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An in-depth study of the pre-polar candidate WX Leonis Minoris \ud

By J. Vogel, A. D. (Axel D.) Schwope and B. T. (Boris T.) Gaensicke


Optical photometry, spectroscopy, and XMM-Newton ultraviolet and X-ray observations with full phase coverage are used for an in-depth study of WXLMi, a system formerly termed a low-accretion rate polar. We find a constant low-mass accretion rate, ˙M ∼ 1.5 × 10−13 M yr−1, a peculiar accretion geometry with one spot not accessible via Roche-lobe overflow, a low temperature of the white dwarf, Teff < 8000 K, and the secondary very likely Roche-lobe underfilling. All this lends further support to the changed\ud view on WXLMi and related systems as detached binaries, i.e. magnetic post-common envelope binaries without significant Rochelobe overflow in the past. The transfer rate determined here is compatible with accretion from a stellar wind. We use cyclotron spectroscopy to determine the accretion geometry and to constrain the plasma temperatures. Both cyclotron spectroscopy and X-ray\ud plasma diagnostics reveal low plasma temperatures below 3 keV on both accretion spots. For the low-m˙ , high-B plasma at the accretion spots in WXLMi, cyclotron cooling dominates thermal plasma radiation in the optical. Optical spectroscopy and X-ray timing reveal atmospheric, chromospheric, and coronal activity at the saturation level on the dM4.5 secondary star

Topics: QB
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:3470

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