Doppler Tomography and Photometry of the Cataclysmic Variable 1RXS J064434.5+334451

Hernández Santisteban, J. V.; Echevarría, J.; Michel, R.; Costero, R.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 464, issue 1, pp. 104-113 (2017).


We have obtained simultaneous photometric and spectroscopic observations of the cataclysmic variable 1RXS J064434.5+334451. We have calibrated the spectra for slit losses using the simultaneous photometry allowing to construct reliable Doppler images from H$\alpha$ and HeII 4686 emission lines. We have improved the ephemeris of the object based on new photometric eclipse timings, obtaining $HJD = 2453403.759533 + 0.26937446E$. Some eclipses present a clear internal structure which we attribute to a central HeII emission region surrounding the white dwarf, a finding supported by the Doppler tomography. This indicates that the system has a large inclination angle $i=78 \pm 2^{\circ}$. We have also analysed the radial velocity curve from the emission lines to measure its semi--amplitude, $K_1$, from H$\alpha$ and HeII 4686 and derive the masses of the components: $M_1=0.82\pm0.06$ M$_{\odot}$, $M_2=0.78\pm0.04$ M$_{\odot}$ and their separation $a=2.01\pm0.06$ $R_{\odot}$. The Doppler tomography and other observed features in this nova-like system strongly suggests that this is a SW Sex-type system.