On the mass transfer in ae aquarii
Ikhsanov, N. R.
Neustroev, V. V.
Beskrovnaya, N. G.
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Ikhsanov, N. R. Neustroev, V. V.; Beskrovnaya, N. G. (2004). On the mass transfer in ae aquarii. Astronomy & Astrophysics 421 (3), 1131-1142
The observed properties of the close binary AE Aqr indicate that the mass transfer in this system operates via the Roche lobe overflow mechanism, but the material transferred from the normal companion is neither accreted onto the surface of the white dwarf nor stored in a disk around its magnetosphere. As previously shown, such a situation can be realized if the white dwarf operates as a propeller. At the same time, the efficiency of the propeller action by the white dwarf is insufficient to explain the rapid braking of the white dwarf, which implies that the spin-down power is in excess of the bolometric luminosity of the system. To avoid this problem we have simulated the mass-transfer process in AE Aqr assuming that the observed braking of the white dwarf is governed by a pulsar-like spin-down mechanism. We show that the expected Halpha Doppler tomogram in this case resembles the tomogram observed from the system. We find that the agreement between the simulated and the observed tomograms is rather good provided the mean value of the mass-transfer rate ((M) over dot) similar to 5 x 10(16) g s(-1). Three spatially separated sources of Halpha emission can be distinguished within this approach. The structure of the tomogram depends on the relative contributions of these sources to the Halpha emission and is expected to vary from night to night.