3. Data reduction and analysis
The raw data were reduced according to a standard procedure. The sky background is measured at the beginning and at the end of each run on the three channels. These measurements are used to determine the sensitivity ratios between the three channels. The sky background is then subtracted from the counts in the stars channels on a point by point basis. The rapid sky fluctuations are correctly taken into account in this procedure. For the correction of the low frequency variations of the sky transparency during the night, we divide the data by a fourth order polynomial. The data from the candidate star channel are divided by the comparison star channel counts, and are finally divided by the average count number to produce a normalized light curve.
Fig. 1 shows the normalized light curve of KUV08368+4026 with the data points averaged every 20 s. The FFT of this light curve, shown in Fig. 2, has a dominant peak at a frequency of 1.61 mHz 0.11 mHz (period 618.0 s 44 s) with an amplitude of 16 mmag. A second peak at a frequency of 2.02 mHz 0.11 mHz (period 494.5 s 28 s) of smaller amplitude (5.5 mmag) is marginally detected.
The variations in the normalized light curve of KUV11370+4222, with the data points also averaged every 20 s, have a much smaller amplitude, as seen in Fig. 3. The FFT, shown in Fig. 4, has one dominant peak at a frequency of 3.89 mHz 0.10 mHz (period 257.2 s 6.5 s) with an amplitude of 5.3 mmag. Due to the moonlight during the first half of the run, the noise level keeps too high to allow firm detection of more modes in the spectrum. However, our reduction procedure which analyses the whole run in two parts to reduce the noise level, shows that two other peaks may be marginally significant at frequency 2.16 mHz 0.10 mHz (period 462.9 s 21.2 s) and 3.41 mHz 0.10 mHz (period 292.2 s 8.5 s) with amplitudes of 3.2 mmag and 2.5 mmag respectively. These two peaks are present in the FFT of the two halves of the run.
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Online publication: June 30, 1998