|Author||Sanad, M. R.|
|Source||United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information|
|Subject Keyword||ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY ♦ ACCRETION DISKS ♦ BINARY STARS ♦ CARBON ♦ DENSITY ♦ HELIUM ♦ IONIZATION ♦ LUMINOSITY ♦ MAGNETIC FIELDS ♦ MASS TRANSFER ♦ MODULATION ♦ SATELLITES ♦ TELESCOPES ♦ ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION ♦ ULTRAVIOLET SPECTRA|
|Abstract||Ultraviolet spectra of two intermediate polars (IPs), PQ Gem and V405 Aur, observed with Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and Faint Object Spectrograph and International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellites were analyzed during the period between 1994–2000. We estimated the reddening of the two systems from the 2200 Å feature. Six spectra of the two systems revealing modulations of line fluxes at different times are presented. PQ Gem and V405 Aur are featured by spectral lines in different ionization states. This paper focuses on the third ionized carbon emission line at 1550 Å and the first ionized helium emission line at 1640 Å produced in the optically thin outer region of the accretion curtain for the two systems by calculating spectral line fluxes. From HST and IUE data, we deduced ultraviolet luminosities and ultraviolet accretion rates for the two binary stars. The average temperature of the accretion streams for PQ Gem and V405 Aur are ∼4500 K and 4100 K, respectively. The results reveal that there are modulations in fluxes of spectral lines, ultraviolet luminosities, and ultraviolet accretion rates with time for both systems. These modulations are referred to the changes of both density and temperature as a result of the variations of mass transfer rate from the secondary star to the primary star. The current results are consistent with an accretion curtain model for IPs.|
|Learning Resource Type||Article|
|Publisher Place||United States|
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