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J/ApJ/629/507    Observed orbital eccentricities for 391 binaries   (Abt+, 2005)

Observed orbital eccentricities. Abt H.A. <Astrophys. J., 629, 507-511 (2005)> =2005ApJ...629..507A
ADC_Keywords: Stars, double and multiple ; Binaries, spectroscopic Keywords: binaries: spectroscopic - binaries: visual - stellar dynamics Abstract: For 391 spectroscopic and visual binaries with known orbital elements and having B0-F0 IV or V primaries, we collected the derived eccentricities. As has been found by others, those binaries with periods of a few days have been circularized. However, those with periods up to about 1000 or more days show reduced eccentricities that asymptotically approach a mean value of 0.5 for the longest periods. For those binaries with periods greater than 1000 days their distribution of eccentricities is flat from 0 to nearly 1, indicating that in the formation of binaries there is no preferential eccentricity. The binaries with intermediate periods (10-100 days) lack highly eccentric orbits. File Summary:
FileName Lrecl Records Explanations
ReadMe 80 . This file table1.dat 53 155 B0-B9.5 IV or V binaries with known orbital elements table2.dat 53 151 A0-A5 IV or V primaries with known orbital elements table3.dat 53 85 A6-F0 VI or V primaries with known orbital elements
See also: V/50 : Bright Star Catalogue, 5th Revised Ed. (Hoffleit+, 1991) V/122 : 9th Catalogue of Spectroscopic Binary Orbits (Pourbaix+ 2004) J/ApJ/616/562 : Rotational velocities in binaries (Abt+, 2004) Byte-by-byte Description of file: table1.dat table2.dat table3.dat
Bytes Format Units Label Explanations
1- 5 A5 --- HR The HR number 7- 13 A7 --- HD The HD number 15- 28 F14.6 d Per Period 30- 42 A13 --- Type Binary type (spectroscopic/visual binary) 44- 49 F6.4 --- e Orbital eccentricity 51- 53 A3 --- Grade Grade (1)
Note (1): Quality of the orbital elements as assigned by the compilers (1 to 5 for SBs, 1 to 9 for VBs - 1 being the lowest grade).
History: * 07-Dec-2005: From electronic version of the journal * 27-Apr-2006: Errors in table2: - HR 963 modified into HR 8963 in table2. - Some confusion in the complex system HR 7775-7776 corrected.
(End) Greg Schwarz [AAS], Marianne Brouty [CDS] 07-Dec-2005
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