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Cataclysmic Variables From the Sloan Digital Sky Survey


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Paula Szkody

Department of Astronomy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195


Arne Henden

U.S. Naval Observatory, Flagstaff Station, P.O. Box 1149, Flagstaff, AZ 86002




Universities Space Research Association (currently at AAVSO, 25 Birch Street, Cambridge, MA 02138)


Presented at the 94th Spring Meeting of the AAVSO, March 25, 2005; received May 19, 2005; revised June 13, 2005; accepted June 14, 2005


Abstract  In the four years since the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) began operation, over 100 new cataclysmic variables (CV) have been found. Among these are many interesting systems, including eclipsing, pulsating, and magnetic CVs. A comparison of the statistics emerging from the observed period distribution of the SDSS compared to past surveys shows many more short period systems, consistent with less selection bias based on brightness. Opportunities for observations with ongoing XMM and HST projects are presented.

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