Accretion flows in magnetic cataclysmic variables

Norton, A. J.; Somerscales, R. V.; Parker, T. L.; Wynn, G. A. and West, R. G. (2004). Accretion flows in magnetic cataclysmic variables. In: Compact Binaries in the Galaxy and Beyond, 17-22 Nov 2003, La Paz, Baja California Sur.



We present the results of simulations that explore the variety of accretion flows possible in magnetic cataclysmic variables (mCVs). Our simulations evolve to equilibrium periods spanning 0.01 < P[spin]/P[orb] < 0.6 and the resulting flows vary from disc-fed systems at P[spin]/P[orb] ˜ 0.01 - 0.1, to stream fed systems at P[spin]/P[orb] ˜ 0.1 - 0.5 and systems fed from a ring at the outer edge of the white dwarf's Roche lobe at P[spin]/P[orb] ˜ 0.6.

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