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Title: THE 2011 OUTBURST OF RECURRENT NOVA T Pyx: X-RAY OBSERVATIONS EXPOSE THE WHITE DWARF MASS AND EJECTION DYNAMICS
Authors: Chomiuk, L.
Nelson, T.
Mukai, K.
Sokoloski, J. L.
Rupen, M. P.
Page, Kim L.
Osborne, Julian P.
Kuulkers, E.
Mioduszewski, A. J.
Roy, N.
Weston, J.
Krauss, M. I.
First Published: 30-May-2014
Publisher: American Astronomical Society, IOP Publishing
Citation: Astrophysical Journal, 788:130 (13pp), 2014 June 20
Abstract: The recurrent nova T Pyx underwent its sixth historical outburst in 2011, and became the subject of an intensive multi-wavelength observational campaign. We analyze data from the Swift and Suzaku satellites to produce a detailed X-ray light curve augmented by epochs of spectral information. X-ray observations yield mostly non-detections in the first four months of outburst, but both a super-soft and hard X-ray component rise rapidly after Day 115. The super-soft X-ray component, attributable to the photosphere of the nuclear-burning white dwarf, is relatively cool (∼45 eV) and implies that the white dwarf in T Pyx is significantly below the Chandrasekhar mass (∼~1 M☉ ). The late turn-on time of the super-soft component yields a large nova ejecta mass (~> 10^−5 M☉), consistent with estimates at other wavelengths. The hard X-ray component is well fit by a ∼1 keV thermal plasma, and is attributed to shocks internal to the 2011 nova ejecta. The presence of a strong oxygen line in this thermal plasma on Day 194 requires a significantly super-solar abundance of oxygen and implies that the ejecta are polluted by white dwarf material. The X-ray light curve can be explained by a dual-phase ejection, with a significant delay between the first and second ejection phases, and the second ejection finally released two months after outburst. A delayed ejection is consistent with optical and radio observations of T Pyx, but the physical mechanism producing such a delay remains a mystery.
DOI Link: 10.1088/0004-637X/788/2/130
ISSN: 0004-637X
1538-4357
Links: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0004-637X/788/2/130/meta
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/38880
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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