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The X-ray properties of the magnetic Cataclysmic Variable UU Col

Abstract : XMM-Newton observations aimed at determining for the first time the broad-band X-ray properties of the faint high galactic latitude Intermediate Polar UU Col are presented. We performed X-ray timing analysis in different energy ranges of the EPIC cameras which reveals the dominance of the 863s white dwarf rotational period. The spin pulse is strongly energy dependent. Weak variabilities at the beat 935s and at the 3.5hr orbital periods are also observed, but the orbital modulation is detected only below 0.5keV. Simultaneous UV and optical photometry shows that the spin pulse is anti-phased with respect to the hard X-rays. Analysis of the EPIC and RGS spectra reveals the complexity of the X-ray emission, being composed of a soft 50eV black--body component and two optically thin emission components at 0.2keV and 11keV strongly absorbed by dense material with an equivalent hydrogen column density of 10**(23)cm**(-2) partially (50%) covering the X-ray source. The complex X-ray and UV/optical temporal behaviour indicates that accretion occurs predominantly (80%) via a disc with a partial contribution (20%) directly from the stream. The main accreting pole dominates at high energies whilst the secondary pole mainly contributes in the soft X-rays and at lower energies. The bolometric flux ratio of the soft-to-hard X-ray emissions is found to be consistent with the prediction of the standard accretion shock model. We find the white dwarf in UU Col accretes at a low rate and possesses a low magnetic moment. It is therefore unlikely that UU Col will evolve into a moderate field strength Polar, which leaves the soft X-ray Intermediate Polars a still enigmatic small group of magnetic Cataclysmic Variables.
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D. de Martino, G. Matt, K. Mukai, J. -M. Bonnet-Bidaud, V. Burwitz, et al.. The X-ray properties of the magnetic Cataclysmic Variable UU Col. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, EDP Sciences, 2006, 454, pp.287-294. ⟨10.1051/0004-6361:20065078⟩. ⟨in2p3-00025990⟩

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