SDSS J104341.53+085558.2: a second white dwarf with a gaseous debris disc
Gaensicke, B. T. (Boris T.), Marsh, T. R. and Southworth, J. (John). (2007) SDSS J104341.53+085558.2: a second white dwarf with a gaseous debris disc. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol.380 (No.1). L35-L39. ISSN 0035-8711Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-3933.2007.00343.x
Intermediate- resolution spectroscopy of the white dwarf SDSS J104341.53+ 085558.2 ( SDSS J1043+ 0855) contains double- peaked emission lines of Ca II lambda lambda 8498, 8542, 8662 and identifies this object to be the second single white dwarf to be surrounded by a gaseous disc of metal- rich material, similar to the recently discovered SDSS J1228+ 1040. A photospheric magnesium abundance of 0.3 times the solar value, determined from the observed MgII lambda 4481 absorption line, implies that the white dwarf is accreting from the circumstellar material. The absence of Balmer emission lines and of photospheric He I lambda 4471 absorption indicates that the accreted material is depleted in volatile elements and, by analogy with SDSS J1228+ 1040, may be the result of the tidal disruption of an asteroid. Additional spectroscopy of the DAZ white dwarfs WD1337+ 705 and GD362 does not reveal Ca I emission lines. GD362 is one of the few cool DAZ white dwarfs that display strong infrared flux excess, thought to be originating in a circumstellar dust disc, and its temperature is probably too low to sublimate sufficient amounts of disc material to generate detectable Ca II emission. WD1337+ 705 is, like SDSS J1228+ 1040 and SDSS J1043+ 0855, moderately hot, but has the lowest Mg abundance of those three stars, suggesting a possible correlation between the photospheric Mg abundance and the equivalent width of the Ca II emission triplet. Our inspection of 7360 white dwarfs from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 4 fails to unveil additional strong ` metal gas disc' candidates, and implies that these objects are rather rare.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QB Astronomy|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Physics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society|
|Official Date:||1 September 2007|
|Number of Pages:||5|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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