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Searching for the White Dwarf in Dwarf Novae

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Albert V. Holm

Howard Lanning

Astronomy Programs, Computer Sciences Corporation, Space Telescope Science Institute

3500 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

 

Janet Mattei

American Association of Variable Star Observers, 25 Birch Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Edmund Nelan

University of Texas, Space Telescope Science Institute, 3500 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

 

Received: December 12, 1991

 

Abstract

 

AAVSO observations of dwarf novae were used to select targets in a search by the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellite for their white dwarf components.  Twelve of fourteen attempts caught the dwarf novae in quiescence.  Lyman alpha absorption such as seen in white dwarf stars was found in three of the six observed systems, two of which, RX And and TZ Per, are described here.

 

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