Dr David Moriarty was an author on this publication in the Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2022


This work presents an extensive analysis of the properties of three southern semi-detached eclipsing binaries hosting a pulsating component, namely HM Pup, V632 Sco, and TT Vel. Systematic multi-filtered photometric observations were obtained using telescopes located in Australia and Chile mostly between 2018 and 2021. These observations were combined with data from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission for a detailed analysis of pulsations. Spectral types and radial velocities were determined from spectra obtained with the Australian National University’s 2.3 m telescope and Wide Field Spectrograph. The data are modelled and the absolute parameters of all components are derived. The light curve residuals are further analysed using Fourier transformation techniques for the determination of the pulsation frequencies. Using theoretical models, the most probable modes of the principal oscillations are also identified. Eclipse-timing variation analysis is also carried out for all systems and the most likely mechanisms modulating the orbital period are proposed. The physical properties of these systems are compared with other similar cases and the locations of their components are plotted in the Mass-Radius (M−R) and Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams. Finally, the pulsational properties of the oscillating components are compared with currently known systems of this type within the orbital-pulsation period and log g-pulsation period diagrams. These systems are confirmed as oscillating eclipsing Algol-type systems (oEA stars), as the primary components are pulsating stars of δ Scuti type, with evidence of mass flow from the evolved secondary components present in their Na I D spectra.

Orbital model of HM Pup. Models of several of the binary systems have been prepared with Binary Maker; the Sun is shown as an orange circle to the scale of each binary system. View the model animation here:


Liakos, A., Moriarty, D.J.W., Blackford, M.G. West, P. Evans, C. M. Moriarty, J.F. and Sweet, S. M. Comprehensive analysis of southern eclipsing systems with pulsating components: The cases of HM Pup, V632 Sco, and TT Vel.  2022 Astronomy and Astrophysics. 663, A137.

Web Site: https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/202243313

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