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Preprint 11d/12

Observations and NLTE Modeling of the Gaseous Planetary Debris Disk around Ton 345

Stephan Hartmann, Thorsten Nagel, Thomas Rauch, and Klaus Werner

Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Kepler Center for Astro and Particle Physics, Eberhard Karls University, Sand 1, 72076 Tübingen, Germany

To be published in: Proceedings, 18th European White Dwarf Workshop, Krakow, Poland, 13-17 Aug. 2012, ASP Conference Series

Abstract. Debris disks around single white dwarfs are thought to be the remains of planetary bodies disrupted by tidal forces. Ongoing accretion of the hereby produced dust allows to detect the planetary material in the white dwarf photosphere and to conclude on its chemical composition. As an alternative, the composition can in principle be determined directly from the emission lines of the sometimes additionally observed gaseous component of the disks. To this aim, we perform spectral modeling with our non-LTE code for accretion disks. We have obtained new observations of Ton 345 in order to look for long- and short-term variations in the disk line-profiles. We find that the prominent red-violet asymmetry of the Ca II infrared triplet almost disappeared. Line-profile variations during one night are not seen without doubt.
Key words: stars: individual (TON 345), white dwarfs, circumstellar matter, planetary systems

Preprint (113 kb PDF file including figures)
Astrophysics (astro-ph): 1210.4015

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