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2006ApJ...636L.125S - Astrophys. J., 636, L125-L128 (2006/January-2)

The first direct spectroscopic detection of a white dwarf primary in an AM CVn system.


Abstract (from CDS):

We report the results of a synthetic spectral analysis of HST STIS spectra of the AM CVn-type cataclysmic variable CP Eri obtained when the system was in quiescence. The FUV spectrum is best fitted by a helium-dominated, hybrid composition (DBAZ) white dwarf with Teff∼17,000±1000 K, logg∼8, He/H abundance ratio by number ∼1000, metallicity Z∼0.05xsolar, and Vsini∼400±100 km/s. This is the first directly detected primary white dwarf in any AM CVn system, and the surface abundance and rotation rate for the white dwarf primary are the first to be reported for AM CVn systems. The model-predicted distance is ∼1000 pc. The spectral fits using pure He photospheres or He-rich accretion disks were significantly less successful. Based on the analysis of our FUV spectra, CP Eri appears to contain a hybrid composition DBAZ white dwarf with a metallicity that sets it apart from the other two AM CVn stars that have been observed in quiescence and are metal-poor. The implications of this analysis for evolutionary channels leading to AM CVn systems are discussed.

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Journal keyword(s): Accretion, Accretion Disks - Stars: Novae, Cataclysmic Variables - Stars: Individual: Constellation Name: CP Eridani - Stars: White Dwarfs

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