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Charles E. Woodward

Changes in the red giant and dusty environment of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi following the 2006 eruption
Rushton, M. T.; Kaminsky, B.; Lynch, D. K.; Pavlenko, Ya. V.; Evans, A.; Eyres, S. P. S.; Woodward, C. E.;and 4 coauthors, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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We present near-infrared spectroscopy of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi (RS Oph) obtained on several occasions after its latest outburst in 2006 February. The 1-5μm spectra are dominated by the red giant, but the HI, HeI and coronal lines present during the eruption are present in all our observations. From the fits of the computed infrared spectral energy distributions to the observed fluxes, we find Teff = 4200 +/- 200K for the red giant. The first overtone CO bands at 2.3μm, formed in the atmosphere of the red giant, are variable. The spectra clearly exhibit an infrared excess due to dust emission longward of 5μm we estimate an effective temperature for the emitting dust shell of 500 K, and find that the dust emission is also variable, being beyond the limit of detection in 2007. Most likely, the secondary star in RS Oph is intrinsically variable.