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Volume 405, Number 1, July I 2003
Page(s) 263 - 269
Section Stellar atmospheres
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20030597

A&A 405, 263-269 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20030597

On the performance of GAIA on photometry of eclipsing binaries: The case of four near-contact and contact systems

P. G. Niarchos and V. N. Manimanis

Department of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR 15784 Zographou, Athens, Greece
(Received 6 March 2003 / Accepted 14 April 2003 )

The light curves of four eclipsing binaries (two near-contact and two contact) are analysed by means of light curve synthesis techniques to derive the geometric and photometric elements and the physical parameters of the systems. For the analysis we used ground based photometric observations and Hipparcos/Tycho photometric data, which mimic the photometric observations that should be obtained by GAIA, the approved Cornerstone 6 mission by ESA. The results are compared and the achievable precision of the basic stellar parameters derived by GAIA photometry is discussed.

Key words: surveys -- stars: fundamental parameters -- stars: binaries: eclipsing

Offprint request: P. Niarchos, pniarcho@cc.uoa.gr

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