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Volume 27, Issue 1


A FEROS Survey of Hot Subdwarf Stars

Stéphane Vennes / Péter Németh / Adela Kawka
Published Online: 2018-02-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/astro-2018-0005


We have completed a survey of twenty-two ultraviolet-selected hot subdwarfs using the Fiber-fed Extended Range Optical Spectrograph (FEROS) and the 2.2-m telescope at La Silla. The sample includes apparently single objects as well as hot subdwarfs paired with a bright, unresolved companion. The sample was extracted from our GALEX catalogue of hot subdwarf stars. We identified three new short-period systems (P = 3.5 hours to 5 days) and determined the orbital parameters of a long-period (P = 62d.66) sdO plus G III system. This particular system should evolve into a close double degenerate system following a second common envelope phase.We also conducted a chemical abundance study of the subdwarfs: Some objects show nitrogen and argon abundance excess with respect to oxygen. We present key results of this programme.

Keywords: binaries: close; binaries: spectroscopic; subdwarfs; white dwarfs; ultraviolet: stars


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Received: 2017-10-02

Accepted: 2017-11-07

Published Online: 2018-02-28

Citation Information: Open Astronomy, Volume 27, Issue 1, Pages 7–13, ISSN (Online) 2543-6376, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/astro-2018-0005.

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