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VV Pup the polar

Observed: 25, 31 Jan, 1 Feb 2006

Michel Bonnardeau
8 Feb 2006
Updated 29 Dec 2007 (phase origin)


Light curves for this cataclysmic polar are presented.


VV Pup is a cataclysmic system, that is a binary with an accreting white dwarf. The white dwarf is strongly magnetized (about 10^8 gauss), 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. The orbital/spin period is 100.44 mn, the distance 145 pc (Warner (1995)).


The observations were carried out with a 203 mm f/6.3 SC telescope, a filter wheel and a SBIG ST7E camera. Each exposure is 200s long.

A Clear filter was used for the 25 Jan session.

For the 31 Jan and 1 Feb sessions, two perpendicular polarized filters were used alternatively. This was in a vain attempt at observing VV Pup polarization (Warner (1995) page 333).

The comparison star is GSC 6004-03141 with an assumed magnitude of 13.000 whatever the filter. The check star is an anonymous star at RA=08:15:12.93, DEC=-19:02:14.3, with an observed average unfiltered magnitude of 15.104 (standard deviation 0.047), with one of the polarization filter 15.124 (0.058) and with the other polarization filter 15.101 (0.068).

The light curves:

UNFILTERED. Red: VV Pup. Blue: the check star, shifted by +1.5 mag. The error bars are +/- the 1-sigma statistical uncertainties.

POLARIZED. Red: polarizer parallel to the DEC axis, Blue: parallel to the RA axis.

POLARIZED. Red: polarizer at 45 from the RA/DEC axes, Blue: perpendicular to the first filter.

The data may be folded with the orbital/spin period:

Green: unfiltered. Blue, red: polarization filters.

The phase is computed for a period of 0.069747d and 2,453,000.0 as the origin.


Warner B. (1995) Cataclysmic Variable Stars Cambridge UP.

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