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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 145, 197-214

Linear polarization of a group of symbiotic systems[*]

E. Brandi1,2 - L.G. García1 - V. Piirola3 - F. Scaltriti4 - C. Quiroga1,5

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1 - Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 1900 La Plata, Argentina
2 - Member of the Carrera del Investigador Científico, Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (CIC), Argentina
3 - Tuorla Observatory, University of Turku, Finland
4 - Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino, Pino Torinese, Italy
5 - Fellow of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina

Received February 21; accepted March 23, 2000


We report linear polarization measurements of a set of symbiotic stars, made at several epochs during the period 1994-1998. Evidence of intrinsic polarization is looked for from the wavelength dependence of the polarization degree and position angle in UBVRI bands. The results have also been analysed to search for temporal variability of polarization. Several objects have shown a polarization spectrum different from that produced by interstellar dust grains and/or polarimetric variations on time scales as short as several days or months, indicating the presence of polarization component of circumstellar origin.

Key words: stars: binaries: symbiotic -- stars: binaries eclipsing -- stars: variable stars -- polarization

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