Volume 384, Number 2, MarchIII 2002
|Page(s)||504 - 512|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||15 March 2002|
Broadband polarimetry of novae in outburst*
Department of Physics, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK
2 Central Astronomical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences at Pulkovo, 196140 Saint-Petersburg, Russia
3 Isaac Newton Institute of Chile, St.-Petersburg Branch
4 Service d'Astrophysique, CEA/DAPNIA, CE Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France
Corresponding author: A. Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 7 January 2002
We present broadband optical polarimetry of the classical novae V705 Cas, V4362 Sgr, V2313 Oph and BY Cir in outburst. The data indicate that, in all cases, there is an intrinsic component of polarization and in some cases the variability is very rapid, on a time-scale ~1 day. In the case of V705 Cas, we suggest that the origin of the intrinsic component may lie in the clumpiness and/or inhomogeneities of the ejecta, while electron scattering is the most likely cause in V2313 Oph. The wavelength-dependence of polarization in the case of V4362 Sgr suggests scattering by small dust grains, while polarization in resonance lines is the most probable cause of the observed polarization in BY Cir.
Key words: polarization / stars: circumstellar matter / stars: novae, cataclysmic variables
© ESO, 2002
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