Neutron stars and black holes can have discs of accreted matter for they have an extremely high gravitational pull. While white dwarfs don't have such high gravity theirs is of course also extremely strong. Can an accretion disc form around a white dwarf too?

  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by, "theirs is of course too extremely strong?" $\endgroup$ – Bob516 Feb 4 '20 at 13:58
  • $\begingroup$ Their high gravitational pull, what else? $\endgroup$ – user30007 Feb 4 '20 at 14:54
  • $\begingroup$ Use of the word "too" I think is problematic, it implies a comparison. I think "also" might be a better word than too. $\endgroup$ – Bob516 Feb 4 '20 at 15:33
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, hope it's better English now. Thank you for coming up with my weird English. $\endgroup$ – user30007 Feb 4 '20 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ Did you try googling for "white dwarf accretion disk"? That would get you plenty of information about accretion disks around white dwarfs. $\endgroup$ – Peter Erwin Feb 4 '20 at 17:02

Yes. They are called cataclysmic variables.


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