Time-resolved photometry and spectroscopy of the new deeply-eclipsing SW Sextantis star HS 0728+6738*
Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK e-mail: Pablo.Rodriguez-Gil@warwick.ac.uk
2 Universitäts-Sternwarte, Scheinerstr. 1, 81679 München, Germany
3 Hamburger Sternwarte, Universität Hamburg, Gojenbergsweg 112, 21029 Hamburg, Germany
Accepted: 28 May 2004
We present time-resolved optical spectroscopy and photometry, and far-ultraviolet spectroscopy of HS 0728+6738, a cataclysmic variable discovered in the Hamburg Quasar Survey. We show that the system is a new eclipsing member of the SW Sex class of CVs with an orbital period of 3.21 h. We derive an orbital inclination of ~ from the average eclipse profile, making HS 0728+6738 the highest inclination SW Sex star known. The optical and far-ultraviolet emission lines are not or only weakly occulted during the eclipse, indicating the presence of line-emission sites either far outside the Roche lobe of the primary or, more likely, above the orbital plane of the binary. The photometric light curves exhibit fast variability with a period of ~7 min, which might be related to the spin of the white dwarf.
Key words: accretion, accretion disks / stars: binaries: close / stars: individual: HS 0728+6738 / stars: novae, cataclysmic variables
Based in part on observations obtained at the German-Spanish Astronomical Center, Calar Alto, operated by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, jointly with the Spanish National Commission for Astronomy, on observations made with the IAC80 telescope, operated on the island of Tenerife by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) at the Spanish Observatorio del Teide, on observations made at the Wendelstein Observatory, operated by the Universitäts-Sternwarte München, and on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555.
© ESO, 2004