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CoRoT 102918586: a Gamma Dor pulsator in a short period eccentric eclipsing binary

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DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201220755
arXiv ID: 1302.0167
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Pulsating stars in eclipsing binary systems are powerful tools to test stellar models. Binarity enables to constrain the pulsating component physical parameters, whose knowledge drastically improves the input physics for asteroseismic studies. The study of stellar oscillations allows us, in its turn, to improve our understanding of stellar interiors and evolution. The space mission CoRoT discovered several promising objects suitable for these studies, which have been photometrically observed with unprecedented accuracy, but needed spectroscopic follow-up. A promising target was the relatively bright eclipsing system CoRoT 102918586, which turned out to be a double-lined spectroscopic binary and showed, as well, clear evidence of Gamma Dor type pulsations. We obtained phase resolved high-resolution spectroscopy with the Sandiford spectrograph at the McDonald 2.1m telescope and the FEROS spectrograph at the ESO 2.2m telescope. Spectroscopy yielded both the radial velocity curves and, after spectra disentangling, the component effective temperatures, metallicity and line-of-sight projected rotational velocities. The CoRoT light curve was analyzed with an iterative procedure, devised to disentangle eclipses from pulsations. We obtained an accurate determination of the system parameters, and by comparison with evolutionary models strict constraints on the system age. Finally, the residuals obtained after subtraction of the best fitting eclipsing binary model were analyzed to determine the pulsator properties. We achieved a quite complete and consistent description of the system. The primary star pulsates with typical {\gamma} Dor frequencies and shows a splitting in period which is consistent with high order g-mode pulsations in a star of the corresponding physical parameters. The value of the splitting, in particular, is consistent with pulsations in l = 1 modes.

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