Volume 551, March 2013
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||06 March 2013|
1 UJF-Grenoble 1/CNRS-INSU, Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG) UMR 5274, Grenoble, France
2 European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO), Casilla 19001, Santiago 19, Chile
3 CNRS/Univ. de Chile, Laboratoire Franco-Chilien d’Astronomie (LFCA), UMI 3386, Santiago, Chile
Received: 27 September 2012
Accepted: 8 January 2013
Aims. We aim at measuring the stellar parameters of the two chemically peculiar components of the B9.5Vp HgMn + A2 Vm double-lined spectroscopic binary HD 141556 (χ Lup), whose period is 15.25 days.
Methods. We combined historical radial velocity measurements with new spatially resolved astrometric observations from PIONIER/VLTI to reconstruct the three-dimensional orbit of the binary, and thus obtained the individual masses. We fit the available photometric points together with the flux ratios provided by interferometry to constrain the individual sizes, which we compared to predictions from evolutionary models.
Results. The individual masses of the components are Ma = 2.84 ± 0.12 M⊙ and Mb = 1.94 ± 0.09 M⊙. The dynamical distance is compatible with the Hipparcos parallax. We find linear stellar radii of Ra = 2.85 ± 0.15 R⊙ and Rb = 1.75 ± 0.18 R⊙. This result validates a posteriori the flux ratio used in previous detailed abundance studies. Assuming coevality, we determine a slightly sub-solar initial metallicity Z = 0.012 ± 0.003 and an age of (2.8 ± 0.3) × 108 years. Finally, our results imply that the primary rotates more slowly than its synchronous velocity, while the secondary is probably synchronous. We show that strong tidal coupling during the pre-main sequence evolution followed by a full decoupling at zero-age main sequence provides a plausible explanation for these very low rotation rates.
Key words: binaries: spectroscopic / stars: chemically peculiar / stars: individual:χLupi / stars: rotation / techniques: interferometric
Based on data collected with the PIONIER visitor-instrument installed at the ESO Paranal Observatory under program 088.D-0828.
Appendices are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org
© ESO, 2013
Current usage metrics show cumulative count of Article Views (full-text article views including HTML views, PDF and ePub downloads, according to the available data) and Abstracts Views on Vision4Press platform.
Data correspond to usage on the plateform after 2015. The current usage metrics is available 48-96 hours after online publication and is updated daily on week days.
Initial download of the metrics may take a while.