Detailed optical behavior of the 2000 outburst of the eclipsing recurrent nova CI Aquilae

Citation
K. Matsumoto et al., Detailed optical behavior of the 2000 outburst of the eclipsing recurrent nova CI Aquilae, ASTRON ASTR, 378(2), 2001, pp. 487-494
Citations number
31
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Space Sciences
Journal title
ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS
ISSN journal
1432-0746 → ACNP
Volume
378
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
487 - 494
Database
ISI
SICI code
1432-0746(200111)378:2<487:DOBOT2>2.0.ZU;2-J
Abstract
The 2000 outburst of the recurrent nova CI Aql was followed by optical phot ometry and spectroscopy. Our time-resolved photometry revealed its intraday variations during the outburst. The orbital modulation of the light curve appeared after entering the plateau stage. We found that primary eclipses w ere similar to0.6 mag in depth, but the profile of the eclipse was signific antly different from that in the quiescent phase. The folded orbital light curve was represented by a wide wing of a primary eclipse and it suggests t he existence of the accretion disk at the plateau stage. In this outburst, we obtained accurate determination of several minima of primary eclipses, a nd found that the timings of minima showed a substantial delay compared to the previously reported ephemeris. However, no significant evidence of a ch ange in the orbital period was observed since the discovery of the eclipsin g nature of this object. We examined the evolution of optical spectra throu gh the outburst, which reconfirmed the nova nature of this object. A spectr um taken on 2000 October 10 showed the H alpha in emission and indicated th at the object had not yet reached quiescence. The overall light curve and l ate-stage spectroscopy have revealed that the plateau is the longest one am ong recurrent novae.