Volume 371, Number 3, June I 2001
|Page(s)||997 - 1011|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||15 June 2001|
An active binary XY UMa revisited*
Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, 059 60 Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia
2 Department of Chem. & Physics, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723, USA
3 Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Via Moiariello 16, 80131, Napoli, Italy
Corresponding author: T. Pribulla, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 15 March 2001
New extensive multicolour photoelectric photometry, performed since 1994, is presented. 17 more-or-less complete light curves were obtained and analyzed. The Wilson-Devinney code applied to the BVRI light curves without the maculation effect together with published spectroscopic mass ratio and semi-major axis yielded new absolute parameters of the eclipsing pair: , , , , and the orbital inclination . The observed orbital period changes are conclusively explained by the mutual action of the third body in the system ( years) and the maculation effects. Simultaneous analysis of the period changes and the visual brightness excludes the possibility of their explanation by Applegate's mechanism. The differences in the maxima heights caused by the maculation exhibit variations with the period of days. The distance to the system pc determined from the absolute dimensions and luminosities of the components is larger than the Hipparcos astrometric value pc.
Key words: stars: binaries eclipsing / stars: individual: XY UMa / stars: pre-main sequence / stars: magnetic fields
© ESO, 2001
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