Radial Velocity Variations of the Be Shell Star V923 AQL /HD 183556/ in the Past Sixty Years

P. Koubsky, A.F. Gulliver, P. Harmanec, D. Ballereau, J. Chauville, T. Gráf, J. Horn, L. Iliev, R. Lyons
1989 International Astronomical Union Colloquium  
The analysis of 149 radial velocities of V923 Aql from 1927 to 1987 revealed that the observed RV variations arise from a superpositon of cyclic long-term velocity variations of variable amplitude and cycle length / 20≦2K≦65 km.s-1, 1800d≦P≦2400d/ and an orbital motion with a period of 214.75 days and an amplitude 2K=12.4 km.s-1. The binary system consists of a B5-7 e primary and low-mass /about 0.5 M⊙/ secondary separated some 250 R⊙. Both, the long orbital period and low mass ratio are
more » ... ss ratio are typical of /interacting/ binaries containing a Be star. The observed cycle length of the long-term changes are very similar to those observed for ɽTau, the only Be binary with the long-term variations known to date. V923 Aql thus becomes the second representative of binary Be stars, for which it is conceivable to interpret the long-term variations by an elongated envelope, revolving due to the attractive force of the secondary, and'formed by the process of mass transfer from the secondary to primary, as predicted by the binary model of the Be phenomenon.
doi:10.1017/s0252921100088308 fatcat:6arcmaecaff3xhsx7ikhpa7qxa