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Program Information for 2018A-0168


PI: Frederick Walter, SUNY, frederick.walter@stonybrook.edu
Address: Physics Department, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800 USA

Title: Synoptic Spectroscopy of Bright Novae

Abstract: The ability to monitor galactic novae at high cadence is revealing new puzzles about just how white dwarf stars explode and lose mass. High cadence absorption line spectroscopy shows that the mass loss in many novae is highly complex. High cadence, high resolution spectroscopy may let us resolve the origin of absorption systems; correlations with OIR photometry are revealing insights into the physical processes. This is a ToO program. We request a total of 50 hours (5 nights) with LCO/NRES to obtain a high-cadence (nightly or better) sequence of synoptic spectra of the next bright galactic novae.

Program Type: Standard/Galactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2018A):  LCO-1m/NRES -- 40hrs


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