Spectroscopy and Photometry of EUVE J1429-38.0:An Eclipsing Magnetic Cataclysmic Variable
EUVE J1429-38.0 was originally discovered as a variable source by the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) satellite. We present new optical observations which unambiguously confirm this star to be an eclipsing magnetic system with an orbital period of 4() h 46() m. The photometric data are strongly modulated by ellipsoidal variations during low states which allow a system inclination of near 80 degrees to be determined. Our time-resolved optical spectra, which cover only about one-third of the orbital cycle, indicate the clear presence of a gas stream. During high states, EUVE J1429-38.0 shows ~ 1 mag deep eclipses and the apparent formation of a partial accretion disk. EUVE J1429-38.0 presents the observer with properties of both the AM Herculis and the DQ Herculis types of magnetic cataclysmic variable.
The Astronomical Journal
- Pub Date:
- June 1997