Volume 416, Number 3, March IV 2004
|Page(s)||1057 - 1067|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||09 March 2004|
Accretion disc evolution in DW Ursae Majoris: A photometric study*
Institute of Astronomy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72, Tsarighradsko Shousse Blvd., 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria e-mail: [zk;vgenkov]@astro.bas.bg
2 Present address: Physics department, Stockholm University, Sweden
3 Royal Observatory of Belgium, Avenue Circulaire 3, 1180 Brussels, Belgium e-mail: [henri.boffin;Christina.Papadaki]@oma.be
4 European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, 85748 Garching-bei-München, Germany
5 Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik Universität Tübingen, Abteilung Astronomie, Sand 1, 72076 Tübingen, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Corresponding author: V. Stanishev, email@example.com
Accepted: 4 December 2003
We present an analysis of CCD photometric observations of the eclipsing novalike cataclysmic variable DW UMa obtained in two different luminosity states: high and intermediate. The star presents eclipses with very different depth: ~1.2 mag in the high and ~3.4 mag in the intermediate state. Eclipse mapping reveals that this difference is almost entirely due to the changes in the accretion disc radius: from ~ in the intermediate state to ~ in the high state ( is the distance from the white dwarf to the first Lagrangian point). In the intermediate state, the entire disc is eclipsed while in the high state, its outer part remains visible. We also find that the central intensity of the disc is nearly the same in the two luminosity states and that it is the increase of the disc radius that is responsible for the final rise from the 1999/2000 low state. We find that the intensity profile of the disc is rather flat and suggest a possible explanation. We also discuss the effect of using a more realistic limb-darkening law on the disc temperatures inferred from eclipse mapping experiments. Periodogram analysis of the high state data reveals “positive superhumps" with a period of in 2002 and in 2003, in accord with the results of Patterson et al. However, we cannot confirm the quasi-periodic oscillations reported by these authors. We obtain an updated orbital ephemeris of DW UMa: .
Key words: accretion, accretion disks / stars: individual: DW UMa / novae, cataclysmic variables
© ESO, 2004
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