Modeling of the Lyman γ satellites in FUSE spectra of DA white dwarfs

G. Hébrard, N. F. Allard, J. F. Kielkopf, P. Chayer, J. Dupuis, J. W. Kruk, I. Hubeny

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We present new theoretical calculations of the line profile of Lyman γ that include transitions in which a photon is absorbed by a neutral hydrogen atom while it interacts with a proton. Models show that two absorption features located near 992 Å and 996 Å are due to H-H+ collisions. These quasi-molecular satellites are similar to those that were identified in the wings of Lyman α and Lyman β lines of hydrogen-rich white dwarfs. We compute synthetic spectra that take account of these new theoretical profiles and compare them to the spectra of four DA white dwarfs that were observed with FUSE. The models predict the absorption features that are observed in the wing of Lyman γ near 995 Å, and confirm that these features are quasi-molecular satellites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1153-1156
Number of pages4
JournalAstronomy and astrophysics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Line: profiles
  • Radiation mechanisms: general
  • Stars: atmospheres
  • Ultraviolet: stars
  • White dwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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