Near-UV and optical spectroscopy of comets using the ISIS spectrograph on the WHT

M G Hyland, A Fitzsimmons, C Snodgrass

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Abstract

We present an analysis of long-slit cometary spectroscopy using the dual-arm ISIS spectrograph on the 4.2 m WHT. Eleven comets were observed over two nights in 2016 March and we detected the OH (0-0) emission band at 3085 {\AA} in the spectra of five of these comets. Emission bands of the species NH, CN, C$_{3}$, C$_{2}$, NH$_{2}$ and [OI] were also detected. We used Haser modelling to determine molecular production rates and abundance ratios for the observed species. We found that our average abundances relative to OH and CN were generally consistent with those measured in previous studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1347–1358
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume484
Issue number1
Early online date09 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2019

Bibliographical note

13 pages, 7 figures, 9 tables, accepted for publication in MNRAS

Keywords

  • astro-ph.EP

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