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Structure and Evolution of SV Centauri

  • H. Drechsel (a1), J. Rahe (a1), W. Wargau (a1) and B. Wolf (a2)

Abstract

Optical photometric and spectroscopic observations of the eclipsing binary SV Cen were used to derive orbital elements and absolute dimensions of the peculiar early-type contact system. UV spectroscopic observations obtained with the IUE satellite yielded the detection of mass loss from the system forming an expanding circumbinary envelope. SV Cen exhibits a non-uniform rate of period decrease, with major variations on a time scale of a few years. The period changes are explained in terms of loss of angular momentum carried away by the ejected matter. Short-term fluctuations of the stellar wind on a time scale of a few hours were found from an analysis of the envelope line profiles of UV resonance lines. A model of the system is derived, and the evolutionary stage and interaction processes are discussed.

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Drechsel, H., Rahe, J., Wolf, B.: 1980, Proc. “Second European IUE Conference”, Tübingen, 26–28 March 1980, ESA SP-157, 213.
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