The minimum period problem in cataclysmic variables

@article{Barker2003TheMP,
  title={The minimum period problem in cataclysmic variables},
  author={J. Barker and U. Kolb},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2003},
  volume={340},
  pages={623-631}
}
  • J. Barker, U. Kolb
  • Published 2003
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • We investigate whether consequential angular momentum losses or an intrinsic deformation of the donor star in cataclysmic variables (CVs) could increase the CV bounce period from the canonical theoretical value 65 min to the observed value Pmin≈ 77 min, and whether a variation of these effects in a CV population could wash out the theoretically predicted accumulation of systems near the minimum period (the period spike). We are able to construct suitably mixed CV model populations that a… CONTINUE READING
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