Volume 378, Number 2, November I 2001
|Page(s)||487 - 494|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||15 November 2001|
Detailed optical behavior of the 2000 outburst of the eclipsing recurrent nova CI Aquilae
Department of Astronomy, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan
2 Center for Balcony Astrophysics, 1-401-810 Azuma, Tsukuba 305-0031, Japan
3 Bisei Astronomical Observatory, 1723-70 Ohkura, Bisei, Okayama 714-1411, Japan
4 Observatory and Planetarium of Johann Palisa, 17. listopadu 15, 708 33 Ostrava, Czech Republic
5 Nicholas Copernicus Observatory, Kraví hora 2, Brno 616 00, Czech Republic
6 Center for Backyard Astrophysics Italy, Via Madonna de Loco, 47, 03023 Ceccano, Italy
Corresponding author: K. Matsumoto, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 6 August 2001
The 2000 outburst of the recurrent nova CI Aql was followed by optical photometry 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 were ~0.6 mag in depth, but the profile of the eclipse was significantly 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 the existence of the accretion disk at the plateau stage. In this outburst, we obtained accurate determination of several minima of primary eclipses, and found that the timings of minima showed a substantial delay compared to the previously reported ephemeris. However, no significant evidence of a change in the orbital period was observed since the discovery of the eclipsing nature of this object. We examined the evolution of optical spectra through the outburst, which reconfirmed the nova nature of this object. A spectrum taken on 2000 October 10 showed the Hα in emission and indicated that the object had not yet reached quiescence. The overall light curve and late-stage spectroscopy have revealed that the plateau is the longest one among recurrent novae.
Key words: accretion, accretion disks / stars: binaries: eclipsing / stars: individual: CI Aql / stars: novae, cataclysmic variables
© ESO, 2001
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