Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 473, 1895-1908 (2018)
Near-infrared and optical studies of the highly obscured nova V1831 Aquilae (Nova Aquilae 2015).
BANERJEE D.P.K., SRIVASTAVA M.K., ASHOK N.M., MUNARI U., HAMBSCH F.-J., RIGHETTI G.L. and MAITAN A.
Abstract (from CDS):
Near-infrared (NIR) and optical photometry and spectroscopy are presented for the nova V1831 Aquilae, covering the early decline and dust-forming phases during the first ∼90 d after its discovery. The nova is highly reddened due to interstellar extinction. Based solely on the nature of the NIR spectrum, we are able to classify the nova to be of the Fe II class. The distance and extinction to the nova are estimated to be 6.1 ± 0.5 kpc and Av ∼ 9.02, respectively. Lower limits of the electron density, emission measure and ionized ejecta mass are made from a Case B analysis of the NIR Brackett lines, while the neutral gas mass is estimated from the optical [O I] lines. We discuss the cause of the rapid strengthening of the He I 1.0830-µm line during the early stages. V1831 Aql formed a modest amount of dust fairly early (∼19.2 d after discovery); the dust shell is not seen to be optically thick. Estimates of the dust temperature, dust mass and grain size are made. Dust formation commences around day 19.2 at a condensation temperature of 1461 ± 15 K, suggestive of a carbon composition, following which the temperature is seen to decrease gradually to 950 K. The dust mass shows a rapid initial increase, which we interpret as being due to an increase in the number of grains, followed by a period of constancy, suggesting the absence of grain destruction processes during this latter time. A discussion of the evolution of these parameters is made, including certain peculiarities seen in the grain radius evolution.
line: identification - techniques: photometric - techniques: spectroscopic - stars: individual: Nova Aquilae 2015 (V1831 Aquilae) - novae - cataclysmic variables - infrared: general
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