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Title: Optical and Near-infrared Study of Nova V2676 Oph 2012

Abstract

We present optical spectrophotometric and near-infrared (NIR) photometric observations of the nova V2676 Oph covering the period from 2012 March 29 through 2015 May 8. The optical spectra and photometry of the nova have been taken from SMARTS and Asiago; the NIR photometry was obtained from SMARTS and Mt. Abu. The spectra were dominated by strong H i lines from the Balmer series, Fe ii, N i, and [O i] lines in the initial days, typical of an Fe ii type nova. The measured FWHM for the H β and H α lines was 800–1200 km s{sup −1}. There was pronounced dust formation starting 90 days after the outburst. The J − K color was the largest among recent dust-forming novae.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Daejeon, 34055 (Korea, Republic of)
  2. Department of Astrophysics and Cosmology, S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700106 (India)
  3. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22663931
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 835; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; BALMER LINES; COLOR; DUSTS; NEAR INFRARED RADIATION; NOVAE; PHOTOMETRY; SPECTRA; SPECTROPHOTOMETRY; VISIBLE RADIATION

Citation Formats

Raj, A., Das, R. K., and Walter, F. M., E-mail: ashish.raj@iiap.res.in. Optical and Near-infrared Study of Nova V2676 Oph 2012. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/835/2/274.
Raj, A., Das, R. K., & Walter, F. M., E-mail: ashish.raj@iiap.res.in. Optical and Near-infrared Study of Nova V2676 Oph 2012. United States. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/835/2/274.
Raj, A., Das, R. K., and Walter, F. M., E-mail: ashish.raj@iiap.res.in. Wed . "Optical and Near-infrared Study of Nova V2676 Oph 2012". United States. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/835/2/274.
@article{osti_22663931,
title = {Optical and Near-infrared Study of Nova V2676 Oph 2012},
author = {Raj, A. and Das, R. K. and Walter, F. M., E-mail: ashish.raj@iiap.res.in},
abstractNote = {We present optical spectrophotometric and near-infrared (NIR) photometric observations of the nova V2676 Oph covering the period from 2012 March 29 through 2015 May 8. The optical spectra and photometry of the nova have been taken from SMARTS and Asiago; the NIR photometry was obtained from SMARTS and Mt. Abu. The spectra were dominated by strong H i lines from the Balmer series, Fe ii, N i, and [O i] lines in the initial days, typical of an Fe ii type nova. The measured FWHM for the H β and H α lines was 800–1200 km s{sup −1}. There was pronounced dust formation starting 90 days after the outburst. The J − K color was the largest among recent dust-forming novae.},
doi = {10.3847/1538-4357/835/2/274},
journal = {Astrophysical Journal},
number = 2,
volume = 835,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2017}
}
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