Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 136, 429-444
P. Corporon - A.-M. Lagrange
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Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, BP. 53, F-38041 Grenoble Cedex, France
Received March 4; accepted November 17, 1998
We present the results of a spectroscopic survey of binaries among 42 bright (mV<11) Herbig Ae/Be stars in both hemispheres. Radial velocity variations were found in 7 targets, 4 are new spectroscopic binaries. The Li I 6708Å absorption line (absent feature in simple HAeBe stars spectra) indicates the presence of a cooler companion in 6 HAeBe spectrum binaries, 4 of which are new detections. Few stars classified as possible Herbig Ae/Be stars are not confirmed as such.
While for short-period (P<100 days) spectroscopic binaries, the observed binary frequency is 10%, the true spectroscopic binary frequency for Herbig Ae/Be stars may be as high as 35%.
Key words: binaries: spectroscopic -- stars: early-type -- stars: pre-Main Sequence -- stars: statistics