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Cataclysmic Variables (CVs) are close binary star systems with one component a white dwarf (WD) and the other a larger cooler star that fills its Roche Lobe. The cooler star

Cataclysmic Variables (CVs) are close binary star systems with one component a white dwarf (WD) and the other a larger cooler star that fills its Roche Lobe. The cooler star is losing mass through the inner Lagrangian point of the binary and some unknown fraction of this material is accreted by the WD. One consequence of the WDs accreting material, is the possibility that they are growing in mass and will eventually reach the Chandrasekhar Limit. This evolution could result in a Supernova Ia (SN Ia) explosion and is designated the Single Degenerate Progenitor (SD) scenario.

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    • 2014-02-25
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1063/1.4866984
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      2158-3226
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    Starrfield, S. (2014). The accretion of solar material onto white dwarfs: No mixing with core material implies that the mass of the white dwarf is increasing. AIP Advances, 4(4), 041007. doi:10.1063/1.4866984

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