The production of 22 Na and 26 Al in Nova explosions: The observational picture

Sumner Starrfield, S. N. Shore, G. Sonneborn, R. Gonzalez-Riestra, W. M. Sparks, J. W. Truran, M. A. Dopita, R. E. Williams

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International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) studies of Nova V693 CrA showed that its ejecta were enriched in the intermediate mass nuclei from nitrogen to silicon and, thereby defined the ONeMg outburst as a compositional class of novae. The observational studies found that both sodium and aluminum were ∼100 times overabundant with respect to solar material while the theoretical studies predicted that a significant fraction of the sodium and aluminum should be 22 Na and 26 Al. Therefore, nearby ONeMg novae should be observed by COMPTON for possible detection of γ-rays from the decay of 22 Na and novae are probably responsible for the 26 Al observed in the ISM and solar system. Both Nova Her 1991 and Nova Cyg 1992 (the nearest ONeMg nova) are close enough so that they should be observed by COMPTON.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCompton Gamma-Ray Observatory
EditorsNeil Gehrels, Michael W. Friedlander, Daryl J. Macomb
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)1563961040
StatePublished - 1993
EventCompton Symposium - St. Louis, United States
Duration: Oct 15 1992Oct 17 1992

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


ConferenceCompton Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Louis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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