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Kepler Eclipsing Binaries with Stellar Companions

By SpaceRef Editor
October 8, 2015
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D. R. Gies, R. A. Matson, Z. Guo, K. V. Lester, J. A. Orosz, G. J. Peters
(Submitted on 7 Oct 2015)

Many short-period binary stars have distant orbiting companions that have played a role in driving the binary components into close separation. Indirect detection of a tertiary star is possible by measuring apparent changes in eclipse times of eclipsing binaries as the binary orbits the common center of mass. Here we present an analysis of the eclipse timings of 41 eclipsing binaries observed throughout the NASA Kepler mission of long duration and precise photometry. This subset of binaries is characterized by relatively deep and frequent eclipses of both stellar components. We present preliminary orbital elements for seven probable triple stars among this sample, and we discuss apparent period changes in seven additional eclipsing binaries that may be related to motion about a tertiary in a long period orbit. The results will be used in ongoing investigations of the spectra and light curves of these binaries for further evidence of the presence of third stars.

Comments: AJ, in press, 56 pages
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)
Cite as: arXiv:1510.01950 [astro-ph.SR] (or arXiv:1510.01950v1 [astro-ph.SR] for this version)
Submission history
From: Douglas Gies
[v1] Wed, 7 Oct 2015 14:08:23 GMT (528kb)

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