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Paper: The CNO problem in Magnetic Cataclysmic Variables
Volume: 315, Magnetic Cataclysmic Variables (IAU Colloquium 190)
Page: 149
Authors: Bonnet-Bidaud, J.-M.; Mouchet, M.
Abstract: Some polars like BY Cam are characterized by unusual CNO line ratios compared to other polars and non-solar abundances have been suggested to explain this anomaly. We present here a first attempt to constrain the elemental abundances in these systems by applying a specific ionisation model combined with a geometrical description of the accretion column where these lines are thought to be formed. The line luminosities have been computed using the CLOUDY plasma code for different ionisation spectra and column extension. We show here selected results and compare to the values observed in "peculiar" magnetic CVs. The model applied to BY Cam confirms that ionization models with solar abundances fail to reproduce the observed line intensity ratios. Assuming the model to be valid, the induced best abundances imply an overabundance of N (x25), underabundance of C (:8) and nearly solar O (:2), in line with CNO reprocessing.
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