The RS CVn binary HK Lacertae: long-term photometry from Sonneberg sky-patrol plates
Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (AIP), An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam, Germany e-mail: [hefroehlich;kstrassmeier]@aip.de
2 Sternwarte Sonneberg, Sternwartestr. 32, 96515 Sonneberg, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 14 March 2006
Long-term photographic photometry of the active long-period RS CVn binary HK Lac (HD 209813) was obtained from more than 2000 Sonneberg Sky-Patrol plates taken between 1956 and 1996. We achieve an internal accuracy of 0 07. The correspondence with contemporaneous high-precision photoelectric photometry from automatic telescopes is striking and successfully demonstrates the feasibility of our approach. Based on a Bayesian time series analysis, we improve the previously published cycle period to years, and present evidence of an additional period of years. This establishes the multi-periodicity of dynamo action in these overactive stars as compared to the Sun. The already known 6.7-years cycle turns out to be an overtone of the dominating 13.4-years cycle. Our long-term photographic photometry even allowed the detection of the star's mean rotational period of 24.35 days.
Key words: stars: activity / stars: individual: HK Lacertae / stars: late-type / stars: rotation / stars: starspots
© ESO, 2006