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Astron. Astrophys. 359, 299-305 (2000)

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Spectroscopic behaviour of the Herbig Be star HD 200775 around its maximum activity in 1997

M.A. Pogodin 1, A.S. Miroshnichenko 1,2, K.S. Bjorkman 2, N.D. Morrison 2 and C.L. Mulliss 2

1 Pulkovo Observatory, Saint-Petersburg, 196140, Russia
2 Ritter Observatory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606-3390, USA

Received 4 February 2000 / Accepted 26 April 2000


We present the results of high-resolution spectroscopic observations of the pre-main-sequence (PMS) Herbig Be star HD 200775 obtained between August 1994 and December 1999. The behaviour of H[FORMULA], H[FORMULA] and He I before, during, and after the last high-activity event of the object in 1997 is studied. A complex picture of the circumstellar evolution in this period is discussed. It is concluded that the results of observations can be interpreted in the framework of a model with a variable stellar wind originating from the star. We emphasize the importance of coordinated high-resolution spectroscopic observations for further understanding the star's behaviour.

Key words: techniques: spectroscopic – stars: circumstellar matter – stars: individual: HD 200775 – stars: pre-main sequence

Send offprint requests to: M.A. Pogodin (pogodin@pulkovo.spb.su)

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Online publication: June 30, 2000