Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, BP. 53, F–38 041 Grenoble Cedex, France
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Accepted: 17 November 1998
We present the results of a spectroscopic survey of binaries among 42 bright () Herbig Ae/Be stars in both hemispheres. Radial velocity variations were found in 7 targets, 4 are new spectroscopic binaries. The LiI 6 708 Å 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 ( 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
Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory (ESO), La Silla, Chile and at the Observatoire de Haute–Provence (OHP), Saint–Michel l'Observatoire, France.
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