Observatoire de Genève, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland
Corresponding author: F. Carrier, Fabien.Carrier@obs.unige.ch
Accepted: 16 January 2002
Four Be stars, HR 1960, HR 2968, HR 3237 and HR 3642, selected according to their periodic variations in Hipparcos and Geneva photometries, were monitored from 1998 until 2001 with the Coralie spectrograph. Among these stars, two are new spectroscopic binaries and one is a new λ Eri short period variable. HR 1960 is a low amplitude (K = 3.4 km s-1) SB1 with a period of 395.48 d in agreement with the photometric prediction. HR 3237 is a short period SB1 (P = 5.1526 d). HR 3642 presents some interesting variations in photometry and spectroscopy: indeed, a mid- and a short-term variation is present with periods of 137.99 d (Hp magnitude) and 1.13028 d (radial velocity) respectively. The short-term variation, characteristic of the λ Eri stars, probably implies non-radial pulsations or inhomogeneities in the corotating disc. The last star, HR 2968, is an excellent photometric binary candidate, but no spectroscopic obviousness of a companion has been found.
Key words: stars: emission-line, Be / stars: binaries: spectroscopic / stars: individual: HR 1960, HR 2968, HR 3237, HR 3642
Based on observations collected at the Swiss 40 cm, 70 cm and 120 cm telescopes at the European Southern Observatory (La Silla, Chile) and on data from the ESA Hipparcos .
The photometric and radial velocity data are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (220.127.116.11) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/385/488
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