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Volume 366, Number 2, February I 2001
Page(s) 558 - 564
Section Formation, structure and evolution of stars
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20000228

A&A 366, 558-564 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20000228

The early-type multiple system QZ Carinae

P. Mayer1, R. Lorenz2, H. Drechsel2 and A. Abseim1

1  Astronomical Institute, Charles University, V Holesovickách 2, 180 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic
2  Dr. Remeis-Sternwarte, Astronomisches Institut der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Sternwartstraße 7, 96049 Bamberg, Germany

(Received 27 June 2000 / Accepted 7 November 2000)

We present an analysis of the early-type quadruple system QZ Car, consisting of an eclipsing and a non-eclipsing binary. The spectroscopic investigation is based on new high dispersion echelle and CAT/CES spectra of H and He lines. The elements for the orbit of the non-eclipsing pair could be refined. Lines of the brighter component of the eclipsing binary were detected in near-quadrature spectra, while signatures of the fainter component could be identified in only few spectra. Lines of the primary component of the non-eclipsing pair and of both components of the eclipsing pair were found to be variable in position and strength; in particular, the He II 4686 emission line of the brighter eclipsing component is strongly variable. An ephemeris for the eclipsing binary QZ Car valid at present was derived Prim. Min. = hel. JD $2448687.16 + 5\hbox{$.\!\!^{\rm d}$ }9991 \cdot E$. The relative orbit of the two binary constituents of the multiple system is discussed. In contrast to earlier investigations we found radial velocity changes of the systemic velocities of both binaries, which were used -together with an O-C analysis of the expected light-time effect -to derive approximate parameters of the mutual orbit of the two pairs. It is shown that this orbit and the distance to QZ Car can be further refined by minima timing and interferometry.

Key words: binaries: eclipsing -- binaries: spectroscopic -- stars: early-type -- stars: individual: QZ Car

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