Superoutburst of 206 SU UMa-type dwarf novae

SU UMa stars are characterized by 'superoutbursts', which are brighter at maximum light and which last much longer than the more frequent 'ordinary' outbursts of these dwarf novae. Although there are now more than 1180 SU UMa-type dwarf novae catalogued, our knowledge on their superoutburst cycle length C_so_ has hitherto been limited to about 6 per cent of the entire sample of known SU UMa stars. Using public data bases we have determined new C_so_ values for a total of 206 additional SU UMa stars in the range 17d<C_so_450d was unexplored until now; we add here 106 cases (~51 per cent of our total sample) in this range of long cycles, implying a better statistical basis for future studies of their distribution. Our sample contains 16 known WZ Sge stars, and we propose WZ Sge membership for five others hitherto classified as ordinary SU UMa stars. Individual superoutburst timings deviate on average by about +/-7 per cent of the cycle length from their overall linear ephemeris, confirming the pronounced quasi-periodic repeatability of superoutbursts. All relevant parameters are listed with their errors, and a table with individual superoutburst epochs of our targets is given, enabling future researchers to combine our results with other (past or future) observations.

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Creator Vogt N.; Puebla E.C.; Contreras-Quijada A.
Publisher CDS
Publication Year 2023
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Resource Type Dataset; AstroObjects
Discipline Astrophysics and Astronomy; Natural Sciences; Physics; Stellar Astronomy