• Volume 11, Issue 2

      June 1990,   pages  125-263

    • On the morphology of supernova remnants with pulsars

      D. Bhattacharya

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      One of the intriguing aspects of supernova remnants is their morphology. While the majority of them look like hollow shells, a few, called plerions, are centrally filled like the Crab nebula, and some have a shell-plerion combination morphology. The centrally-filled component in these remnants is believed to be powered by a central pulsar. In this paper we present results of model calculations of the evolution of surface brightness and morphology of supernova remnants containing pulsars. We discuss how the morphology of a supernova remnant will depend on the velocity of expansion, the density of the ambient medium into which it is expanding, and the initial period and magnetic field strength of the central pulsar

    • Scope of high-frequency time keeping in searches for short-period gamma-ray sources

      M. L. Sapru A. K. Tickoo I. K. Kaul S. K. Kaul C. L. Bhat R. K. Kaul H. S. Rawat V. K. Senecha R. C. Rannot H. Razdan

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      This paper presents a novel technique to derive the absolute time of occurrence of an event with an accuracy of < 200 µs by adapting the HF time synchronization technique to correct for the aging rate and the frequency drift of a temperature-controlled quartz frequency standard. The propagation delay suffered by the HF time signals has been estimated by monitoring the clock error with respect to time signals from five broadcast stations located at distances in the range 500–3700 km from Gulmarg. Using simulated data, we further show the viability of this technique in permitting periodicity searches on timescales of ≥5 milliseconds in cosmic gamma-ray data

    • CCD photometry inVRI bands of the galactic cluster NGC 2818

      R. Surendiranath N. Kameswara Rao Ram Sagar J. S. Nathan K. K. Ghosh

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      The open cluster NGC 2818 containing a planetary nebula has been observed inVRI bands using the CCD system at prime focus of the 2.3-metre Vainu Bappu Telescope. The study extending to starsV ∼ 21 magnitude establishes the distance modulus as(m-M)0 = 12.9 ±0.1 for the cluster. Based on the fitting of theoretical isochrones computed for solar metallicity, an age of 5(±1) × 108 years has been assigned to the cluster. Association of the planetary nebula with the cluster indicates that the progenitor mass of the planetary nebula on the main sequence is ≥2.5M

    • Effects of rotation on the colours and line indices of stars - 2. The effect onuvby and indices

      Annamma Mathew R. Rajamohan

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      The intrinsicuvby and HΒ indices of member stars of α-Persei, Pleiades and Scorpio-Centaurus association have been analysed in detail for rotation effects. These stars range in spectral type from B0 to F0 and the observed effects of rotation are found to be in agreement with photometric effects calculated by Collins & Sonneborn (1977) for rigidly rotating B0 to F0 stars

    • Radiative transfer with Compton scattering in plane parallel geometry

      A. Peraiah

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      We have solved the equation of radiative transfer with Compton scattering. The specific intensity has been expanded by Taylor series with respect to wavelength and the first three terms have been retained in solving the transfer equation. It is noted that in a medium stratified in plane parallel layers, the multiple Compton scattering redistributes the initial energy over a range of 3 to 5 Compton wavelengths. A good fraction of the incident radiation is transferred across the layer with redistribution in wavelength, the actual value depending on the optical thickness of the medium

    • Equivalent widths of hydrogen Lyman alpha line in an expanding spherical atmosphere

      A. Peraiah M. F. Ingalgi

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      We have calculated the profiles of hydrogen Lyman a line in an expanding spherical atmosphere containing dust and gas. We have investigated the variation of equivalent widths with velocities of expansion of the atmosphere, together with the amount of dust present in the medium. We have drawn curves of growth for different velocities and dust optical depths

    • A search for protocliisters atz = 3.3

      Ravi Subrahmanyan K. R. Anantharamaiah

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      We have used the Very Large Array to image a single field in a set of adjacent frequency bands around 333.0 MHz in an attempt to detect 21 cm emission from large scale H I inhomogeneities at a redshift of z = 3.3. Following the subtraction of continuum radio sources, the absence of any spectral signals apart from that expected due to the system thermal noise has been used to derive constraints on the evolutionary scenario leading to the formation of the present day clusters of galaxies. The observations rule out the existence of H I protoclusters atz = 3.3 with masses ≃3.5 × 1014M in H I gas and space density exceeding (74 Mpc)−3. This indicates that the present day rich clusters of galaxies either formed as gaseous protocluster condensates prior toz = 3.3 or else they formed through the clustering of their constituent galaxies.

    • An observational constraint on the existence of proto-superclusters at z =3.3

      Ravi Subrahmanyan G. Swarup

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      Observations have been conducted using the Ooty Radio Telescope in order to place constraints on the evolutionary scenario leading to the formation of the present day superclusters. The experiment attempted to detect 21 cm emission from massive neutral hydrogen condensates at a redshift ofz = 3.3. In an Einstein de-Sitter universe with baryon density Ω = 0.05, about ten condensates were expected in the volume surveyed if superclusters, having H I masses ≃5 × 1015M, were the first objects to separate out of the Hubble expansion. The sensitivity of our experiment rules out the existence of these condensates atz = 3.3 unless their lifetimes are less than one-tenth the dispersion in their epoch of formation or the proto-superclusters subtend angles greater than 6 arcmin. The result indicates that superclusters form at z > 3.3 if indeed they were the first objects to condense out of the Hubble flow.

    • The spectroscopic orbit of 6 Draconis

      R. F. Griffin J. J. Eitter D. Reimers

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      6 Dra has long been known to show small variations in radial velocity, and there is photometric and spectroscopic evidence that its spectrum is composite. We show, largely on the basis of a generous number of photoelectric radial velocities mainly obtained at Cambridge and Fick observatories, that the orbit is of mild eccentricity and has a period of 562 days and a semi-amplitude of 7 km s−1.IUE observations show that the spectrum between 1600 and 1800 ∢ is consistent with its arising from a late-A main-sequence companion

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