Temperature determination via STJ optical spectroscopy
Research and Scientific Support Department of ESA, ESTEC, Postbus 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
2 Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6NT, UK
Corresponding author: A. P. Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 9 January 2003
ESA's Superconducting Tunnel Junction (STJ) optical photon-counting camera (S-Cam2) incorporates an array of pixels with intrinsic energy sensitivity. Using the spectral fitting technique common in X-ray astronomy, we fit black bodies to nine stellar spectra, ranging from cool flare stars to hot white dwarfs. The measured temperatures are consistent with literature values at the expected level of accuracy based on the predicted gain stability of the instrument. Having also demonstrated that systematic effects due to count rate are likely to be small, we then proceed to apply the temperature determination method to four cataclysmic variable (CV) binary systems. In three cases we measure the temperature of the accretion stream, while in the fourth we measure the temperature of the white dwarf. The results are discussed in the context of existing CV results. We conclude by outlining the prospects for future versions of S-Cam.
Key words: instrumentation: detectors / stars: fundamental parameters / stars: novae, cataclysmic variables / stars: white dwarfs / stars: individual: HU Aqr, EP Dra, UZ For, IY UMa
© ESO, 2003