Volume 399, Number 1, February III 2003
|Page(s)||279 - 285|
|Published online||05 February 2003|
Beppo SAX observations of CF Tucanae and TY Pyxidis
INAF/Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, Piazza del Parlamento 1, 90134 Palermo, Italy
2 INAF/Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, via E. Bianchi 46, 23807 Merate (LC), Italy
Corresponding author: E. Franciosini, email@example.com
Accepted: 14 November 2002
We present the results of BeppoSAX observations of the RS CVn binary systems CF Tuc and TY Pyx. A long-duration flare was detected on CF Tuc just at the beginning of the observation; a second smaller flare occurred about half a period later. The light curve of TY Pyx shows a significant orbital modulation of the quiescent emission with possible evidence for eclipses, and strong flares. We find that the coronae of the two stars are very similar: both systems have quiescent temperatures of ∼10 and 20–25 MK, with only a factor of two difference in the emission measures. During the flares, temperatures of ∼30–40 MK are reached; these temperatures are not high enough to give detectable hard X-ray emission in the PDS. Both stars have subsolar coronal metallicities: we confirm the very low coronal abundance of CF Tuc (), while for TY Pyx we find . For both stars the coronal metallicities are in good agreement with their measured photospheric abundances.
Key words: stars: binaries: close / stars: activity / stars: coronae / stars: individual: CF Tuc / stars: individual: TY Pyx / X-rays: stars
© ESO, 2003
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