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Published November 15, 2016 | Submitted
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Analysis of the eclipsing binaries in the LMC discovered by OGLE: period distribution and frequency of the short-period binaries


We review the results of our analysis of the OGLE LMC eclipsing binaries (Mazeh, Tamuz & North 2006), using EBAS -- Eclipsing Binary Automated Solver, an automated algorithm to fit lightcurves of eclipsing binaries (Tamuz, Mazeh & North 2006). After being corrected for observational selection effects, the set of detected eclipsing binaries yielded the period distribution and the frequency of all LMC short-period binaries, and not just the eclipsing systems. Somewhat surprisingly, the period distribution is consistent with a flat distribution in log P between 2 and 10 days. The total number of binaries with periods shorter than 10 days in the LMC was estimated to be about 5000. This figure led us to suggest that (0.7 ± 0.4)% of the main-sequence A- and B-type stars are found in binaries with periods shorter than 10 days. This frequency is substantially smaller than the fraction of binaries found by small Galactic radial-velocity surveys of B stars.

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We are grateful to the OGLE team, and to L. Wyrzykowski in particular, for the photometric data set and for the eclipsing binary analysis. This work was supported by the Israeli Science Foundation through grant no. 03/233.

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