Optical morphology, inclination, and expansion velocity of the ejected shell of nova Monocerotis 2012

V. A R M Ribeiro, U. Munari, P. Valisa

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The morphology of the ejected shell of the He/N Nova Monocerotis 2012 outburst was studied in detail. Synthetic line profile spectra were compared to the [O III] 4959, 5007 Å emission line profiles in order to find the best-fit morphology, an inclination angle, and a maximum expansion velocity of the ejected shell. The simplest morphology was found to be that of a bipolar structure with an inclination angle of 82°± 6° and a maximum expansion velocity of 2400 km s-1 (at day 130 after outburst). Such a high degree of shaping is unexpected for a system with a main-sequence star (as suspected from the systems colors). The degree of shaping may be disentangled with resolved optical imaging. Furthermore, these results may be confirmed with radio imaging which is expected to follow the same gross features of the outburst as the optical band and the high inclination implied here can be corroborated with a 7.1 hr period which has been suggested to arise from partial eclipses of extended emission by an accretion disk rim.

Original languageEnglish
Article number49
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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