Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 131, Issue 1–2, pp 443–447 | Cite as

Possible role of the white dwarf in grain formation in cataclysmic variable systems

  • J. S. Albinson
  • A. Evans
Nova and Dwarf Nova Outbursts


We consider the possibility that carbon, in the form of the allotrope carbyne, might form in the atmosphere of the white dwarf in a cataclysmic variable system, and be expelled from the system by radiation pressure. It seems that, under some circumstances, cataclysmic variable systems may indeed have carbon dust in their vicinity.


Radiation Atmosphere Dust Variable System Radiation Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. S. Albinson
    • 1
  • A. Evans
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of KeeleKeeleUK

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