V2487 Oph 1998: a post nova in an intermediate polar
Institute of Space Sciences - ICE (CSIC-IEEC), Campus UAB, Fac. Ciències, C5 par 2 a pl., 08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain
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Published online: 8 January 2014
V2487 Oph (Nova Oph 1998) is a classical nova that exploded in 1998. XMM-Newton observations performed between 2 and 9 years after the explosion showed emission related to restablished accretion, and indicative of a magnetic white dwarf. The spectrum looks like that of a cataclysmic variable of the intermediate polar type. Anyway, we don’t have yet a definitive confirmation of the intermediate polar character, through determination of spin and orbital periods. Although it is not the first nova exploding in a magnetic white dwarf, it is always challenging to reach explosive conditions when a standard accretion disk can’t be formed, because of the magnetic field. In addition, V2487 Oph has been the first nova where a detection of X-rays - in the host binary system – has been reported prior to its eruption, in 1990 with the ROSAT satellite. V2487 Oph has been also detected in hard X-rays with INTEGRAL/IBIS and RXTE/PCA. Last but not least, V2487 Oph has been identified as a recurrent nova in 2008, since a prior eruption in 1900 has been reported through analysis of Harvard photographic plates. Therefore, it is expected to host a massive white dwarf and be a candidate for a type Ia supernova explosion. In a recent study of the progenitors of galactic novae, it has been emphasized that V2487 Oph is an important and interesting object, "intermediate" between the "standard" classical novae and other historical and well-known recurrent novae with shorter recurrence periods. It could be that in the end there’s a continuous distribution of recurrence periods, instead of the common understanding up to now that "classical" and "recurrent" novae were quite apart (with recurrence periods of more than 104 years and less than 100years - approximately - respectively). We present the results of our campaign of several observations with XMM-Newton. The consequences for the understanding of such a puzzling object are discussed.
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