Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 490, 1283-1293 (2019/November-3)
Multifilter time-series observations of three short period ATLAS variable stars.
Abstract (from CDS):
The 'Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System' discovered hundreds of thousands of new candidate variable stars. Follow-up observations of three of these are reported in this paper. The targets were selected on the basis of having high probability of being periodic (false alarm probability for period detection smaller than 10–5), short periods (P < 0.2 d), and being relatively bright (g' < 17). The targets were also chosen to be either very blue (g' - i' < -0.4, r' - z' < -0.4) or very red (g' - i' > 2.2, r' - z' > 1.5) as periodic variables with these colours are relatively rare. Two of the stars are hot subdwarfs, both of which are likely reflection effect binaries. In both cases simple models suggest that the companions may have masses very close to or below 0.1 M_☉. The third star is also a binary, which appears to consist of two M dwarfs in a near contact configuration. At 0.12 d its period is one of the shortest known for M-type binaries.