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A DETAILED PHOTOMETRIC AND SPECTROSCOPIC STUDY OF THE 2011 OUTBURST OF THE RECURRENT NOVA T Pyxidis FROM 0.8 TO 250 DAYS AFTER DISCOVERY

Surina, F and Hounsell, RA and Bode, MF and Darnley, MJ and Harman, DJ and Walter, FM (2014) A DETAILED PHOTOMETRIC AND SPECTROSCOPIC STUDY OF THE 2011 OUTBURST OF THE RECURRENT NOVA T Pyxidis FROM 0.8 TO 250 DAYS AFTER DISCOVERY. ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL, 147 (5). ISSN 0004-6256

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Abstract

We investigated the optical light curve of T Pyx during its 2011 outburst through 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 idealised 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 TNR 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 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 2m Liverpool Telescope and SMARTS 1.5m 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 derived Vej_4000 km s

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0201 Astronomical And Space Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: IOP PUBLISHING LTD
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Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2016 08:26
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2017 23:40
DOI or Identification number: 10.1088/0004-6256/147/5/107
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4128

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