ULTRACAM photometry of eclipsing cataclysmic variable stars [article]

William James Feline
2008 arXiv   pre-print
The accurate determination of the masses of cataclysmic variable stars is critical to our understanding of their origin, evolution and behaviour. Observations of cataclysmic variables also afford an excellent opportunity to constrain theoretical physical models of the accretion discs housed in these systems. In particular, the brightness distributions of the accretion discs of eclipsing systems can be mapped at a spatial resolution unachievable in any other astrophysical situation. This thesis
more » ... ddresses both of these important topics via the analysis of the light curves of six eclipsing dwarf novae, obtained using ULTRACAM, a novel high-speed imaging photometer.
arXiv:0806.0797v1 fatcat:53ne3znfnvblbhe23fwbtvvivm