Lima, I. J.
Rodrigues, C. V.
Lopes, C. E. Ferreira
Jablonski, F. J.
Oliveira, A. S.
Silva, K. M. G.
Palhares, M. S.
Almeida, L. A.
Total Authors: 12
 Univ Washington, Dept Astron, Box 351580, Seattle, WA 98195 - USA
 Inst Nacl Pesquisas Espaciais INPE MCTI, Av Astronautas 1758, Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP - Brazil
 Univ Vale Paraiba, IP&D, BR-12244000 Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP - Brazil
 Moscow MV Lomonosov State Univ, Sternberg Astron Inst, Moscow - Russia
 Univ Fed Santa Catarina, Dept Fis, BR-88040900 Florianopolis, SC - Brazil
 Univ Fed Rio Grande do Norte, Escola Ciencias & Tecnol, BR-59072970 Natal, RN - Brazil
 Univ Fed Rio Grande do Norte, Dept Fis, BR-59610210 Mossoro, RN - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 9
Web of Science Citations:
SW Sextantis systems are nova-like cataclysmic variables that have unusual spectroscopic properties, which are thought to be caused by an accretion geometry having part of the mass flux trajectory out of the orbital plane. Accretion onto a magnetic white dwarf is one of the proposed scenarios for these systems. To verify this possibility, we analyzed photometric and polarimetric time-series data for a sample of six SW Sex stars. We report possible modulated circular polarization in BO Cet, SW Sex, and UU Aqr with periods of 11.1, 41.2, and 25.7 minutes, respectively, and less significant periodicities for V380 Oph at 22 minutes and V442 Oph at 19.4 minutes. We confirm previous results that LS Peg shows variable circular polarization. However, we determine a period of 18.8 minutes, which is different from the earlier reported value. We interpret these periods as the spin periods of the white dwarfs. Our polarimetric results indicate that 15% of the SW Sex systems have direct evidence of magnetic accretion. We also discuss SW Sex objects within the perspective of being magnetic systems, considering the latest findings about the demography, formation, and evolution of cataclysmic variables. (AU)