Origin of the "He/N" and "Fe II" spectral classes of novae.
Abstract (from CDS):
The spectra of postoutburst novae display either He+N or Fe II lines as the most prominent non-Balmer lines at maximum light. Spectral diagnostics indicate physical conditions for "He/N" spectra that are consistent with their origin in the white dwarf (WD) ejecta, whereas "Fe II" spectra point to their formation in a large circumbinary envelope of gas whose origin is the secondary star. A determining parameter for which of the two types of spectra predominate may be the binary mass ratio Msec/MWD. The increasing fraction of novae that are observed to be "hybrid" objects, where both classes of spectra appear sequentially, is explained by changing parameters in the two emitting regions during the postoutburst decline. We argue that most novae may be hybrids that show both types of spectra during decline. The emission line intensity ratio O I λ8446/λ7773 is suggested as a good density diagnostic for the ejecta, and a finding list of emission lines identified in recent spectroscopic surveys of novae is presented as an aid to future line identification work.