Hard X-ray emission associated with white dwarfs. III.
BILIKOVA J., CHU Y.-H., GRUENDL R.A. and MADDOX L.A.
Abstract (from CDS):
Hard X-ray emission associated with white dwarfs (WDs) can be used to diagnose the presence of late-type binary companions, mass accretion from companions, or physical processes with unknown origins. Since our previous systematic searches for hard X-ray emission associated with WDs, the Galactic WD catalog has been augmented by >10,000 new WDs from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and new X-ray point-source catalogs from XMM-Newton and ROSAT have become available. Therefore, we have extended the search using the updated catalogs, and found 17 new cases of WDs associated with hard X-ray emission. The 32 WDs associated with hard X-ray emission, from the current and previous searches, can be divided into five categories: (1) binary WD with a coronal companion, (2) binary WD with mass transfer from a companion, (3) single hot WD with a hard X-ray component peaking near 1 keV in addition to a soft photospheric component, (4) two PG 1159 stars with very faint X-ray emission in the 0.9-2.0 keV band, and (5) two DA WDs whose photospheric emission component has a hard shoulder extending to 0.5-0.9 keV. The origin of the hard X-ray emission in the latter three categories is not yet known. Deeper X-ray observations with higher angular and spectral resolutions are needed to help us understand these WDs' hard X-ray emission.
binaries: general - stars: coronae - stars: late-type - white dwarfs - X-rays: general