Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 152, Issue 2, pp 329–335 | Cite as

The ellipsoidal variables IV: Light variations

  • Martin Beech


The ΔV variations of ellipsoidal variables are investigated as a function of the spectral type of the primary. A model is developed on the assumption that the primary has near Main-Sequence characteristics. It is argued that the observed minimum in the ΔV variations around spectral type F is real and is due to variations in the gravity-darkening exponent β. The absolute upper limit to ΔV variations is found to be ∼0.2 mag.


Spectral Type Light Variation Ellipsoidal Variable 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Beech
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  1. 1.KingsbridgeUK

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