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Preprint 11b/04

On Possible Oxygen/Neon White Dwarfs: H1504+65 and the White Dwarf Donors in Ultracompact X-ray Binaries

K. Werner (1), N.J. Hammer (1), T. Nagel (1), T. Rauch (1,2) and S. Dreizler (3)

1 Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Universität Tübingen, Sand 1, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
2 Dr. Remeis-Sternwarte, Sternwartstr. 7, 96049 Bamberg, Germany
3 Institut für Astrophysik, Universität Göttingen, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, 37077 Göttingen, Germany

To be published in: 14th European Workshop on White Dwarfs, eds. D. Koester, S. Moehler, ASP Conf. Ser.

Abstract. We discuss the possibility to detect O/Ne white dwarfs by evidence for Ne overabundances. The hottest known WD, H1504+65, could be the only single WD for which we might be able to proof its O/Ne nature directly. Apart from this, strong Ne abundances are known or suspected only from binary systems, namely from a few novae, and from a handful of LMXBs. We try to verify the hypothesis that the latter might host strongly ablated O/Ne WD donors, by abundance analyses of the accretion disks in these systems. In any case, to conclude on O/Ne WDs just by strong Ne overabundances is problematic, because Ne enrichment also occurs by settling of this species into the core of C/O WDs.

Preprint (210 kb PDF file including figures)
Astrophysics (astro-ph): astro-ph/0410690

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