Title

Spectrophotometry of R Coronae Borealis during the minimum of 1974

Abstract

Spectrophotometric observations of R Coronae Borealis were obtained as the star returned to normal brightness during the minimum of 1974. Absolute flux distributions and extinction optical thicknesses were determined for those nights on which observations were made. The optical thicknesses were found to be consistent with extinction by spherical graphite particles having radii of about 0.07 . No trend toward either an increase or a decrease in particle size was detected. A close fit to the rising branch of the visual light curve of R CrB was obtained using a simple model in which the return to maximum brightness of R CrB is caused by the radiation pressure dispersal of a cloud of graphite particles. Subject headings: spectrophotometry - stars: circumstellar shells - stars: individual - stars: R Coronae Borealis

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1086/154232

Rights Information

© 1976 The American Astronomical Society.

Publication Date

1976

Journal Title

The Astrophysical Journal

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