We report on the XMM-Newton observation of DW Cnc, a candidate intermediate polar candidate whose historical optical light curve shows the existence of periods at ≃38, ≃86, and ≃69 min, which were interpreted as the white dwarf spin, the orbital and the spin-orbit beat periodicities. By studying the 0.3-10 keV light curves, we confirm the existence of a period at ≃ 38 min and find in the OM light curve a signature for a period at 75 ± 21 min, which is consistent with both the orbital and spin-orbit beat. These findings allow us to unveil without any doubt, the nature of DW Cnc as an accreting intermediate polar. The EPIC and RGS source spectra were analysed and a best-fitting model, consisting of a multitemperature plasma, was found. The maximum temperature found when fitting the data is kTmax ≃ 31 keV, which can be interpreted as an upper limit to the temperature of the shock.
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