Volume 531, July 2011
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||23 June 2011|
Multiple emission line components in detached post-common-envelope binaries⋆
Departamento de Física y AstronomíaFacultad de Ciencias, Universidad de
Av. Gran Bretaña 1111,
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2 Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
3 European Southern Observatory, Casilla 19001, Santiago 19, Chile
Received: 4 March 2011
Accepted: 5 May 2011
Motivated by the recent discovery of an Hα emission line component originating close to the white dwarf primary in the post-common-envelope binary (PCEB) LTT 560, we have undertaken a spectroscopic snapshot survey on 11 short-period (Porb < 6 h) PCEBs using FORS2. We have found multi-component Hα emission line profiles in six of our targets, indicating that multiple Hα emission sites are rather common in short-period PCEBs. The underlying physical mechanisms, however, can be fundamentally different. In our sample we find one system where the extracted radial velocities of two identified components indicate that both originate in the late-type secondary star, where one is caused by irradiation from the hot white dwarf primary and the other by stellar activity. Another object presents two components that are located on opposite sides of the centre-of-mass, suggesting a case similar to LTT 560, i.e. that accretion of stellar wind from the secondary star produces Hα emission on, or close to, the white dwarf.
Key words: binaries: close / line: profiles / white dwarfs
© ESO, 2011
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