K. Misaki, Y. Terashima, Y. Kamata, M. Ishida, H. Kunieda, Y. Tawara
The new AM Her--type object AX J2315-592 was discovered with ASCA during the observation of IRAS 23128-5919. The light curve shows a clear periodic modulation at 1.489 +/- 0.013 hr. Follow-up phase-resolved optical spectroscopy confirmed coincidence of the rotational period of the white dwarf and the orbital period and identified AX J2315-592 as a new AM Her--type object. The shape of the X-ray light curve is quasi-sinusoidal, the amplitude of which decreases with increasing X-ray energy, which is the property of intermediate polars. The X-ray emission at the maximum of the folded light curve has an optically thin thermal plasma emission spectrum with a temperature of 17 +/- 4 keV with negligible absorption. The spectrum at the minimum, on the other hand, suffers from complex absorption. The X-ray light curve and the spectral characteristics indicate that a single accreting pole is always within the visible hemisphere of the white dwarf, and the rotational minimum occurs when the pole points toward the observer.