V 861 Sco (HD 152667) is a well known single line binary(1,2).The proposed association with a variable X-ray source(3,4) has triggered renewed interest in the system. Recent optical, infrared and ultraviolet observations(5 - 12) have provided a better knowledge of its characteristics. A first estimate of the mass loss was given by Hutchings(13).
Here we report on a series of photometric observations in the infrared (from 1.25 to 4.8 µ) taken at various orbital phases which improve and extend previous measurements by Tanzi et al.(12)
The results give evidence of a phase modulated infrared excess which can be interpreted in terms of a non isotropic mass flow in the system or, alternately, of a contribution from a colder secondary component.