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Paper: New Southern Cataclysmic Variables: Discoveries from MASTER-SAAO
Volume: 509, 20th European Workshop on White Dwarfs (EuroWD16)
Page: 555
Authors: Buckley, D. A. H.; Potter, S. B.; Kniazev, A.; Lipunov, V.; Gorbovskoy, E.; Tiurina, N.
Abstract: In this paper we report on new cataclysmic variables (CVs) discovered by the first local optical transient detection system established at the SAAO Sutherland station, namely MASTER-SAAO. The characteristics of the MASTER-SAAO system are described and the parameters of the survey compared to the Catalina Real Time Survey (CRTS). To date MASTER-SAAO has discovered over 200 (non-Solar System) optical transients with about 75% of these being likely new CVs, most being dwarf novae (DNe). Approximately 50% of the DNe have outburst amplitudes in excess of 4 magnitudes, with some extreme amplitude (> 7 mag), probable WZ Sge systems. The MASTER-SAAO detection limit of B = 19–20 is comparable to the ∼20 magnitude limit of the CRTS (depending on CV colour). Based on the CV detection statistics of CRTS, we believe that MASTER-SAAO is detecting essentially the same CV population as CRTS, for a detection outburst amplitude threshold >2.2 magnitudes. We also present results of the initial follow-up program on CVs discovered by MASTER, including dwarf novae, a bright new VY Scl system and a new eclipsing polar.
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