Magaretha L. Pretorius

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We present measurements of the periods of Dwarf Nova Oscillations (DNOs) and Quasi-Periodic Oscillations (QPOs) in cataclysmic variable stars (CVs), many culled from published literature but also others newly observed (in VZ Pyx, CR Boo, OY Car, Z Cha, AQ Eri, TU Men, HX Peg, CN Ori, V893 Sco, WX Hyi and EC2117-54). These provide data for 26 systems. We(More)
We use an independent new sample of cataclysmic variables (CVs), constructed by selecting objects for Hα emission, to constrain the properties of the intrinsic CV population. This sample is restricted to systems that are likely to be non-magnetic and unevolved; it consists of 17 CVs, of which at least 10 have orbital periods above 3 h. We find that even(More)
Large differences between the properties of the known sample of cataclysmic variable stars (CVs) and the predictions of the theory of binary star evolution have long been recognised. However, because all existing CV samples suffer from strong selection effects, observational bias must be considered before it is possible to tell whether there is an(More)
We present observations of dwarf nova oscillations (DNOs), longer period dwarf nova oscillations (lpDNOs), and quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) in 13 cataclysmic variable stars (CVs). In the six systems WW Cet, BP CrA, BR Lup, HP Nor, AG Hya, and V1193 Ori, rapid, quasi-coherent oscillations are detected for the first time. For the remainder of the(More)
The UV-Excess Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane images a 10◦×185◦ wide band, centered on the Galactic Equator using the 2.5m Isaac Newton Telescope in four bands (U, g, r,Hei5875) down to ∼21-22 magnitude (∼20 in Hei5875). The setup and data reduction procedures are described. Simulations of the colours of main-sequence stars, giant, supergiants, DA and(More)
Large differences between the properties of the known sample of cataclysmic variable stars (CVs) and the predictions of the theory of binary star evolution have long been recognised. However, because all existing CV samples suffer from strong selection effects, observational biases must be taken into account before it is possible to tell whether there is an(More)
We examine published observations of dwarf nova oscillations (DNOs) on the rise and decline of outbursts and show that their rates of change are in reasonable agreement with those predicted from the magnetic accretion model. We find evidence for propellering in the late stages of outburst of several dwarf novae, as shown by reductions in EUVE fluxes and(More)
Interacting compact binary systems provide a natural laboratory in which to study irradiated substellar objects. As the mass-losing secondary (donor) in these systems makes a transition from the stellar to the substellar regime, it is also irradiated by the primary (compact accretor). The internal and external energy fluxes are both expected to be(More)
We present the culmination of our near-infrared survey of the optically spectroscopically identified white dwarf stars from the McCook & Sion catalog, conducted using photometric data from the Two Micron All Sky Survey final All Sky Data Release. The color-selection technique, which identifies candidate binaries containing a white dwarf and a low mass(More)