The nature of recurrent novae

R. F. Webbink, M. Livio, J. W. Truran, M. Orio

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The observational properties and outburst histories of each member of the small class of recurrent novae are reviewed, with the objective of identifying the outburst mechanisms for these systems. Examples are found of both accretion-powered outbursts (T CrB and RS Oph) and thermonuclear-powered outbursts (T Pyx and U Sco). Outburst properties which might be used in future to distinguish between these mechanisms are identified. Many erstwhile recurrent novae (VY Aqr, RZ Leo, V616 Mon, V1195 Oph, V529 Ori, WZ Sge, and V1017 Sgr) appear to be misclassified examples of other types of cataclysmic variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-495
Number of pages3
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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