The SDSS-HET Survey of Kepler Eclipsing Binaries. A Sample of Four Benchmark Binaries

Kelly Hambleton, Andrej Prša, Scott W. Fleming, Suvrath Mahadevan, Chad F. Bender

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The purpose of this work is to extend a sample of accurately modeled, benchmark-grade eclipsing binaries (EBs) with accurately determined masses and radii. We select four "well-behaved"Kepler binaries, KIC 2306740, KIC 4076952, KIC 5193386 and KIC 5288543, each with at least eight double-lined spectra from the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment instrument that is part of the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys III and IV, and from the Hobby-Eberly High Resolution Spectrograph. We obtain masses and radii with uncertainties of 2.5% or less for all four systems. Three of these systems have orbital periods longer than 9 days, and thus populate an undersampled region of the parameter space for extremely well-characterized detached EBs. We compare the derived masses and radii against mesa mist isochrones to determine the ages of the systems. All systems were found to be coeval, showing that the results are consistent across mesa mist and phoebe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number75
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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