A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

Name 076044
Title X-ray emission as a probe of accretion in white dwarf - L dwarf binaries


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-bjxo067
Author Dr Beate Stelzer
Description Only a handful of short-period (virgul 100 min) binary systems composed of white dwarf (WD) and L dwarf (WDLDs) are known. The detection of X-ray emission from such systems can be considered a clear sign for accretion because the coronal X-ray emission levels of L dwarfs are below the sensitivity limits of current instrumentation. Only one WDLD (SDSS J121209.31+013627.7) was detected with Swift as a relatively bright X-ray source (log(L_x) [erg-s] virgul 29.3). We propose to search for orbital modulation of the X-ray emission in SDSS J1212+0136 and another promising WDLD accretor candidate to confirm the presence of an accretion spot on the WD. These observations will yield the strongest constraints ever obtained for mass transfer rates in binaries with low-mass stars (virgul 5 10^(-15) Msun-yr).
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2015-06-06T21:01:59Z/2015-06-07T04:04:43Z
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 2016-06-23T22:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2016-06-23T22:00:00Z, 076044, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-bjxo067