On the origin of orbital period change in WY Cancri: a genuine angular momentum loss?

Дата и время публикации : 2013-04-08T10:31:58Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Wen-Cong Chen

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Коментарии к cтатье: 4 pages, 2 figures, accepted for publication in PASJ
Первичная категория: astro-ph.SR

Все категории : astro-ph.SR

Краткий обзор статьи: WY Cancri is a short-period ($P$=0.829 d) eclipsing RS Canum Venaticorum stars, and both components are late-type stars. Recently, observations provided by photometric observations and light time minima show that the orbital period of WY Cancri is experiencing a secular decrease at a rate of ${rm d} P/{rm d}t=-1.2times10^{-7}rm d yr^{-1}$. In this Letter, we attempt to investigate if the period change of WY Cancri can originate from the angular momentum loss. In calculation, we assume that this source has a high wind loss rate of $sim10^{-10} rm M_{odot} yr^{-1}$. To account for the observation, magnetic braking demands a strong surface magnetic field of $gtrsim 10000$ G like Ap/Bp stars. Furthermore, if this source may be surrounded by a circumbinary disk, and 6% of the wind loss feeds the disk, tidal torque between the disk and the binary can offer the observed angular momentum loss rate. Such a strong magnetic field or an extremely high wind input fraction seem to be highly unlikely.

Category: Physics