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A Cataclysmic Variables and Related Objects Ultraviolet Spectral Catalog (CVARO-UVSCAT)

Patrick Godon, Villanova University (PA)


This is a portal into a catalog of Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) spectra of cataclysmic variables (CVs) and related objects (ROs). For each object there is (i) at least one FUSE spectrum, (ii) possibly a theoretical fit spectrum (when the continuum can be modeled sucessfully), and (iii) basic data about the system including figures and downloadable ascii tables.

Important: At the present time the catalog is still growing and being improved, it contains a small number of systems. Systems are being added with time. The catalog will eventually include all CVs and ROs that have been observed with FUSE. In the near future the catalog will also includes a large database of theoretical spectra of (solar composition) WDs covering a wide range of temperatures and gravity.

Contents of the Catalog

The catalog includes all CV types and sub-types, such as dwarf novae (U Gem, Z Cam, SS Cyg, WZ Sge and SU UMa sub-types), nova-likes (VY Scl/anti-DN, UX UMa, SW Sex sub-types), magnetic systems (IPs, Polars, DQ her, AM Her sub-types). In addition the catalog also includes miscellaneous ojbects related to CVs such as novae (all types of novae), symbiotics, and some pre-cataclysmic variables.


General References for each objects are given in the upper part of the object page under the link "Bibliography". This does not cover all the existing references for the object as some objects have been extensively studied. If you find that an important reference is missing, please contact us ( ) and we will incorporate any additional reference you provide us. Do not hesitate to contact us for comments, error and suggestions.

References to the data analysis/processing and modeling of the FUSE spectra.

For each system, a link is given under each figure ("These data and models were published in the paper") to the work in which the data analysis was originally carried out. That reference usually contains the full details of the data processing and modeling.


Coming soon: access the database of theoretical spectra of accreting WDs with solar composition atmosphere for a given gravity and temperature).

Acknowledgments. Based on observations made with the NASA-CNES-CSA Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer. FUSE is operated for NASA by the Johns Hopkins University under NASA contract NAS5-32985. This material is based upon work supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under grant No.NNX08AJ39G issued through the Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADP).