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Paper: Observing the Accretion Stream in Polars
Volume: 157, Annapolis Workshop on Magnetic Cataclysmic Variables
Page: 99
Authors: Kube, Jens; Gänsicke, Boris T.; Beuermann, Klaus
Abstract: We have developed a 3-D computer model of polars which includes the accretion stream, the accretion column, the secondary star, and the white dwarf. Each component is represented by a fine grid of surface elements. With brightness values attributed to each surface element, this model generates synthetic light curves of the various components. As a first application, we present our simulated light curves of the accretion stream, fitted to high-speed HST spectroscopy of the eclipsing polar UZ Fornacis by the means of an evolutionary strategy.
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