent episodes are rare but have been reported, and several cases of takotsubo cardiomyopathy have been described in the presence of hyperthyroidism. We report the case of a 55-year-old woman who had recurrent takotsubo cardiomyopathy, documented by repeat coronary angiography and evaluations of left ventricular function, in the presence of recurrent hyperthyroidism related to Graves disease. After both episodes, the patient's left ventricular function returned to normal when her thyroid function normalized. These findings suggest a possible role of thyroid-hormone excess in the pathophysiology of some patients who have takotsubo cardiomyopathy. PMID:27127432

  3. The panchromatic spectroscopic evolution of the classical CO nova V339 Delphini (Nova Del 2013) until X-ray turnoff

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    Shore, S. N.; Mason, E.; Schwarz, G. J.; Teyssier, F. M.; Buil, C.; De Gennaro Aquino, I.; Page, K. L.; Osborne, J. P.; Scaringi, S.; Starrfield, S.; van Winckel, H.; Williams, R. E.; Woodward, C. E.

    2016-05-01

    Context. Classical novae are the product of thermonuclear runaway-initiated explosions occurring on accreting white dwarfs. Aims: V339 Del (Nova Delphinus 2013) was one of the brightest classical novae of the last hundred years. Spectroscopy and photometry are available from γ-rays through infrared at stages that have frequently not been observed well. The complete data set is intended to provide a benchmark for comparison with modeling and for understanding more sparsely monitored historical classical and recurrent novae. This paper is the first in the series of reports on the development of the nova. We report here on the early stages of the outburst, through the X-ray active stage. Methods: A time sequence of optical, flux calibrated high resolution spectra was obtained with the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) using FIES simultaneously, or contemporaneously, with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope during the early stages of the outburst. These were supplemented with Mercator/HERMES optical spectra. High resolution IUE ultraviolet spectra of OS And 1986, taken during the Fe curtain phase, served as a template for the distance determination. We used standard plasma diagnostics (e.g., [O III] and [N II] line ratios, and the Hβ line flux) to constrain electron densities and temperatures of the ejecta. Using Monte Carlo modeling of the ejecta, we derived the structure, filling factor, and mass from comparisons of the optical and ultraviolet line profiles. Results: We derive an extinction of E(B - V) = 0.23 ± 0.05 from the spectral energy distribution, the interstellar absorption, and H I emission lines. The distance, about 4-4.5 kpc, is in agreement with the inferred distance from near infrared interferometry. The maximum velocity was about 2500 km s-1, measured from the UV resonance and optical profiles. The ejecta showed considerable fine structure in all transitions, much of which persisted as emission knots. The

  4. The distances of the Galactic Novae

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    Ozdonmez, Aykut; Guver, Tolga; Cabrera-Lavers, Antonio; Ak, Tansel

    2016-07-01

    Using location of the RC stars on the CMDs obtained from the UKIDSS, VISTA and 2MASS photometry, we have derived the reddening-distance relations towards each Galactic nova for which at least one independent reddening measurement exists. We were able to determine the distances of 72 Galactic novae and set lower limits on the distances of 45 systems. The reddening curves of the systems are presented. These curves can be also used to estimate reddening or the distance of any source, whose location is close to the position of the nova in our sample. The distance measurement method in our study can be easily applicable to any source, especially for ones that concentrated along the Galactic plane.

  5. The Distances of the Galactic Novae

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    Özdönmez, Aykut; Güver, Tolga; Cabrera-Lavers, Antonio; Ak, Tansel

    2016-06-01

    Utilising the unique location of red clump giants on colour-magnitude diagrams obtained from various near-IR surveys, we derived specific reddening-distance relations towards 119 Galactic novae for which independent reddening measurements are available. Using the derived distance-extinction relation and the independent measurements of reddening we calculated the most likely distances for each system. We present the details of our distance measurement technique and the results of this analysis, which yielded the distances of 73 Galactic novae and allowed us to set lower limits on the distances of 46 systems. We also present the data of reddening-distance relations derived for each nova, which may be useful to analyze the different Galactic components present in the line of sight.

  6. The distances of the Galactic novae

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    Özdönmez, Aykut; Güver, Tolga; Cabrera-Lavers, Antonio; Ak, Tansel

    2016-09-01

    Utilizing the unique location of red clump giants on colour-magnitude diagrams obtained from various near-infrared surveys, we derived specific reddening-distance relations towards 119 Galactic novae for which independent reddening measurements are available. Using the derived distance-extinction relation and the independent measurements of reddening we calculated the most likely distances for each system. We present the details of our distance measurement technique and the results of this analysis, which yielded the distances of 73 Galactic novae and allowed us to set lower limits on the distances of 46 systems. We also present the reddening-distance relations derived for each nova, which may be useful to analyse the different Galactic components present in the line of sight.

  7. NOVA laser facility for inertial confinement fusion

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    Simmons, W.W.

    1983-11-30

    The NOVA laser consists of ten beams, capable of concentrating 100 to 150 kJ of energy (in 3 ns) and 100 to 150 TW of power (in 100 ps) on experimental targets by 1985. NOVA will also be capable of frequency converting the fundamental laser wavelength (1.05 ..mu..m) to its second (0.525 ..mu..m) or third (0.35 ..mu..m) harmonic. This additional capability (80 to 120 kJ at 0.525 ..mu..m, 40 to 70 kJ at 0.35 ..mu..m) was approved by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in April 1982. These shorter wavelengths are much more favorable for ICF target physics. Current construction status of the NOVA facility, intended for completion in the autumn of 1984, will be presented.

  8. AN EXTENDED GRID OF NOVA MODELS. III. VERY LUMINOUS, RED NOVAE

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    Shara, Michael M.; Zurek, David; Yaron, Ofer; Prialnik, Dina; Kovetz, Attay

    2010-12-10

    Extremely luminous, red eruptive variables like RV in M31 are being suggested as exemplars of a new class of astrophysical objects. Our greatly extended series of nova simulations shows that classical nova models can produce very red, luminous eruptions. In a poorly studied corner of three-dimensional nova parameter space (very cold, low-mass white dwarfs, accreting at very low rates) we find bona fide classical novae that are very luminous and red because they eject very slowly moving, massive envelopes. A crucial prediction of these nova models-in contrast to the predictions of merging star ('mergeburst') models-is that a hot remnant, the underlying white dwarf, will emerge after the massive ejected envelope has expanded enough to become optically thin. This blue remnant must fade on a timescale of decades-much faster than a 'mergeburst', which must fade on timescales of millennia or longer. Furthermore, the cooling nova white dwarf and its expanding ejecta must become redder in the years after eruption, while a contracting mergeburst must become hotter and bluer. We predict that red novae will always brighten to L {approx} 1000 L{sub sun} for about one year before rising to the maximum luminosity at L {approx} 10{sup 6}-10{sup 7} L{sub sun}. The maximum luminosity attainable by a nova is likely to be L {approx} 10{sup 7} L{sub sun}, corresponding to M {approx} -12. In an accompanying paper, we describe a fading, luminous blue candidate for the remnant of M31-RV; it is observed with the Hubble Space Telescope to be compatible only with the nova model.

  9. NUCLEAR MIXING METERS FOR CLASSICAL NOVAE

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    Kelly, Keegan J.; Iliadis, Christian; Downen, Lori; Champagne, Art; José, Jordi

    2013-11-10

    Classical novae are caused by mass transfer episodes from a main-sequence star onto a white dwarf via Roche lobe overflow. This material possesses angular momentum and forms an accretion disk around the white dwarf. Ultimately, a fraction of this material spirals in and piles up on the white dwarf surface under electron-degenerate conditions. The subsequently occurring thermonuclear runaway reaches hundreds of megakelvin and explosively ejects matter into the interstellar medium. The exact peak temperature strongly depends on the underlying white dwarf mass, the accreted mass and metallicity, and the initial white dwarf luminosity. Observations of elemental abundance enrichments in these classical nova events imply that the ejected matter consists not only of processed solar material from the main-sequence partner but also of material from the outer layers of the underlying white dwarf. This indicates that white dwarf and accreted matter mix prior to the thermonuclear runaway. The processes by which this mixing occurs require further investigation to be understood. In this work, we analyze elemental abundances ejected from hydrodynamic nova models in search of elemental abundance ratios that are useful indicators of the total amount of mixing. We identify the abundance ratios ΣCNO/H, Ne/H, Mg/H, Al/H, and Si/H as useful mixing meters in ONe novae. The impact of thermonuclear reaction rate uncertainties on the mixing meters is investigated using Monte Carlo post-processing network calculations with temperature-density evolutions of all mass zones computed by the hydrodynamic models. We find that the current uncertainties in the {sup 30}P(p, γ){sup 31}S rate influence the Si/H abundance ratio, but overall the mixing meters found here are robust against nuclear physics uncertainties. A comparison of our results with observations of ONe novae provides strong constraints for classical nova models.

  10. Dust formation in Nova Cephei 2013

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    Ninan, J. P.; Ojha, D. K.; Ghosh, S. K.; Anupama, G. C.; Prabhu, T. P.; Bhatt, B. C.

    2013-08-01

    We report near-infrared K band photometry and spectroscopy of Nova Cephei 2013, discovered by K. Nishiyama and F. Kabashima on 2013 Feb 2.4 UT (cf. CBET #3397, ATel #4950, #4893, #5026). The observations were made using the 2-m Himalayan Chandra telescope (+TIFR Near Infrared Imager and Spectrometer, TIRSPEC) at the Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO), Hanle (Ladakh). The estimated K band magnitudes of nova were: 2013 June 23 UT, 7.40 +/-0.02 and 2013 July 8 UT 7.84 +/- 0.02; the source brightness has therefore dimmed by 0.44 mag in K band during 16 days.