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Paper: Bi-Modality in the Short-Term Photometric Properties of the Intermediate Polar V1062 Tau
Volume: 315, Magnetic Cataclysmic Variables (IAU Colloquium 190)
Page: 243
Authors: Lipkin, Y.; Leibowitz, E.M.; Orio, M.
Abstract: We conducted coordinated time-resolved observations of the long-period Intermediate Polar V1062 Tauri at the WIYN Observatory in Kitt Peak, Arizona and at Wise Observatory, Israel, and follow-up observations at the second site. We confirm the presence of two previously reported periodicities of the system: a long period (P ≈ 10 h) which was interpreted as the orbital period of the underlying binary system, and a shorter one (P ≈ 1 h), which was interpreted as the spin of the white dwarf. Our data also revealed a third photometric periodicity, corresponding to the orbital sideband of the spin period (OSB). The amplitude of the OSB was found to be strongly correlated with the varying brightness of the system at the orbital cycle.

Our observations suggest bi-modality in the photometric characteristics of the star. In one mode, the light of V1062 Tau varies with the spin period of the white dwarf, whereas the OSB is undetected. In the other mode, the OSB is the main modulation at short time-scales, and the spin period is absent from the light curve. Switching between the two modes occurred three times during the 10 weeks that spanned our observations. Also, we detected an outburst of 1.1 mag, which lasted between ∼1 and ∼5 days. In addition to the outburst, secular variations in the brightness of the star (0.3 mag on time scale of a few of tens of days) suggest that the system was in a brief low state during 2002 January.
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