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2005PASP..117..189E - Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac., 117, 189-198 (2005/February-0)

The helium-rich cataclysmic variable ES Ceti.


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We report photometry of the helium-rich cataclysmic variable ES Ceti during 2001-2004. The star is roughly stable at V∼17.0 and has a light curve dominated by a single period of 620 s, which remains measurably constant over the 3 yr baseline. The weight of evidence suggests that this is the true orbital period of the underlying binary, not a ``superhump'' as initially assumed. We report GALEX ultraviolet magnitudes that establish a very blue flux distribution (Fν1.3) and therefore a large bolometric correction. Other evidence (the very strong He II λ4686 emission and a ROSAT detection in soft X-rays) also indicates a strong EUV source, and comparison to helium atmosphere models suggests a temperature of 130±10 kK. For a distance of 350 pc, we estimate a luminosity of (0.8-1.7)x1034 ergs/s, yielding a mass accretion rate of (2-4)x10–9 M/yr onto an assumed 0.7 Mwhite dwarf. This appears to be about as expected for white dwarfs orbiting each other in a 10 minute binary, assuming that mass transfer is powered by gravitational radiation losses. We estimate mean accretion rates for other helium-rich cataclysmic variables and find that they also follow the expected M{dot}∼P–5orelation. There is some evidence (the lack of superhumps and the small apparent size of the luminous region) that the mass-transfer stream in ES Cet directly strikes the white dwarf, rather than circularizing to form an accretion disk.

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Journal keyword(s): Accretion, Accretion Disks - Stars: Binaries: Close - Stars: Novae, Cataclysmic Variables - stars: individual (ES Ceti) - stars: individual (KUV 01584-0939)

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