Accretion phenomena in cataclysmic variables

Jeremy Bailey*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The processes of accretion onto the white dwarf in a cataclysmic variable are reviewed. These systems provide the most easily observable examples of accretion disks, and enable the structure of the accretion region to be studied in detail. The properties of column accretion onto magnetic cataclysmic variables are also described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-80
Number of pages6
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Accretion
  • Accretion disks
  • Binaries:Close
  • Binaries:Eclipsing
  • Cataclysmic variables
  • Novae
  • Stars:Magnetic fields


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