Long-Term Orbital Period Behaviour of Low Mass Ratio Contact Binaries GR Vir And FP Boo

Cetinkaya H., SOYDUGAN F.

32nd International Physics Congress of Turkish-Physical-Society (TPS), Bodrum, Turkey, 6 - 09 September 2016, vol.1815 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1815
  • Doi Number: 10.1063/1.4976442
  • City: Bodrum
  • Country: Turkey
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, we investigated orbital period variations of two low mass ratio contact binaries GR Vir and FP Boo based on published minima times. From the O-C analysis, it was found that FP Boo indicates orbital period decrease while the period of GR Vir is increasing. Mass transfer process was used to explain increase and decrease in the orbital periods. In the O-C diagrams of both systems periodic variations also exist. Cyclic changes can be explained as being the result of a light-travel time effect via a third component around the eclipsing binaries. In order to interpret of cyclic orbital period changes for GR Vir, which has late-type components, possible magnetic activity cycles of the components have been also considered.