Zeeman lines and a single cyclotron line in the low-accretion rate polar 1RXS J012851.9-233931 (RBS0206) *
Received 31 March 1999 / Accepted 28 June 1999
We present a low-resolution discovery spectrum and CCD-photometry of the bright X-ray source 1RXS J012851.9-233931 found in the ROSAT All-Sky Survey. These first observations suggest that the source is an AM Herculis star (polar) accreting at a low rate. The optical spectrum is dominated by Zeeman absorption features from the white dwarf, indicating a mean photospheric magnetic field of MG. Only weak Balmer line emission was observed. In the near infra-red, a single intense cyclotron hump was observed. The inferred magnetic field strength in the accretion plama is MG, the temperature in the plasma is below 2 keV. Likely orbital periods are 90 min or 146 min, the latter inside the cataclysmic variable period gap. The system is an ideal target for further detailed investigations of the field structure on a magnetic white dwarf by phase-resolved spectropolarimetry.
Key words: accretion, accretion disks stars: novae, cataclysmic variables stars: individual: 1RXS J012851.9 233931 stars: magnetic fields
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Online publication: August 13, 199