Lopes de Oliveira, R.
Rodrigues, V, C.
Oliveira, A. S.
Total Authors: 5
 Observatorio Nacl, Rua Gal Jose Cristino 77, BR-20921400 Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
 Univ Fed Sergipe, Dept Fis, Av Marechal Rondon S-N, BR-49000000 Sao Cristovao, SE - Brazil
 Lab Nacl Astrofis, Rua Estados Unidos 154, BR-37504364 Itajuba, MG - Brazil
 Univ Vale Paraiba, IP&D, BR-12244000 Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP - Brazil
 Univ Maryland, Ctr Space Sci & Technol, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 - USA
 NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, CRESST & Xray Astrophys Lab 2, Greenbelt, MD 20771 - USA
Total Affiliations: 6
Astrophysical Journal Letters;
Web of Science Citations:
We report on XMM-Newton X-ray observations that reveal CTCV J2056-3014 to be an unusual accretion-powered, intermediate polar (IP) system. It is a member of the class of X-ray-faint IPs whose space density remains unconstrained but potentially very high, withL(x,0.3-12 keV)of 1.8 x 10(31)erg s(-1). We discovered a coherent 29.6 s pulsation in X-rays that was also revealed in our reanalysis of published optical data, showing that the system harbors the fastest-spinning, securely known white dwarf (WD) so far. There is no substantial X-ray absorption in the system. Accretion occurs at a modest rate (similar to 6 x 10(-12)Myr(-1)) in a tall shock above the WD, while the star seems to be spinning in equilibrium and to have low magnetic fields. Further studies of CTCV J2056-3014 potentially have broad implications on the origin of magnetic fields in WDs, on the population and evolution of magnetic cataclysmic variables, and also on the physics of matter around rapidly rotating magnetic WDs. (AU)