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Title: The nature of the cataclysmic variable PT Per
Authors: Watson, Michael G.
Bruce, A.
MacLeod, C.
Osborne, J. P.
Schwope, A. D.
First Published: 30-May-2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2016, in press
Abstract: We present a study of the cataclysmic variable star PT Per based on archival XMM-Newton X-ray data and new optical spectroscopy from the WHT with ISIS. The X-ray data show deep minima which recur at a period of 82 minutes and a hard, unabsorbed X-ray spectrum. The optical spectra of PT Per show a relatively featureless blue continuum. From an analysis of the X-ray and optical data we conclude that PT Per is likely to be a magnetic cataclysmic variable of the polar class in which the minima correspond to those phase intervals when the accretion column rotates out of the field of view of the observer. We suggest that the optical spectrum, obtained around 4 years after the X-ray coverage, is dominated by the white dwarf in the system, implying that PT Per was in a low accretion state at the time of the observations. An analysis of the likely system parameters for PT Per suggests a distance of ≈90 pc and a very low-mass secondary, consistent with the idea that PT Per is a “period-bounce” binary. Matching the observed absorption features in the optical spectrum with the expected Zeeman components constrains the white dwarf polar field to be Bp ≈ 25 − 27 MGauss.
DOI Link: 10.1093/mnras/stw1292
ISSN: 0035-8711
eISSN: 1365-2966
Links: TBA
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in MNRAS, Copyright © 2016 the Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
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