AAS 197, January 2001
Session 9. CVs: UV and IR Data
Display, Monday, January 8, 2001, 9:30am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[9.07] Near-Infrared Emission Lines of Nova Cassiopeiae 1995

R. J. Rudy, D. K. Lynch, S. M. Mazuk, C. C. Venturini (The Aerospace Corporation), R. C. Puetter (University of California, San Diego)

The slow nova V 723 Cas (Nova Cas 1995) exhibits comparatively narrow emission features (FWHM ~ 500 km sec-1) that make it ideal for classifying weak lines and lines blended with stronger features. We present spectra from 0.8-2.5 microns that track the gradual incrase in excitation of Nova Cas and discuss the emission lines that were present. During the period encompassed by these observations Nova Cas reached only moderate excitation-the most energetic coronal lines were [S VIII] 9913 and [Al IX] 20444; lines such as [S IX] 12523 that are prominent in some novae were not detected. Additional coronal lines present include [Si VI] 19641, [Ca VIII] 23205, and [Si VII] 24807. New lines identified include features of [Fe V], [Fe VI]. These iron features are not coronal lines, arising from transitions among low-lying terms rather than within the ground term itself. Also detected was [Ti VI] 17151 that was first identified in V1974 Cygni (Nova Cyg 1992), and possibly [Ti VII] 22050. Accurate wavelengths for a number of unidentified lines are also presented. These unidentified features are discussed with regard to their likely level of excitation and their presence in other novae.

This work was supported by the IR&D program of the Aerospace Corporation. RCP acknowledges support from NASA.

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