Accreting white dwarfs as supersoft X-ray sources

M. Kato

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I review various phenomena associated with mass-accreting white dwarfs (WDs) in the view of supersoft X-ray sources. When the mass-accretion rate is low (Macc < afew×10-7 MȮyr-1), hydrogen nuclear burning is unstable and nova outbursts occur. A nova is a transient supersoft X-ray source (SSS) in its later phase which timescale depends strongly on the WD mass. The X-ray turn on/off time is a good indicator of the WD mass. At an intermediate mass-accretion rate an accreting WD becomes a persistent SSS with steady hydrogen burning. For a higher mass-accretion rate, the WD undergoes "accretion wind evolution" in which the WD accretes matter from the equatorial plane and loses mass by optically thick winds from the other directions. Two SSS, namely RXJ0513-6951 and V Sge, are corresponding objects to this accretion wind evolution. We can specify mass increasing WDs from light-curve analysis based on the optically thick wind theory using multiwavelength observational data including optical, IR, and supersoft X-rays. Mass estimates of individual objects give important information for the binary evolution scenario of type Ia supernovae.

ジャーナルAstronomische Nachrichten
出版ステータスPublished - 2010 2月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 天文学と天体物理学
  • 宇宙惑星科学


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