Volume 447, Number 2, February IV 2006
|Page(s)||667 - 680|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||07 February 2006|
The massive eclipsing LMC Wolf-Rayet binary BAT99-129
I. Orbital parameters, hydrogen content and spectroscopic characteristics
European Southern Observatory, 3107 Alonso de Cordova, Casilla 19001, Vitacura, Santiago, Chile e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Département de physique, Université de Montréal, CP 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville, Montréal, QC, H3C 3J7, Canada
3 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Thompson Complex Central Wing, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576, USA
Accepted: 17 October 2005
BAT99-129 in the LMC is one among a handful of extra-galactic eclipsing Wolf-Rayet binaries known. We present blue, medium-resolution, phase-dependent NTT-EMMI spectra of this system that allow us to separate the spectra of the two components of the binary and to obtain a reliable orbital solution for both stars. We assign an O5V spectral type to the companion, and WN3(h)a to the Wolf-Rayet component. We discuss the spectroscopic characteristics of the system: luminosity ratio, radii, rotation velocities. We find a possible oversynchronous rotation velocity for the O star. Surprisingly, the extracted Wolf-Rayet spectrum clearly shows the presence of blueshifted absorption lines, similar to what has been found in all single hot WN stars in the SMC and some in the LMC. We also discuss the presence of such intrinsic lines in the context of hydrogen in SMC and LMC Wolf-Rayet stars, WR+O binary evolution and GRB progenitors. Altogether, BAT99 129 is the extragalactic counterpart of the well-known Galactic WR binary V444 Cygni.
Key words: binaries: eclipsing / stars: fundamental parameters / stars: Wolf-Rayet / stars: evolution / methods: data analysis / stars: individual: BAT-129
© ESO, 2006
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