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A representative sample of Be stars IV. Infrared photometry and the continuum excess

Howells, L and Steele, IA and Porter, JM and Etherton, J (2001) A representative sample of Be stars IV. Infrared photometry and the continuum excess. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 369 (1). pp. 99-107. ISSN 0004-6361

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Abstract

We present infra-red (JHK) photometry of 52 isolated Be stars of spectral types O9-B9 and luminosity classes III-V. We describe a new method of reduction, enabling separation of interstellar reddening and circumstellar excess. Using this technique we find that the disc emission makes a maximum contribution to the optical (B-V) colour of a few tenths of a magnitude. We find strong correlations between a range of emission lines (H$\alpha$, Br$\gamma$, Br11, and Br18) from the Be stars' discs, and the circumstellar continuum excesses. We also find that stellar rotation and disc excess are correlated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0201 Astronomical And Space Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: EDP Sciences
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Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 09:48
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2017 07:09
DOI or Identification number: 10.1051/0004-6361:20010031
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3940

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