ALL ASTRONOMICAL GRAPHICS: Picture of Magnetic Cataclysmic Variable: Polar or AM Herculis System
Picture of Magnetic Cataclysmic Variable: Polar or AM Herculis System. This image is 400 x 515 pixels; the original measures 2,634 x 3,394 pixels.Polar or AM Herculis System. An M-dwarf star loses material to a superstrongly magnetic white dwarf star. Again, the material forms an accretion stream. In AM Hers, the magnetic field is much stronger than in DQ Hers. Such a strong field captures the infalling material before it has a chance to form an accretion disc and tightly constrains it into a funnel. The channeled material then crashes near the magnetic pole of the white dwarf, again causing strong X-ray emissions. The blue haze around the white dwarf represents its magnetosphere.
Research at the Australian National University on AM Hers etc.
Research at the Australian National University on MCVs White Dwarf Stars etc.
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