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Volume 398, Number 3, February II 2003
Page(s) 1111 - 1115
Section Stellar atmospheres
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20021726


A&A 398, 1111-1115 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20021726

Research Note

The effect of stellar compressibility and non-resonant dynamic tides on the apsidal-motion rate in close binaries

B. Willems1 and A. Claret2

1  Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK
    e-mail: B.Willems@open.ac.uk
2  Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC, Apartado 3004, 18080 Granada, Spain
    e-mail: claret@iaa.es

(Received 26 September 2002 / Accepted 18 November 2002 )

Abstract
The paper is devoted to the analysis of the systematic deviations between the classical formula for the rate of secular apsidal motion in close binaries and the formula established within the framework of the theory of dynamic tides. The basic behaviour is found to be governed by the dependency of the forcing frequencies on the orbital period and the rotational angular velocity, irrespective of the stellar model. For binaries with short orbital periods a good agreement between the classical apsidal-motion formula and the formula established within the framework of the theory of dynamic tides is only possible for certain values of the rotational angular velocity.


Key words: binaries: close -- stars: oscillations -- celestial mechanics

Offprint request: B. Willems, B.Willems@open.ac.uk




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