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2016MNRAS.462.2695I - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 462, 2695-2705 (2016/November-1)

Active phases and flickering of a symbiotic recurrent nova T CrB.


Abstract (from CDS):

T CrB is a symbiotic recurrent nova known to exhibit active phases, characterized by apparent increases in the hot component temperature and the appearance of flickering, i.e. changes in the observed flux on the time-scale of minutes. Historical UV observations have ruled out orbital variability as an explanation for flickering and instead suggest flickering is caused by variable mass transfer. We have analysed optical and X-ray observations to investigate the nature of the flickering as well as the active phases in T CrB. The spectroscopic and photometric observations confirm that the active phases follow two periods of ∼1000d and ∼5000d. Flickering in the X-rays is detected and follows an amplitude-flux relationship similar to that observed in the optical. The flickering is most prominent at harder X-ray energies, suggesting that it originates in the boundary layer between the accretion disc and the white dwarf. The X-ray radiation from the boundary layer is then reprocessed by a thick accretion disc or a nebula into UV radiation. A more detailed understanding of flickering would benefit from long-term simultaneous X-ray and optical monitoring of the phenomena in symbiotic recurrent novae and related systems such as Z And type symbiotic stars.

Abstract Copyright: © 2016 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): accretion, accretion discs - binaries: close - binaries: symbiotic - stars: individual: T CrB - novae, cataclysmic variables - novae, cataclysmic variables

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/MNRAS/462/2695): tablea2.dat tablea3.dat tableb1.dat>

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