Photometry of nova LMC 2012


We present the results of an intensive multiwavelength campaign on nova LMC 2012. This nova evolved very rapidly in all observed wavelengths. The time to fall two magnitudes in the V band was only 2days. In X-rays the super soft phase began 13+/-5days after discovery and ended around day 50 after discovery. During the super soft phase, the Swift/XRT and Chandra spectra were consistent with the underlying white dwarf (WD) being very hot, ~1MK, and luminous, ~10^38^erg/s. The UV, optical, and near-IR photometry showed a periodic variation after the initial and rapid fading had ended. Timing analysis revealed a consistent 19.24+/-0.03hr period in all UV, optical, and near-IR bands with amplitudes of ~0.3mag which we associate with the orbital period of the central binary. No periods were detected in the corresponding X-ray data sets. A moderately high inclination system, i=60+/-10{deg}, was inferred from the early optical emission lines. The HST/STIS UV spectra were highly unusual with only the N v (1240{AA}) line present and superposed on a blue continuum. The lack of emission lines and the observed UV and optical continua from four epochs can be fit with a low mass ejection event, ~10^-6^M_{sun}_, from a hot and massive WD near the Chandrasekhar limit. The WD, in turn, significantly illuminated its subgiant companion which provided the bulk of the observed UV/optical continuum emission at the later dates. The inferred extreme WD characteristics and low mass ejection event favor nova LMC 2012 being a recurrent nova of the U Sco subclass.

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Creator Schwarz G.J.; Shore S.N.; Page K.L.; Osborne J.P.; Beardmore A.P.; Walter F.M.; Bode M.F.; Drake J.J.; Ness J.-U.; Starrfield S.; Van Rossum D.R.; Woodward C.E.
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Publication Year 2015
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Resource Type Dataset; AstroObjects
Discipline Astrophysics and Astronomy; Galactic and extragalactic Astronomy; Natural Sciences; Observational Astronomy; Physics; Stellar Astronomy