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See detailThe optical polarization of radio-loud and radio-intermediate broad absorption line quasi-stellar objects
Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Lamy, H.

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2000), 358

On the basis of a sample of approximately 50 broad absorption line quasi-stellar objects (BAL QSOs), we investigate possible correlations between BAL QSO radio properties and other spectral ... [more ▼]

On the basis of a sample of approximately 50 broad absorption line quasi-stellar objects (BAL QSOs), we investigate possible correlations between BAL QSO radio properties and other spectral characteristics, including polarization. For this purpose new polarization data have been obtained. The main result of our statistical study is the absence of significant correlations between the radio-to-optical flux ratio R[SUP]star [/SUP] and all other quantities: the polarization p_0 of the continuum, the slope of the continuum, the balnicity and detachment indices which characterize the BAL profiles, and the terminal velocity of the flow v_max. The claimed anticorrelation between R[SUP]star [/SUP] and v_max is therefore not confirmed, as well as the correlation between R[SUP]star [/SUP] and p_0 predicted by some models. Although marginally significant, the only possible correlations occur for the BAL QSOs with low-ionization troughs. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory (ESO, La Silla) [less ▲]

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See detailOptical properties and structure of nanodiamonds
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Galli, G.

in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (2005), 584(1 Sp. Iss. SI), 9-12

We present a theoretical study of the structure and optical properties of nanodiamonds. Using ab initio molecular dynamics simulation, we confirm that quantum confinement effects become negligible between ... [more ▼]

We present a theoretical study of the structure and optical properties of nanodiamonds. Using ab initio molecular dynamics simulation, we confirm that quantum confinement effects become negligible between 2 and 3 nm in size. In this size domain, specific surface reconstructions occur upon sample dehydrogenation, leading to fullerene-capped structures, or 'bucky diamonds' with absorption spectra similar to the experiment. We finally show that the HOMO and LUMO states are interface states in the reconstructed structures. (c) 2004 Elsevier B.V.. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical properties of cosputterd Gold-Chromium alloy films
Slusark, W.; Lalevic, B.; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Journal of Applied Physics (1977), 48

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See detailOptical properties of thermochromic VO 2 thin films on stainless steel: Experimental and theoretical studies
Lafort, A.; Kebaili, H.; Goumri-Said, S. et al

in Thin Solid Films (2011), 519(10), 3283-3287

Thermochromic films of VO 2 were deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering on stainless steel substrate. Complex refractive indexes of VO 2 were determined by ellipsometric spectroscopy (0.35-16.5 μm ... [more ▼]

Thermochromic films of VO 2 were deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering on stainless steel substrate. Complex refractive indexes of VO 2 were determined by ellipsometric spectroscopy (0.35-16.5 μm) for different film thicknesses. Optical simulations were performed to model the spectral reflectance of the film/substrate system for a film thickness of 100 nm and 200 nm and to monitor the optical contrast of the thermochromic layers by comparing the spectral reflectance at 25 °C and 100 °C. The good agreement observed between experimental and theoretical spectra demonstrates the adequacy of the model for predicting the optical properties of the samples. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical Spectroscopy of Colliding-Wind Systems to be Observed with XMM
Sana, H.; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

in Interacting Winds from Massive Stars (2002)

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See detailOptical Spectroscopy of EZ Canis Majoris: Indication for Large-Scale Structures in a Wolf-Rayet Wind
Morel, Thierry ULg; St-Louis, Nicole; Marchenko, Sergey V

in Astrophysical Journal (1997), 482

We have carried out optical spectroscopy of the Wolf-Rayet star EZ CMa during 20 consecutive nights in 1995 January in support of the IUE Mega-project. In parallel with this optical spectroscopy, we also ... [more ▼]

We have carried out optical spectroscopy of the Wolf-Rayet star EZ CMa during 20 consecutive nights in 1995 January in support of the IUE Mega-project. In parallel with this optical spectroscopy, we also monitored EZ CMa using narrowband photometry. The light curve was found to be remarkably stable when folded with the P=3.77 day period, and it had a peak-to-valley amplitude of 0.1 mag. The P Cygni absorption components of He I lambda 3889 and He I lambda 5876 display a similar global pattern of variability as was found for the simultaneously acquired UV profiles. The strengthening of the P Cygni absorption component of these transitions is associated with the maximum of the continuum flux. Conversely, the absorption trough of N V lambda 4604 gradually disappears as the star brightens. Although the emission parts of the lines are variable at different levels, they all show the same pattern of variability, which consists of phase-dependent shifts of extra emission components superposed on the profiles. A strong correlation is found between the continuum-light level and the equivalent width of most transitions. The line skewness and the full-width at half-maximum show a daily recurrence timescale, reflecting the light curve changes. We have addressed in a rigorous statistical way the significance of the variations by calculating the "temporal variance spectrum." For any given line, we found enhanced variability at some velocities, although the whole profile displays a statistically significant level of variability. Arguments against a compact companion as the cause of the observed periodic variability are presented. Instead, our observations strongly support the suggestion in the IUE Mega analysis that the atypical level of variability results from the rotation of a structured wind. We propose that the wind variability of EZ CMa is triggered by photospheric activity, or that the wind is controlled by a large-scale magnetic field. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical Spectroscopy of EZ Canis Majoris: Indication for Large-Scale Structures in a Wolf-Rayet Wind
Morel, Thierry ULg; St-Louis, Nicole; Marchenko, Sergey V

in Astrophysical Journal (1997), 489

In the paper "Optical Spectroscopy of EZ Canis Majoris: Indication for Large-Scale Structures in a Wolf-Rayet Wind" by Thierry Morel, Nicole St-Louis, and Sergey V. Marchenko (ApJ, 482, 470 [1997]), there ... [more ▼]

In the paper "Optical Spectroscopy of EZ Canis Majoris: Indication for Large-Scale Structures in a Wolf-Rayet Wind" by Thierry Morel, Nicole St-Louis, and Sergey V. Marchenko (ApJ, 482, 470 [1997]), there are several errors that should be corrected. In the legends to Figures 3 and 6 and on page 483, 55% should read 99%. The revised version of Figure 12 given here replaces Figure 12 in the paper. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical Spectroscopy of the B and C Fragments of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 at the ESO VLT
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg; Kawakita, H. et al

in LPI contribution 1405 (2008)

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See detailOptical spectroscopy of X-Mega targets - II. The massive double-lined O-type binary HD 93205
Morrell, N. I.; Barbá, R. H.; Niemela, V. S. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2001), 326

A new high-quality set of orbital parameters for the O-type spectroscopic binary HD 93205 has been obtained combining échelle and coudé CCD observations. The radial velocity orbits derived from the Heii ... [more ▼]

A new high-quality set of orbital parameters for the O-type spectroscopic binary HD 93205 has been obtained combining échelle and coudé CCD observations. The radial velocity orbits derived from the Heii lambda4686Å (primary component) and Hei lambda4471Å (secondary component) absorption lines yield semi-amplitudes of 133+/-2 and 314+/-2kms[SUP]-1[/SUP] for each binary component, resulting in minimum masses of 31 and 13M[SUB]solar[/SUB] (q=0.42). We also confirm for the binary components the spectral classification of O3V+O8V previously assigned. Assuming for the O8V component a `normal' mass of 22-25M[SUB]solar[/SUB] we would derive for the primary O3V a mass of `only' 52-60M[SUB]solar[/SUB] and an inclination of about 55° for the orbital plane. We have also determined for the first time a period of apsidal motion for this system, namely 185+/-16yr using all available radial velocity data sets of HD 93205 (from 1975 to 1999). Phase-locked variations of the X-ray emission of HD 93205 consisting of a rise of the observed X-ray flux near periastron passage are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical spectroscopy of X-Mega targets - IV. CPD-59 degrees 2636: a new O-type multiple system in the Carina Nebula
Albacete Colombo, J. F.; Morrell, N. I.; Rauw, Grégor ULg et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2002), 336(4), 1099-1108

High-resolution optical spectroscopy of CPD -59degrees2636, one of the O-type stars in the open cluster Trumpler 16 in the Carina Nebula, reveals this object to be a multiple system displaying triple ... [more ▼]

High-resolution optical spectroscopy of CPD -59degrees2636, one of the O-type stars in the open cluster Trumpler 16 in the Carina Nebula, reveals this object to be a multiple system displaying triple lines which we label as components A, B and C of spectral types O7 V, O8 V and O9 V, respectively. From our radial velocity measurements we find that the components A and B form a close binary with a period of 3.6284 d, and we obtain the first circular radial velocity orbit for this system with semi-amplitudes of 184 and 192 km s(-1), leading to minimum masses of 10.1 and 9.7 M-.. We find that the component C is a single lined binary with a period of 5.034 d and semi-amplitude of 48 km s(-1). We also analyse the X-ray radiation from CPD -59degrees2636, finding neither appreciable overluminosity nor phase-related X-ray flux variations. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical spectroscopy of X-Mega targets - V. The spectroscopic binary HD 93161 A and its visual companion HD 93161 B
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Antokhin, I. I.; Sana, H. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2005), 359(2), 688-698

We present the analysis of an extensive set of high-resolution spectroscopic observations of HD 93161, a visual binary with a separation of 2 arcsec. HD 93161 A is a spectroscopic binary, with both ... [more ▼]

We present the analysis of an extensive set of high-resolution spectroscopic observations of HD 93161, a visual binary with a separation of 2 arcsec. HD 93161 A is a spectroscopic binary, with both components clearly detected throughout the orbit. The primary star is most probably of spectral type O8V, while the secondary is likely an O9V. We obtain the first orbital solution for this system, characterized by a period of 8.566 +/- 0.004 d. The minimum masses of the primary and secondary stars are 22.2 +/- 0.6 and 17.0 +/- 0.4 M-., respectively. These values are quite large, suggesting a high inclination of the orbit. The second object, HD 93161 B, displays an O6.5V(f) spectral type and is thus slightly hotter than its neighbour. This star is at first sight single but presents radial velocity variations. Finally, we study HD 93161 in the X-ray domain. No significant variability is detected. The X-ray spectrum is well described by a 2T model with kT(1) similar to 0.3 keV and kT(2) similar to 0.7 keV. The X-ray luminosity is rather moderate, without any large emission excess imputable to a wind interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical spectroscopy of X-Mega targets in the Carina nebula - VII. On the multiplicity of Tr16-112, HD93343 and HD93250
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg; Fernández Lajús, E. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2009), 398

We present the results of a spectroscopic monitoring campaign devoted to three O-type stars in the Carina nebula. We derive the full SB2 orbital solution of the binary system Tr16-112, an exceptional ... [more ▼]

We present the results of a spectroscopic monitoring campaign devoted to three O-type stars in the Carina nebula. We derive the full SB2 orbital solution of the binary system Tr16-112, an exceptional dissymmetrical system consisting of an O5.5-6V((f[SUP]+[/SUP]?p)) primary and a B2V-III secondary. We also report on low-amplitude brightness variations in Tr16-112 that are likely due to the ellipsoidal shape of the O5.5-6 primary revolving in an eccentric orbit around the system's centre of mass. We detect for the first time a clear SB2 binary signature in the spectrum of HD93343 (O8 + O8), although our data are not sufficient to establish an orbital solution. This system also displays low-amplitude photometric modulations. On the other hand, no indication of multiplicity is found in the optical spectra of HD93250. Finally, we discuss the general properties of multiple massive stars in the Carina OB1 association. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory (La Silla, Chile), at Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (Argentina), at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) and with XMM-Newton, an ESA Science Mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA Member States and the USA (NASA). E-mail: rauw@astro.ulg.ac.be â ¡ Research Associate FRS/FNRS (Belgium). § Postdoctoral Researcher FRS/FNRS (Belgium). ¶ Senior Research Associate FRS/FNRS (Belgium). [less ▲]

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See detailOptical spectroscopy of XMEGA targets in the Carina Nebula - III. The multiple system Tr 16-104 (â ¡CPD -59° 2603)
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Sana, H.; Antokhin, I. I. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2001), 326

We discuss the orbital elements of the multiple system Tr 16-104 which is usually believed to be a member of the open cluster Trumpler 16 in the Carina complex. We show that Tr 16-104 could be a ... [more ▼]

We discuss the orbital elements of the multiple system Tr 16-104 which is usually believed to be a member of the open cluster Trumpler 16 in the Carina complex. We show that Tr 16-104 could be a hierarchical triple system consisting of a short-period (2.15d) eclipsing O7V+O9.5V binary bound to a B0.2 IV star. Our preliminary orbital solution of the third body indicates that the B star most probably describes an eccentric orbit with a period of ~285 or ~1341d around the close binary. Folding photometric data from the literature with our new ephemerides, we find that the light curve of the close binary exhibits rather narrow eclipses indicating that the two O stars must be well inside their Roche lobes. Our analysis of the photometric data yields a lower limit on the inclination of the orbit of the close binary of i>=77°. The stellar radii and luminosities of the O7 V and O9.5 V stars are significantly smaller than expected for stars of this spectral type. Our results suggest that Tr 16-104 lies at a distance of the order of 2.5kpc and support a fainter absolute magnitude for zero-age main-sequence O stars than usually adopted. We find that the dynamical configuration of Tr 16-104 corresponds to a hierarchical system that should remain stable provided that it suffers no strong perturbation. Finally, we also report long-term temporal variations of high-velocity interstellar Caii absorptions in the line of sight towards Tr 16-104. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical study of a solar concentrator for space applications based on a diffractive/refractive optical combination
Michel, Céline ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg; Languy, Fabian ULg et al

in Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells (2014), 120PA

This paper presents a new design of a planar solar concentrator for space applications. The concentrator focuses light onto two spatially separated photovoltaic cells, allowing for independent control of ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a new design of a planar solar concentrator for space applications. The concentrator focuses light onto two spatially separated photovoltaic cells, allowing for independent control of the output power of each cell. Thanks to a blazed diffraction grating superimposed on a Fresnel lens, advantages of both spectral splitting and light focusing can be combined. The theoretical model of the optical design is presented, with the optimization of either element. Moreover, configuration improvement is proposed: a symmetrical configuration composed of two lenses. First numerical results are presented, highlighting the possibility to design a concentrator at about 10× for each cell, with an optical efficiency of about 75% and less than 10% of losses for tracking errors lower than ±0.9°. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Optical Time Delay Estimate for the Double Gravitational Lens System B1600+434
Burud, I.; Hjorth, J.; Jaunsen, A. O. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2000), 544

We present optical I-band light curves of the gravitationally lensed double QSO B1600+434 from observations obtained at the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) between 1998 April and 1999 November. The ... [more ▼]

We present optical I-band light curves of the gravitationally lensed double QSO B1600+434 from observations obtained at the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) between 1998 April and 1999 November. The photometry has been performed by simultaneous deconvolution of all the data frames, involving a numerical lens galaxy model. Four methods have been applied to determine the time delay between the two QSO components, giving a mean estimate of Deltat=51+/-4 days (95% confidence level). This is the fourth optical time delay ever measured. Adopting a Omega=0.3, Lambda=0 universe and using the mass model of Maller et al., this time delay estimate yields a Hubble parameter of H[SUB]0[/SUB]=52[SUP]+14[/SUP][SUB]-8[/SUB] km s[SUP]-1[/SUP] Mpc[SUP]-1[/SUP] (95% confidence level), where the errors include time delay as well as model uncertainties. There are time-dependent offsets between the two (appropriately shifted) light curves that indicate the presence of external variations due to microlensing. Based on observations made with the Nordic Optical Telescope, operated on the island of La Palma jointly by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias. [less ▲]

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See detailAn optical time delay for the double gravitational lens system FBQ 0951+2635
Jakobsson, P.; Hjorth, J.; Burud, I. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2005), 431(1), 103-109

We present optical R-band light curves of the double gravitationally lensed quasar FBQ 0951+2635 from observations obtained at the Nordic Optical Telescope between March 1999 and June 2001. A time delay ... [more ▼]

We present optical R-band light curves of the double gravitationally lensed quasar FBQ 0951+2635 from observations obtained at the Nordic Optical Telescope between March 1999 and June 2001. A time delay of Deltatau = 16 +/- 2 days (1sigma) is determined from the light curves. New constraints on the lensing geometry are provided by the position and ellipticity of the lensing galaxy. For a (Omega(m), Omega(Lambda)) = (0.3, 0.7) cosmology, the time delay yields a Hubble parameter of H-0 = 60(-7)(+9) (random, 1sigma) +/-2 (systematic) km s(-1) Mpc(-1) for a singular isothermal ellipsoid model and H-0 = 63(-7)(+9) (random, 1sigma) +/-1 (systematic) km s(-1) Mpc(-1) for a constant mass-to-light ratio model. In both models, the errors are mainly due to the time-delay uncertainties. Non-parametric models yield H-0 = 64(-7)(+9) (random, 1sigma) +/- 14 (systematic) km s(-1) Mpc(-1). [less ▲]

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See detailAn optical time-delay for the lensed BAL quasar HE 2149-2745
Burud, I.; Courbin, F.; Magain, Pierre ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 383(1), 71-81

We present optical V and i-band light curves of the gravitationally lensed BAL quasar HE 2149-2745. The data, obtained with the 1.5 m Danish Telescope (ESO-La Silla) between October 1998 and December 2000 ... [more ▼]

We present optical V and i-band light curves of the gravitationally lensed BAL quasar HE 2149-2745. The data, obtained with the 1.5 m Danish Telescope (ESO-La Silla) between October 1998 and December 2000, are the first from a long-term project aimed at monitoring selected lensed quasars in the Southern Hemisphere. A time delay of 103+/-12 days is determined from the light curves. In addition, VLT/FORS1 spectra of HE 2149 2745 are deconvolved in order to obtain the spectrum of the faint lensing galaxy, free of any contamination by the bright nearby two quasar images. By cross-correlating the spectrum with galaxy-templates we obtain a tentative redshift estimate of z = 0.495+/-0:01. Adopting this redshift, a Omega = 0.3, Lambda = 0.7 cosmology, and a chosen analytical lens model, our time-delay measurement yields a Hubble constant of H-0 = 66+/-8 km s(-1) Mpc(-1) (1sigma error) with an estimated systematic error of +/-3 km s(-1) Mpc(-1). Using non-parametric models yields H-0 = 65+/-8 km s(-1) Mpc(-1) (1sigma error) and confirms that the lens exhibits a very dense/concentrated mass profile. Finally, we note, as in other cases, that the flux ratio between the two quasar components is wavelength dependent. While the flux ratio in the broad emission lines-equal to 3.7-remains constant with wavelength, the continuum of the brighter component is bluer. Although the data do not rule out extinction of one quasar image relative to the other as a possible explanation, the effect could also be produced by differential microlensing by stars in the lensing galaxy. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical variability of the B-type star HD 105382: Pulsation or rotation?
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Aerts, C.; De Cat, P.

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2001)

We present ground-based multi-colour Geneva photometry and high-resolution high S/N spectra of the variable B-type star HD 105382. We provide evidence that this star is not a Be star, as indicated in the ... [more ▼]

We present ground-based multi-colour Geneva photometry and high-resolution high S/N spectra of the variable B-type star HD 105382. We provide evidence that this star is not a Be star, as indicated in the literature. The monoperiodic variability found in the Hipparcos data is confirmed in our ground-based follow-up observations. All existing data give rise to the detection of the period of 1.295 days. We try to interpret the variability of the star in terms of a non-radial g-mode pulsation model and of a rotational modulation model. None of these two is able to explain the observed line-profile variations in full detail. Based on observations obtained with the Swiss photometric telescope and ESO's CAT/CES telescope, both situated at La Silla, Chile. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical Variability of the Lambda Eri Star HD 105382: Pulsation or Rotation?
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Aerts, C.; De Cat, P.

in The Impact of Large-Scale Surveys on Pulsating Star Research, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 203; also IAU Colloquium #176. (2000)

HD 105382 is clearly a monoperiodic, very active λ Eri star with the frequency 0.7721 d[SUP]-1[/SUP]. Its photometric behaviour and the moment variations are not typical for a standard pulsational model.

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See detailOptical Vectorial Vortex Coronagraphs using Liquid Crystal Polymers: theory, manufacturing and laboratory demonstration
Mawet, D.; Serabyn, E.; Liewer, K. et al

in Optics Express (2009), 17

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