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The short-period supersoft source in M31

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posted on 24.10.2012, 09:21 by A. R. King, J. P. Osborne, K. Schenker
We show that the recently discovered short period supersoft source in M31 is probably a progenitor of a magnetic cataclysmic variable (CV). The white dwarf spins asynchronously because of the current high accretion rate. However its fieldstrength is typical of an AM Herculis system, which is what it will ultimately become. We discuss the relevance of this system to CV evolution, and its relation to some particular CVs with special characteristics.

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Research in theoretical astrophysics and X-ray astronomy at Leicester is supported by PPARC rolling grants. This research has made use of data obtained from the Leicester Database and Archive Service at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Leicester University.

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Citation

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2002, 329 (2), pp. L43-L46

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Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP), Royal Astronomical Society

issn

0035-8711

Available date

24/10/2012

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http://mnras.oxfordjournals.org/content/329/2/L43

Language

English