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Paper: Disentangling Composite Spectrum Hot Subdwarfs
Volume: 334, 14th European Workshop on White Dwarfs
Page: 439
Authors: Stark, M.A.; Wade, R.A.
Abstract: We give preliminary results from a spectroscopic study of composite spectrum hot subdwarfs (sd+late-type). We obtained spectra of a sample of hot subdwarfs selected from the Catalogue of Spectroscopically Identified Hot Subdwarfs (196) on the basis of near-infrared photometry from the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). The sample consists of 20 photometric and spectroscopic single and 54 composite hot subdwarfs, 6 resolved (or barely resolved) visual doubles, and 5 objects with emission lines or broad absorption lines with emission cores. Spectra of 84 "standard" (single late-type) stars with Hipparcos parallaxes were also obtained for calibration. These observations cover 4600–8900 Å with ≈3 Å resolution. We measured equivalent width-like indices around Mg I b, Na I D, the Ca II infrared triplet, Hα, and Hβ. Using the single late-type star observations combined with model energy distributions, we explore how the measured indices of a composite spectrum vary as the temperature and luminosity of the late-type companion are varied and as the temperature and radius of the hot subdwarf are varied. We use the measured indices of the composite systems to estimate the temperature and gravity of the late-type star, taking into account the dilution of its spectral features by light from the hot subdwarf.
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