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On the nature of CP Pup

By E. Mason, M. Orio, K. Mukai, A. Bianchini, D. de Martino, F. Di Mille, R. E. Williams, T. Abbot, R. de Propris and Gerardo Juan Manuel Luna


We present new X-ray and optical spectra of the old nova CP Pup (nova Pup 1942) obtained with Chandra and the Cerro Tololo Inter American Observatory (CTIO) 4 m telescope. The X-ray spectrum reveals a multitemperature optically thin plasma reaching a maximum temperature of 36^{+19}_{-16} keV absorbed by local complex neutral material. The time-resolved optical spectroscopy confirms the presence of the ?1.47 h period, with cycle-to-cycle amplitude changes, as well as of an additional long-term modulation which is suggestive either of a longer period or of non-Keplerian velocities in the emission line regions. These new observational facts add further support to CP Pup as a magnetic cataclysmic variable (mCV). We compare the mCV and the non-mCV scenarios and, while we cannot conclude whether CP Pup is a long-period system, all pieces of observational evidence point at an intermediate polar-type CV.Fil: Mason, E.. Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste; Italia; Space Telescope Science Institute, Estados Unidos de América;Fil: Orio, M.. Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova; Italia;Fil: Mukai, K.. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Estados Unidos de América;Fil: Bianchini, A.. Dipartimento di Astronomia; Italia;Fil: de Martino, D.. Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Italia;Fil: Di Mille, F.. Australian Astronomical Observatory-Carnegie Observatories, Colina; Chile; Dipartimento di Astronomia; Italia;Fil: Williams, R. E.. Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin, Estados Unidos de América;Fil: Abbot, T..Fil: de Propris, R..Fil: Luna, Gerardo Juan Manuel. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Oficina de Coordinación Administrativa, Ciudad Universitaria. Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio (i)

Topics: tars: individual: CP Pup, novae, cataclysmic variables, Ciencias Naturales y Exactas, Ciencias Físicas, Astronomía (incluye Astrofísica y Ciencias del Espacio)
Publisher: Wiley-blackwell Publishing, Inc
Year: 2013
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