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2002ApJ...566..267S - Astrophys. J., 566, 267-275 (2002/February-2)

A new measurement of the average far-ultraviolet extinction curve.

SASSEEN T.P., HURWITZ M., DIXON W.V. and AIRIEAU S.

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We have measured the extinction curve in the far-ultraviolet wavelength region of (900-1200 Å) using spectra obtained with the Berkeley EUV/FUV spectrometer during the ORFEUS I and the ORFEUS II (Orbiting and Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer) missions in 1993 and 1996. From the complete sample of early-type stars observed during these missions, we have selected pairs of stars with the same spectral type but different reddenings to measure the differential FUV extinction. We model the effects of molecular hydrogen absorption and exclude affected regions of the spectrum to determine the extinction from dust alone. We minimize errors from inaccuracies in the cataloged spectral types of the stars by making our own determinations of spectral types based on their IUE spectra. We find substantial scatter in the curves of individual star pairs and present a detailed examination of the uncertainties and their effects on each extinction curve. We find that, given the potentially large uncertainties inherent in using the pair method at FUV wavelengths, a careful analysis of measurement uncertainties is critical to assessing the true dust extinction. We present a new measurement of the average far-ultraviolet extinction curve to the Lyman limit; our new measurement is consistent with an extrapolation of the standard extinction curve of Savage & Mathis.

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Journal keyword(s): ISM: Dust, Extinction - Galaxy: Fundamental Parameters - Stars: Early-Type - Ultraviolet: ISM

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