Reference : Resolved astrometric orbits of ten O-type binaries
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Physical, chemical, mathematical & earth Sciences : Space science, astronomy & astrophysics
Resolved astrometric orbits of ten O-type binaries
Le Bouquin, J.-B. [> >]
Sana, H. [> >]
Gosset, Eric mailto [Université de Liège > > Groupe d'astrophysique des hautes énergies (GAPHE) >]
De Becker, Michaël mailto [Université de Liège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Astroph. extragalactique et observations spatiales (AEOS) >]
Duvert, G. [> >]
Absil, Olivier mailto [Université de Liège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Astroph. extragalactique et observations spatiales (AEOS) >]
Anthonioz, F. [> >]
Berger, J.-P. [> >]
Ertel, S. [> >]
Grellmann, R. [> >]
Guieu, S. [> >]
Kervella, P. [> >]
Rabus, M. [> >]
Willson, M. [> >]
Astronomy and Astrophysics
EDP Sciences
Les Ulis
[en] Stars: massive ; Binaries: general ; Methods: observational ; Techniques: high angular resolution
[en] Our long term aim is to derive model-independent stellar masses and distances for long period massive binaries by combining apparent astrometric orbit with double-lined radial velocity amplitudes (SB2). We follow-up ten O+O binaries with AMBER, PIONIER and GRAVITY at the VLTI. Here, we report about 130 astrometric observations over the last 7 years. We combine this dataset with distance estimates to compute the total mass of the systems. We also compute preliminary individual component masses for the five systems with available SB2 radial velocities. Nine over the ten binaries have their three dimensional orbit well constrained. Four of them are known colliding wind, non-thermal radio emitters, and thus constitute valuable targets for future high angular resolution radio imaging. Two binaries break the correlation between period and eccentricity tentatively observed in previous studies. It suggests either that massive star formation produce a wide range of systems, or that several binary formation mechanisms are at play. Finally, we found that the use of existing SB2 radial velocity amplitudes can lead to unrealistic masses and distances. If not understood, the biases in radial velocity amplitudes will represent an intrinsic limitation for estimating dynamical masses from SB2+interferometry or SB2+Gaia. Nevertheless, our results can be combined with future Gaia astrometry to measure the dynamical masses and distances of the individual components with an accuracy of 5 to 15\%, completely independently of the radial velocities.
10.1051/0004-6361/201629260 - Copyright ESO 2017, published by EDP Sciences

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