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06 October 2022
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Dwarf Nova Oscillations and Quasi-Periodic Oscillations in Cataclysmic Variables: II. A Low Inertia Magnetic Accretor Model
Brian Warner ; Patrick A. Woudt ;
Date 29 Apr 2002
Journal Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc. 335 (2002) 84
Subject astro-ph
AffiliationUniv. of Cape Town), Patrick A. Woudt (Univ. of Cape Town
AbstractThe Dwarf Nova Oscillations observed in Cataclysmic Variable (CV) stars are interpreted in the context of a Low Inertia Accretor model, in which accretion on to an equatorial belt of the white dwarf primary causes the belt to vary its angular velocity. The rapid deceleration phase is attributed to propellering. Evidence that temporary expulsion rather than accretion of gas occurs during this phase is obtained from the large drop in EUV flux. We show that the QPOs are most probably caused by a vertical thickening of the disc, moving as a travelling wave near the inner edge of the disc. This alternately obscures and `reflects’ radiation from the central source, and is visible even in quite low inclination systems. A possible excitation mechanism, caused by winding up and reconnection of magnetic field lines, is proposed. We apply the model, deduced largely from VW Hyi observations, to re-interpret observations of SS Cyg, OY Car, UX UMa, V2051 Oph, V436 Cen and WZ Sge. In the last of these we demonstrate the existence of a 742 s period in the light curve, arising from obscuration by the travelling wave, and hence show that the two principal oscillations are a DNO and its reprocessed companion.
Source arXiv, astro-ph/0204484
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