Fernandes, Marcelo Borges
Faes, Daniel M.
Carciofi, Alex C.
Okazaki, Atsuo T.
Total Authors: 7
 Observ Nacl, Rua Gen Jose Cristino 77, BR-20921400 Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
 European Org Astron Res Southern Hemisphere, Karl Schwarzschild Str 2, D-85748 Garching - Germany
 Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Astron Geofis & Ciencias Atmosfer, Rua Matao 1226, BR-05508900 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
 European Org Astron Res Southern Hemisphere, Santiago 19001 - Chile
 Hokkai Gakunen Univ, Fac Engn, Sapporo, Hokkaido 0628605 - Japan
Total Affiliations: 5
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The tidal interaction of a Be star with a binary companion forms two spiral arms that cause orbital modulation of the Be disc structure. The aim of this work is to identify observables in which this modulation is apparent. The structure of a Be disc in a coplanar circular binary system is computed with a smoothed-particle hydrodynamics code, and a radiation transfer code calculates the spectral energy distribution. Line depolarization was confirmed, with polarization profiles nearly reverse to emission-line profiles. The continuum flux maximizes for pole-on discs, but photometric variability maximizes for edge-on discs. The linear polarization exhibits one or two maxima per orbital cycle. While polarization variability in visible passbands is important only al low inclinations, infrared bands may demonstrate high orbital variability even at large inclinations. More evident is the modulation in the polarization angle (PA) for low: inclinations. The latter can be used to track azimuthal asymmetries for pole-on discs, where the spectroscopic variability in the violet-to-red (V/R) emission-component ratio disappears. PA reversals coincide with phases where V/R = 1, tracking lines of sight directed towards regions where the approaching and receding arms overlap. Continuum flux and polarization are mostly in phase for neighbouring wavelength regions. It is suggested that studies of non-symmetric discs distorted by tidal forces from a secondary star may be used to study disc variabilities of other origins. (AU)