A universal decline law of classical novae. III. GQ Muscae 1983

Izumi Hachisu, Mariko Kato, Angelo Cassatella

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We present a unified model of infrared (IR), optical, ultraviolet (UV ), and X-ray light curves for the 1983 outburst of GQ Muscae (Nova Muscae 1983) and estimate its white dwarf (WD) mass. Based on an optically thick wind model of nova outbursts, we model the optical and IR light curves with free-free emission, and the UV 1455 Å and supersoft X-ray light curves with blackbody emission. The best-fit model that simultaneously reproduces the IR, optical, UV 1455 Å, and supersoft X-ray observations is a 0.7 ± 0.05 M WD with an assumed chemical composition of the envelope of X = 0.35-0.55, XCNO = 0.2-0.35, and Z = 0.02 by mass weight. The mass lost by the wind is estimated to be ΔMwind ∼ 2 × 10-5 M&odot. We provide a new determination of the reddening, E(B - V) = 0.55 ± 0.05, and of the distance, ∼5 kpc. Finally, we discuss the strong UV flash that took place on JD 2,445,499 (151 days after the outburst).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1236-1252
Number of pages17
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Nov 10


  • Novae, cataclysmic variables
  • Stars: individual (GQ Muscae)
  • Stars: mass loss
  • Ultraviolet: stars
  • White dwarfs
  • X-rays: binaries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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