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See detailNonlinear electromagnetic modes in astrophysical plasmas with dust distributions
Verheest, F.; Cattaert, Tom ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2004), 421(1), 17-21

A derivative nonlinear Schrodinger equation is obtained for parallel electromagnetic modes in plasmas containing polydisperse charged dust. The coefficient of the dispersive term in that equation is ... [more ▼]

A derivative nonlinear Schrodinger equation is obtained for parallel electromagnetic modes in plasmas containing polydisperse charged dust. The coefficient of the dispersive term in that equation is dominated by the dust rather than the (plasma) ions, and polydisperse dust yields a larger coefficient in absolute value than an equivalent monodisperse description. This leads to a significant broadening of the nonlinear structure due to the presence of polydisperse rather than monodisperse dust, the latter contributing in itself already to a substantial increase in the width of envelope solitons compared to dust-free plasmas. When modelling the charged dust by a power-law distribution occurring in planetary ring and other astrophysical systems, it depends very much on the power-law index whether the smaller or the larger grains are more important. For certain indices the more numerous smaller grains determine the charge and mass densities, but the larger dust dominates the linear and nonlinear dispersive effects. [less ▲]

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See detailThe photospheric abundances of active binaries. II. Atmospheric parameters and abundance patterns for 6 single-lined RS CVn systems
Morel, Thierry ULg; Micela, G.; Favata, F. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 412

Photospheric parameters and abundances are presented for a sample of single-lined chromospherically active binaries from a differential LTE analysis of high-resolution spectra. Abundances have been ... [more ▼]

Photospheric parameters and abundances are presented for a sample of single-lined chromospherically active binaries from a differential LTE analysis of high-resolution spectra. Abundances have been derived for 13 chemical species, including several key elements such as Li, Mg, and Ca. Two methods have been used. The effective temperatures, surface gravities and microturbulent velocities were first derived from a fully self-consistent analysis of the spectra, whereby the temperature is determined from the excitation equilibrium of the Fe I lines. The second approach relies on temperatures derived from the (B-V) colour index. These two methods give broadly consistent results for the stars in our sample, suggesting that the neutral iron lines are formed under conditions close to LTE. We discuss the reliability in the context of chromospherically active stars of various colour indices used as temperature indicators, and conclude that the (V-R) and (V-I) colours are likely to be significantly affected by activity processes. Irrespective of the method used, our results indicate that the X-ray active binaries studied are not as metal poor as previously claimed, but are at most mildly iron-depleted relative to the Sun (-0.41protect <~ [Fe/H]protect la +0.11). A significant overabundance of several chemical species is observed (e.g., the alpha -synthezised elements). These abundance patterns are discussed in relation to stellar activity. Based on observations collected at ESO (La Silla, Chile). Table A.1 is only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/412/495 [less ▲]

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See detailOMC: An Optical Monitoring Camera for INTEGRAL - Instrument description and performance
Mas-Hesse, J. M.; Gimenez, A.; Culhane, J. L. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 411(1), 261-268

The Optical Monitoring Camera (OMC) will observe the optical emission from the prime targets of the gammaray instruments onboard the ESA mission INTEGRAL, with the support of the JEM-X monitor in the X ... [more ▼]

The Optical Monitoring Camera (OMC) will observe the optical emission from the prime targets of the gammaray instruments onboard the ESA mission INTEGRAL, with the support of the JEM-X monitor in the X-ray domain. This capability will provide invaluable diagnostic information on the nature and the physics of the sources over a broad wavelength range. Its main scientific objectives are: ( 1) to monitor the optical emission from the sources observed by the gamma- and X-ray instruments, measuring the time and intensity structure of the optical emission for comparison with variability at high energies, and ( 2) to provide the brightness and position of the optical counterpart of any gamma- or X-ray transient taking place within its field of view. The OMC is based on a refractive optics with an aperture of 50 mm focused onto a large format CCD (1024 x 2048 pixels) working in frame transfer mode (1024 x 1024 pixels imaging area). With a field of view of 5degrees x 5degrees it will be able to monitor sources down to magnitude V = 18. Typical observations will perform a sequence of different integration times, allowing for photometric uncertainties below 0.1 mag for objects with V less than or equal to 16. [less ▲]

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See detailAn XMM-Newton observation of the very young open cluster NGC 6383
Rauw, Grégor ULg; De Becker, Michaël ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 407(3), 925-15

We report the detection of a number of X-ray sources associated with the very young open cluster NGC6383. About two thirds of these objects are correlated with a rather faint optical source and all but ... [more ▼]

We report the detection of a number of X-ray sources associated with the very young open cluster NGC6383. About two thirds of these objects are correlated with a rather faint optical source and all but one have at least one infrared counterpart within a correlation radius of 8 arcsec. Although NGC6383 is not associated with a prominent star forming region, the overall properties of many of the X-ray sources suggest that they may be candidates for low-mass pre-main sequence stars. The number of X-ray sources increases towards the cluster center suggesting that there exists a close relation between the massive O-star binary system HD159176 in the cluster core and the population of X-ray bright low-mass objects in NGC 6383. [less ▲]

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See detailWR bubbles and HeII emission
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 408(1), 171-186

We present the very first high quality images of the He II lambda4686 emission in three high excitation nebulae of the Magellanic Clouds. A fourth high excitation nebula, situated around the WR star BAT99 ... [more ▼]

We present the very first high quality images of the He II lambda4686 emission in three high excitation nebulae of the Magellanic Clouds. A fourth high excitation nebula, situated around the WR star BAT99-2, was analysed in a previous letter. Using VLT FORS data, we investigate the morphology of the ring nebulae around the early-type WN stars BAT99-49 [less ▲]

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See detailSeismic modelling of the beta Cep star EN (16) Lacertae
Thoul, Anne ULg; Aerts, C.; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 406(1), 287-292

We perform seismic modelling of the massive beta Cep star EN Lacertae. The starting point of our analysis is the spectroscopic mode identification recently performed. To this, we add a new updated ... [more ▼]

We perform seismic modelling of the massive beta Cep star EN Lacertae. The starting point of our analysis is the spectroscopic mode identification recently performed. To this, we add a new updated photometric mode identification based upon a non-adiabatic description of the eigenfunctions in the outer atmosphere. Both mode identifications agree and this allows us to fine-tune the stellar parameters of EN Lacertae with unprecedented precision. This is done by producing a huge amount of stellar models with different parameters and selecting those that fulfill the frequency values and the mode identification. Our study is the first one of its kind in which a reconcilation between observed pulsational characteristics and theoretical models can be achieved at a level that allows accurate determination of the basic stellar parameters of a massive oscillator. We derive a mass of M=9.62+/- 0.11 M[SUB]sun[/SUB] and an age of 15.7 million years if we assume that convective overshooting does not occur. [less ▲]

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See detailA quadruply imaged quasar with an optical Einstein ring candidate: 1RXS J113155.4-123155
Sluse, Dominique ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 406(Letters), 43-46

We report the discovery of a new quadruply imaged quasar surrounded by an optical Einstein ring candidate. Spectra of the different components of 1RXS J113155.4-123155 reveal a source at z= 0.658. Up to ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of a new quadruply imaged quasar surrounded by an optical Einstein ring candidate. Spectra of the different components of 1RXS J113155.4-123155 reveal a source at z= 0.658. Up to now, this object is the closest known gravitationally lensed quasar. The lensing galaxy is clearly detected. Its redshift is measured to be z= 0.295. Additionally, the total V magnitude of the system has varied by 0.3 mag between two epochs separated by 33 weeks. The measured relative astrometry of the lensed images is best fitted with an SIS model plus shear. This modeling suggests very high magnification of the source (up to 50 for the total magnification) and predicts flux ratios between the lensed images significantly different from what is actually observed. This suggests that the lensed images may be affected by a combination of micro or milli-lensing and dust extinction effects. Based on data collected at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile. [less ▲]

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See detailThe massive binary CPD-41°7742 - I. High-resolution optical spectroscopy
Sana, H.; Hensberge, H.; Rauw, Grégor ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 405(3), 1063-1074

We present the results of a spectroscopic campaign on the early-type binary CPD-41degrees 7742. For the first time, we unambiguously detect the secondary's spectral signature and derive an accurate ... [more ▼]

We present the results of a spectroscopic campaign on the early-type binary CPD-41degrees 7742. For the first time, we unambiguously detect the secondary's spectral signature and derive an accurate orbital solution for both components of the system. We confirm that the orbit displays a slight but definite eccentricity (e=0.027+/-0.006) despite the short period (P=2.44070+/-0.00043 days). Previous radial velocity measurements available in the literature constitute together with our new observations a data set that spans more than 30 years. The combined primary orbital solution inferred is in excellent agreement with our solution and gives a period P=2.44062+/-0.00005 days. Based on spectroscopic criteria, we derive a spectral and luminosity classification of O9 III + B1 III. However, the luminosities and radii inferred from the membership of NGC6231 rather indicate lower luminosity classes. We show that the equivalent widths of well isolated primary lines display variations that suggest that CPD-41degrees 7742 is an eclipsing binary. This makes CPD-41degrees 7742 the second known SB2 eclipsing early-type binary of the NGC 6231 cluster. We approximately constrain the inclination of the system i(min) approximate to 60degrees. This may indicate that the system does not offer enough room for two stars with radii typical of giant stars and lends further support to a less evolved luminosity classification for at least one of the objects. [less ▲]

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See detailHyperfine structure for neutral manganese lines of astrophysical interest
Lefèbvre, P.-H.; Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg; Biémont, Emile ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 404(3), 1153-1158

The hyperfine structure of 40 levels of neutral manganese has been studied by means of Fourier transform emission spectroscopy. The light source was a home-made 99.5% pure manganese hollow-cathode lamp ... [more ▼]

The hyperfine structure of 40 levels of neutral manganese has been studied by means of Fourier transform emission spectroscopy. The light source was a home-made 99.5% pure manganese hollow-cathode lamp. From the analysis of the line profiles observed in the visible and infrared regions, we have been able to deduce new magnetic dipole constants for 18 levels and to revise previous results for 22 additional levels. [less ▲]

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See detailXMM-Newton high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy of the Wolf-Rayet object WR 25 in the Carina OB1 association
Raassen, A. J. J.; van der Hucht, K. A.; Mewe, R. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 402(2), 653-666

We report the analysis of the first high-resolution X-ray spectra of the Wolf-Rayet (WR) object WR25 (HD 93162, WN6ha+O4f) obtained with the reflection Grating spectrometers (RGS) and the European photon ... [more ▼]

We report the analysis of the first high-resolution X-ray spectra of the Wolf-Rayet (WR) object WR25 (HD 93162, WN6ha+O4f) obtained with the reflection Grating spectrometers (RGS) and the European photon imaging cameras (EPIC-MOS and PN) CCD spectrometers on board the XMM-Newton satellite. The spectrum exhibits bright emission lines of the H- and He-like ions of Ne, Mg, Si and S, as well as Fe XVIII to Fe XX and Fe XXV lines. Line fluxes have been measured. The RGS and e pi c spectra have been simultaneously fitted to obtain self-consistent temperatures, emission measures, and elemental abundances. Strong absorption by the dense WR stellar wind and the interstellar medium (ISM) is observed equivalent to N-H = 7x10(21) cm(-2). Multi-temperature (DEM) fitting yields two dominant components around temperatures of 7.0 and 32 MK, respectively. The XMM intrinsic (i.e. unabsorbed, corrected for the stellar wind absorption and the absorption of ISM) X-ray luminosity of WR25 is L-x(0.5-10 keV) = 1.3x10(34) erg s(-1), and L-x(0.5-10 keV) = 0.85 x 10(34) erg s(-1), (when correcting for the ISM only) assuming d = 3.24 kpc. The obtained chemical abundances are subsolar, except for S. This may be real, but could equally well be due to a weak coupling to the continuum, which is strongly influenced by the absorption column density and the subtracted background. The expected high N-abundance, as observed in the optical wavelength region, could not be confirmed due to the strong wind absorption, blocking out its spectral signature. The presence of the Fe XXV emission-line complex at similar to6.7 keV is argued as being indicative for colliding winds inside a WR+O binary system. [less ▲]

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See detailA new seismic analysis of Alpha Centauri
Thoul, Anne ULg; Scuflaire, Richard ULg; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 402(1), 293-297

Models of alpha Cen A & B have been computed using the masses determined by Pourbaix et al. (\cite{Po2002}) and the data derived from the spectroscopic analysis of Neuforge & Magain (\cite{Ne1997}). The ... [more ▼]

Models of alpha Cen A & B have been computed using the masses determined by Pourbaix et al. (\cite{Po2002}) and the data derived from the spectroscopic analysis of Neuforge & Magain (\cite{Ne1997}). The seismological data obtained by Bouchy & Carrier (\cite{Bo2001}, \cite{Bo2002}) do help improve our knowledge of the evolutionary status of the system. All the constraints are satisfied with a model which gives an age of about 6 Gyr for the binary. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic mode identification for the slowly pulsating B star HD 147394
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Aerts, C.; Mathias, P. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 401

We present ground-based high-resolution high S/N spectra of the slowly pulsating B star HD 147394. Two frequencies are clearly found in the moments of the Si II 4128-4130 doublet: f[SUB]1[/SUB]=0.8008 c d ... [more ▼]

We present ground-based high-resolution high S/N spectra of the slowly pulsating B star HD 147394. Two frequencies are clearly found in the moments of the Si II 4128-4130 doublet: f[SUB]1[/SUB]=0.8008 c d[SUP]-1[/SUP] and f[SUB]2[/SUB]=0.7813 c d[SUP]-1[/SUP]. The frequency f[SUB]1[/SUB] is also found in the HIPPARCOS data. A third frequency is also present in our spectroscopic data: f[SUB]3[/SUB]=0.7175 c d[SUP]-1[/SUP] or its aliases due to the time sampling. A mode identification is performed by means of a new version of the moment method optimized for multiperiodic signals. It points towards several equivalent solutions of non-axisymmetric l <=3 for all three modes. We have too limited information to perform seismic modelling at this stage, but we do show that the different possibilities for the mode identifications are compatible with pulsational models for SPBs. Based on observations obtained with the spectrograph Aurélie attached to the 1.52-m telescope of the Observatoire de Haute-Provence, France. [less ▲]

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See detailVLT observations of the highly ionized nebula around Brey2
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 401(2), 13-16

We present the first high resolution He II lambda4686 images of the high excitation nebula around the WR star Brey2 in the LMC. This nebula presents a striking morphology: a small arc-like feature some 3 ... [more ▼]

We present the first high resolution He II lambda4686 images of the high excitation nebula around the WR star Brey2 in the LMC. This nebula presents a striking morphology: a small arc-like feature some 3.6 pc in radius is particularly prominent in the He II lambda4686 line. We further discover a previously unknown faint He II emission that extends over an area of 22 x 17 pc(2). An even fainter He II emission is apparently associated with the interstellar bubble blown by the progenitor of Brey2. The total He II flux corresponds to an ionizing flux of 4 x 10(47) photons s(-1). Halpha, [O III], and He I lambda5876 images and long-slit spectra are also examined in this letter, enabling us to investigate the detailed physical properties at various locations of the nebula. [less ▲]

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See detailA photometric mode identification method, including an improved non-adiabatic treatment of the atmosphere
Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; De Ridder, J.; De Cat, P. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 398

We present an improved version of the method of photometric mode identification of Heynderickx et al. (\cite{hey}). Our new version is based on the inclusion of precise non-adiabatic eigenfunctions ... [more ▼]

We present an improved version of the method of photometric mode identification of Heynderickx et al. (\cite{hey}). Our new version is based on the inclusion of precise non-adiabatic eigenfunctions determined in the outer stellar atmosphere according to the formalism recently proposed by Dupret et al. (\cite{dup}). Our improved photometric mode identification technique is therefore no longer dependent on ad hoc parameters for the non-adiabatic effects. It contains the complete physical conditions of the outer atmosphere of the star, provided that rotation does not play a key role. We apply our method to the two slowly pulsating B stars HD 74560 and HD 138764 and to the beta Cephei star EN (16) Lac. Besides identifying the degree l of the pulsating stars, our method is also a tool for improving the knowledge of stellar interiors and atmospheres, by imposing constraints on parameters such as the metallicity and the mixing-length parameter alpha (a procedure we label non-adiabatic asteroseismology). The non-adiabatic eigenfunctions needed for the mode identification are available upon request from the authors. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic mode identification for the beta Cephei star EN (16) Lacertae
Aerts, C.; Lehmann, H.; Briquet, Maryline ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 399

We perform for the first time spectroscopic mode identification in the eclipsing binary beta Cephei star EN (16) Lac. This mode identification is based upon a time series of 942 line profiles of the He I ... [more ▼]

We perform for the first time spectroscopic mode identification in the eclipsing binary beta Cephei star EN (16) Lac. This mode identification is based upon a time series of 942 line profiles of the He I lambda lambda 6678 Åline in its spectrum. All three known frequencies f[SUB]1[/SUB], f,SUB>2,/SUB>, f[SUB]3[/SUB] of the star are present in the line-profile variations, but we failed to find additional modes. Using different identification methods we find conclusive evidence for the radial nature of the main mode and for the l=2, m=0 identification of the mode with frequency f[SUB]2[/SUB]. A unique identification of the third mode is not possible from the spectra, but we do derive that l[SUB]3[/SUB]<3. Fits to the amplitude and phase variability of the modes imply a rotation frequency between 0.1 and 0.4 c d[SUP]-1[/SUP]. The star's rotation axis is not aligned with the orbital axis. Based on observations gathered with the coudé spectrograph attached to the 2.0 m reflector telescope at Tautenburg Observatory. [less ▲]

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See detailA new version of the moment method, optimized for mode identification in multiperiodic stars
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Aerts, C.

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 398

We present a numerical version of the moment method for the identification of non-radial pulsation modes. The new version requires less computation time than the previous one, allowing users to consider ... [more ▼]

We present a numerical version of the moment method for the identification of non-radial pulsation modes. The new version requires less computation time than the previous one, allowing users to consider all the information contained in the first three moments of a multiperiodic star and to identify multiple modes simultaneously. This, together with the use of a new discriminant that considers the moments calculated at each time of observation, increases considerably the feasibility and the accuracy of the mode identification for multiperiodic stars. Moreover, the technique is extended to rotating pulsating stars. We apply the new version to three B stars showing multiperiodicity. Computer code for mode identification available upon request. Tables 1 to 8 are only available in electronic form at http://www.edpsciences.org [less ▲]

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See detailLine profile variability in the spectra of Oef stars. I. BD + 60deg 2522
Rauw, Grégor ULg; De Becker, Michaël ULg; Vreux, Jean-Marie ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 399

We report the analysis of a long term observing campaign designed to monitor the spectroscopic variability of the Oef star BD +60deg 2522. We find that the double-peaked He {II} lambda 4686 emission line ... [more ▼]

We report the analysis of a long term observing campaign designed to monitor the spectroscopic variability of the Oef star BD +60deg 2522. We find that the double-peaked He {II} lambda 4686 emission line undergoes strong profile variability on time scales of 2-3 day. However, the time scale as well as the pattern of these variations turn out to be epoch dependent and the phenomenon is thus most likely not ruled by a single stable clock. On the other hand, the absorption lines in the spectrum of BD +60deg 2522 display line profile variability on time scales of a few hours that might be related to non-radial pulsations. We tentatively propose that the beating of several non-radial pulsation modes triggers transient large-scale density perturbations in a confined stellar wind that produce the 2-3 day time scale variability. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiative lifetime and oscillator strength determinations in SmIII
Biémont, Emile ULg; Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg; Litzen, U. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 399(1), 343-349

Radiative lifetimes of 6 levels belonging to the 4f(5)((6)Hdegrees, (6)Fdegrees)5d configuration of Sm III have been measured for the first time using a time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence technique ... [more ▼]

Radiative lifetimes of 6 levels belonging to the 4f(5)((6)Hdegrees, (6)Fdegrees)5d configuration of Sm III have been measured for the first time using a time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence technique. Experimental data have been compared with semi-empirical calculations. The agreement is excellent for 4 levels with (6)Fdegrees as a parent term. Larger discrepancies (53 and 37%) are observed for 2 levels with (6)Hdegrees and (6)Fdegrees, respectively, as a parent term and are explainable by strong mixing and cancellation effects occurring in the line strength calculations which are responsible of "instabilities" occurring in the lifetimes considered as a function of J value within the term. Branching ratios for the lines depopulating the levels of interest have been measured by Fourier transform spectroscopy. A first set of oscillator strengths has been deduced for this ion. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term optical spectrophotometric monitoring of comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp)
Rauer, H.; Helbert, J.; Arpigny, Claude ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 397

We observed comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) at 4.6-2.9 AU pre-perihelion and 2.8-12.8 AU post-perihelion with optical long-slit spectroscopy. Emission bands of CN, C[SUB]3[/SUB], C[SUB]2[/SUB] and NH[SUB]2 ... [more ▼]

We observed comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) at 4.6-2.9 AU pre-perihelion and 2.8-12.8 AU post-perihelion with optical long-slit spectroscopy. Emission bands of CN, C[SUB]3[/SUB], C[SUB]2[/SUB] and NH[SUB]2[/SUB] have been covered. Emission of C[SUB]3[/SUB] was detected up to 7.0 AU, and CN could be followed up to 9.8 AU post-perihelion. Spatial column density profiles of the radicals have been used to derive effective parent Haser scale lengths for heliocentric distances beyond 3 AU. Production rates were derived based on these Haser scale lengths. The observations of CN are in agreement with HCN as the major parent molecule of this radical at large distances from the Sun (i.e. beyond ~ 3 AU). We compare the measured CN production rate to sublimation rates of HCN from a simple nucleus sublimation model. The variation of CN production rates with changing heliocentric distance gives no indication for sublimation from the interior and is consistent with very little thermal lag of the nucleus. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, Chile, and the Observatoire de Haute Provence, France. [less ▲]

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See detailClose pairs of quasars with different redshifts: New observations and results
Sluse, Dominique ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 397

Burbidge et al. (\cite {burbidge}) argue that the observed number of quasar pairs with small angular separations and different redshifts (typically Delta theta <= 5 arcsec and Delta z > 0.1 ) is not ... [more ▼]

Burbidge et al. (\cite {burbidge}) argue that the observed number of quasar pairs with small angular separations and different redshifts (typically Delta theta <= 5 arcsec and Delta z > 0.1 ) is not compatible with a random distribution of quasars over the sky. After a brief review of all known quasar pairs with different redshifts, we show by means of very simple calculations that the probability of finding the three accepted pairs accidentally is of the order of 10%. We conclude that, under realistic hypotheses, the observed number of quasar pairs with different redshifts is not unlikely. We also present arguments showing that gravitational lensing biases are probably not strong enough to significantly increase the expected number of quasar pairs. The failure to detect with HST a secondary lensed image of the background quasar near the foreground one in these three pairs supports this view. [less ▲]

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