We report the discovery of three pulsating subdwarf B stars in binary systems observed with the Kepler space telescope during Campaign 5 of K2. EPIC 211696659 (SDSS J083603.98+155216.4) is a g-mode pulsator with a white dwarf companion and a binary period of 3.16 d. EPICs 211823779 (SDSS J082003.35+173914.2) and 211938328 (LB 378) are both p-mode pulsators with main-sequence F companions. The orbit of EPIC 211938328 is long (635 ± 146 d) while we cannot constrain that of EPIC 211823779. The p modes are near the Nyquist frequency and so we investigate ways to discriminate super- from sub-Nyquist frequencies. We search for rotationally induced frequency multiplets and all three stars appear to be slow rotators with EPIC 211696659 subsynchronous to its orbit.


Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science

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stars oscillations, stars subdwarfs

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Reed, Michael D., E. L. Armbrecht, John H. Telting, Andrzej S. Baran, R. H. Østensen, Pere Blay, Andreas Kvammen et al. "K2 Campaign 5 observations of pulsating subdwarf B stars: binaries and super-Nyquist frequencies." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 474, no. 4 (2018): 5186-5198.

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Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society