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Astron. Astrophys. 341, 857-866 (1999)

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Metallicity-dependent effective temperature determination for eclipsing binaries from synthetic uvby Strömgren photometry

E. Lastennet 1,2, T. Lejeune 1, P. Westera 1 and R. Buser 1

1 Astronomisches Institut der Universität Basel, Venusstrasse 7, CH-4102 Binningen, Switzerland
2 UMR CNRS 7550, Observatoire Astronomique, 11, rue de l'Université, F-67000 Strasbourg, France

Received 10 September 1998 / Accepted 4 November 1998


Strömgren synthetic photometry from an empirically calibrated grid of stellar atmosphere models has been used to derive the effective temperature of each component of double lined spectroscopic (SB2) eclipsing binaries. For this purpose, we have selected a sub-sample of 20 SB2s for which (b-y), m1, and c1 individual indices are available. This new determination of effective temperature has been performed in a homogeneous way for all these stars. As the effective temperature determination is related to the assumed metallicity, we explore simultaneous solutions in the ([FORMULA],[FORMULA])-plane and present our results as confidence regions computed to match the observed values of surface gravity, (b-y), m1, and c1, taking into account interstellar reddening. These confidence regions show that previous estimates of [FORMULA] are often too optimistic, and that [FORMULA] should not be neglected in such determinations. Comparisons with Ribas et al. (1998) using Hipparcos parallaxes are also presented for 8 binaries of our working sample, showing good agreement with the most reliable parallaxes. This point gives a significant weight to the validity of the BaSeL models for synthetic photometry applications.

Key words: stars: binaries: eclipsing – stars: fundamental parameters – stars: statistics

Present address: Astronomy Unit, Queen Mary and Westfield College, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK

Send offprint requests to: E. Lastennet@qmw.ac.uk

© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 1999

Online publication: December 16, 1998