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See detailPeriodic mass-loss episodes due to an oscillation mode with variable amplitude in the hot supergiant HD 50064
Aerts, C.; Lefever, K.; Baglin, A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 513

<BR /> Aims: We aim to interpret the photometric and spectroscopic variability of the luminous blue variable supergiant HD 50064 (V = 8.21). <BR /> Methods: CoRoT space photometry and follow-up high ... [more ▼]

<BR /> Aims: We aim to interpret the photometric and spectroscopic variability of the luminous blue variable supergiant HD 50064 (V = 8.21). <BR /> Methods: CoRoT space photometry and follow-up high-resolution spectroscopy with a time base of 137 d and 169 d, respectively, was gathered, analysed, and interpreted using standard time series analysis and light curve modelling methods, as well as spectral line diagnostics. <BR /> Results: The space photometry reveals one period of 37 d, which undergoes a sudden amplitude change with a factor 1.6. The pulsation period is confirmed in the spectroscopy, which additionally reveals metal line radial velocity values differing by 30 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP] depending on the spectral line and on the epoch. We estimate T[SUB]eff[/SUB] 13 500 K, log g 1.5 from the equivalent width of Si lines. The Balmer lines reveal that the star undergoes episodes of changing mass loss on a time scale similar to the changes in the photometric and spectroscopic variability, with an average value of log dot{M} â -5 (in M_ȯ yr[SUP]-1[/SUP]). We tentatively interpret the 37 d period as the result of a strange mode oscillation. Based on high-resolution spectroscopy assembled with the CORALIE spectrograph attached to the 1.2 m Euler telescope at La Silla, Chile and on CoRoT space-based photometry. 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.Postdoctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research of Flanders (FWO), Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-radial oscillations in the red giant HR 7349 measured by CoRoT
Carrier, F.; De Ridder, J.; Baudin, F. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 509

Context. Convection in red giant stars excites resonant acoustic waves whose frequencies depend on the sound speed inside the star, which in turn depends on the properties of the stellar interior ... [more ▼]

Context. Convection in red giant stars excites resonant acoustic waves whose frequencies depend on the sound speed inside the star, which in turn depends on the properties of the stellar interior. Therefore, asteroseismology is the most robust available method for probing the internal structure of red giant stars. <BR /> Aims: Solar-like oscillations in the red giant HR 7349 are investigated. <BR /> Methods: Our study is based on a time series of 380 760 photometric measurements spread over 5 months obtained with the CoRoT satellite. Mode parameters were estimated using maximum likelihood estimation of the power spectrum. <BR /> Results: The power spectrum of the high-precision time series clearly exhibits several identifiable peaks between 19 and 40 μHz showing regularity with a mean large and small spacing of Πν = 3.47 ± 0.12 μHz and δν[SUB]02[/SUB] = 0.65 ± 0.10 μHz. Nineteen individual modes are identified with amplitudes in the range from 35 to 115 ppm. The mode damping time is estimated to be 14.7[SUP]+4.7[/SUP][SUB]-2.9[/SUB] days. The CoRoT space mission has been developed and is operated by CNES, with the contribution of Austria, Belgium, Brazil, ESA, Germany and Spain. [less ▲]

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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 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 detailRate and nature of false positives in the CoRoT exoplanet search
Almenara, J. M.; Deeg, H. J.; Aigrain, S. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 506

Context: The CoRoT satellite searches for planets by applying the transit method, monitoring up to 12 000 stars in the galactic plane for 150 days in each observing run. This search is contaminated by a ... [more ▼]

Context: The CoRoT satellite searches for planets by applying the transit method, monitoring up to 12 000 stars in the galactic plane for 150 days in each observing run. This search is contaminated by a large fraction of false positives, caused by different eclipsing binary configurations that might be confused with a transiting planet. <BR />Aims: We evaluate the rates and nature of false positives in the CoRoT exoplanets search and compare our results with semiempirical predictions. <BR />Methods: We consider the detected binary and planet candidates in the first three extended CoRoT runs, and classify the results of the follow-up observations completed to verify their planetary nature. We group the follow-up results into undiluted binaries, diluted binaries, and planets and compare their abundances with predictions from the literature. <BR />Results: 83% of the initial detections are classified as false positives using only the CoRoT light-curves, the remaining 17% require follow-up observations. Finally, 12% of the candidates in the follow-up program are planets. The shape of the overall distribution of the false positive rate follows previous predictions, except for candidates with transit depths below about 0.4%. For candidates with transit depths in the range from 0.1-0.4%, CoRoT detections are nearly complete, and this difference from predictions is probably real and dominated by a lower than expected abundance of diluted eclipsing binaries. The CoRoT space mission, launched on December 27th 2006, has been developed and is operated by CNES, with the contribution of Austria, Belgium, Brazil , ESA (RSSD and Science Programme), Germany and Spain. [less ▲]

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See detailTransiting exoplanets from the CoRoT space mission VIII. CoRoT-7b: the first Super-Earth with measured radius
Leger, A.; Rouan, D.; Schneider, J. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 506

We report the discovery of very shallow (DF/F = 3.4 10-4), periodic dips in the light curve of an active V = 11.7 G9V star observed by the CoRoT satellite, which we interpret as due to the presence of a ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of very shallow (DF/F = 3.4 10-4), periodic dips in the light curve of an active V = 11.7 G9V star observed by the CoRoT satellite, which we interpret as due to the presence of a transiting companion. We describe the 3-colour CoRoT data and complementary ground-based observations that support the planetary nature of the companion. Methods. We use CoRoT color information, good angular resolution ground-based photometric observations in- and out- of transit, adaptive optics imaging, near-infrared spectroscopy and preliminary results from Radial Velocity measurements, to test the diluted eclipsing binary scenarios. The parameters of the host star are derived from optical spectra, which were then combined with the CoRoT light curve to derive parameters of the companion. We examine carefully all conceivable cases of false positives, and all tests performed support the planetary hypothesis. Blends with separation larger than 0.40 arcsec or triple systems are almost excluded with a 8 10-4 risk left. We conclude that, as far as we have been exhaustive, we have discovered a planetary companion, named CoRoT-7b, for which we derive a period of 0.853 59 +/- 3 10-5 day and a radius of Rp = 1.68 +/- 0.09 REarth. Analysis of preliminary radial velocity data yields an upper limit of 21 MEarth for the companion mass, supporting the finding. CoRoT-7b is very likely the first Super-Earth with a measured radius. [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 detailSolar-Like Oscillations in a Massive Star
Belkacem, K.; Samadi, R.; Goupil, M.-J. et al

in Science (2009), 324

Seismology of stars provides insight into the physical mechanisms taking place in their interior, with modes of oscillation probing different layers. Low-amplitude acoustic oscillations excited by ... [more ▼]

Seismology of stars provides insight into the physical mechanisms taking place in their interior, with modes of oscillation probing different layers. Low-amplitude acoustic oscillations excited by turbulent convection were detected four decades ago in the Sun and more recently in low-mass main-sequence stars. Using data gathered by the Convection Rotation and Planetary Transits mission, we report here on the detection of solar-like oscillations in a massive star, V1449 Aql, which is a known large-amplitude (beta Cephei) pulsator. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst asteroseismic results from CoRoT
Michel, Eric; Baglin, A.; Weiss, W. W. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2008), 156

About one year after the end of the first observational run and six months after the first CoRoT data delivery, we comment the data exploitation progress for different types of stars. We consider first ... [more ▼]

About one year after the end of the first observational run and six months after the first CoRoT data delivery, we comment the data exploitation progress for different types of stars. We consider first results to illustrate how these data of unprecedented quality shed a new light on the field of stellar seismology. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst asteroseismic results from CoRoT
Michel, Eric; Baglin, Annie; Weiss, W.W. et al

in Communication in Asteroseismology (2008), 157

About one year after the end of the first observational run and six months after the first CoRoT data delivery, we comment the data exploitation progress for different types of stars. We consider first ... [more ▼]

About one year after the end of the first observational run and six months after the first CoRoT data delivery, we comment the data exploitation progress for different types of stars. We consider first results to illustrate how these data of unprecedented quality shed a new light on the field of stellar seismology. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the new solar abundances on the calibration of the PMS binary system RS Chamaeleontis
Alecian, E.; Lebreton, Y.; Goupil, Marie-José et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 473

Context: In a recent work, we tried to obtain a calibration of the two components of the pre-main sequence binary system RS Cha by means of theoretical stellar models. We found that the only way to ... [more ▼]

Context: In a recent work, we tried to obtain a calibration of the two components of the pre-main sequence binary system RS Cha by means of theoretical stellar models. We found that the only way to reproduce the observational parameters of RS Cha with standard stellar models is to decrease the initial abundances of carbon and nitrogen derived from the GN93 solar mixture of heavy elements by a few tenths of dex. Aims: In this work, we aim to reproduce the observational properties of the RS Cha stars with stellar evolution models based on the new AGS05 solar mixture recently derived from a three-dimensional solar model atmosphere. The AGS05 mixture is depleted in carbon, nitrogen and oxygen with respect to the GN93 mixture. Methods: We calculated new stellar models of the RS Cha components using the AGS05 mixture and appropriate opacity tables. We sought models that simultaneously satisfy the observations of the two components (masses, radii, luminosities, effective temperatures and metallicity). Results: We find that it is possible to reproduce the observational data of the RS Cha stars with AGS05 models based on standard input physics. From these models, the initial helium content of the system is YË 0.255 and its age is Ë 9.13 ± 0.12 Myr. [less ▲]

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See detailCalibration of the Pre-Main Sequence Binary System RS Cha: Impact of the Initial Chemical Mixture
Alecian, E.; Lebreton, Y.; Goupil, M*-J et al

in IAU Symposium (2007, August 01)

Accurate observational data are available for the eclipsing double-lined spectroscopic binary system RS Cha, composed of two stars in the pre-main sequence stage of evolution: masses, radii, luminosities ... [more ▼]

Accurate observational data are available for the eclipsing double-lined spectroscopic binary system RS Cha, composed of two stars in the pre-main sequence stage of evolution: masses, radii, luminosities and effective temperatures of each component and metallicity of the system. This allows to build pre-main sequence stellar models representing the components of RS Cha and to constrain them in terms of physical ingredients, initial chemical composition and age.We present stellar models we have calculated using the CESAM stellar evolution code for different sets of physical inputs (opacities, nuclear reaction rates, etc.) and different initial parameters (global metallicity, helium abundance, individual abundances of heavy elements). We discuss their ability to reproduce the observational constraints simultaneously for the two components. We focus on the impact on the models of the chemical mixture adopted and we propose a calibration for the RS Cha system providing an estimate of its age and initial helium abundance. [less ▲]

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See detailAsteroseismology and mode driving of the Herbig Ae star HD 104237
Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Théado, S.; Böhm, T. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2007), 150

Eight pulsation frequencies were detected in the Herbig Ae star HD 104237 during two observational campaigns in 1999 -- 2000 (Böhm et al. 2004). Moreover, Böhm et al. (in preparation) detected recently in ... [more ▼]

Eight pulsation frequencies were detected in the Herbig Ae star HD 104237 during two observational campaigns in 1999 -- 2000 (Böhm et al. 2004). Moreover, Böhm et al. (in preparation) detected recently in their data two independent signatures of a signal at 95 hr that corresponds probably to rotational modulation. We present here a seismic study of this Pre-Main Sequence star based on these observations. Different possible interpretations of the pulsation spectrum are considered. The driving of the pulsation modes is not explained by standard models, the observed frequencies being too high for delta Scuti-type pulsations. We consider the effect of He accumulation in its partial ionization zones as a possible explanation for this driving. [less ▲]

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See detailCalibration of the pre-main sequence RS Chamaleontis binary system
Alecian, E.; Goupil, Marie-José; Lebreton, Y. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 465

Context: The calibration of binary systems with accurately known masses and/or radii provides powerful tools to test stellar structure and evolution theory and to determine the age and helium content of ... [more ▼]

Context: The calibration of binary systems with accurately known masses and/or radii provides powerful tools to test stellar structure and evolution theory and to determine the age and helium content of stars. We study the eclipsing double-lined spectroscopic binary system RS Cha, for which we have accurate observations of the parameters of both stars (masses, radii, luminosities, effective temperatures and metallicity). Aims: We have calculated several sets of stellar models for the components of the RS Cha system, with the aim of reproducing simultaneously the available observational constraints and to estimate the age and initial helium abundance of the system. Methods: Using the CESAM stellar evolution code, we model both components starting from the initial mass and metallicity and adjusting the input parameters and physics in order to satisfy the observational constraints. Results: We find that the observations cannot be reproduced if we assume that the abundance ratios are solar but they are satisfied if carbon and nitrogen are depleted in the RS Cha system with respect to the Sun. This is in accordance with the abundances observed in other young stars. The RS Cha system is in an evolutionary stage at the end of the PMS phase where models are not strongly sensitive to various physical uncertainties. However we show that the oscillations of these two stars, which have been detected, would be able to discriminate between different options in the physical description of this evolutionary phase. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Seismology Programme of CoRoT
Michel, Eric; Baglin, A.; Auvergne, M. et al

in Proceedings of "The CoRoT Mission Pre-Launch Status - Stellar Seismology and Planet Finding (2006, November 01)

We introduce the main lines and specificities of the CoRoT Seismology Core Programme. The development and consolidation of this programme has been made in the framework of the CoRoT Seismology Working ... [more ▼]

We introduce the main lines and specificities of the CoRoT Seismology Core Programme. The development and consolidation of this programme has been made in the framework of the CoRoT Seismology Working Group. With a few illustrative examples, we show how CoRoT data will help to address various problems associated with present open questions of stellar structure and evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailSeismic study of the Herbig Ae star HD 104237
Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Böhm, T.; Goupil, Marie-José et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2006), 147

HD 104237 is the brightest Herbig Ae star, and as such a pre-main sequence (PMS) star. It is also a spectroscopic binary with determined orbital parameters. It was observed in 1999-2000 at SAAO and Mt ... [more ▼]

HD 104237 is the brightest Herbig Ae star, and as such a pre-main sequence (PMS) star. It is also a spectroscopic binary with determined orbital parameters. It was observed in 1999-2000 at SAAO and Mt Stromolo and 1888 Echelle spectra were obtained. From these observations, 8 pulsation frequencies were detected among which 5 with very high confidence (Böhm et al. 2004). We present here a preliminary seismic study based on these observations. We also consider the problem of the excitation of the observed modes and show, as an important result of our study, that HD 104237 is not a delta Sct type pulsator. [less ▲]

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See detailRS Cha, a binary system suitable for testing stellar physics modeling during the pre-main sequence phase.
Alecian, E.; Catala, C.; Goupil, Marie-José et al

in Memorie della Società Astronomica Italiana : Journal of the Italian Astronomical Society (2006), 77

We use accurate spectroscopic data of the pre-main sequence eclipsing binary system RS Cha to redetermine masses and radii of both components and to measure the metallicity of the system. Knowing all ... [more ▼]

We use accurate spectroscopic data of the pre-main sequence eclipsing binary system RS Cha to redetermine masses and radii of both components and to measure the metallicity of the system. Knowing all fundamental parameters of both stars we are able to test stellar physics modeling during the PMS phase. We find no evidence that our models are deficient. Accurate detection of modes and measurements of periods of the recently discovered pulsations in both components are required to constrain more severely the physical description of PMS stellar models.. [less ▲]

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See detailThe life of stars and their planets
Catala, C.; Aerts, C.; Aigrain, S. et al

in Favata, F.; Sanz-Forcada, J.; Giménez, A. (Eds.) et al 39TH ESLAB Symposium on Trends in Space Science and Cosmic Vision 2020 (2005, December 01)

We lack a reliable scenario for the formation and evolution of stars and their planetary systems, involving key factors such as magnetic fields and turbulence. We present the case for a mission concept ... [more ▼]

We lack a reliable scenario for the formation and evolution of stars and their planetary systems, involving key factors such as magnetic fields and turbulence. We present the case for a mission concept that will clarify these problems and give us a global view of the evolution of combined star and planetary systems. This will be achieved by simultaneously addressing the search for planetary transits in front of a large number of stars, including many nearby stars, the study of their internal structure and evolution via asteroseismology, and that of their magnetic activity, via UV monitoring. [less ▲]

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See detailRS Cha, a spectroscopic binary system as a test of stellar physics modeling during the pre-main sequence phase
Alecian, E.; Catala, C.; Goupil, Marie-José et al

in SF2A-2005: Semaine de l'Astrophysique Francaise (2005, December 01)

New spectra of the PMS eclipsing binary RS Cha obtained with the GIRAFFE spectrograph at the SAAO, allowed us to measure the metallicity and new masses of both components of RS Cha. The system is ... [more ▼]

New spectra of the PMS eclipsing binary RS Cha obtained with the GIRAFFE spectrograph at the SAAO, allowed us to measure the metallicity and new masses of both components of RS Cha. The system is therefore observationally well constrained, and modelling both stars (both with masses around 1.8 M[SUB]o[/SUB]) at the same (young) age is a severe challenge for stellar evolutionary codes. We find no evidence that our models are deficient. However accurate detection of modes and measurements of periods of the recently discovered pulsations in both components are required to constrain more severely the physical description of PMS stellar models. [less ▲]

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See detailAsteroseismology of delta Scuti Stars: Problems and Prospects
Goupil, Marie-José; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Samadi, R. et al

in Journal of Astrophysics & Astronomy (2005), 26

We briefly outline the state-of-the-art seismology of delta Scuti stars from a theoretical point of view: why is it so difficult a task? The recent theoretical advances in the field that these ... [more ▼]

We briefly outline the state-of-the-art seismology of delta Scuti stars from a theoretical point of view: why is it so difficult a task? The recent theoretical advances in the field that these difficulties have influenced are also discussed. [less ▲]

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