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2014AJ....147...45C - Astron. J., 147, 45 (2014/February-0)

Kepler eclipsing binary stars. IV. Precise eclipse times for close binaries and identification of candidate three-body systems.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present a catalog of precise eclipse times and analysis of third-body signals among 1279 close binaries in the latest Kepler Eclipsing Binary Catalog. For these short-period binaries, Kepler's 30 minute exposure time causes significant smearing of light curves. In addition, common astrophysical phenomena such as chromospheric activity, as well as imperfections in the light curve detrending process, can create systematic artifacts that may produce fictitious signals in the eclipse timings. We present a method to measure precise eclipse times in the presence of distorted light curves, such as in contact and near-contact binaries which exhibit continuously changing light levels in and out of eclipse. We identify 236 systems for which we find a timing variation signal compatible with the presence of a third body. These are modeled for the light travel time effect and the basic properties of the third body are derived. This study complements J. A. Orosz et al. (in preparation), which focuses on eclipse timing variations of longer period binaries with flat out-of-eclipse regions. Together, these two papers provide comprehensive eclipse timings for all binaries in the Kepler Eclipsing Binary Catalog, as an ongoing resource freely accessible online to the community.

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Journal keyword(s): binaries: eclipsing - catalogs - methods: analytical - methods: data analysis - stars: kinematics and dynamics - techniques: photometric

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/AJ/147/45): binaries.dat table1.dat table4.dat>

Simbad objects: 1279

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