HII 2407: An Eclipsing Binary Revealed By K2 Observations of the Pleiades

November 2015 • 2015ApJ...814...62D

Authors • David, Trevor J. • Stauffer, John • Hillenbrand, Lynne A. • Cody, Ann Marie • Conroy, Kyle • Stassun, Keivan G. • Pope, Benjamin • Aigrain, Suzanne • Gillen, Ed • Collier Cameron, Andrew • Barrado, David • Rebull, L. M. • Isaacson, Howard • Marcy, Geoffrey W. • Zhang, Celia • Riddle, Reed L. • Ziegler, Carl • Law, Nicholas M. • Baranec, Christoph

Abstract • The star HII 2407 is a member of the relatively young Pleiades star cluster and was previously discovered to be a single-lined spectroscopic binary. It is newly identified here within Kepler/K2 photometric time series data as an eclipsing binary system. Mutual fitting of the radial velocity and photometric data leads to an orbital solution and constraints on fundamental stellar parameters. While the primary has arrived on the main sequence, the secondary is still pre-main sequence and we compare our results for the M/M and R/R values with stellar evolutionary models. We also demonstrate that the system is likely to be tidally synchronized. Follow-up infrared spectroscopy is likely to reveal the lines of the secondary, allowing for dynamically measured masses and elevating the system to benchmark eclipsing binary status.


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Luisa Rebull

Senior Research Scientist