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A Phenomenological Model for the Light Curve of three Quiescent Low-inclination Dwarf Novae and one Pre-Cataclysmic Variable

Dai, zhibin; Szkody, Paula; Kennedy, Mark; Su Jie; Medagangoda, N. Indika; Robinson, Edward L.; Garnavich, Peter M.; De Silva, L. Malith M.
Subjects: Astronomy >> Astrophysics

We used the light curve code XRBinary to model the quiescent K2 light curves of three low-inclination cataclysmic variables (CVs): 1RXS\,J0632+2536 (J0632+2536), RZ\,Leo, TW\,Vir and the pre-CV WD\,1144+011. Optimized light curve models were obtained using a nonlinear fitting code NMfit and visualized by Phoebe 2.0. The disk model of J0632+2536 shows that one hotspot at the edge of the disk is enough to describe its light curve, while the other two dwarf nova (DN): RZ\,Leo and TW\,Vir require two hotspots. A typical pre-CV model with a weak irradiation effect for WD\,1144+011 can explain its single-hump modulation and the newly observed spectrum confirms its previous classification. The synthetic analyses for the DN clearly indicate that phase zero of the double-hump modulations occurs around the secondary minimum and the primary hump is mainly caused by the hotspot at the edge of the disk. The quiescent disk has a flat temperature distribution with a power index of $\sim0.11$. The disk model of RZ\,Leo implies a truncated disk, supporting its previously speculated classification as an intermediate polar (IP). Except for the IP model of RZ\,Leo, which lacks a component related to the inferred accretion curtain, the models of J0632+2536, TW\,Vir and WD\,1144+011 are consistent with results from the Gaia mission. The derived masses and radii of the secondaries of the three DN are consistent with the semi-empirical relations for CV donor stars, while their effective temperatures are higher than the predictions. Irradiation of the donor stars is investigated to explain this discrepancy.

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