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Title: A photospheric metal line profile analysis of hot DA white dwarfs with circumstellar material
Authors: Dickinson, Nathan J.
Barstow, Martin A.
Welsh, B. Y.
First Published: 1-Jan-2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2013, 428 (3), pp. 1873-1879
Abstract: Some hot DA white dwarfs have circumstellar high ion absorption features in their spectra, in addition to those originating in the photosphere. In many cases, the line profiles of these absorbing components are unresolved. Given the importance of the atmospheric composition of white dwarfs to studies of stellar evolution, extra-solar planetary systems and the interstellar medium, we examine the effect of including circumstellar line profiles in the abundance estimates of photospheric metals in six DA stars. The photospheric C and Si abundances are reduced in five cases where the circumstellar contamination is strong, though the relative weakness of the circumstellar Si IV absorption introduces minimal contamination, resulting in a small change in abundance. The inability of previous, approximate models to reproduce the photospheric line profiles here demonstrates the need for a technique that accounts for the physical line profiles of both the circumstellar and photospheric lines when modelling these blended absorption features.
DOI Link: 10.1093/mnras/sts091
ISSN: 0035-8711
eISSN: 1365-2966
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2012 The Authors, All rights reserved. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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