A paper on accretion discs in cataclysmic variables

A paper entitled “The structure of accretion flows in nova-like cataclysmic variables: RW Sextantis and 1RXS J064434.5+334451” has been accepted for publication in MNRAS.
Preprint: ArXiv:1706.06236.

Hernandez, M. S.; Zharikov, S.; Neustroev V.; Tovmassian, G.
New time-resolved optical spectroscopic echelle observations of the nova-like cataclysmic variable RW Sextantis were obtained, with the aim to study the properties of emission features in the system. The profile of the H_alpha emission line can be clearly divided into two (‘narrow’ and ‘wide’) components. Similar emission profiles are observed in another nova-like system, 1RXS J064434.5+33445, for which we also reanalysed the spectral data and redetermined the system parameters. The source of the ‘narrow’, low-velocity component is the irradiated face of the secondary star. We disentangled and removed the ‘narrow’ component from the H_alpha profile to study the origin and structure of the region emitting the wide component. We found that the ‘wide’ component is not related to the white dwarf or the wind from the central part of the accretion disc, but is emanated from the outer side of the disc. Inspection of literature on similar systems indicates that this feature is common for some other long-period nova-like variables. We propose that the source of the ‘wide’ component is an extended, low-velocity region in the outskirts of the opposite side of the accretion disc, with respect to the collision point of the accretion stream and the disc.

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