X-ray emission from magnetic cataclysmic variables

K. P. Singh*
1Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai 400 005, India

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I present a brief review of the present status of X-ray emission from Magnetic Cataclysmic Variables (MCVs). A short introduction to the types of Cataclysmic Variables (CVs) is followed by a presentation of some of the properties of the two types of MCVs - Polars and Intermediate Polars (IPs) as seen in X-rays. Finally X-ray spectra of MCVs and future prospects of their studies are discussed.

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Keywords : accretion, accretion discs – novae, cataclysmic variables – Xrays: binaries – techniques: spectroscopic