Transient and Time Domain Astronomy: Robotic telescopes, surveys and the evolution of transient phenomena
Accrete, accrete, accrete.....Bang! (and repeat): The remarkable recurrent novae
Matt Darnley
Classical novae are thermonuclear eruptions on the surface of accreting white dwarfs. By definition, recurrent novae are any such systems where two or more eruptions have been witnessed. The recurrents typically contain high-mass white dwarfs and are, as such, among the leading Type Ia supernova progenitor candidates. In this talk I will present the results of the first extragalactic surveys for recurrent novae and their own progenitor systems. I will also update the audience on a remarkable system in the Andromeda Galaxy, which is the `best' pre-explosion Type Ia supernova candidate yet discovered.


13:30 - 15:00
BS - Lecture Theatre A25 (121)