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A&A Supplement Ser., Vol. 124, September 1997, 425-436

Received October 10; accepted December 3, 1996

The changes in the UV emission lines of RR Telescopii from 1978 to 1993gif,

I. The IUE SWP region

R. Zuccolotex2html_wrap1794, P. Selvellitex2html_wrap1796, and M. Hacktex2html_wrap1794

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tex2html_wrap1800  Università di Trieste, Dipartimento di Astronomia, Via G. Tiepolo 11, I-34131 Trieste, Italy
tex2html_wrap1802  C.N.R.- G.N.A., Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, via G.B. Tiepolo 11, I-34131 Trieste, Italy


Line emission intensities and FWHMs in the range 1175-1900 Å have been measured on high resolution IUE spectra of RR Tel taken from 1978 to 1993. The variations observed in the emission line intensities show a rather strong correlation with the line ionization. The decrease is of a factor larger than three and up to ten for the low-ionization lines, and of a factor between two and three for the medium-high ionization lines. Instead, the high ionization lines have generally maintained their 1978 strength or have even increased it. For all lines no variation in the FWHM has been detected. Special attention has been paid to a very long exposure spectrum already studied by other authors for which we present new identifications and several comments. The presence of spurious emission features and camera artifacts is discussed.

keywords: stars: individual: RR Tel -- stars: novae, cataclysmic variables -- line: identification -- ultraviolet: stars

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