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V/82                Cataclysmic binaries (Ritter+ 1995)

A compilation of cataclysmic binaries with known or suspected orbital periods Ritter H., Kolb U. <in "X-ray Binaries", eds. W.H. Lewin, J. van Paradijs & E.P. van den Heuvel, Cambridge Astrophys. Ser. No 26, ISBN 0-521-41684-1, Chap. 15, 578 (1995)>
ADC_Keywords: Binaries, cataclysmic Description: This compilation contains the current content (as of 1 September 1993) of the Catalogue of cataclysmic binaries, low-mass X-ray binaries and related objects (previous version: A&AS 85, 1179, catalogue V/59) Please refer to the introduction (file "intro.tex") for a more complete introduction. File Summary:
FileName Lrecl Records Explanations
ReadMe 80 . This file intro.tex 84 113 Introduction by H. Ritter and U. Kolb (TeX) macro.tex 82 74 Macros required to process intro.tex by tex catalog 212 231 The catalogue of Cataclysmic Binaries finder 77 614 References for finding charts refs 76 1306 References names 76 374 Alternative names of Cataclysmic Binaries
Byte-by-byte Description of file: catalog
Bytes Format Units Label Explanations
2- 15 A14 --- Name Name from GCVS 16- 17 I2 h RAh Right Ascension J2000 (hours) 19- 20 I2 min RAm Right Ascension J2000 (minutes) 22- 25 F4.1 s RAs ? Right Ascension J2000 (seconds) 27 A1 --- DE- Declination J2000 (sign) 28- 29 I2 deg DEd Declination J2000 (degrees) 31- 32 I2 arcmin DEm ? Declination J2000 (minutes) 34- 35 I2 arcsec DEs ? Declination J2000 (seconds) 37 A1 arcsec e_pos [1-9A-F] Accuracy of position in hexadecimal 40- 42 A3 --- Type1 Object type (1) 43- 45 A3 --- Type2 Object type (1) 46- 48 A3 --- Type3 Object type (1) 49- 51 A3 --- Type4 Object type (1) 52 A1 --- l_mag1 Limit flag on mag1 53- 56 F4.1 mag mag1 ? Maximum brightness (2) Novae (N,NA,NB,NC,NR) in minimum DN (UG,ZC,SU) in minimum NL (UX,AC) in normal state NL (AM,VY) in high state 57 A1 --- u_mag1 [B:] Uncertainty flag on mag1 (2) 58 A1 --- l_mag2 Limit flag on mag2 59- 62 F4.1 mag mag2 ? Minimum brightness (2) Novae (N,NA,NB,NC,NR) in minimum DN (UG,ZC,SU) in minimum NL (UX,AC) in normal state NL (AM,VY) in high state 63 A1 --- u_mag2 [B:] Uncertainty flag on mag2 (2) 64 A1 --- l_mag3 Limit flag on mag3 65- 68 F4.1 mag mag3 ? Maximum brightness of Novae (N,NA,NB,NC,NR) in outburst DN (UG,ZC) in outburst DN (SU) in normal outburst NL (AM,VY) in low state NL (DQ,IP) in flaring state 69 A1 --- u_mag3 [B:?] Uncertainty flag on mag3 (2) 70 A1 --- l_mag4 Limit flag on mag4 71- 74 F4.1 mag mag4 ? brightness of ZC in standstill SU in superoutburst or minimum brightness of NL (AM,VY) in low state 75 A1 --- u_mag4 [B:] Uncertainty flag on mag4 (2) 76- 78 I3 d T1 ? Typical time interval between outbursts 79- 81 A3 d T1upper Upper limit (preceded by '-') 83- 87 I5 d T2 ? Typical time interval between superoutbursts 88 A1 --- u_T2 Uncertainty flag (:) on T2 89- 98 F10.6 d Per1 ? Orbital period (3) 99 A1 --- u_Per1 [:*] Uncertainty flag (:) on Per1 100-109 F10.6 d Per2 ? Second period (4) 110 A1 --- u_Per2 Uncertainty flag (:) on Per2 111-120 F10.3 s Per3 ? Third period (5) (in seconds) 121 A1 --- u_Per3 [:QT] Note on Per3 (5) 122-132 F11.4 s Per4 ? Fourth period (5) (in seconds) 133 A1 --- u_Per4 Uncertainty flag (:) on Per4 134 A1 --- EBflag [12D] Eclipses flag (6) 135 A1 --- SBflag [12] Type of spectroscopic binary (7) 137-143 A7 --- Sp1 Spectral type of the primary (8) 146-149 A4 --- Sp2 Spectral type of the secondary (8) 150 A1 --- l_M1/M2 Limit flag on M1/M2 151-156 F6.3 --- M1/M2 ? Mass ratio 157 A1 --- u_M1/M2 Uncertainty flag (:) on M1/M2 158-161 F4.2 --- e_M1/M2 ? Mean error on M1/M2 162 A1 --- l_i Limit flag on i 163-166 F4.1 deg i ? Orbital inclination 167 A1 --- u_i Uncertainty flag (:) on i 169-172 F4.1 deg e_i ? Mean error on i 174 A1 --- l_M1 Limit flag on M1 175-179 F5.3 solMass M1 ? Mass of the primary 180 A1 --- u_M1 Uncertainty flag (:) on M1 181-185 F5.3 solMass e_M1 ? Mean error on M1 188 A1 --- l_M2 Limit flag on M2 189-193 F5.3 solMass M2 ? Mass of the secondary 194 A1 --- u_M2 Uncertainty flag (:) on M2 195-199 F5.3 solMass e_M2 ? Mean error on M2 201-212 A12 --- OtherName Altername name. Furhter alternative names are given in file "names"
Note (1): Object type is characterised with the following abbreviations: AC = AM CVn star, does not contain hydrogen, subtype of NL AM = polar = AM Her system, subtype of NL, contains a synchronously rotating, magnetised white dwarf CP = coherent pulsator, contains a coherently pulsating white dwarf DD = system consists of two degenerate components DN = dwarf Nova DQ = DQ Her star, contains a non-synchronously rotating magnetized white dwarf IP = intermediate polar, shows coherent X-ray period from a non-synchronously spinning magnetised white dwarf N = classical nova of undetermined speed class NA = fast Nova (decline from max. by 3 mag. in less than about 100 days) NB = slow nova (decline from max. by 3 mag. in more than about 100 days) NC = extremely slow nova (typical time scale of the decline from maximum: decades) NL = nova-like variable NR = recurrent nova SH = non-SU UMa star showing either permanent or transient superhumps SU = SU UMa star, subtype of DN SW = SW Sex star, subtype of NL UG = dwarf nova of either U Gem or SS Cyg subtype UX = UX UMa star, subtype of NL VY = VY Scl star (anti dwarf nova), subtype of NL XS = X-ray source ZC = Z Cam star, subtype of DN * = object possibly related to the DQ Her stars Note (2): visual or B magnitude (when followed by 'B') Note (3): Orbital period 1 in case of object types DQ: the spectroscopic period is given here if it is different from the photometric one. SU: if followed by *, the orbital period has been estimated from the known superhump period using the empirical relation given by B. Stolz and R. Schoembs (1984A&A...132..187S) *: spectroscopic period, photometric period if followed by P. Note (4): second orbital period in case of object types N, NA, NB, NC, NR: orbital period of the prenova, unless the object is also of type DQ or *. In these cases see below. DQ: the photometric period is given here if it is different from the spectroscopic one. AM: polarisation period (= spin period of the white dwarf), if it is different from the presumed orbital period SU: superhump period. wherever possible, the superhump period at the beginning of a superoutburst is given. SH: photometric period, presumably superhump period of either permanent or transient superhumps *: photometric period. Note (5): third and fourth periods in case of object types CP: periods of coherent pulsation, (transient if followed by T). DQ: rotation period of the white dwarf (Per3) optical period, (presumably due to reprocessed X-rays) (Per4) IP: X-ray period (presumably the rotation period of the white dwarf) (Per3) optical period, (presumably due to reprocessed X-rays) (Per4) The occurrence of transient quasi-periodic oscillations (QPO) in objects of type N, DN, NL is indicated by 'Q' Note (6): The EB flag takes the values blank no eclipses observed 1 1 eclipse per orbital revolution observed 2 2 eclipses per orbital revolution observed D periodic eclipse-like DIPS observed Note (7): The SB flag takes the values 1 single-lined spectroscopic binary 2 double-lined spectroscopic binary Note (8): the number to the right of the slash indicates the luminosity class , i.e. I = 1 II = 2 III = 3 IV = 4 V = 5 VI = 6
See also: V/59 : Ritter H., 1990, "Catalogue of cataclysmic binaries, low-mass X-ray binaries and related objects (5th edition)", A&AS 85, 1179 Historical Notes: * This catalogue was initially copied in May 1994 via ftp anonymous from, directory /pub/cvcat. The original "cat.cb93" file was transformed into a standard table with one line per binary into the file "catalog". The documentation of the "ReadMe" file is mainly taken from the original "descr.cb93" file
(End) Francois Ochsenbein [CDS] 17-Jul-1995
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