Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 437, 1216-1240 (2014/January-2)
The VAST Survey - III. The multiplicity of A-type stars within 75pc.
DE ROSA R.J., PATIENCE J., WILSON P.A., SCHNEIDER A., WIKTOROWICZ S.J., VIGAN A., MAROIS C., SONG I., MACINTOSH B., GRAHAM J.R., DOYON R., BESSELL M.S., THOMAS S. and LAI O.
Abstract (from CDS):
With a combination of adaptive optics imaging and a multi-epoch common proper motion search, we have conducted a large volume-limited (D ≤ 75pc) multiplicity survey of A-type stars, sensitive to companions beyond 30au. The sample for the Volume-limited A-STar (VAST) survey consists of 435 A-type stars: 363 stars were observed with adaptive optics, 228 stars were searched for wide common proper motion companions and 156 stars were measured with both techniques. The projected separation coverage of the VAST survey extends from 30 to 45 000au. A total of 137 stellar companions were resolved, including 64 new detections from the VAST survey, and the companion star fraction, projected separation distribution and mass ratio distribution were measured. The separation distribution forms a log-normal distribution similar to the solar-type binary distribution, but with a peak shifted to a significantly wider value of 387^+132_-98au. Integrating the fit to the distribution over the 30 to 10 000 au observed range, the companion star fraction for A-type stars is estimated as 33.8±2.6 percent. The mass ratio distribution of closer (<125 au) binaries is distinct from that of wider systems, with a flat distribution for close systems and a distribution that tends towards smaller mass ratios for wider binaries. Combining this result with previous spectroscopic surveys of A-type stars gives an estimate of the total companion star fraction of 68.9±7.0 percent. The most complete assessment of higher order multiples was estimated from the 156 star subset of the VAST sample with both adaptive optics and common proper motion measurements, combined with a thorough literature search for companions, yielding a lower limit on the frequency of single, binary, triple, quadruple and quintuple A-type star systems of 56.4_-4.0^+3.8, 32.1_-3.5^+3.9, 9.0_-1.8^+2.8, 1.9_-0.6^+1.8 and 0.6_-0.2^+1.4 percent, respectively.
© 2013 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013)
techniques: high angular resolution - binaries: close - binaries: general - binaries: visual - stars: early-type
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