Measuring the superhump period of the dwarf nova RX J1715.6+6856

Дата и время публикации : 2009-12-20T21:45:35Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Jeremy Shears
Ian Miller
Richard Sabo

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Коментарии к cтатье: 10 pages, 7 Figures. Accepted for publication in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association
Первичная категория: astro-ph.SR

Все категории : astro-ph.SR

Краткий обзор статьи: We report unfiltered CCD observations of the first confirmed superoutburst of the dwarf nova RX J1715.6+6856 in August 2009. At quiescence the star was magnitude 18.3 (CCD, clear). The outburst amplitude was at least 2.4 magnitudes and it lasted at least 6 days, although the first part of the outburst was probably missed. Analysis of the light curve revealed superhumps with peak-to-peak amplitude of 0.1 magnitude, thereby showing it to be a member of the SU UMa family. The mean superhump period was Psh = 0.07086(78) d with a superhump period excess of epsilon = 0.038 and an estimated mass ratio q = 0.167. In the final stages of the outburst, as the star approached quiescence, the superhumps disappeared to be replaced by a modulation corresponding to the orbital period. The star was regularly monitored between August 2007 and September 2009 revealing a total of 12 outbursts, with an outburst frequency of approximately once per month.

Category: Physics