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Title: Photospheric phosphorus in the FUSE spectra of GD71 and two similar DA white dwarfs
Authors: Dobbie, P. D.
Barstow, M. A.
Burleigh, M. R.
Forbes, A. E.
Hubeny, I.
Holberg, J. B.
First Published: 1-Nov-2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP), Royal Astronomical Society
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2005, 363 (3), pp. 763-768
Abstract: We report the detection, from the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) data, of phosphorus in the atmospheres of GD71 and two similar DA white dwarfs. This is the first detection of a trace metal in the photosphere of the spectrophotometric standard star GD71. Collectively, these objects represent the coolest DA white dwarfs in which photospheric phosphorus has been observed. We use a grid of homogeneous non-local thermodynamic equilibrium synthetic spectra to measure abundances of [P/H] = −8.57^+0.09 − 0.13, −8.70^+0.23 − 0.37 and −8.36^+0.14 − 0.19 in GD71, RE J1918+595 and RE J0605−482 respectively. At the observed level we find that phosphorus has no significant impact on the overall energy distribution of GD71. We explore possible mechanisms responsible for the presence of this element in these stars, concluding that the most likely is an interplay between radiative levitation and gravitational settling, possibly modified by weak mass loss.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2005.09589.x
ISSN: 0035-8711
Version: Publisher Version
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2005, Oxford University Press (OUP), Royal Astronomical Society. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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