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The power of intermediate polars

Ferrario, Lilia; Wickramasinghe, Dayal


We construct a simplified multicomponent model for the line and continuum emission from accretion funnels and shocks in intermediate polars, which encapsulates the essential physics of the various processes involved. The model is used to calculate the optical and X-ray power spectra for conditions appropriate to disced and discless intermediate polars. We show that, for stream-fed accretion, significant power is expected in the optical at the frequency 2(ω - Ω) if the field distribution has an...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society


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