Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 304, Issue 1, pp 185–187

Photospheric Abundance Peculiarities in RS CVn Binaries

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10509-006-9106-z

Cite this article as:
Morel, T., Micela, G. & Favata, F. Astrophys Space Sci (2006) 304: 185. doi:10.1007/s10509-006-9106-z


We discuss the results of a LTE abundance study of 14 single-lined RS CVn binaries. Increasingly peculiar abundance ratios are observed for the cooler and more active stars in this sample (this is best illustrated in the case of oxygen). This may arise from the existence of large spot groups, departures from LTE much larger than anticipated and/or inadequacies in the Kurucz model atmospheres for these objects.


fundamental parametersabundancesacctivityformation

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thierry Morel
    • 1
  • Giuseppina Micela
    • 2
  • Fabio Favata
    • 3
  1. 1.Departement Natuurkunde en Sterrenkunde, Instituut voor SterrenkundeKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Istituto Nazionale di AstrofisicaOsservatorio Astronomico di Palermo G. S. VaianaPalermoItaly
  3. 3.Astrophysics Division – Research and Science Support Department of ESA, ESTECNoordwijkThe Netherlands