Long-term photometry of RT Lacertae: 1. Light and colour variations


IBANOGLU C., PEKUNLU E. R. , KESKİN V. , TUNCA Z., EVREN M. S. , AKAN M. C.

ASTROPHYSICS AND SPACE SCIENCE, vol.257, no.1, pp.11-21, 1998 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 257 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Title of Journal : ASTROPHYSICS AND SPACE SCIENCE
  • Page Numbers: pp.11-21

Abstract

The peculiar chromospherically active binary system RT Lac was observed in B and V bands between 1989 and 1992. The four-year photoelectric B and V light curves are presented. The light and colour variations in the four special regions of the light curve between 1978 and 1992 are discussed. The available photometry obtained by the present authors defines at least three consecutive maxima in the variation of the brightness of the system at second maximum and in mid-primary eclipse. The behaviour of the light and colour changes in mid-primary and at second maximum harmonizes with the common property of the RS CVn-type binaries. However, the light changes at first maximum do not resemble either at second maximum or in mid-primary minimum. Therefore, we conclude that the observed features cannot be attributed to the spottedness of the more massive component alone. The signs of the starspots are masked by the matter in front of the more massive component at the first maximum. The present data indicate that the magnetic cycle in RT Lac is about 12 years, which is analogous to the Sun's 11-year sunspot cycle.