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Name 069358
Title Polars - soft X-ray emitters?


DOI 10.5270/esa-g0t0iml
Author Dr Axel Schwope
Description The defining criterion of polars (AM Herculis stars) was their prominent soft X-ray emission, which led to numerous discoveries with the EINSTEIN, EXOSAT, ROSAT and EUVE satellites. XMM-Newton discovered polars however and new polar systems from optical surveys (SDSS, CSS) reveal growing evidence that the prevalence or even the existence of a soft X-ray component may be rather the exception than the rule. Here we propose XMM-Newton observations of 5 optically identified polars to search for soft X-ray spectral components, answer the question why they escaped detection in past X-ray surveys and shed new light on the intrinsic energy distribution and accretion energy release of polars.
Publication XMM-Newton and optical observations of the eclipsing polar CSS081231:071126+440405 . Worpel, H., Schwope, A. D., . A&A . 583-130 . 2015 . 2015A&A...583A.130W ,
The Million Optical - Radio-X-ray Associations (MORX) Catalogue . Flesch, Eric W., . PASA . 33-52 . 2016 . 2016PASA...33...52F ,
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2013-04-08T14:03:55Z/2013-04-08T20:44:13Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2014-04-18T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2014-04-18T00:00:00Z, 069358, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-g0t0iml