No neon, but jets in the remarkable recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a? - Hubble Space Telescope spectroscopy of the 2015 eruption

Darnley, M. J. and Hounsell, R. and Godon, P. and Perley, D. A. and Henze, M. and Kuin, N. P. M. and Williams, B. F. and Williams, S. C. and Bode, M. F. and Harman, D. J. and Hornoch, K. and Link, M. and Ness, J. -U. and Ribeiro, V. A. R. M. and Sion, E. M. and Shafter, A. W. and Shara, M. M. (2017) No neon, but jets in the remarkable recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a? - Hubble Space Telescope spectroscopy of the 2015 eruption. The Astrophysical Journal, 847. ISSN 0004-637X

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Abstract

The 2008 discovery of an eruption of M31N 2008-12a began a journey on which the true nature of this remarkable recurrent nova continues to be revealed. M31N 2008-12a contains a white dwarf close to the Chandrasekhar limit, accreting at a high rate from its companion, and undergoes thermonuclear eruptions which are observed yearly and may even be twice as frequent. In this paper, we report on Hubble Space Telescope STIS UV spectroscopy taken within days of the predicted 2015 eruption, coupled with Keck spectroscopy of the 2013 eruption. Together, this spectroscopy permits the reddening to be constrained to E(B-V) = 0.10 +/- 0.03. The UV spectroscopy reveals evidence for highly ionized, structured, and high velocity ejecta at early times. No evidence for neon is seen in these spectra however, but it may be that little insight can be gained regarding the composition of the white dwarf (CO vs ONe).

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The Astrophysical Journal
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06 Oct 2017 19:33
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