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2021MNRAS.508..561W - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 508, 561-574 (2021/November-3)

Discovery of a young pre-intermediate polar.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present the discovery of a magnetic field on the white dwarf component in the detached post-common envelope binary (PCEB) CC Cet. Magnetic white dwarfs in detached PCEBs are extremely rare, in contrast to the high incidence of magnetism in single white dwarfs and cataclysmic variables. We find Zeeman-split absorption lines in both ultraviolet Hubble Space Telescope (HST) spectra and archival optical spectra of CC Cet. Model fits to the lines return a mean magnetic field strength of <|B|> ≃ 600-700 kG. Differences in the best-fitting magnetic field strength between two separate HST observations and the high v sini of the lines indicate that the white dwarf is rotating with a period ∼0.5 h, and that the magnetic field is not axisymmetric about the spin axis. The magnetic field strength and rotation period are consistent with those observed among the intermediate polar class of cataclysmic variable, and we compute stellar evolution models that predict CC Cet will evolve into an intermediate polar in 7-17 Gyr. Among the small number of known PCEBs containing a confirmed magnetic white dwarf, CC Cet is the hottest (and thus youngest), with the weakest field strength, and cannot have formed via the recently proposed crystallization/spin-up scenario. In addition to the magnetic field measurements, we update the atmospheric parameters of the CC Cet white dwarf via model spectra fits to the HST data and provide a refined orbital period and ephemeris from TESS photometry.

Abstract Copyright: © 2021 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): binaries: close - stars: individual: CC Cet - stars: magnetic field - white dwarfs

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