The first high-amplitude δ Scuti star in an eclipsing binary system

J. L. Christiansen*, A. Derekas, M. C B Ashley, J. K. Webb, M. G. Hidas, D. W. Hamacher, L. L. Kiss

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    We report the discovery of the first high-amplitude δ Scuti star in an eclipsing binary, which we have designated UNSW-V-500. The system is an Algol-type semi-detached eclipsing binary of maximum brightness V = 12.52 mag. A best-fitting solution to the binary light curve and two radial velocity curves is derived using the Wilson-Devinney code. We identify a late-A spectral-type primary component of mass 1.49 ± 0.02 M and a late-K spectral-type secondary of mass 0.33 ± 0.02 M, with an inclination of 86°.5 ± 1°.0, and a period of 5.350 4751 ± 0.000 0006 d. A Fourier analysis of the residuals from this solution is performed using period04 to investigate the δ Scuti pulsations. We detect a single pulsation frequency of f1 = 13.621 ± 0.015 cd -1, and it appears that this is the first overtone radial mode frequency. This system provides the first opportunity to measure the dynamical mass for a star of this variable type; previously, masses have been derived from stellar evolution and pulsation models.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)239-244
    Number of pages6
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007


    • δ Scuti
    • Binaries: eclipsing


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