Short time-scale variability in the Faint Sky Variability Survey

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Título: Short time-scale variability in the Faint Sky Variability Survey
Autor: Morales Rueda, L.; Groot, P. J.; Augusteijn, T.; Nelemans, G.; Vreeswijk, Paul M.; Besselaar, E. J. M. van den
Resumen: We present the V-band variability analysis of the point sources in the Faint Sky Variability Survey on time-scales from 24 min to tens of days. We find that about one per cent of the point sources down to V = 24 are variables. We discuss the variability-detection probabilities for each field depending on field sampling, amplitude and time-scale of the variability. The combination of colour and variability information allows us to explore the fraction of variable sources for different spectral types. We find that about 50 per cent of the variables show variability time-scales shorter than 6 h. The total number of variables is dominated by main-sequence sources. The distribution of variables with spectral type is fairly constant along the main sequence, with 1 per cent of the sources being variable, except at the blue end of the main sequence, between spectral types F0 and F5, where the fraction of variable sources increases to about 2 per cent. For bluer sources, above the main sequence, this percentage increases to about 3.5. We find that the combination of the sampling and the number of observations allows us to determine the variability time-scales and amplitudes for a maximum of 40 per cent of the variables found. About a third of the total number of short time-scale variables found in the survey were not detected in either B or/and I band. These show a similar variability time-scale distribution to that found for the variables detected in all three bands.
URI: http://www.captura.uchile.cl/handle/2250/6014
Fecha: 2006
Cita del item: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2006, vol. 371, no. 4, pp. 1681-1692


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