A possible dependence of DF Tauri's photometric activity on the relative orbital positions of the binary components
Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow V-234, 119899 Russia
2 Ulugh Beg Astronomical Institute and Isaac Newton Institute Uzbekistan Branch, Astronomicheskaya 33, Tashkent 700052, Uzbekistan e-mail: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Corresponding author: S. Lamzin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 20 March 2001
We constructed a DF Tau historical lightcurve to analyze the character of stellar variability from 1900 to 2000. This time interval exceeds the orbital period yrs of the double system. At least two sections of enhanced photometric activity are present in the lightcurve, with the time interval between them being close to . They correspond to the sections of the DF Tau companion orbit intermediate between apo- and periastron. A decrease in stellar activity occured near the last periastron epoch. We conclude that long-term variations of DF Tau activity are the result of modulation of primary circumstellar disc accretion rate by orbital motion of the companion. We predict that DF Tau activity will increase significantly in the near future.
Key words: stars: individual: DF Tau / stars: pre-main sequence / stars: variables / stars: binary / stars: circumstellar matter / accretion
© ESO, 2001