Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2016

Abstract

We acquired differential UBV photoelectric photometry and radial velocities of the relatively bright, understudied, massive Algol binary ET Tau and utilized the Wilson-Devinney (WD) analysis program to obtain a simultaneous solution of these observations. To improve the orbital ephemeris, the V measurements from the ASAS program were also analyzed. Because of the very rapid rotation of the significantly more massive and hotter component (B2/3 spectral class), only radial velocities of the secondary component, which has a ∼B7 spectral class, could be measured. We derive masses of ${M}_{1}=14.34\pm 0.28\,{M}_{\odot }$ and ${M}_{2}=6.339\pm 0.117\,{M}_{\odot }$ and equal-volume radii of ${R}_{1}=6.356\pm 0.056\,{R}_{\odot }$ and ${R}_{2}=11.84\pm 0.10\,{R}_{\odot }$ for the primary and secondary, respectively. The secondary is filling its Roche lobe, so the system is semi-detached. The effective temperature of the secondary was held fixed at 15,000 K, and the primary's temperature was found to be $\mathrm{30,280}\pm 109$ K. The system, which has a period of 5.996883 ± 0.000002 days, is assumed to have a circular orbit and is seen at an inclination of $79\buildrel{\circ}\over{.} 55\pm 0\buildrel{\circ}\over{.} 05$.

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