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.

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Abstract

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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