Working from Home

I has data!
So I’ve been working from home, seeing as I have a few papers to read through and a whole bunch of spectral absorption and emission lines to assign (and conveniently, the database for that is online).

“Vermillion” is an odd star. But I knew that already. If it was an average star, I probably wouldn’t be looking at spectra from it. Thus far, I’ve found several Fraunhofer lines, notably H-alpha, Na-D and a couple of O2 lines. I’ve also identified an absorption band for the C2 Swan system (which i what I was after). Nothing too out of the ordinary there, but a few things seem a bit peculiar. I need to figure out more about what I’m looking for. There’s a hell of a lot of this spectrum still to decode. I’ll admit that hunting through atomic line databases is a little tedious, but it’s worth it to see what you find.

I’m still hoping it’ll turn out to be some unusual kind of variable. How cool would it be to discover a rare type of star!

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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2 Responses to Working from Home

  1. invaderxan says:

    Then you have excellent taste in laptops. ;)
    Heh… it’s one of those things in pretty much any branch of science — you need to fight your way through the dull part to get to the interesting bits!

  2. underwr1tten says:

    Hey, we have the same computer!
    All of those lists and databases really do look like a recipe for a good time. I wish you luck :)

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