No Expanding Fireball: Resolving the Recurrent Nova RS Ophiuchi with Infrared Interferometry

  title={No Expanding Fireball: Resolving the Recurrent Nova RS Ophiuchi with Infrared Interferometry},
  author={John D. Monnier and Richard K. Barry and Wesley A. Traub and Benjamin F. Lane and Rachel L. Akeson and Sam Ragland and Peter A. Schuller and Herv{\'e} Le Coroller and J. P. Berger and Rafael Millan-Gabet and Ettore Pedretti and F. P. Schloerb and Christopher Duro Koresko and Nathaniel P. Carleton and Marc G. Lacasse and Pierre Y. Kern and Fabien Malbet and K. Perraut and Marc J. Kuchner and M. W. Muterspaugh Michigan and Johns-Hopkins and Mit and Keck Obs. and Grenoble and Michelson Science Center and Cfa and Jpl and Umass and Caltech and Observatoire de Haute-Provence and NASA-GSFC},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
Following the recent outburst of the recurrent nova RS Oph on 2006 February 12, we measured its near-infrared size using the IOTA, Keck, and PTI Interferometers at multiple epochs. The characteristic size of ~3 mas hardly changed over the first 60 days of the outburst, ruling out currently popular models whereby the near-infrared emission arises from hot gas in the expanding shock. The emission was also found to be significantly asymmetric, evidenced by nonzero closure phases detected by IOTA… 

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