The Place of Origin of the Flickering in Z Cha

Albert Bruch
1996 International Astronomical Union Colloquium  
The variability in the observable light curve of a CV can be attributed to (i) orbital and long-term variations; (ii) flickering, (iii) photon noise, (iv) scintillation (negligible) and (v) any residual noise. Calculating the rms-scatter of the count rates in a light curve as a function of orbital phase,ϕ, through accretion disk eclipse of high inclination CVs – after subtraction of a smoothed light curve to remove orbital and long-term variations, and applying a correction for photon noise –
more » ... or photon noise – permits one to confine the place of origin of the flickering if its visibility is phase dependent or if eclipses take place (assuming any residual source of noise to be constant in time). The rms-scatter curve is then defined as the functionwhereis the variance due to flickering andthe variance due to residual noise.
doi:10.1017/s0252921100038148 fatcat:jlryo4l6f5ffpgczuxthcjo4ga