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Heavy element abundances in DAO white dwarfs measured from FUSE data

  • Good, S. A.
  • Barstow, M. A.
  • Burleigh, M. R.
  • Dobbie, P. D.
  • Holberg, J. B.
  • Hubeny, I.
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Publication Date
Jul 14, 2005
Submission Date
Jul 14, 2005
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2005.09428.x
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We present heavy element abundance measurements for 16 DAO white dwarfs, determined from Far-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer {FUSE} spectra. Evidence of absorption by heavy elements was found in the spectra of all the objects. Measurements were made using models that adopted the temperatures, gravities and helium abundances determined from both optical and FUSE data by Good et al. (2004). Despite the different evolutionary paths that the types of DAO white dwarfs are thought to evolve through, their abundances were not found to vary significantly, apart from for the silicon abundances. Abundances measured when the FUSE derived values of temperature, gravity and helium abundance were adopted were, in general, a factor 1-10 higher than those determined when the optical measure of those parameters was used. Satisfactory fits to the absorption lines were achieved in approximately equal number. The models that used the FUSE determined parameters seemed better at reproducing the strength of the nitrogen and iron lines, while for oxygen, the optical parameters were better.

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