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Orbital Radial Velocity Curves of Symbiotic Stars

  • Michael R. Garcia
  • Scott J. Kenyon
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 145)

Abstract

For the past 6 years we have been measuring the radial velocity of the M-giant component of Symbiotics Stars with high dispersion echelle spectrographs. Because these velocities are based on the absorption line spectrum of the M-star, very reliable orbital radial velocity curves can be constructed. The orbital solutions derived from these velocity curves allow the approximate size of the binary to be determined, and also provide insight into the origin of the photometric variations seen in these stars. For most of the stars, the photometric variations are due to eclipse or reflection effects (two notable exceptions are Z And and RW Hya). Stars which may be near to filling their Roche lobes are TX CVn, Z And, EG And, UV Aur, and CI Cyg. Stars which do not appear to fill their Roche lobes are AG Dra, RW Hya, and AG Peg.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael R. Garcia
    • 1
  • Scott J. Kenyon
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard/Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA

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