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Analytic inversion of emission lines of arbitrary optical depth for the structure of supernova ejecta

Ignace, R., and Hendry, M.A. (2000) Analytic inversion of emission lines of arbitrary optical depth for the structure of supernova ejecta. Astrophysical Journal, 537 (2, pt.). L131 -L134. ISSN 0004-637X (doi:10.1086/308108)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/308108

Abstract

We derive a method for inverting emission-line profiles formed in supernova ejecta. The derivation assumes spherical symmetry and homologous expansion [i.e., v(r) varies as r], is analytic, and even takes account of occultation by a pseudophotosphere. Previous inversion methods have been developed that are restricted to optically thin lines, but the particular case of homologous expansion permits an analytic result for lines of arbitrary optical depth. In fact, we show that the quantity that is generically retrieved is the run of line intensity I/sub lambda / with radius in the ejecta. This result is quite general and so could be applied to resonance lines, recombination lines, etc. As a specific example, we show how to derive the run of (Sobolev) optical depth tau /sub lambda / with radius in the case of a pure resonance scattering emission line.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hendry, Prof Martin
Authors: Ignace, R., and Hendry, M.A.
Subjects:Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Astrophysical Journal
ISSN:0004-637X

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