Observations of the SW Sextantis star DW Ursae Majoris with the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer.
HOARD D.W., SZKODY P., FRONING C.S., LONG K.S. and KNIGGE C.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present an analysis of the first far-ultraviolet observations of the SW Sextantis type cataclysmic variable DW Ursae Majoris, obtained in 2001 November with the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer. The time-averaged spectrum of DW UMa shows a rich assortment of emission lines (plus some contamination from interstellar absorption lines including molecular hydrogen). Accretion disk model spectra do not provide an adequate fit to the far-ultraviolet spectrum of DW UMa. We constructed a light curve by summing far-ultraviolet spectra extracted in 60 s bins; this shows a modulation on the orbital period, with a maximum near photometric phase 0.93 and a minimum half an orbit later. No other periodic variability was found in the light-curve data. We also extracted spectra in bins spanning Δφ=0.1 in orbital phase; these show substantial variation in the profile shapes and velocity shifts of the emission lines during an orbital cycle of DW UMa. Finally, we discuss possible physical models that can qualitatively account for the observed far-ultraviolet behavior of DW UMa, in the context of recent observational evidence for the presence of a self-occulting disk in DW UMa and the possibility that the SW Sextantis stars may be the intermediate polars with the highest mass transfer rates and/or weakest magnetic fields.–