Precursor outbursts and superoutbursts in the SU UMa-type dwarf nova NN Camelopardalis


We report photometry of three outbursts of NN Cam in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The 2007 event started with a normal outburst, lasting about 4 days, which was a precursor to a superoutburst lasting at least 13 days. Both the precursor and the superoutburst had an amplitude of 4.9 mag above mean quiescence. Superhumps with a maximum peak-to-peak amplitude of 0.22 mag were detected during the superoutburst with a mean superhump period Psh = 0.07385(56) d. Psh decreased continuously with dPsh /dt = -1.72(23) x 10-3. We used our measurement to confirm that the shorter of two possible values of Porb reported by another researcher is the correct one, Porb = 0.0717 d. The 2008 outburst was rather poorly observed, although we present evidence that this too may have been a superoutburst. The 2009 event was also a superoutburst, with Psh = 0.07414(44) d, but we could find no evidence for a precursor. From the 2007 and 2009 data, we report a superhump period excess of epsilon = 0.030(8) to 0.034(6), which is typical for SU UMa dwarf novae of similar orbital period, and estimate the binary mass ratio q = Mwd/Msec $\simeq$ 0.11 to 0.17 Comment: 20 pages, 10 figures, accepted for publication in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association

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