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Superhumps in Cataclysmic Binaries. XXII. 1RXS J232953.9+062814

David Skillman, Thomas Krajci, Edward Beshore, Joseph Patterson, Jonathan Kemp, Donn Starkey, Arto Oksanen, Tonny Vanmunster, Brian Martin, and Robert Rea

Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

June 2002, Volume 113, Page 630

We report photometry of a recently discovered dwarf nova with a remarkably short 64.2-minute orbital period. In quiescence, the star's light curve is that of a double sinusoid, arising from the "ellipsoidal" distortion of the Roche-lobe-filling secondary. During superoutburst, common superhumps develop with a period 3-4% longer than Porb. This indicates a mass ratio M2/M1=0.19±0.02, a surprisingly large value in so compact a binary. This implies that the secondary star has a density 2-3 times higher than that of other short-period dwarf novae, suggesting a secondary enriched by H-burning prior to the common-envelope phase of evolution. We estimate i=50±5°, Ma=0.63+0.12-0.09 Msolar, M2=0.12+0.03-0.02 Msolar, R2=0.121+0.010-0.007 Rsolar, and a distance to the binary of 180±40 pc.

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