Population Studies of Cataclysmic Variables

  • F. A. Ringwald
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 208)


Cataclysmic variables (CVs) are idiosyncratic objects, but progress can be made by studying groups of them. To do this, one must identify samples that are representative of their true properties. Because of the wide variety of physics that occurs in CVs, they have a complex phenomenology in which effects are still being discovered (e.g. permanent superhumps: Patterson & Richman 1991). CV outbursts have their own complex phenomenology (but see Osaki 1995a,b and this volume, for ideas on unification for dwarf novae), so it is unwise to rely on outburst properties to give unbiased samples.


Complete Sample Galactic Plane Space Density Cataclysmic Variable Unbiased Sample 
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  • F. A. Ringwald
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  1. 1.Dept. of PhysicsKeele UniversityKeeleEngland

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