White dwarf masses and accretion rates of recurrent novae: An X-ray perspective

Koji Mukai, Jennifer L. Sokoloski, Thomas Nelson, Gerardo J.M. Luna

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We present recent results of quiescent X-ray observations of recurrent novae (RNe) and related objects. Several RNe are luminous hard X-ray sources in quiescence, consistent with accretion onto a near Chandrasekhar mass white dwarf. Detection of similar hard X-ray emissions in old novae and other cataclysmic variables may lead to identification of additional RNe candidates. On the other hand, other RNe are found to be comparatively hard X-ray faint. We present several scenarios that may explain this dichotomy, which should be explored further.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBinary Paths to Type Ia Supernovae Explosions
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781107019812
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
ISSN (Print)1743-9213
ISSN (Electronic)1743-9221

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  • Bursts
  • Cataclysmic variables - X-rays: binaries
  • Novae


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