Spectroscopic and photometric study of the contact binary BO CVn

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.newast.2012.04.004
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TypeArticle
Journal titleNew Astronomy
ISSN13841076
Volume17
Issue8
Pages673678
SubjectBinaries; Eclipsing binaries; Close binaries – fundamental parameters
AbstractWe present the results of the study of the contact binary system BO CVn. We have obtained physical parameters of the components based on combined analysis of new, multi-color light curves and spectroscopic mass ratio. This is the first time the latter has been determined for this object. We derived the contact configuration for the system with a very high filling factor of about 88%. We were able to reproduce the observed light curve, namely the flat bottom of the secondary minimum, only if a third light has been added into the list of free parameters. The resulting third light contribution is significant, about 20–24%, while the absolute parameters of components are: M1 = 1.16, M2 = 0.39, R1 = 1.62 and R2 = 1.00 (in solar units). The O-C diagram shows an upward parabola which, under the conservative mass transfer assumption, would correspond to a mass transfer rate of dM/dt = 6.3 × 10−8M⊙/yr, matter being transferred from the less massive component to the more massive one. No cyclic, short-period variations have been found in the O-C diagram (but longer-term variations remain a possibility).
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Science Infrastructure; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
IdentifierS1384107612000358
NPARC number21268827
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