Vol 18, No 7

PS Vir: a short-period solar-like contact binary

Hui-Yu Yuan, Hai-Feng Dai, Yuan-gui Yang


Abstract We present multi-color photometric observations and a one-dimensional spectrum, acquired from March 2016 to May 2017, for the short-period eclipsing binary PS Vir, by using the 2.16-m, 85-cm and 60-cm telescopes at Xinglong station, which is administered by National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The spectral type was determined as G2V from the one-dimensional spectrum. The photometric solution was reduced from BVRc light curves. The results imply that PS Vir is a W-subtype contact binary with a mass ratio of q = 0.305(±0.008) and a fill-out factor of f = 14.4(±1.8)%. The orbital period may be undergoing a cyclic oscillation with an amplitude of A = 0.0027(±0.0001) d and a modulated period of 11.7(±0.2) yr, which may result from the light-time effect due to a third body. The lower limit on mass for the assumed component is 0.12 M⊙. Moreover, the more massive component of PS Vir may be a bit more evolved star as determined from the mass-luminosity diagram.


Keywords binaries: close — binaries: eclipsing — stars: individual (PS Vir) — stars

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