T his is an impression of a polar or an AM Herculis binary. It is a type of cataclysmic variable related to the system seen in Intermediate Polar. A red dwarf (bottom) loses material to a compact white dwarf (top right) with a very strong magnetic field. The field is so strong that the material, on its way to the white dwarf, becomes caught up in the field and flows towards the compact star's magnetic poles..
Name: Magnetic Accretion
Category: Stars & Nebulae