Vol 18, No 4

Observations and light curve solutions of a selection of middle-contact W UMa binaries

Diana Petrova Kjurkchieva, Velimir Angelov Popov, Doroteya Lyubenova Vasileva, Nikola Ivanov Petrov


Abstract Photometric observations in Sloan g′ and i′ bands of W UMa binaries NSVS 4340949, T-Dra0–00959, GSC 03950–00707, NSVS 4665041, NSVS 4803568, MM Peg, MM Com and NSVS 4751449 are presented. The light curve solutions revealed that the components of each target are of G and K spectral types. The binaries of the sample have middle-contact configurations whose fillout factors are within the range 0.2–0.4. The only exception is NSVS 4751449 which is in deeper contact (fillout factor of 0.55). It precisely obeys the relation between mass ratio and fillout factor for deep, low mass ratio overcontact binaries. One of the eclipses of almost all targets (except MM Peg) is an occultation and their photometric mass ratios and solutions could be accepted with confidence. We found that the target components have almost equal temperatures but differ considerably in size and mass. The components of the partially-eclipsed MM Peg have close parameters. Our solutions reveal that NSVS 4340949, T-Dra0–00959, NSVS 4803568 and MM Com are of W subtype while GSC 03950–00707, NSVS 4665041, MM Peg and NSVS 4751449 are of A subtype. This subclassification is well-determined for all totally-eclipsed binaries. The targets confirm the trends in which W-subtype systems have smaller periods and lower temperatures than A subtype binaries.


Keywords binaries: close — binaries: eclipsing — stars: fundamental parameters — stars: late-type

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