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On the nature of CP Pup

We present new X-ray and optical spectra of the old nova CP Pup (nova Pup 1942) obtained with Chandra and the CTIO 4m telescope. These new observational facts add further support to CP Pup as a magnetic cataclysmic variable (mCV).

We compare the mCV and the non-mCV scenarios and while we cannot conclude whether CP Pup is a long period system, all observational evidences point at an intermediate polar (IP) type CV.

Authors:  Elena Mason, Marina Orio, Koji Mukai, Antonio Bianchini, Domitilla de Martino, Francesco di Mille, Robert E. Williams, Timothy Abbot, Roberto de Propris

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