Three new pulsating sdB stars from the Edinburgh-Cape survey

D. Kilkenny, R. S. Stobie, D. O'Donoghue, C. Koen, N. Hambly, H. MacGillivray, A. E. Lynas-Gray

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We report the discovery of very rapid pulsations in three sdB stars from the Edinburgh-Cape blue object survey. The short periods, small amplitudes and multi-periodicity clearly establish these stars as members of the EC 14026 class. EC 11583-2708 has pulsation periods near 149, 144 and 114 s, though evidence is presented that the 149-s period is resolved into two periods at 148.87 and 148.55 s by the full photoelectric data set. The amplitudes of the detected variations are in the range 0.002-0.006 mag. The light variation of EC 20338-1925 is dominated by a period near 147 s with a very large amplitude for a variable sdB star (0.025 mag), though four other frequencies are detected with periods near 168, 151, 141 and 135 s and amplitudes in the range 0.002-0.005 mag. The third star, EC 09582-1137, displays a light curve which is virtually a textbook example of frequency beating, being produced by two pulsations of almost equal amplitude (~0.008 mag) and periods near 136.0 and 151.2 s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1603-1608
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2006


  • stars: individual: EC 11583-2708
  • stars: individual: EC 20338-1925
  • stars: individual: EC 09582-1137
  • stars: oscillations
  • stars: variables: other


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