Collective Properties of a Magnitude-Limited Sample of Cataclysmic Binaries

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Results of an analytical discussion of observational selection in a magnitude-limited sample of cataclysmic binaries (CBs) are presented. It is shown that the dependence of the strength of selection in favour of massive white dwarfs, of the mean orbital inclination and the fraction of eclipsing systems in a sample on the limiting magitude m reflects the large-scale distribution of CBs in the galaxy and the influence of interstellar absorption. Furthermore it is shown how selection in favour of massive white dwarfs depends on the mass radius relation of white dwarfs.


Selection Function Accretion Disk Collective Property Orbital Inclination Cataclysmic Variable 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universitäts-SternwarteMünchenGermany

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