Two rare magnetic cataclysmic variables with extreme cyclotron features identified in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Paula Szkody, Scott F. Anderson, Gary Schmidt, Patrick B. Hall, Bruce Margon, Antonino Miceli, Mark Subbarao, James Frith, Hugh Harris, Suzanne Hawley, Brandon Lawton, Ricardo Covarrubias, Kevin Covey, Xiaohui Fan, Thomas Murphy, Vijay Narayanan, Sean Raymond, Armin Rest, Michael A. Strauss, Christopher StubbsEdwin Turner, Wolfgang Voges, Amanda Bauer, J. Brinkmann, Gillian R. Knapp, Donald P. Schneider

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Abstract

Two newly identified magnetic cataclysmic variables discovered in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), SDSS J155331.12+551614.5 and SDSS J132411.57+032050.5, have spectra showing highly prominent, narrow, strongly polarized cyclotron humps with amplitudes that vary on orbital periods of 4.39 and 2.6 hr, respectively. In the former, the spacing of the humps indicates the third and fourth harmonics in a magnetic field of ∼60 MG. The narrowness of the cyclotron features and the lack of strong emission lines imply very low temperature plasmas and very low accretion rates, so that the accreting area is heated by particle collisions rather than accretion shocks. The detection of rare systems like these exemplifies the ability of the SDSS to find the lowest accretion rate close binaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)902-906
Number of pages5
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume583
Issue number2 I
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Novae, cataclysmic variables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Szkody, P., Anderson, S. F., Schmidt, G., Hall, P. B., Margon, B., Miceli, A., Subbarao, M., Frith, J., Harris, H., Hawley, S., Lawton, B., Covarrubias, R., Covey, K., Fan, X., Murphy, T., Narayanan, V., Raymond, S., Rest, A., Strauss, M. A., ... Schneider, D. P. (2003). Two rare magnetic cataclysmic variables with extreme cyclotron features identified in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Astrophysical Journal, 583(2 I), 902-906. https://doi.org/10.1086/345418