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EG Andromedae: A New Orbit and Additional Evidence for a Photoionized Wind Article uri icon

abstract

  • We analyze a roughly 20 yr set of spectroscopic observations for the symbiotic binary EG And. Radial velocities derived from echelle spectra are best fit with a circular orbit having an orbital period of P = 483.3 ± 1.6 days and semi-amplitude K = 7.34 ± 0.07 km s-1. Combined with previous data, these observations rule out an elliptical orbit at the 10s level. Equivalent widths of H i Balmer emission lines and various absorption features vary in phase with the orbital period. Relative to the radius of the red giant primary, the apparent size of the H ii region is consistent with a model where a hot secondary star with effective temperature T h ˜ 75,000 K ionizes the wind from the red giant.

publication date

  • 2016