Spectral variations of the nova V2468 Cyg at various stages of the development of its outburst

Research paper by T. N. Tarasova

Indexed on: 17 Feb '13Published on: 17 Feb '13Published in: Astronomy Reports


Spectral variations of the nova V2468 Cyg were studied over 1.5 years following the beginning of its outburst, during its smooth fading and the star’s rebrightenings. Following the rebrightening on March 25, 2008, the profiles of H I lines had changed, from a two-component structure with peaks at −220 and 670 km/s to a four-component structure with peaks at −640, −260, 255, and 620 km/s. The profiles of [N II] 5755 Å, [O III] 5007 Å, He II 4686 Å, and [Fe VII] 6086 Å lines varied throughout the interval of our observations. During rebrightenings, the lines profiles changed and the line intensities significantly decreased. The width of the [Fe VII] 6086 Å profile varied, in addition to its shape and intensity; this profile differed from the profiles of other lines during the nebular phase. Estimates of chemical-element abundances in the nova’s envelope indicate enhanced abundances of nitrogen and oxygen, compared to the Sun, and solar abundances of neon and argon. The helium abundance was somewhat higher than the solar value. The mass of the ejected envelope is estimated to be 5 × 10−5M⊙.