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Title: Multimission observations of the old nova GK Per during the 2015 outburst
Authors: Zemko, P.
Orio, M.
Luna, G. J. M.
Mukai, K.
Evans, Philip A.
Bianchini, A.
First Published: 6-Apr-2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP) on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2017
Abstract: GK Per, a classical nova of 1901, is thought to undergo variable mass accretion on to a magnetized white dwarf (WD) in an intermediate polar system. We organized a multimission observational campaign in the X-ray and ultraviolet energy ranges during its dwarf nova outburst in 2015 March–April. Comparing data from quiescence and near outburst, we have found that the maximum plasma temperature decreased from about 26 to 16.2+0.5 −0.4 keV. This is consistent with the previously proposed scenario of increase in mass accretion rate while the inner radius of the magnetically disrupted accretion disc shrinks, thereby lowering the shock temperature. A NuSTAR observation also revealed a high-amplitude WD spin modulation of the very hard X-rays with a single-peaked profile, suggesting an obscuration of the lower accretion pole and an extended shock region on the WD surface. The X-ray spectrum of GK Per measured with the Swift X-Ray Telescope varied on time-scales of days and also showed a gradual increase of the soft X-ray flux below 2 keV, accompanied by a decrease of the hard flux above 2 keV. In the Chandra observation with the High Energy Transmission Gratings, we detected prominent emission lines, especially of Ne, Mg and Si, where the ratios of H-like to He-like transition for each element indicate a much lower temperature than the underlying continuum. We suggest that the X-ray emission in the 0.8–2 keV range originates from the magnetospheric boundary.
DOI Link: 10.1093/mnras/stx851
ISSN: 0035-8711
eISSN: 1365-2966
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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