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On the Statistics of AM Herculis Binaries

  • Kinwah Wu (a1), Dayal T. Wickramasinghe (a2) and Jianke Li (a3)

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The magnetic field and orbital period distributions of AM Herculis binaries are investigated. Our study shows that (i) there is a significant lack of very-high-field magnetic white dwarfs in binaries when compared with isolated white dwarfs, and (ii) the difference between the period distributions of AM Herculis binaries and other cataclysmic variable subclasses is statistically significant. These results imply that the evolution and the birth of AM Herculis binaries are different from those of other cataclysmic variables.

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On the Statistics of AM Herculis Binaries

  • Kinwah Wu (a1), Dayal T. Wickramasinghe (a2) and Jianke Li (a3)

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