Query : 2012A&A...543A..41B

2012A&A...543A..41B - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 543A, 41-41 (2012/7-1)

A new soft X-ray spectral model for polars with an application to AM Herculis.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present a simple heuristic model for the time-averaged soft X-ray temperature distribution in the accretion spot on the white dwarf in polars. The model is based on the analysis of the Chandra LETG spectrum of the prototype polar AM Her and involves an exponential distribution of the emitting area vs. blackbody temperature a(T)=a0exp(-T/T0). With one free parameter besides the normalization, it is mathematically as simple as the single blackbody, but is physically more plausible and fits the soft X-ray and far-ultraviolet spectral fluxes much better. The model yields more reliable values of the wavelength-integrated flux of the soft X-ray component and the implied accretion rate than reported previously.

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Journal keyword(s): accretion, accretion disks - novae, cataclysmic variables - stars: individual: AM Her - X-rays: binaries

Simbad objects: 2

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Number of rows : 2
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 V* AI Tri CV* 02 03 48.6151979976 +29 59 25.897508700           M2.5 45 1
2 V* AM Her CV* 18 16 13.2546541781 +49 52 04.759861155   15.124 14.808 13.525   M4.5-5Ve 956 0

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