Observations of V592 Cassiopeiae with the Spitzer Space Telescope—Dust in the Mid-Infrared
Author(s)Hoard, D. W.
Howell, Steve B.
Brinkworth, Carolyn S.
Ciardi, David R.
van Belle, Gerard
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AbstractWe present the ultraviolet-optical-infrared spectral energy distribution of the low inclination novalike cataclysmic variable (CV) V592 Cassiopeiae, including new mid-infrared observations from 3.5 to 24 μm obtained with the Spitzer Space Telescope. At wavelengths shortward of 8 μm, the spectral energy distribution of V592 Cas is dominated by the steady state accretion disk, but there is flux density in excess of the summed stellar components and accretion disk at longer wavelengths. Reproducing the observed spectral energy distribution from ultraviolet to mid-infrared wavelengths can be accomplished by including a circumbinary disk composed of cool dust, with a maximum inner edge temperature of ≈500 K. The total mass of circumbinary dust in V592 Cas (~10^(21)g) is similar to that found from recent studies of infrared excess in magnetic CVs, and is too small to have a significant effect on the long-term secular evolution of the cataclysmic variable. The existence of circumbinary dust in V592 Cas is possibly linked to the presence of a wind outflow in this system, which can provide the necessary raw materials to replenish the circumbinary disk on relatively short timescales, and/or could be a remnant from the common envelope phase early in the formation history of the system.
Hoard, D. W. and Kafka, Stella and Wachter, Stefanie and Howell, Steve B. and Brinkworth, Carolyn S. and Ciardi, David R. and Szkody, Paula and Belle, Kunegunda and Froning, Cynthia and van Belle, Gerard (2009) Observations of V592 Cassiopeiae with the Spitzer Space Telescope—Dust in the Mid-Infrared. Astrophysical Journal, 693 (1). pp. 236-249. ISSN 0004-637X. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20090901-152113782 <http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20090901-152113782>