Spectroscopic observations of the Delta Scorpii binary during its recent periastron passage

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Anatoly S. Miroshnichenko, Associate Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The bright star Delta Sco has been considered a typical B0-type object for many years. Spectra of the star published prior to 1990 showed no evidence of emission, but only of short-term line profile variations attributed to nonradial pulsations. Speckle interferometric observations show that Delta Sco is a binary system with a highly-eccentric orbit and a period of ~10.6 years. Weak emission in the Ha line was detected in its spectrum for the first time during a periastron passage in 1990. Shortly before the next periastron passage in the summer of 2000, the binary entered a strong Ha emission and enhanced mass-loss phase. We monitored the spectroscopic development of the Be outburst from July 2000 through March 2001. In this paper we present results from our spectroscopy, refine elements of the binary orbit, and discuss possible mechanisms for the mass loss.

Additional Information

Publication
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 377, 485-495
Language: English
Date: 2001
Keywords
stars: emission-line, Be, binaries: close, individual: Delta Sco, techniques: spectroscopic