FeII lines in Psi Persei

Forums Spectroscopy Psi Persei, emission lines in Fe II ? FeII lines in Psi Persei

Hugh Allen

Hi John,

Nice spectra. It’s interesting to see a DSLR being used with the Alpy. I think it’s important to remember that the expression of spectral lines is strongly determined by the environment. Absence of lines doesn’t necessarily imply absence of the chemical element. And conversely, presence of strong lines doesn’t necessarily mean a high concentration of the element. The iron in the disc around psi Per won’t I don’t think have been dredged up from the core, it will have been present in the nebula in which the star was originally formed. The Sun shows strong iron absorption lines, and exceedingly strong calcium lines, much stronger than the hydrogen absorption lines even though hydrogen atoms vastly outnumber calcium and iron in the Sun’s composition