Journal Article

A photometric study of the eclipsing symbiotic binary AR Pavonis

A. Skopal, G. Djurašević, A. Jones, H. Drechsel, H. Rovithis-Livaniou and P. Rovithis

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 311, issue 2, pages 225-233
Published in print January 2000 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online January 2000 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
A photometric study of the eclipsing symbiotic binary AR Pavonis

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In this study we present and re-analyse the historical, 1889–1998, light curve (LC) of the eclipsing symbiotic binary AR Pav. For the first time, we show that the timing of mid-points of eclipses observed during a quiescent phase obeys a quadratic ephemeris, with an initial orbital period P0 = 605.18 d and a rate of period change .

We determined a distance to the system of 5.8 ± 1.5 kpc, the mass ratio of the giant to the hot star, MgMh = 0.4 ± 0.1, the mass of the giant, Mg = 1.8 + 1/ − 0.5 M and its radius, Rg = 167 ± 15 R.

During quiescence, the LC has characteristic features similar to those observed in cataclysmic variables (CVs). It can be well reproduced by a model of a large accretion disc surrounding the hot star. However, it is probable that the geometry of the transferred material in the Roche lobe of the accretor in AR Pav is different from that of CVs.

During active phases the shape of the LC changes considerably. A complex wave-like variation developed as a function of the orbital phase with an amplitude of ∼1 mag. It is interpreted in terms of a collisionally heated emission region located on the giant surface and arising from the hot star eruption.

Keywords: binaries: eclipsing; binaries: symbiotic; stars: fundamental parameters; stars: individual: AR Pav

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