Volume 563, March 2014
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||28 February 2014|
Parameters of two low-mass contact eclipsing binaries near the short-period limit
Department of Physical SciencesThe Open University,
2 Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA, UK
Received: 21 May 2013
Accepted: 31 January 2013
The two objects 1SWASP J150822.80−054236.9 and 1SWASP J160156.04+202821.6 were initially detected from their SuperWASP archived light curves as candidate eclipsing binaries with periods close to the short-period cut-off of the orbital period distribution of main-sequence binaries, at ~0.2 d. Using spectroscopic data from the Isaac Newton Telescope in La Palma, Canary Islands, we here confirm them as double-lined spectroscopic and eclipsing binaries, in contact configuration. Following modelling of their visual light curves and radial velocity curves, we determine their component and system parameters to precisions between ~2 and 11%. The first system contains components of 1.07 and 0.55 M⊙, with radii of 0.90 and 0.68 R⊙, respectively; its primary exhibits pulsations with a period of 1/6 of the orbital period of the system. The latter contains components of 0.86 and 0.57 M⊙, with radii of 0.75 and 0.63 R⊙, respectively.
Key words: binaries: close / binaries: eclipsing / binaries: spectroscopic / stars: individual: 1SWASP J150822.80−054236.9 / stars: individual: 1SWASP J160156.04+202821.6
© ESO, 2014
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