A New Review of Old Novae

A. Pagnotta


Novae are certainly very exciting at the time of their eruptions, and there is much work left to be done in understanding all of the details of that part of their existence, but there is also much to be learned by looking at the systems decades, centuries, and even millennia after their peak. I give a brief overview of some of the history and motivation behind studying old novae and long-term nova evolution, and then focus on the state of the field today. Exciting new results are finally starting to shed some light on the secular behavior of post-nova systems, although as is often the case in astronomy, the observations are at times conflicting. As is always the case, we need more observations and better theoretical frameworks to truly understand the situation.


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