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Preprint 11n/04

Deposing the Cool Corona of KPD0005+5106

K. Werner (1) and J.J. Drake (2)

(1) Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Universität Tübingen, Sand 1, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
(2) Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, MS 3, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

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

Abstract. We show that the Chandra LETG spectrum of the hottest known DO white dwarf, KPD 0005+5106, can be qualitatively modelled as photospheric emission, and does not require a coronal explanation. The excess flux found by Fleming et al. (1993) in the 0.2-0.3 keV region arises from deeper atmospheric layers revealed by a lower continuous opacity in this region. The 1 keV emission found by O'Dwyer et al. (2003) lies below our detection threshold, but cannot be explained by photospheric models.

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