Theoretical continua (3000 ≲ λ (Å) ≲ 20000), UBV colours and Balmer absorption line profiles (Hα – Hδ) have been computed for the optically thick parts of steady-state accretion discs around white dwarfs as a function of mass flow rate, mass of white dwarf and inclination angle. The uncertainties due to disc z-structure and outer radius and viscosity are considered.
The theoretical results for continua and UBV colours are compared with the theoretical results of Schwarzenberg-Czerny and Rózyczka (1977) and Herter et al. (1979) and with results obtained using black bodies instead of stellar atmospheres (e.g. Lynden-Bell 1969). Where models can be directly compared the quantitative agreement is good.