Very long baseline interferometry observations of the RS Canum Venaticorum system HR 5110 at 8.4 GHz.
The RS CVn binary system HR 5110 was observed with a well-calibrated four-element VLBI array at a frequency of 8.4 GHz. The total flux density, which was nearly constant at 32 + or - 2 mJy, was monitored throughout the experiment with a 20 km baseline interferometer allowing accurate visibilities to be calculated. The observed visibilities are consistent with a source unresolved on all the baselines. The maximum size of the equivalent Gaussian source is 1.4 milli-arcsec (FWHM), corresponding to a linear size of 1.1 x 10 to the 12th cm at 52 pc. This maximum size is comparable with the overall size of the binary system. The inferred lower limit of the brightness temperature is 4 x 10 to the 8th K, which is higher than the coronal temperature of 10 to the 7th K measured in a soft X-ray survey. This is consistent with a nonthermal mechanism for the radiation process of the moderate radio outburst observed.