ENIGMAS FROM THE SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY DR7 KLEINMAN WHITE DWARF CATALOG

James Liebert, Lilia Ferrario, Dayal T. Wickramasinghe, Paul S. Smith

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Abstract

We report results from a continuation of our searches for high field magnetic white dwarfs (WDs) paired in a detached binary with non-degenerate companions. We made use of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey DR7 catalog of Kleinman et al. (2013) with 19,712 spectroscopically identified WDs. These include 1735 WD plus M dwarf detached pairs (almost 10% of the Kleinman et al.'s list). No new pairs were found, although we did recover the polar (AM Herculis system) ST LMi in a low state of accretion. With the larger sample the original situation reported 10 yr ago remains intact now at a much higher level of statistical significance: in the selected SDSS sample, high field magnetic WDs are not found in an apparently detached pairing with an M dwarf, unless they are a magnetic cataclysmic variable (CV) in a low state of accretion. This finding strengthens the case that the fields in the isolated high field magnetic WDs are generated by stellar mergers but also raises questions on the nature of the progenitors of the magnetic CVs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number93
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume804
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 10 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • binaries: general
  • polarization
  • stars: evolution
  • stars: individual (STLMi, SDSS110539.768+250628.62)
  • white dwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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