We detected a new AM Her star serendipitously in a 25 day observation with the EUVE satellite. A coherent period of 85.82 minutes is present in the EUVE Deep Survey imager light curve of this source. A spectroscopic optical identification is made with a 19th magnitude blue star that has H and He emission lines, and broad cyclotron humps typical of a magnetic cataclysmic variable. A lower limit to the polar magnetic field of 50 MG is estimated from the spacing of the cyclotron harmonics. EUVE J0425.6-5714 is also detected in archival ROSAT HRI observations spanning 2 months, and its stable and highly structured light curve permits us to fit a coherent ephemeris linking the ROSAT and EUVE data over a 1.3 yr gap. The derived period is 85.82107 ± 0.00020 minutes, and the ephemeris should be accurate to 0.1 cycles until the year 2005. A narrow but partial X-ray eclipse suggests that this object belongs to the group of AM Her stars whose viewing geometry is such that the accretion stream periodically occults the soft X-ray emitting accretion spot on the surface of the white dwarf. A nondetection of hard X-rays from ASCA observations that are contemporaneous with the ROSAT HRI shows that the soft X-rays must dominate by at least an order of magnitude, which is consistent with a known trend among AM Her stars with large magnetic fields. This object should not be confused with the Seyfert galaxy 1H 0419-577 (= LB 1727), another X-ray/EUV source that lies only 3′.95 away and that was the principal target of these monitoring observations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1998|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science