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By Brian Warner

The examine of cataclysmic variables - interacting binary stars containing a white dwarf accreting from an orbiting better half - is present process an exhilarating renaissance, because it embraces observations in any respect wavelengths. Cataclysmic variables permit, particularly, the direct and exact research of equilibrium and non-equilibrium accretion discs; in flip those advancements additionally assist in our knowing of X-ray binaries, black holes and lively galactic nuclei. This well timed quantity presents the 1st finished survey of cataclysmic variable stars, integrating conception and remark right into a unmarried, synthesised textual content. An introductory bankruptcy supplies the ancient historical past of reports of cataclysmic variables. the writer then is going directly to supply an up to date evaluation of either the observations (at all wavelengths, and over all time-scales), the theories, the versions of the buildings and accretion approaches believed to be concerned. a truly specified bibliography is usually supplied to lead the reader to pertinent basic literature.

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From Verbunt et al (1984). 19 IUE spectrum of Nova Corona Austrinae 1981 in the region of the CIV lines at 1548 and 155lA. From Sion et al. (1986). interstellar absorption dip. A compilation is given by Verbunt (1987). A catalogue and display of IUE spectra of DN and NLs can be found in la Dous (1989c, 1990) and in la Dous (1991) which contains additional values of EB-vReviews of the contribution of IUE to the study of CVs are given by Starrfield & Snijders (1987) and Cordova & Howarth (1987). 1) predict that much of the energy is radiated shortward of 1200 A.

A few CN also show DN outbursts. Recurrent novae are, by definition, previously recognized CN that are found to repeat their eruptions. The distinction between RN and DN is made spectroscopically: in RN (as in CN) a substantial shell is ejected at high velocities; in DN no shell is lost (but there may be an enhanced stellar wind during outburst). Nova-like variables include all the 'non-eruptive' CVs. This apparent oxymoron is removed by the belief that the NLs include pre-novae, post-novae and perhaps Z Cam stars effectively in permanent standstill, for all of which our observational baseline (typically ~ 1 century) is too short to reveal their cataclysms.

19) show a P Cyg profile with superimposed narrow absorption lines from interstellar ions (Sion et al 1986). 2 /mi. 1). The solid line is the sum of these components. From Mateo & Szkody (1984). 18 IUE spectra of the DN RX And near maximum of outburst (August 12) and on decline (August 16), compared with the quiescent spectrum. From Verbunt et al (1984). 19 IUE spectrum of Nova Corona Austrinae 1981 in the region of the CIV lines at 1548 and 155lA. From Sion et al. (1986). interstellar absorption dip.

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