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Volume 435, Number 1, May III 2005
Page(s) 191 - 199
Section Stellar structure and evolution
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20041283

A&A 435, 191-199 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20041283

RXTE broadband X-ray spectra of intermediate polars and white dwarf mass estimates

V. Suleimanov1, 2, 3, M. Revnivtsev2, 4 and H. Ritter2

1  Kazan State University, Kremlevskaya str. 18, 420008 Kazan, Russia
    e-mail: vals@ksu.ru
2  Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, 85741 Garching bei München, Germany
3  Astronomy Division, PO Box 3000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
4  Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Profsoyuznaya 84/32, 117810 Moscow, Russia

(Received 13 May 2004 / Accepted 15 December 2004)

We present results of an analysis of broadband X-ray spectra of 14 intermediate polars obtained with the RXTE observatory (PCA and HEXTE spectrometers, 3-100 keV). For this we have calculated theoretical models of the structure and the emergent spectrum of the post-shock region of intermediate polars. By fitting theoretical model spectra to the observed spectra we derive estimates for the masses of the white dwarfs. We compare the resulting masses with masses obtained by other authors and other methods. The masses obtained by us are smaller than the masses obtained by using PCA and GINGA data, and they are in good agreement with the masses derived from radial velocity studies.

Key words: stars: binaries: close -- stars: binaries: spectroscopic -- X-ray: binaries -- stars: novae, cataclysmic variables

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