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Astron. Astrophys. 336, 527-534 (1998)

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Theta Tucanae: a binary with a [FORMULA] Scuti primary *

K. De Mey 1, K. Daems ** 1 and C. Sterken *** 2

1 Instituut voor Sterrenkunde, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200 B, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium
2 Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium

Received 26 January 1998 / Accepted 11 March 1998


Using seven four-hour time series of high-resolution spectra, the binary nature and the oscillations of [FORMULA] Tuc are investigated. The spectrum is double-lined, proving the binarity. [FORMULA] Tuc is a binary with a circular orbit and with an anomalous mass ratio q=0.09. The for the first time determined orbital elements are P=7.1036 days, [FORMULA]=8.6 km/s and [FORMULA]=95.6 km/s.

The oscillations of the [FORMULA] Scuti-type main component are spectroscopically investigated. Line-profile variations are discovered, and radial-velocity variations reveal a main oscillation frequency of [FORMULA]=20.27 c/d which corresponds to the main oscillation 20.2806 c/d in photometry. Another frequency, [FORMULA]=18.82 c/d found in the spectroscopic data and not present in the photometric dataset, needs to be investigated more profoundly.

Key words: stars: binaries: spectroscopic – stars: individual: Tuc – stars: oscillations – stars: variables: ffi Sct

* Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile. (Observing proposals 57 E-0269 and 58 D-0150)
** Research Assistant, Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders
*** Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders

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Online publication: July 20, 1998