A comprehensive K 2 and ground-based study of CRTS J035905.9+175034, an eclipsing SU UMa system with a large mass ratio

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Littlefield, Colin
Garnavich, Peter M.
Kennedy, Mark R.
Szkody, Paula
Zhibin, Dai
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CRTS J035905.9+175034 is the first eclipsing SU UMa system for which a superoutburst has been observed by Kepler in the short-cadence mode. The light curve contains one superoutburst, eight normal outbursts (including a precursor to the superoutburst), and several minioutbursts that are present before—but not after—the superoutburst. The superoutburst began with a precursor normal outburst, and shortly after the peak of the precursor, the system developed large-amplitude superhumps that achieved their maximum amplitude after just three superhump cycles. The period excess of the initial superhump period relative to the orbital period implies a mass ratio of 0.281 ± 0.015, placing it marginally above most theoretical predictions of the highest-possible mass ratio for superhump formation. In addition, our analysis of the variations in eclipse width and depth, as well as the hot spot amplitudes, generally provides substantiation of the thermal-tidal instability model. The K 2 data, in conjunction with our ground-based time-resolved spectroscopy and photometry from 2014 to 2016, allows us to determine many of the fundamental parameters of this system.
Accretion , Accretion disks , Novae , Cataclysmic variables , Stars: individual (CRTS J035905.9 +175034)
Littlefield, C., Garnavich, P., Kennedy, M. and Szkody, P. (2018) 'A Comprehensive K 2 and Ground-based Study of CRTS J035905.9+175034, an Eclipsing SU UMa System with a Large Mass Ratio', The Astronomical Journal, 155(6), 232 (13 pp). doi: 10.3847/1538-3881/aabcd1
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