Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 374, 1003-1008 (2001/8-2)
The white dwarf revealed in the intermediate polar V709 Cassiopeiae.
BONNET-BIDAUD J.M., MOUCHET M., DE MARTINO D., MATT G. and MOTCH C.
Abstract (from CDS):
Result. are presented from the first detailed spectroscopic observations of the recently identified intermediate polar RXJ0028.8+5917/V709 Cas. The study of the emission line radial velocities allows us to remove the uncertainties on the different aliases of the orbital period and a best value is found at (0.2225±0.0002)day. It is also found that the system shows significant EW~(2-4)Å broad absorptions affecting the Balmer lines from Hδ to Hβ. These broad absorptions are interpreted as the contribution of an underlying white dwarf atmosphere. The characteristics of the absorptions are found to be consistent with a DA logg=8 white dwarf at a temperature of ∼23000K, contributing ∼17% (at 4500Å) to the overall flux. This is the first direct detection of a white dwarf in an intermediate polar system. The absence of significant Zeeman splitting indicates a magnetic field lower than 10MG, confirming that, at least in some cases, intermediate polars have weaker fields than polars. Different possibilities are discussed to explain the substantial contribution of the white dwarf to the overall flux.
stars: white dwarfs - stars: novae, cataclysmic variables - stars: magnetic fields - X-rays stars: individual: V709 Cas