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Binary star origin of high field magnetic white dwarfs

Tout, Christopher A; Wickramasinghe, Dayal; Liebert, James; Ferrario, Lilia; Pringle, James


White dwarfs with surface magnetic fields in excess of 1 MG are found as isolated single stars and relatively more often in magnetic cataclysmic variables (CVs). Some 1253 white dwarfs with a detached low-mass main-sequence companion are identified in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) but none of these is observed to show evidence for Zeeman splitting of hydrogen lines associated with a magnetic field in excess of 1 MG. If such high magnetic fields on white dwarfs result from the isolated...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13291.x


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