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Detection of a variable interstellar absorption component towards delta Orionis A

Price, RJ; Crawford, IA; Barlow, MJ; (2000) Detection of a variable interstellar absorption component towards delta Orionis A. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC , 312 (3) L43 - L48.

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Abstract

Observations of delta Ori A made with the UHRF in its highest resolution mode (R approximate to 900 000) have revealed the presence of a cool (T(k)less than or equal to 350 K) variable absorption component at a heliocentric velocity of +21.3 km s(-1). The component is detected in Na I D-1, where clear hyperfine splitting is seen, and Ca ii K. Comparison of our data with existing spectra suggests that the component has consistently increased in strength from 1966 to 1994, and subsequently reduced in intensity by 1999. Following a discussion of the possible origins of this component it is concluded that an interstellar, rather than circumstellar, origin is most likely. This is one of very few detections of variable interstellar absorption reported in the literature, and we suggest an origin within filamentary material associated with the expanding H I shell surrounding the Orion-Eridanus superbubble.

Type:Article
Title:Detection of a variable interstellar absorption component towards delta Orionis A
Keywords:line : profiles, stars : individual : HD 36486, ISM : atoms, HIGH-RESOLUTION OBSERVATIONS, NA-I, CA-II, STARS, ASSOCIATION, ERIDANUS
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy

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