Follow-up studies of the pulsating magnetic white dwarf SDSS J142625.71+575218.3

E. M. Green, P. Dufour, G. Fontaine, P. Brassard

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We present a follow-up analysis of the unique magnetic luminosity-variable carbon-atmosphere white dwarf SDSS J142625.71+575218.3. This includes the results of some 106.4 hr of integrated light photometry which have revealed, among other things, the presence of a new periodicity at 319.720 s which is not harmonically related to the dominant oscillation (417.707 s) previously known in that star. Using our photometry and available spectroscopy, we consider the suggestion made by Montgomery etal. that the luminosity variations in SDSS J142625.71+575218.3 may not be caused by pulsational instabilities, but rather by photometric activity in a carbon-transferring analog of AM CVn. This includes a detailed search for possible radial velocity variations due to rapid orbital motion on the basis of Multiple Mirror Telescope spectroscopy. At the end of the exercise, we unequivocally rule out the interacting binary hypothesis and conclude instead that, indeed, the luminosity variations are caused by g-mode pulsations as in other pulsating white dwarfs. This is in line with the preferred possibility put forward by Montgomery etal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1593-1603
Number of pages11
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Stars: atmospheres
  • Stars: evolution
  • Stars: oscillations
  • White dwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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