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Session 109 - Novae & Cataclysmic Variables.
Display session, Saturday, January 10
Exhibit Hall,

[109.02] Spectra of Selected Galactic Novae

P. Zhao, J. E. McClintock, G. J. Sobczak (SAO)

In 1993 we started a program to search for new, quiescent black-hole X-ray novae (BHXN), which relies solely on optical data. Our search is based on the similarities between the light curves of the optical counterparts of BHXN and the light curves of classical novae, and also on certain spectral features of BHXN (e.g., double-peaked Balmer emission lines) which are seen in some classical novae.

We have completed our survey of several dozen novae selected from Duerbeck's catalog of 277 galactic novae^1. We obtained spectra at \sim 3-4 Å\ resolution using the MMT for the northern objects and the CTIO Blanco 4 m telescope for the southern objects. In this paper we present the spectra of these novae. In many cases, these are the first good quality spectra to be obtained since outburst.

\vspace0.1in ^1 Duerbeck, H. W. 1987, ``A reference Catalogue and Atlas of Galactic Novae'', Reidel Publishing Co.

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