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Astron. Astrophys. 324, 1020-1026

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The effect of increasing helium abundance
on the NLTE model atmospheres of hot white dwarfs

Jií Kubát

Astronomický ústav, Akademie ved Ceské republiky, 251 65 Ondrejov, Czech Republic

Received 2 January 1997 / Accepted 3 March 1997


Plane parallel and spherically symmetric model atmospheres for hot (Teff) high gravity (log g = 7.5) stars are calculated and compared for different hydrogen/helium abundance ratios. The effect of the abundance changes on the emergent radiation is studied. Strong dependence of the profile of the He II 4686Å line on the abundance is found for low helium abundances. Also, pronounced dependence on the abundance ratio is found for the hydrogen FORMULA line for high helium abundances. Combination of these two lines may serve as a powerful diagnostic tool for the determination of hydrogen/helium abundance ratio in hot white dwarfs.

Key words: stars: atmospheres - line: profiles - white dwarfs

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