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Flaring loop structures at VLBI scale in UX Arietis
E. Franciosini 1,
M. Massi 2,3,
J.M. Paredes 4 and
R. Estalella 4
Received 21 July 1998 / Accepted 21 October 1998
We report the results of three VLBI observations at 5 GHz of the active binary system UX Ari. Observations have been made during five consecutive days with the aim of studying the variations of the source structure during the decay phase of a flare.
We find that during the observations UX Ari was undergoing a low-energy flare (peak flux mJy) with a decay time of a few days. The maps show a clear variation of the source structure with time. The visibility function and the maps can be reproduced using two gaussian components of angular dimensions mas, whose relative position changes. Since the observations have been made at different orbital phases, we interpret the observed variations of the source structure as due to two distinct flaring loops that are seen in different positions as the star rotates.
Key words: stars: binaries: close stars: flare stars: individual: UX Ari radio continuum: stars
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Online publication: December 4, 1998