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Session 76 - Cataclysmic Variables and Accretion Disks.
Display session, Wednesday, January 15
Metropolitan Ballroom,

[76.02] Searching for Faint cataclysmic Variables: Seeking the truth about their Space Density

S. B. Howell (U. Wyoming), R. Clowes (U. Central Lancashire)

The current view of cataclysmic variables is based on theory and observation attempting to reach agreement. However recent work in both these areas has conclusively shown that the present observational sample of CVs is severely limited to intrinsically bright systems, while theory predicts that most should be intrinsically faint. We have begun a program designed to discover faint CVs, ones belonging to the predicted majority population. Using H-alpha and broadband R plates from the UK Schmidt digitized with SuperCOSMOS, we have begun sample selection of candidates to a faint limit of near 20th magnitude. The first spectroscopic results obtained using the ARGUS multi-fiber spectrograph at CTIO will be presented.

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