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Parameters of two low-mass contact eclipsing binaries near the short-period limit

Lohr, M. E.; Hodgkin, S. T.; Norton, A. J. and Kolb, U. C. (2014). Parameters of two low-mass contact eclipsing binaries near the short-period limit. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 563, article no. A34.

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The two objects 1SWASP J150822.80-054236.9 and 1SWASP J160156.04+202821.6 were initially detected from their SuperWASP archived light curves as candidate eclipsing binaries with periods close to the short-period cut-off of the orbital period distribution of main-sequence binaries, at ~0.2 d. Using spectroscopic data from the Isaac Newton Telescope in La Palma, Canary Islands, we here confirm them as double-lined spectroscopic and eclipsing binaries, in contact configuration. Following modelling of their visual light curves and radial velocity curves, we determine their component and system parameters to precisions between ~2 and 11%. The first system contains components of 1.07 and 0.55 M⊙, with radii of 0.90 and 0.68 R⊙, respectively; its primary exhibits pulsations with a period of 1/6 of the orbital period of the system. The latter contains components of 0.86 and 0.57 M⊙, with radii of 0.75 and 0.63 R⊙, respectively.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 ESO
ISSN: 1432-0746
Extra Information: 9 pp.
Keywords: close binaries; eclipsing binaries; spectroscopic binaries
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 39638
Depositing User: Andrew Norton
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2014 11:03
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 09:58
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