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Magnetic Fields and Accretion Streams in Polars

  • Axel D. Schwope (a1)

Abstract

The flow of matter, the accretion geometry and the energy release in polars (AM Her binaries) are to a large extent dominated by the strong magnetic field of the accreting white dwarf. In this review I summarize the main tools used to investigate the magnetic fields and the accretion streams, using optical and X-ray spectroscopy and photometry.

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