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2017MNRAS.466.2855P - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 466, 2855-2878 (2017/April-2)

Effective temperatures of cataclysmic-variable white dwarfs as a probe of their evolution.

PALA A.F., GANSICKE B.T., TOWNSLEY D., BOYD D., COOK M.J., DE MARTINO D., GODON P., HAISLIP J.B., HENDEN A.A., HUBENY I., IVARSEN K.M., KAFKA S., KNIGGE C., LACLUYZE A.P., LONG K.S., MARSH T.R., MONARD B., MOORE J.P., MYERS G., NELSON P., NOGAMI D., OKSANEN A., PICKARD R., POYNER G., REICHART D.E., RODRIGUEZ PEREZ D., SCHREIBER M.R., SHEARS J., SION E.M., STUBBINGS R., SZKODY P. and ZOROTOVIC M.

Abstract (from CDS):

We present HST spectroscopy for 45 cataclysmic variables (CVs), observed with HST/COS and HST/STIS. For 36 CVs, the white dwarf is recognisable through its broad Ly α absorption profile and we measure the white dwarf effective temperatures (Teff) by fitting the HST data assuming log g = 8.35, which corresponds to the average mass for CV white dwarfs (≃0.8 M). Our results nearly double the number of CV white dwarfs with an accurate temperature measurement. We find that CVs above the period gap have, on average, higher temperatures (<Teff> ≃ 23 000 K) and exhibit much more scatter compared to those below the gap (<Teff> ≃ 15 000 K). While this behaviour broadly agrees with theoretical predictions, some discrepancies are present: (i) all our new measurements above the gap are characterized by lower temperatures (Teff ≃ 16 000-26 000 K) than predicted by the present-day CV population models (Teff ≃ 38 000-43 000 K); (ii) our results below the gap are not clustered in the predicted narrow track and exhibit in particular a relatively large spread near the period minimum, which may point to some shortcomings in the CV evolutionary models. Finally, in the standard model of CV evolution, reaching the minimum period, CVs are expected to evolve back towards longer periods with mean accretion rates {dot}M 2 ×10–11 M yr–1, corresponding to Teff <= 11 500 K. We do not unambiguously identify any such system in our survey, suggesting that this major component of the predicted CV population still remains elusive to observations.

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

Journal keyword(s): stars: fundamental parameters - novae, cataclysmic variables - white dwarfs - ultraviolet: stars - ultraviolet: stars

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