Hard X-ray emission associated with white dwarfs. III

Jana Bilíková, You Hua Chu, Robert A. Gruendl, Larry A. Maddox

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Hard X-ray emission associated with white dwarfs (WDs) can be used to diagnose the presence of late-type binary companions, mass accretion from companions, or physical processes with unknown origins. Since our previous systematic searches for hard X-ray emission associated with WDs, the Galactic WD catalog has been augmented by >10,000 new WDs from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and new X-ray point-source catalogs from XMM-Newton and ROSAT have become available. Therefore, we have extended the search using the updated catalogs, and found 17 new cases of WDs associated with hard X-ray emission. The 32 WDs associated with hard X-ray emission, from the current and previous searches, can be divided into five categories: (1) binary WD with a coronal companion, (2) binary WD with mass transfer from a companion, (3) single hot WD with a hard X-ray component peaking near 1 keV in addition to a soft photospheric component, (4) two PG 1159 stars with very faint X-ray emission in the 0.9-2.0 keV band, and (5) two DA WDs whose photospheric emission component has a hard shoulder extending to 0.5-0.9 keV. The origin of the hard X-ray emission in the latter three categories is not yet known. Deeper X-ray observations with higher angular and spectral resolutions are needed to help us understand these WDs' hard X-ray emission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1433-1443
Number of pages11
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 14 2010


  • Binaries
  • Coronae - Stars
  • General
  • General - Stars
  • Late-type - White dwarfs - X-rays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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