SDSS J015543.40+002807.2 (FL Cet): a cataclysmic polar with deep eclipses
Observed: 6, 8 Oct 2010
18 Nov 2011
Light curves for this cataclysmic polar with deep, narrow eclipses
are presented. The eclipse times are in agreement with the 2006 ephemeris.
SDSS J015543.40+002807.2 (or FL Cet or Cet in the Downes catalog of cataclysmics)
is a cataclysmic system, that is a binary with an accreting white dwarf.
The white dwarf is strongly magnetized, its spin is synchronized with
the orbital motion, and the accretion is funneled by the magnetic field
(no accretion disk). This type of cataclysmic is a polar or an AM Her
type system. The orbital/spin period of SDSSJ0155 is 87.144 mn.
The observations were carried out with a 203mm f/6.3 SC telescope, a
Clear filter and a SBIG ST7E camera (KAF401E CCD). 66 usable images were
obtained, each with a 200s exposure duration.
For the differential photometry, GSC 30-1268 was used as the comparison
star with an Rc magnitude of 13.927 (computed from the r' magnitude of
the CMC14, the 2MASS magnitudes, and the transformations formulae of Bilir
et al (2007) and of Smith et al (2002)). The C magnitudes of SDSSJ0155
are measured against this Rc magnitude as the camera is mostly sensitive
in the red. The check star is GSC 30-207 and is measured with the magnitude
CR=14.715+/-0.027+/-0.028 where the first +/- is the average 1-sigma statistical
uncertainty and the second one is the standard deviation.
The light curves:
Red: the magnitudes of SDSSJ0155, blue: the check star shited by +5.0mag.
The error bars are +/- the 1-sigma statistical uncertainties. The vertical
green lines are the positions of the eclipses according to the ephemeris
of O'Donoghue et al (2006)
The 3 eclipses are exactly (within my resolution) were predicted by the
ephemeris of O'Donoghue et al (2006):
t(n) = 2,452,969.322083 (2003 Nov 25) + n*0.0605163312
The resulting phase plot:
Bilir S., Ak S., Karaali S., Cabrera-Lavers A., Chonis T.S., Gaskell
C.M. (2007) MNRAS arXiv/astro-ph:0711.4356v1.
O'Donoghue D., Buckley D.H.A., Balona L.A. et al (2006) MNRAS 372
Smith J.A., Tucker D.L., Kent S. et al (2002) AJ 123 2121.
Telescope and camera configuration.
Computer and software configuration.