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See detailDynamical evolution of titanium, strontium, and yttrium spots on the surface of the HgMn star HD 11753
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Korhonen, H.; González, J. F. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 511

<BR /> Aims: We gathered about 100 high-resolution spectra of three typical HgMn (mercury-manganese) stars, <ASTROBJ>HD 11753</ASTROBJ>, <ASTROBJ>HD 53244</ASTROBJ>, and <ASTROBJ>HD 221507</ASTROBJ>, to ... [more ▼]

<BR /> Aims: We gathered about 100 high-resolution spectra of three typical HgMn (mercury-manganese) stars, <ASTROBJ>HD 11753</ASTROBJ>, <ASTROBJ>HD 53244</ASTROBJ>, and <ASTROBJ>HD 221507</ASTROBJ>, to search for slowly pulsating B-like pulsations and surface inhomogeneous distribution of various chemical elements. <BR /> Methods: Classical frequency analysis methods were used to detect line profile variability and to determine the variation period. Doppler imaging reconstruction was performed to obtain abundance maps of chemical elements on the stellar surface. <BR /> Results: For <ASTROBJ>HD 11753</ASTROBJ>, which is the star with the most pronounced variability, distinct spectral line profile changes were detected for Ti, Sr, Y, Zr, and Hg, whereas for <ASTROBJ>HD 53244</ASTROBJ> and <ASTROBJ>HD 221507</ASTROBJ> the most variable line profiles belong to the elements Hg and Y, respectively. We derived rotation periods for all three stars from the variations of radial velocities and equivalent widths of spectral lines belonging to inhomogeneously distributed elements: P[SUB]rot[/SUB] (<ASTROBJ>HD 11753</ASTROBJ>) = 9.54 d, P[SUB]rot[/SUB] (<ASTROBJ>HD 53244</ASTROBJ>) = 6.16 d, and P[SUB]rot[/SUB] (<ASTROBJ>HD 221507</ASTROBJ>) = 1.93 d. For <ASTROBJ>HD 11753</ASTROBJ> the Doppler imaging technique was applied to derive the distribution of the most variable elements Ti, Sr, and Y using two datasets separated by ~65 days. Results of Doppler imaging reconstruction revealed noticeable changes in the surface distributions of Ti II, Sr II, and Y II between the datasets, indicating the hitherto not well understood physical processes in stars with radiative envelopes that cause a rather fast dynamical chemical spot evolution. Based on observations obtained with the CORALIE Echelle Spectrograph on the 1.2-m Euler Swiss telescope, situated at La Silla, Chile.Postdoctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders. [less ▲]

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See detailCoRoT photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy of the interacting eclipsing binary AU Monocerotis
Desmet, M.; Frémat, Y.; Baudin, F. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2010), 401

Analyses of very accurate CoRoT space photometry, past Johnson V photoelectric photometry and high-resolution echelle spectra led to the determination of improved and consistent fundamental stellar ... [more ▼]

Analyses of very accurate CoRoT space photometry, past Johnson V photoelectric photometry and high-resolution echelle spectra led to the determination of improved and consistent fundamental stellar properties of both components of AU Monocerotis. We derived new, accurate ephemerides for both the orbital motion (with a period of ) and the long-term, overall brightness variation (with a period of ) of this strongly interacting Be + G semi-detached binary. It is shown that this long-term variation must be due to attenuation of the total light by some variable circumbinary material. We derived the binary mass ratio M[SUB]G[/SUB]/M[SUB]B[/SUB] = 0.17 +/- 0.03 based on the assumption that the G-type secondary fills its Roche lobe and rotates synchronously. Using this value of the mass ratio as well as the radial velocities of the G-star, we obtained a consistent light curve model and improved estimates of the stellar masses, radii, luminosities and effective temperatures. We demonstrate that the observed lines of the B-type primary may not be of photospheric origin. We also discover rapid and periodic light changes visible in the high-quality residual CoRoT light curves. AU Mon is put into perspective by a comparison with known binaries exhibiting long-term cyclic light changes. Based on photometry collected by the CoRoT space mission as well as spectroscopy obtained with the FEROS spectrograph attached to the 2.2-m telescope at European Southern Observatory (ESO), La Silla, Chile, under the ESO Large Programme LP178.D-0361, and with the SOPHIE spectrograph of the Observatoire de Haute-Provence (France). The CoRoT space mission was developed and is operated by the French space agency CNES, with the participation of ESA's RSSD and Science Programmes, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany and Spain. Based on observations collected at the Centro Astronómico Hispano Alemán (CAHA) at Calar Alto, operated jointly by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC). E-mail: maarten.desmet@ster.kuleuven.be [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic determination of the fundamental parameters of 66 B-type stars in the field-of-view of the CoRoT satellite
Lefever, Karolien; Puls, Joachim; Morel, Thierry ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 515

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See detailHD 174884: a strongly eccentric, short-period early-type binary system discovered by CoRoT
Maceroni, C.; Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULg; Michel, E. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 508

Accurate photometric CoRoT space observations of a secondary seismological target, HD 174884, led to the discovery that this star is an astrophysically important double-lined eclipsing spectroscopic ... [more ▼]

Accurate photometric CoRoT space observations of a secondary seismological target, HD 174884, led to the discovery that this star is an astrophysically important double-lined eclipsing spectroscopic binary in an eccentric orbit (eË 0.3), unusual for its short 3.65705° orbital period. The high eccentricity, coupled with the orientation of the binary orbit in space, explains the very unusual observed light curve with strongly unequal primary and secondary eclipses having the depth ratio of 1-to-100 in the CoRoT â seismoâ passband. Without the high accuracy of the CoRoT photometry, the secondary eclipse, 1.5 mmag deep, would have gone unnoticed. A spectroscopic follow-up program provided 45 high dispersion spectra. The analysis of the CoRoT light curve was performed with an adapted version of PHOEBE that supports CoRoT passbands. The final solution was obtained by a simultaneous fitting of the light and the radial velocity curves. Individual star spectra were obtained by spectrum disentangling. The uncertainties of the fit were achieved by bootstrap resampling and the solution uniqueness was tested by heuristic scanning. The results provide a consistent picture of the system composed of two late B stars. The Fourier analysis of the light curve fit residuals yields two components, with orbital frequency multiples and an amplitude of ~0.1 mmag, which are tentatively interpreted as tidally induced pulsations. An extensive comparison with theoretical models is carried out by means of the Levenberg-Marquardt minimization technique, and the discrepancy between the models and the derived parameters is discussed. The best fitting models yield a young system age of 125 million years which is consistent with the eccentric orbit and synchronous component rotation at periastron. Based on photometry collected by the CoRoT space mission and spectroscopy obtained with the CORALIE spectrograph attached to the 1.2 m Euler telescope at ESO, La Silla, Chile. The CoRoT space mission was developed and is operated by the French space agency CNES, with participation of ESA's RSSD and Science Programs, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany and Spain. Postdoctoral fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research of Flanders (FWO). [less ▲]

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See detailCoRoT's view of newly discovered B-star pulsators: results for 358 candidate B pulsators from the initial run's exoplanet field data
Degroote, P.; Aerts, C.; Ollivier, M. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 506

Context: We search for new variable B-type pulsators in the CoRoT data assembled primarily for planet detection, as part of CoRoT's additional programme. <BR />Aims: We aim to explore the properties of ... [more ▼]

Context: We search for new variable B-type pulsators in the CoRoT data assembled primarily for planet detection, as part of CoRoT's additional programme. <BR />Aims: We aim to explore the properties of newly discovered B-type pulsators from the uninterrupted CoRoT space-based photometry and to compare them with known members of the β Cep and slowly pulsating B star (SPB) classes. <BR />Methods: We developed automated data analysis tools that include algorithms for jump correction, light-curve detrending, frequency detection, frequency combination search, and for frequency and period spacing searches. <BR />Results: Besides numerous new, classical, slowly pulsating B stars, we find evidence for a new class of low-amplitude B-type pulsators between the SPB and δ Sct instability strips, with a very broad range of frequencies and low amplitudes, as well as several slowly pulsating B stars with residual excess power at frequencies typically a factor three above their expected g-mode frequencies. <BR />Conclusions: The frequency data we obtained for numerous new B-type pulsators represent an appropriate starting point for further theoretical analyses of these stars, once their effective temperature, gravity, rotation velocity, and abundances will be derived spectroscopically in the framework of an ongoing FLAMES survey at the VLT. The CoRoT space mission was developed and is operated by the French space agency CNES, with the participation of ESA's RSSD and Science Programmes, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, and Spain. All frequency tables, including the identification of combination frequencies, are only available as online material. Frequency Tables are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/506/471 Bâtiment 121, 91405, Orsay Cedex, France. Postdoctoral Researcher, Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique - FNRS, Belgium. Postdoctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based observations of the beta Cephei CoRoT main target HD 180 642: abundance analysis and mode identification
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Uytterhoeven, K.; Morel, Thierry ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 506

The known β Cephei star HD 180 642 was observed by the CoRoT satellite in 2007. From the very high-precision light curve, its pulsation frequency spectrum could be derived for the first time (Degroote ... [more ▼]

The known β Cephei star HD 180 642 was observed by the CoRoT satellite in 2007. From the very high-precision light curve, its pulsation frequency spectrum could be derived for the first time (Degroote and collaborators). In this paper, we obtain additional constraints for forthcoming asteroseismic modeling of the target. Our results are based on both extensive ground-based multicolour photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy. We determine T_eff = 24 500± 1000 K and log g = 3.45± 0.15 dex from spectroscopy. The derived chemical abundances are consistent with those for B stars in the solar neighbourhood, except for a mild nitrogen excess. A metallicity Z = 0.0099± 0.0016 is obtained. Three modes are detected in photometry. The degree â is unambiguously identified for two of them: â = 0 and â = 3 for the frequencies 5.48694 d[SUP]-1[/SUP] and 0.30818 d[SUP]-1[/SUP], respectively. The radial mode is non-linear and highly dominant with an amplitude in the U-filter about 15 times larger than the strongest of the other modes. For the third frequency of 7.36673 d[SUP]-1[/SUP] found in photometry, two possibilities remain: â = 0 or 3. In the radial velocities, the dominant radial mode presents a so-called stillstand but no clear evidence of the existence of shocks is observed. Four low-amplitude modes are found in spectroscopy and one of them, with frequency 8.4079 d[SUP]-1[/SUP], is identified as (â ,m)=(3,2). Based on this mode identification, we finally deduce an equatorial rotational velocity of 38± 15 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP]. Based on data gathered with the 1.2m Mercator telescope Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma, the 90cm telescope at Sierra Nevada Observatory, Spain, the 1.5 m telescope at San Pedro Mártir Observatory, Mexico, the 1m RCC and 50 cm telescope at the PiszkéstetÅ Mountain Station of Konkoly Observatory, Hungary, the 2.2 m ESO telescope (ESO Programme 077.D-0311; ESO Large Programme 178.D-0361) at La Silla, Chile, the 1.93 m and 1.52 m telescopes at the Haute-Provence Observatory, France. Current address: Laboratoire AIM, CEA/DSM-CNRS-Université Paris Diderot; CEA, IRFU, SAp, centre de Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for nonlinear resonant mode coupling in the beta Cephei star HD 180642 (V1449 Aquilae) from CoRoT photometry
Degroote, P.; Briquet, Maryline ULg; Catala, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 506

Context: We present the CoRoT light curve of the β Cep star HD 180642, assembled during the first long run of the space mission, as well as archival single-band photometry. <BR />Aims: Our goal is to ... [more ▼]

Context: We present the CoRoT light curve of the β Cep star HD 180642, assembled during the first long run of the space mission, as well as archival single-band photometry. <BR />Aims: Our goal is to analyse the detailed behaviour present in the light curve and interpret it in terms of excited-mode frequencies. <BR />Methods: After describing the noise properties in detail, we use various time series analyses and fitting techniques to model the CoRoT light curve, for various physical assumptions. We apply statistical goodness-of-fit criteria that allow us to select the most appropriate physical model fit to the data. <BR />Results: We conclude that the light-curve model based on nonlinear resonant frequency and phase locking provides the best representation of the data. Interpretation of the residuals is dependent on the chosen physical model used to prewhiten the data. <BR />Conclusions: Our observational results constitute a fruitful starting point for detailed seismic stellar modelling of this large-amplitude and evolved β Cep star. The CoRoT space mission was developed and is operated by the French space agency CNES, with participation of ESA's RSSD and Science Programmes, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, and Spain. Appendix A is only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/506/111 Postdoctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders. [less ▲]

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See detailPost-AGB stars with hot circumstellar dust: binarity of the low-amplitude pulsators
van Winckel, H.; Lloyd Evans, T.; Briquet, Maryline ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 505

Context: The influence of binarity on the late stages of stellar evolution remains an open issue. <BR />Aims: While the first binary post-AGB stars were serendipitously discovered, the distinct ... [more ▼]

Context: The influence of binarity on the late stages of stellar evolution remains an open issue. <BR />Aims: While the first binary post-AGB stars were serendipitously discovered, the distinct characteristics of their spectral energy distribution (SED) allowed us to launch a more systematic search for binaries. We selected post-AGB objects, which exhibit a broad dust excess starting either at H or K, pointing to the presence of a gravitationally bound dusty disc in the system. We initiated an extensive multiwavelength study of those systems and here report on our radial velocity and photometric monitoring results for six stars of early F type, which are pulsators of small amplitude. <BR />Methods: To determine the radial velocity of low signal-to-noise ratio time-series data, we constructed dedicated autocorrelation masks based on high signal-to-noise ratio spectra, used in our published chemical studies. The radial velocity variations were analysed in detail to differentiate between pulsational variability and variability caused by orbital motion. When available, the photometric monitoring data were used to complement the time series of radial velocity data and to establish the nature of the pulsation. Finally, orbital minimalisation was performed to constrain the orbital elements. <BR />Results: All of the six objects are binaries with orbital periods ranging from 120 to 1800 days. Five systems have non-circular orbits. The mass functions range from 0.004 to 0.57 M[SUB]&sun;[/SUB] and the companions are probably unevolved objects of (very) low initial mass. We argue that these binaries must have evolved through a phase of strong binary interaction when the primary was a cool supergiant. Although the origin of the circumstellar disc is not well understood, the disc is generally believed to have formed during this strong interaction phase. The eccentric orbits of these highly evolved objects remain poorly understood. In one object, the line-of-sight grazes the edge of the puffed-up inner rim of the disc. <BR />Conclusions: These results corroborate our earlier statement that evolved objects in binary stars create a Keplerian dusty circumbinary disc. With the measured orbits and mass functions, we conclude that the circumbinary discs seem to have a major impact on the evolution of a significant fraction of binary systems. based on observations collected with the Flemish 1.2 m Mercator telescope at Roque de los Muchachos (Spain), the Swiss 1.2 m Euler telescope at La Silla (Chile) and the 0.5 m and 0.75 m telescopes at SAAO (South-Africa). Tables [see full textsee full text]-[see full textsee full text] are only available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org Postdoctoral fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders. Ph.D. student of the Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders. [less ▲]

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See detailMOST reveals Spica as an Eclipsing Binary
Desmet, M.; Aerts, C.; Matthews, J. M. et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2009, September 01)

We present a unique observational study of Spica, a binary system with a primary component of the β Cephei type. We exploit simultaneous high-resolution spectroscopic observations and high-precision ... [more ▼]

We present a unique observational study of Spica, a binary system with a primary component of the β Cephei type. We exploit simultaneous high-resolution spectroscopic observations and high-precision photometry obtained by the MOST satellite. An important result is that the MOST photometry reveals Spica as an eclipsing binary contrary to what was quoted in the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailAn asteroseismic study of the beta Cephei CoRoT main target HD 180642: results from the ground-based campaign
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Uytterhoeven, K.; Morel, Thierry ULg et al

in American Institute of Physics Conference Series (2009, September 01)

The β Cephei star HD 180642 was observed by the CoRoT satellite during a run of 156 days in 2007. The space white light photometry revealed the rich frequency spectrum of the star (Degroote et al. 2009 ... [more ▼]

The β Cephei star HD 180642 was observed by the CoRoT satellite during a run of 156 days in 2007. The space white light photometry revealed the rich frequency spectrum of the star (Degroote et al. 2009). In the present study, we provide additional information on the target, based on both ground-based multi-colour photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy. We place our object in the (T[SUB]eff[/SUB], log g) diagram. In addition, we derive the chemical abundances of several elements as well as the metallicity of HD 180642. Finally, we put constraints on the identification of some modes. All these observational constraints will be used to compute stellar models of the target. [less ▲]

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See detailThe evolution of magnetic fields in early B-type stars
Hubrig, S.; Briquet, Maryline ULg; Scholler, M. et al

in Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica Conference Series (2009, August 01)

To date, only a small number of O and early B-type stars have been investigated for magnetic fields, and as a result, only about a dozen magnetic early B-type stars and only few magnetic O stars are known ... [more ▼]

To date, only a small number of O and early B-type stars have been investigated for magnetic fields, and as a result, only about a dozen magnetic early B-type stars and only few magnetic O stars are known. The lack of information on the existence, origin and role of magnetic fields in massive stars is especially disturbing because magnetic fields may have paramount influence on the stellar evolution of high-mass stars. Our study focuses on the magnetic fields in early B-type stars with a stronger emphasis on beta Cep and SPB stars. Weak longitudinal magnetic fields (up to Ë 300 G) have been recently detected using FORS 1 in a few beta Cep and SPB stars, proving that these types of massive B-type stars can no longer be considered as non-magnetic. [less ▲]

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See detailSpace observations of B stars with CoRoT
Degroote, P.; Miglio, Andrea ULg; Debosscher, J. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

We present the preliminary results of the exploration of pulsating B stars observed with the CoRoT space mission. The previously known group of Slowly Pulsating B stars gains a substantial amount of new ... [more ▼]

We present the preliminary results of the exploration of pulsating B stars observed with the CoRoT space mission. The previously known group of Slowly Pulsating B stars gains a substantial amount of new candidates, offering the opportunity to test stellar models beyond individual cases. Besides these well-defined stars, the analysis of other B star candidate pulsators hints towards the presence of different variability behaviour, co-existing in the same space in terms of the timescale of the variations and location in the (Teff, logg) diagram. [less ▲]

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See detailAn asteroseismic study of the β Cephei star 12 Lacertae: multisite spectroscopic observations, mode identification and seismic modelling
Desmet, M.; Briquet, Maryline ULg; Thoul, Anne ULg et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2009), 396

We present the results of a spectroscopic multisite campaign for the β Cephei star 12 (DD) Lacertae. Our study is based on more than thousand high-resolution high S/N spectra gathered with eight different ... [more ▼]

We present the results of a spectroscopic multisite campaign for the β Cephei star 12 (DD) Lacertae. Our study is based on more than thousand high-resolution high S/N spectra gathered with eight different telescopes in a time span of 11 months. In addition, we make use of numerous archival spectroscopic measurements. We confirm 10 independent frequencies recently discovered from photometry, as well as harmonics and combination frequencies. In particular, the slowly pulsating B-stars (SPB)-like g-mode with frequency 0.3428d[SUP]-1[/SUP] reported before is detected in our spectroscopy. We identify the four main modes as (l[SUB]1[/SUB], m[SUB]1[/SUB]) = (1, 1), (l[SUB]2[/SUB], m[SUB]2[/SUB]) = (0, 0), (l[SUB]3[/SUB], m[SUB]3[/SUB]) = (1, 0) and (l[SUB]4[/SUB], m[SUB]4[/SUB]) = (2, 1) for f[SUB]1[/SUB] = 5.178964d[SUP]-1[/SUP], f[SUB]2[/SUB] = 5.334224d[SUP]-1[/SUP], f[SUB]3[/SUB] = 5.066316d[SUP]-1[/SUP] and f[SUB]4[/SUB] = 5.490133d[SUP]-1[/SUP], respectively. Our seismic modelling shows that f[SUB]2[/SUB] is likely the radial first overtone and that the core overshooting parameter α[SUB]ov[/SUB] is lower than 0.4 local pressure scale heights. [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous MOST photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy of Spica, a binary system with a massive beta Cephei star component
Desmet, M.; Walker, G.; Yang, S. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

We present the data from a unique observational study of Spica, a binary system with a primary component of β Cephei type. We exploit simultaneous high-resolution spectroscopic observations and high ... [more ▼]

We present the data from a unique observational study of Spica, a binary system with a primary component of β Cephei type. We exploit simultaneous high-resolution spectroscopic observations and high-precision photometry obtained by the MOST satellite. By disentangling the spectra of this binary, we get an accurate determination of the orbit. Future work includes a full seismic analysis of the system. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based observations of the beta Cephei CoRoT main target HD 180642
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Uytterhoeven, K.; Aerts, C. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

We present the preliminary results of a detailed study of ground-based photometric and spectroscopic observations dedicated to the β Cephei CoRoT main target HD~180642. Besides the non-linear dominant ... [more ▼]

We present the preliminary results of a detailed study of ground-based photometric and spectroscopic observations dedicated to the β Cephei CoRoT main target HD~180642. Besides the non-linear dominant radial mode several low-amplitude modes are detected in both kinds of datasets. Our aim is to derive the wavenumbers (â ,m) of these modes, as additional constraints to the CoRoT pulsation frequencies, for forthcoming asteroseismic modelling of the star. [less ▲]

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See detailCoRot B star frequency analysis (Degroote+, 2009)
Degroote, P.; Aerts, C.; Ollivier, M. et al

Computer development (2009)

Results of frequency analyses for 352 candidate B pulsators (candidate Be stars are ommitted) from CoRoT's initial run. For each star, the following information is given: frequency number, amplitude ... [more ▼]

Results of frequency analyses for 352 candidate B pulsators (candidate Be stars are ommitted) from CoRoT's initial run. For each star, the following information is given: frequency number, amplitude + error, frequency value + error, phase + error. The error values for large amplitude frequencies can be slightly underestimated, as they are not corrected for correlation effects. Also given are comments about every frequency: if they are expected to be due to instrumental effects (e.g. orbit of the satellite), if they are harmonics or higher order combinations of previously identified frequencies. (2 data files). [less ▲]

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See detailNew magnetic field measurements of beta Cephei stars and slowly pulsating B stars
Hubrig, Swetlana; Briquet, Maryline ULg; De Cat, P. et al

in IAU Symposium (2009, April 01)

We present the results of the continuation of our magnetic survey with FORS 1 at the VLT of a sample of B-type stars consisting of confirmed or candidate β Cephei stars and Slowly Pulsating B stars ... [more ▼]

We present the results of the continuation of our magnetic survey with FORS 1 at the VLT of a sample of B-type stars consisting of confirmed or candidate β Cephei stars and Slowly Pulsating B stars. Roughly one third of the studied β Cephei stars have detected magnetic fields. The fraction of magnetic Slowly Pulsating B and candidate Slowly Pulsating B stars is found to be higher, up to 50%. We find that the domains of magnetic and non-magnetic pulsating stars in the H-R diagram largely overlap, and no clear picture emerges as to the possible evolution of the magnetic field across the main sequence. [less ▲]

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See detailNew magnetic field measurements of beta Cephei stars and slowly pulsating B stars
Hubrig, S.; Briquet, Maryline ULg; De Cat, P. et al

in Astronomische Nachrichten (2009), 330

We present the results of the continuation of our magnetic survey with FORS 1 at the VLT of a sample of B-type stars consisting of confirmed or candidate β Cephei stars and Slowly Pulsating B (hereafter ... [more ▼]

We present the results of the continuation of our magnetic survey with FORS 1 at the VLT of a sample of B-type stars consisting of confirmed or candidate β Cephei stars and Slowly Pulsating B (hereafter SPB) stars, along with a small number of normal B-type stars. A weak mean longitudinal magnetic field of the order of a few hundred Gauss was detected in three β Cephei stars and two stars suspected to be β Cephei stars, in five SPB stars and eight stars suspected to be SPB stars. Additionally, a longitudinal magnetic field at a level larger than 3Ï has been diagnosed in two normal B-type stars, the nitrogen-rich early B-type star HD 52089 and in the B5 IV star HD 153716. Roughly one third of β Cephei stars have detected magnetic fields: Out of 13 β Cephei stars studied to date with FORS 1, four stars possess weak magnetic fields, and out of the sample of six suspected β Cephei stars two show a weak magnetic field. The fraction of magnetic SPBs and candidate SPBs is found to be higher: Roughly half of the 34 SPB stars have been found to be magnetic and among the 16 candidate SPBs eight stars possess magnetic fields. In an attempt to understand why only a fraction of pulsating stars exhibit magnetic fields, we studied the position of magnetic and non-magnetic pulsating stars in the H-R diagram. We find that their domains in the H-R diagram largely overlap, and no clear picture emerges as to the possible evolution of the magnetic field across the main sequence. It is possible that stronger fields tend to be found in stars with lower pulsating frequencies and smaller pulsating amplitudes. A somewhat similar trend is found if we consider a correlation between the field strength and the v sin i-values, i.e. stronger magnetic fields tend to be found in more slowly rotating stars. Based on observations obtained at the European Southern Observatory, Paranal, Chile (ESO programmes 078.D-0140(A), 078.D-0330(A), 079.D-0241(A), and 080.D-0383(A)). [less ▲]

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See detailStudying the Magnetic Properties of Upper Main-sequence Stars with FORS1
Hubrig, Swetlana; Scholler, Markus; Briquet, Maryline ULg et al

in The Messenger (2009), 135

We summarise the results of our recent magnetic field studies in upper main-sequence stars, which have exploited the spectropolarimetric capability of FORS1 at the VLT extensively.

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See detailThe Beta Cephei star HD 180642: Full integration of CoRoT and ground data for mode identification
Briquet, Maryline ULg

Conference (2009, February)

The B1.5 II-III star HD 180642 is the only known Beta Cephei star in CoRoT’s core programme. To complement the space data of this target, both ground-based photometric and spectroscopic data were ... [more ▼]

The B1.5 II-III star HD 180642 is the only known Beta Cephei star in CoRoT’s core programme. To complement the space data of this target, both ground-based photometric and spectroscopic data were collected, to which we added several archival observations. In this talk, we describe our results from a full integration of CoRoT and intensive ground-based observations. The star is a non-linear dominant radial mode pulsator for which low-amplitude modes are detected for the fi rst time. A few of the latter are observed in our ground-based datasets so that a mode identifi cation for them is possible. To this end state-of-the-art techniques are adapted to be applied to a star with a highly non-linear behaviour of the radial mode. Additionally, a careful interpretation of the CoRoT lightcurve helps to identify the wavenumbers. Besides this outcome, the Van Hoof effect for the dominant mode is investigated and the stellar parameters and chemical abundances are determined. All this information is to be used as additional constraints to the CoRoT pulsation frequencies, for asteroseismic modelling of this Beta Cephei star. Additional abstracts cover the lightcurve modelling of this pulsator (Degroote et al.) as well as seismic modelling (Thoul et al.). [less ▲]

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