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2003A&A...405.1057V - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 405, 1057-1062 (2003/7-3)

η Carinae: The optical flare-like events during low-excitation passages.


Abstract (from CDS):

The 1992.5 and 1998.0 low-excitation events of the possible binary in the core of η Carinae show a conspicuous flare-like event in optical and near-ultraviolet light. These events last a couple of months and have a light amplitude of 0.1-0.2mag in V. Considering the presence of a dense (bi-polar) stellar wind, one explanation could be that some type of a hot area is created by an increased mass flow from the S Dor primary near the hypothetical periastron. These flare-like events are terminated by sharp dips. The magnitude differences between the underlying light source and the central light (``Component A'') are derived. It turns out that they are fainter than Component A by ∼2.5mag. The luminosity could be of the order of 105L. It was possible to derive two new continuum values in the near-UV, reinforcing the impression derived from the HST fluxes that Component A has a very strong radiation peak in the Balmer continuum. This can probably be explained by the strong emission of the stellar wind.

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Journal keyword(s): technique: photometric - stars: individual: η Carinae - stars: variables: general - stars: supergiants

Simbad objects: 4

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