The low-mass white dwarf companion to ss Crateris Academic Article uri icon

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  • We present FUSE H Lyman series spectroscopy of the hot white dwarf companion to the 4th magnitude A1III star Beta Crateris, which shows that is has an unusually low mass, 0.43Msun, and has almost certainly evolved through binary interaction. This system could be a long-sought remnant of Algol-type evolution, although radial velocity measurements appear to show that the pair are not close. Instead, micro-variations in Beta Crt's proper motion as measured by Hipparcos suggests that the period could be as high as 10 years. However, a low mass white dwarf in a system with a period >3 years is difficult to explain by conventional models for binary evolution. We speculate on alternative models for the evolution of this system which involve an eccentric binary or multiple components.


  • Burleigh, MR
  • Barstow, MA
  • Schenker, KJ
  • Sills, Alison
  • Wynn, GA
  • Dobbie, PD
  • Good, SA

publication date

  • November 11, 2001