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Volume 437, Number 2, July II 2005
Page(s) 765 - 768
Section Instruments, observational techniques, and data processing
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20052751
Published online 21 June 2005

A&A 437, 765-768 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20052751

Reliable elimination of telluric lines from stellar spectra

M. Hrudková1 and P. Harmanec1, 2

1  Astronomical Institute of the Charles University, V Holesovickách 2, 180 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic
    e-mail: mary@atrey.karlin.mff.cuni.cz
2  Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences, 251 65 Ondrejov, Czech Republic

(Received 24 January 2005 / Accepted 27 February 2005 )

We demonstrate that the powerful disentangling technique used to separate the individual spectra of binary components and telluric lines can also be used to remove telluric lines from the spectrum of a single star by treating the telluric spectrum as a second star. We tested that on the spectra of $\alpha$ Boo (=Arcturus) secured with a Reticon detector in the coudé focus of the Ondrejov 2-m telescope. We demonstrate that the method works well and is invaluable especially for the spectra of red stars which are heavily blended with the telluric lines. The disadvantage of the method is that one needs a number of spectra of the star in question, secured at different months of the year. The advantage is that one obtains the final disentangled stellar spectrum with a high S/N ratio.

Key words: line: profiles -- techniques: spectroscopic -- stars: individual: $\alpha$ Boo

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