Tuesday, March 5, 2013

1303.0715 (S. P. Littlefair et al.)

A J-band detection of the sub-stellar mass donor in SDSS J1433+1011    [PDF]

S. P. Littlefair, C. D., J. Savoury, V. S. Dhillon, T. R. Marsh, B. T. Gaensicke, T. Butterley, R. W. Wilson, J. Southworth, C. A. Watson
We present time-resolved J-band spectroscopy of the short period cataclysmic variable SDSS J143317.78+101123.3. We detect absorption lines from the sub-stellar donor star in this system, which contributes 38 +/- 5% to the J-band light. From the relative strengths of the absorption lines in the J-band, we estimate the spectral type of the donor star to be L2 +/- 1. These data are the first spectroscopic detection of a confirmed sub-stellar donor in a cataclysmic variable, and the spectral type is consistent with that expected from semi-empirical evolutionary models. Using skew mapping, we have been able to derive an estimate for the radial velocity of the donor of Kd = 520 +/- 60 km/s. This value is consistent with, though much less precise than, predictions from mass determinations found via photometric fitting of the eclipse light curves.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1303.0715

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