Title
Detectability of micro-variables in the ASAS database Detectability of micro-variables in the ASAS database
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Mathematics and Computer Science
Publication type
article
Publication
Berlin ,
Subject
Mathematics
Physics
Source (journal)
Astronomy and astrophysics. - Berlin, 1969, currens
Volume/pages
557(2013) , p. 1-13
ISSN
0004-6361
1432-0746
Article Reference
A47
Carrier
E-only publicatie
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Aims. We exploit nine years of photometry in the ASAS V-band catalogue to develop a method to select in an objective way the best quality data and detect low-amplitude variables. We concentrate on bright stars (V < 10) and avoid open cluster stellar densities. Methods. We use the (probable) members of the Sco-Cen associations as a test sample of bright stars that includes periodic early-type photometric variables as well as young late-type stars with cyclic or irregular variability patterns. We select grade-A observations with consistent photometry in all apertures, amounting to 88 ± 4 per cent of all grade-A data in most cases, and use the aperture with lowest dispersion of magnitudes (excluding one percent of data to avoid sparse surviving outliers) to search for periodicities, cycles and long-term trends. The well-known alias problems, due to the once-per-night observing cadence in the ASAS project, can often be alleviated for the bright stars by use of the Hipparcos satellite photometry. Results. Micro-variables with a range of variability as low as 0.010.02 mag for periodic variables (V magnitudes 710) and 0.04 mag for irregular long-term variables are detected. In total 37 light variables are identified: 14 were previously unknown, and another 12 were listed as suspected variables. The light variability in the young associations in Sco-Cen is briefly discussed. Conclusions. The ASAS database contains much more information on photometric variables than retrieved commonly.
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