Vol 22, No 11

Photometric and Spectroscopic Studies for Two Magnetic-activity Contact Binaries: V724 And and QR Com

Shuang Wang, Raúl Meichel, Huiyu Yuan and Yuangui Yang


We presented new CCD photometry for two contact binaries, V724 And and QR Com, which were observed during the 2020–2022 observing seasons. By using the Wilson–Devinney method, the photometric solutions were deduced from new observed data and TESS ones. Their asymmetric light curves were modeled by a dark spot on the more massive component. Results indicate that the starspot may immigrate or disappear on the surface of the active component. From the TESS observations of QR Com, it is discovered that the difference between light maxima exhibits a 29.5 day oscillation, which implies the continuous evolution of spot feathers on the timescale of several weeks. Their mass ratio and fill-out factor are q = 2.308 and f = 11.55% for V724 And, and q = 0.624 and f = 12.77% for QR Com, respectively. From the (O–C) curve, the orbital period secularly decrease at a rate of dP/dt = −1.66 × 10−7 day yr−1 for V724 And and dP/dt = −3.98 × 10−7 day yr−1 for QR Com, which was interpreted by mass transfer from the more massive component to the less massive one. With period decreasing, this kind of shallow-contact binaries, V724 And and QR Com, will evolve into the deep-contact configurations.


: (stars:) binaries: eclipsing – stars: fundamental parameters – stars: low-mass

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