Ref: ASTROimport-331

Detectability of micro-variables in the ASAS database

David, M. ; Hensberge, H. ; Nitschelm, C.

published in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 557, pp. A47 (2013)

Abstract: Aims: We exploit nine years of photometry in the ASAS V-band catalogue to develop a method to select in an objective way the best quality data and detect low-amplitude variables. We concentrate on bright stars (V 10) and avoid open cluster stellar densities. Methods: We use the (probable) members of the Sco-Cen associations as a test sample of bright stars that includes periodic early-type photometric variables as well as young late-type stars with cyclic or irregular variability patterns. We select grade-A observations with consistent photometry in all apertures, amounting to 88 ± 4 per cent of all grade-A data in most cases, and use the aperture with lowest dispersion of magnitudes (excluding one percent of data to avoid sparse surviving outliers) to search for periodicities, cycles and long-term trends. The well-known alias problems, due to the once-per-night observing cadence in the ASAS project, can often be alleviated for the bright stars by use of the Hipparcos satellite photometry. Results: Micro-variables with a range of variability as low as 0.01-0.02 mag for periodic variables (V magnitudes 7-10) and 0.04 mag for irregular long-term variables are detected. In total 37 light variables are identified: 14 were previously unknown, and another 12 were listed as suspected variables. The light variability in the young associations in Sco-Cen is briefly discussed. Conclusions: The ASAS database contains much more information on photometric variables than retrieved commonly.

DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321178
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