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Title: High-resolution spectroscopy of G191-B2B in the extreme-ultraviolet
Authors: Cruddace, R.G.
Kowalski, M.P.
Yentis, D.
Brown, C.M.
Gursky, H.
Barstow, Martin A.
Bannister, N.P.
Fraser, G.W.
Spragg, J.E.
Lapington, J.S.
Tandy, J.A.
Sanderson, B.
Culhane, J.L.
Barbee, T.W.
Kordas, J.F.
Goldstein, W.
Fritz, G.G.
First Published: 20-Jan-2002
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Citation: ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS, 2002, 565 (1), L47-L50.
Abstract: We report a high-resolution (R = 3000-4000) spectroscopic observation of the DA white dwarf G191-B2B in the extreme-ultraviolet band 220-245 Å. A low-density, ionized He component is clearly present along the line of sight, which if completely interstellar implies a He ionization fraction considerably higher than is typical of the local interstellar medium. However, some of this material may be associated with circumstellar gas, which has been detected by analysis of the C IV absorption-line doublet in a Hubble Space Telescope/Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph spectrum. A stellar atmosphere model assuming a uniform element distribution yields a best fit to the data that includes a significant abundance of photospheric He. The 99% confidence contour for the fit parameters excludes solutions in which photospheric He is absent, but this result needs to be tested using models allowing abundance gradients.
DOI Link: 10.1086/339054
ISSN: 2041-8205
eISSN: 2041-8213
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2002, The American Astronomical Society. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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