The optical gravitational lensing experiment. Variable stars in globular clusters. I. Fields 5139A-C in ω Centauri*
Warsaw University Observatory, Al. Ujazdowskie 4, 00-478 Warsaw, Poland
2 Carnegie Observatories, Las Campanas Observatory, Casilla 601, La Serena, Chile
3 Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, 821 Dennison Bldg., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1090, U.S.A.
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Accepted: 15 April 1996
Three fields covering the central part of the globular cluster ω Cen were surveyed in a search for variable stars. We present V-band light curves for 39 periodic variables: 24 SX Phe stars, 7 contact binaries, 5 detached or semi-detached binaries, and 3 likely spotted variables (FK Com or RS CVn type stars). Only 2 of these variables were previously known. All SX Phe stars and all contact binaries from our sample belong to blue stragglers. Observed properties of these stars are consistent with their cluster membership. Of particular interest is detection of two well detached binaries with periods P=1.50 day and P=2.47 day. Further study of these two binaries can provide direct information about properties of turnoff stars in ω Cen. An incomplete light curve of a Mira variable known as was obtained. We present V vs. color-magnitude diagrams for the monitored part of the cluster.
Key words: globular clusters: individual: NGC 5139 / star: variables: other / blue stragglers / binaries: eclipsing / HR diagram
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