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Name 030524
Title Magnetically controlled accretion in AM Herculis


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-n0l743b
Author Dr Axel Schwope
Description AM Herculis, the prototype of strongly magnetic cataclysmic binaries, escaped XMM-Newton observations so far due to visibility constraints. We now propose to observe AM Her with full phase coverage of the 3 hour binary orbit. There is a 50% chance to encounter the system in a high or a low accretion state. Observations in each state will reveal different, but equally important physical insight into the processes of magnetically controlled accretion. We will make simultaneous observatiosn of the hard X-ray emitting shock, the heated accretion pole cap, the atmosphere of the white dwarf, the absorption in the shock and in the flow, the reflection from the white dwarf. The temperatures, densities, fluxes and sizes of these regions will combine to an understanding of magnetic accretion as a whole.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2005-07-19T16:48:42Z/2005-07-27T18:55:53Z
Version 18.02_20200221_1200
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2008-06-27T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2008-06-27T00:00:00Z, 030524, 18.02_20200221_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-n0l743b