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Near-UV and optical spectroscopy of comets using the ISIS spectrograph on the WHT

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1347-1358
Number of pages12
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2019


We present an analysis of long-slit cometary spectroscopy using the dual-arm ISIS spectrograph on the 4.2 m WHT. Eleven comets were observed over two nights in 2016 March and we detected the OH (0-0) emission band at 3085 Å in the spectra of five of these comets. Emission bands of the species NH, CN, C3, C2, NH2 and [OI] were also detected. We used Haser modelling to determine molecular production rates and abundance ratios for the observed species. We found that our average abundances relative to OH and CN were generally consistent with those measured in previous studies.

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  • comets: general, techniques: spectroscopic

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