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See detailSolar-like Oscillations in Low-luminosity Red Giants: First Results from Kepler
Bedding, T. R.; Huber, D.; Stello, D. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2010), 713

We have measured solar-like oscillations in red giants using time-series photometry from the first 34 days of science operations of the Kepler Mission. The light curves, obtained with 30 minute sampling ... [more ▼]

We have measured solar-like oscillations in red giants using time-series photometry from the first 34 days of science operations of the Kepler Mission. The light curves, obtained with 30 minute sampling, reveal clear oscillations in a large sample of G and K giants, extending in luminosity from the red clump down to the bottom of the giant branch. We confirm a strong correlation between the large separation of the oscillations (Πν) and the frequency of maximum power (ν[SUB]max[/SUB]). We focus on a sample of 50 low-luminosity stars (ν[SUB]max[/SUB] > 100 μHz, L <~ 30 L [SUB]sun[/SUB]) having high signal-to-noise ratios and showing the unambiguous signature of solar-like oscillations. These are H-shell-burning stars, whose oscillations should be valuable for testing models of stellar evolution and for constraining the star formation rate in the local disk. We use a new technique to compare stars on a single échelle diagram by scaling their frequencies and find well-defined ridges corresponding to radial and non-radial oscillations, including clear evidence for modes with angular degree l = 3. Measuring the small separation between l = 0 and l = 2 allows us to plot the so-called C-D diagram of δν[SUB]02[/SUB] versus Πν. The small separation δν[SUB]01[/SUB] of l = 1 from the midpoint of adjacent l = 0 modes is negative, contrary to the Sun and solar-type stars. The ridge for l = 1 is notably broadened, which we attribute to mixed modes, confirming theoretical predictions for low-luminosity giants. Overall, the results demonstrate the tremendous potential of Kepler data for asteroseismology of red giants. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid gamma Doradus-delta Scuti Pulsators: New Insights into the Physics of the Oscillations from Kepler Observations
Grigahcène, Ahmed; Antoci, V.; Balona, L. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2010), 713

Observations of the pulsations of stars can be used to infer their interior structure and test theoretical models. The main-sequence γ Doradus (Dor) and δ Scuti (Sct) stars with masses 1.2-2.5 M [SUB ... [more ▼]

Observations of the pulsations of stars can be used to infer their interior structure and test theoretical models. The main-sequence γ Doradus (Dor) and δ Scuti (Sct) stars with masses 1.2-2.5 M [SUB]sun[/SUB] are particularly useful for these studies. The γ Dor stars pulsate in high-order g-modes with periods of order 1 day, driven by convective blocking at the base of their envelope convection zone. The δ Sct stars pulsate in low-order g- and p-modes with periods of order 2 hr, driven by the κ mechanism operating in the He II ionization zone. Theory predicts an overlap region in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram between instability regions, where "hybrid" stars pulsating in both types of modes should exist. The two types of modes with properties governed by different portions of the stellar interior provide complementary model constraints. Among the known γ Dor and δ Sct stars, only four have been confirmed as hybrids. Now, analysis of combined Quarter 0 and Quarter 1 Kepler data for hundreds of variable stars shows that the frequency spectra are so rich that there are practically no pure δ Sct or γ Dor pulsators, i.e., essentially all of the stars show frequencies in both the δ Sct and the γ Dor frequency range. A new observational classification scheme is proposed that takes into account the amplitude as well as the frequency and is applied to categorize 234 stars as δ Sct, γ Dor, δ Sct/γ Dor or γ Dor/δ Sct hybrids. [less ▲]

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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 detailGravitational settling in pulsating subdwarf B stars and their progenitors
Hu, Haili; Glebbeek, E.; Thoul, Anne ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 511

Context. Diffusion of atoms can be important during quiescent phases of stellar evolution. Particularly in the very thin inert envelopes of subdwarf B stars, diffusive movements will considerably change ... [more ▼]

Context. Diffusion of atoms can be important during quiescent phases of stellar evolution. Particularly in the very thin inert envelopes of subdwarf B stars, diffusive movements will considerably change the envelope structure and the surface abundances on a short timescale. Also, the subdwarfs will inherit the effects of diffusion in their direct progenitors, namely giants near the tip of the red giant branch. This will influence the global evolution and the pulsational properties of subdwarf B stars. <BR /> Aims: We investigate the impact of gravitational settling, thermal diffusion and concentration diffusion on the evolution and pulsations of subdwarf B stars. Although radiative levitation is not explicitly calculated, we evaluate its effect by approximating the resulting iron accumulation in the driving region. This allows us to study the excitation of the pulsation modes, albeit in a parametric fashion. Our diffusive stellar models are compared with models evolved without diffusion. <BR /> Methods: We use a detailed stellar evolution code to solve simultaneously the equations of stellar structure and evolution, including the composition changes due to diffusion. The diffusion calculations are performed for a multicomponent fluid using diffusion coefficients derived from a screened Coulomb potential. We constructed subdwarf B models with a mass of 0.465 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] from a 1 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] and 3 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] zero-age main sequence progenitor. The low mass star ignited helium in an energetic flash, while the intermediate mass star started helium fusion gently. For each progenitor type we computed series with and without atomic diffusion. <BR /> Results: Atomic diffusion in red giants causes the helium core mass at the onset of helium ignition to be larger. We find an increase of 0.0015 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] for the 1 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] model and 0.0036 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] for the 3 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] model. The effects on the red giant surface abundances are small after the first dredge up. The evolutionary tracks of the diffusive subdwarf B models are shifted to lower surface gravities and effective temperatures due to outward diffusion of hydrogen. This affects both the frequencies of the excited modes and the overall frequency spectrum. Especially the structure and pulsations of the post-non-degenerate sdB star are drastically altered, proving that atomic diffusion cannot be ignored in these stars. Sinking of metals could to some extent increase the gravities and temperatures due to the associated decrease in the stellar opacity. However, this effect should be limited as it is counteracted by radiative levitation. [less ▲]

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See detail2D non-perturbative modeling of oscillations in rapidly rotating stars
Ouazzani, Rhita-Maria ULg; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Goupil, M. J. et al

in Astronomical Notes (2010), 331

We present and discuss results of a recently developped two dimensional non-perturbative method to compute accurate adiabatic oscillation modes of rapidly rotating stars . The 2D calculations fully take ... [more ▼]

We present and discuss results of a recently developped two dimensional non-perturbative method to compute accurate adiabatic oscillation modes of rapidly rotating stars . The 2D calculations fully take into account the centrifugal distorsion of the star while the non-perturbative method includes the full influence of the Coriolis acceleration. These characteristics allows us to compute oscillation modes of rapid rotators - from high order p-modes in $\delta$Scuti stars, to low order p- and g-modes in $\beta$ Cephei or Be stars. [less ▲]

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See detailThe CoRoT target HD 49933 . II. Comparison of theoretical mode amplitudes with observations
Samadi, R.; Ludwig, H*-G; Belkacem, Kevin ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 509

Context. The seismic data obtained by CoRoT for the star HD 49933 enable us for the first time to measure directly the amplitudes and linewidths of solar-like oscillations for a star other than the Sun ... [more ▼]

Context. The seismic data obtained by CoRoT for the star HD 49933 enable us for the first time to measure directly the amplitudes and linewidths of solar-like oscillations for a star other than the Sun. From those measurements it is possible, as was done for the Sun, to constrain models of the excitation of acoustic modes by turbulent convection. <BR /> Aims: We compare a stochastic excitation model described in Paper I with the asteroseismology data for HD 49933, a star that is rather metal poor and significantly hotter than the Sun. <BR /> Methods: Using the seismic determinations of the mode linewidths detected by CoRoT for HD 49933 and the theoretical mode excitation rates computed in Paper I for the specific case of HD 49933, we derive the expected surface velocity amplitudes of the acoustic modes detected in HD 49933. Using a calibrated quasi-adiabatic approximation relating the mode amplitudes in intensity to those in velocity, we derive the expected values of the mode amplitude in intensity. <BR /> Results: Except at rather high frequency, our amplitude calculations are within 1-Ï error bars of the mode surface velocity spectrum derived with the HARPS spectrograph. The same is found with respect to the mode amplitudes in intensity derived for HD 49933 from the CoRoT data. On the other hand, at high frequency (ν ⪠1.9 mHz), our calculations depart significantly from the CoRoT and HARPS measurements. We show that assuming a solar metal abundance rather than the actual metal abundance of the star would result in a larger discrepancy with the seismic data. Furthermore, we present calculations which assume the â newâ solar chemical mixture to be in better agreement with the seismic data than those that assumed the â oldâ solar chemical mixture. <BR /> Conclusions: These results validate in the case of a star significantly hotter than the Sun and α Cen A the main assumptions in the model of stochastic excitation. However, the discrepancies seen at high frequency highlight some deficiencies of the modelling, whose origin remains to be understood. We also show that it is important to take the surface metal abundance of the solar-like pulsators into account. The CoRoT space mission, launched on December 27 2006, has been developped and is operated by CNES, with the contribution of Austria, Belgium, Brasil, ESA, Germany and Spain. [less ▲]

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See detailThe CoRoT target HD 49933 . I. Effect of the metal abundance on the mode excitation rates
Samadi, R.; Ludwig, H*-G; Belkacem, Kevin ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 509

Context. Solar-like oscillations are stochastically excited by turbulent convection at the surface layers of the stars. <BR /> Aims: We study the role of the surface metal abundance on the efficiency of ... [more ▼]

Context. Solar-like oscillations are stochastically excited by turbulent convection at the surface layers of the stars. <BR /> Aims: We study the role of the surface metal abundance on the efficiency of the stochastic driving in the case of the CoRoT target HD 49933. <BR /> Methods: We compute two 3D hydrodynamical simulations representative - in effective temperature and gravity - of the surface layers of the CoRoT target HD 49933, a star that is rather metal poor and significantly hotter than the Sun. One 3D simulation has a solar metal abundance, and the other has a surface iron-to-hydrogen, [Fe/H], abundance ten times smaller. For each 3D simulation we match an associated global 1D model, and we compute the associated acoustic modes using a theoretical model of stochastic excitation validated in the case of the Sun and α Cen A. <BR /> Results: The rate at which energy is supplied per unit time into the acoustic modes associated with the 3D simulation with [Fe/H] = -1 is found to be about three times smaller than those associated with the 3D simulation with [Fe/H] = 0. As shown here, these differences are related to the fact that low metallicity implies surface layers with a higher mean density. In turn, a higher mean density favors smaller convective velocities and hence less efficient driving of the acoustic modes. <BR /> Conclusions: Our result shows the importance of taking the surface metal abundance into account in the modeling of the mode driving by turbulent convection. A comparison with observational data is presented in a companion paper using seismic data obtained for the CoRoT target HD 49933. The CoRoT space mission, launched on December 27, 2006, has been developped and is operated by CNES, with the contribution of Austria, Belgium, Brasil, ESA, Germany and Spain. [less ▲]

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See detailSolar-like oscillations in massive main-sequence stars. I. Asteroseismic signatures of the driving and damping regions
Belkacem, Kevin ULg; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 510

Motivated by the detection of stochastically excited modes in the massive star V1449 Aql, which is already known to be a β Cephei star, we theoretically investigate the driving by turbulent convection ... [more ▼]

Motivated by the detection of stochastically excited modes in the massive star V1449 Aql, which is already known to be a β Cephei star, we theoretically investigate the driving by turbulent convection. By using a full non-adiabatic computation of the damping rates, together with a computation of the energy injection rates, we provide an estimate of the amplitudes of modes excited by both the convective region induced by the iron opacity bump and the convective core. Despite the uncertainties in the dynamical properties of these convective regions, we demonstrate that both regions are able to efficiently excite p modes above the CoRoT observational threshold and the solar amplitudes. In addition, we emphasise the potential asteroseismic diagnostics provided by each convective region, which we hope will help us to identify the region responsible for solar-like oscillations, and to place constraints on this convective zone. A forthcoming work will be dedicated to an extended investigation of the likelihood of solar-like oscillations across the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. [less ▲]

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See detailKepler observations: Light shed on the hybrid γ Doradus - δ Scuti pulsation phenomenon
Grigahcène, A.; Uytterhoeven, K.; Antoci, V. et al

in Astronomische Nachrichten (2010), 331

Through the observational study of stellar pulsations, the internal structure of stars can be probed and theoretical models can be tested. The main sequence γ Doradus (Dor) and δ Scuti (Sct) stars with ... [more ▼]

Through the observational study of stellar pulsations, the internal structure of stars can be probed and theoretical models can be tested. The main sequence γ Doradus (Dor) and δ Scuti (Sct) stars with masses 1.2-2.5 M[SUB]ȯ[/SUB] are particularly interesting for asteroseismic study. The γ Dor stars pulsate in high-order gravity (g) modes, with pulsational periods of order of one day. The δ Sct stars, on the other hand, show low-order g and pressure (p) modes with periods of order of 2 hours. Theory predicts the existence of `hybrid' stars, i.e. stars pulsating in both types of modes, in an overlap region between the instability strips of γ Dor and δ Sct stars in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. Hybrid stars are particularly interesting as the two types of modes probe different regions of the stellar interior and hence provide complementary model constraints. Before the advent of Kepler, only a few hybrid stars had been confirmed. The {{Kepler}} satellite is providing a true revolution in the study of and search for hybrid stars. Analysis of the first 50 days of {{Kepler}} data of hundreds of γ Dor and δ Sct candidates reveals extremely rich frequency spectra, with most stars showing frequencies in both the δ Sct and γ Dor frequency range. As these results show that there are practically no pure δ Sct or γ Dor pulsators, a new observational classification scheme is proposed by \cite{Grig10}. We present their results and characterize 234 stars in terms of δ Sct, γ Dor, δ Sct/γ Dor or γ Dor/δ Sct hybrids. [less ▲]

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See detailTheoretical study of γ Doradus pulsations in pre-main sequence stars
Bouabid, M*-P; Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULg; Miglio, Andrea ULg et al

in Astronomische Nachrichten (2010), 331

The question of the existence of the pre-main sequence (PMS) γ Doradus (γ Dor) pulsators has been raised by observations of young clusters such as NGC 884 hosting γ Dor members. We have explored the ... [more ▼]

The question of the existence of the pre-main sequence (PMS) γ Doradus (γ Dor) pulsators has been raised by observations of young clusters such as NGC 884 hosting γ Dor members. We have explored the properties of γ Dor-type pulsations with a grid of PMS models covering the mass range {1.2 < M_*/M_ȯ < 2.5} and we derive the theoretical instability strip (IS) for the PMS γ Dor pulsators. We explore the possibility of distinguishing between PMS and MS γ Dor by the behaviour of the period spacing of their high order gravity modes (g-modes). [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of helium diffusion and helium-flash-induced carbon production on gravity-mode pulsations in subdwarf B stars
Hu, Haili; Nelemans, G.; Aerts, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 508

Context: Realistic stellar models are essential to the forward modelling approach in asteroseismology. For practicality however, certain model assumptions are also required. For example, in the case of ... [more ▼]

Context: Realistic stellar models are essential to the forward modelling approach in asteroseismology. For practicality however, certain model assumptions are also required. For example, in the case of subdwarf B stars, one usually starts with zero-age horizontal branch structures without following the progenitor evolution. <BR /> Aims: We analyse the effects of common assumptions in subdwarf B models on the g-mode pulsational properties. We investigate if and how the pulsation periods are affected by the H-profile in the core-envelope transition zone. Furthermore, the effects of C-production and convective mixing during the core helium flash are evaluated. Finally, we reanalyse the effects of stellar opacities on the mode excitation in subdwarf B stars.<BR /> Methods: We computed detailed stellar evolutionary models of subdwarf B stars, and their non-adiabatic pulsational properties. Atomic diffusion of H and He is included consistently during the evolution calculations. The number fractions of Fe and Ni are gradually increased by up to a factor of 10 around log T = 5.3. This is necessary for mode excitation and to approximate the resulting effects of radiative levitation. We performed a pulsational stability analysis on a grid of subdwarf B models constructed with OPAL and OP opacities.<BR /> Results: We find that helium settling causes a shift in the theoretical blue edge of the g-mode instability domain to higher effective temperatures. This results in a closer match to the observed instability strip of long-period sdB pulsators, particularly for l â ¤ 3 modes. We show further that the g-mode spectrum is extremely sensitive to the H-profile in the core-envelope transition zone. If atomic diffusion is efficient, details of the initial shape of the profile become less important in the course of evolution. Diffusion broadens the chemical gradients, and results in less effective mode trapping and different pulsation periods. Furthermore, we report on the possible consequences of the He-flash for the g-modes. The outer edge of a flash-induced convective region introduces an additional chemical transition in the stellar models, and the corresponding spike in the Brünt-Väisälä frequency produces a complicated mode trapping signature in the period spacings. <BR /> [less ▲]

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See detailCollective pulsational velocity broadening due to gravity modes as a physical explanation for macroturbulence in hot massive stars
Aerts, C.; Puls, J.; Godart, Mélanie ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 508

Aims. We aimed at finding a physical explanation for the occurrence of macroturbulence in the atmospheres of hot massive stars, a phenomenon found in observations for more than a decade but that remains ... [more ▼]

Aims. We aimed at finding a physical explanation for the occurrence of macroturbulence in the atmospheres of hot massive stars, a phenomenon found in observations for more than a decade but that remains unexplained.<BR /> Methods: We computed time series of line profiles for evolved massive stars broadened by rotation and by hundreds of low-amplitude nonradial gravity-mode pulsations which are predicted to be excited for evolved massive stars.<BR /> Results: In general, line profiles based on macrotubulent broadening can mimic those subject to pulsational broadening. In several cases, though, good fits require macroturbulent velocities that pass the speed of sound for realistic pulsation amplitudes. Moreover, we find that the rotation velocity can be seriously underestimated by using a simple parameter description for macroturbulence rather than an appropriate pulsational model description to fit the line profiles.<BR /> Conclusions: We conclude that macroturbulence is a likely signature of the collective effect of pulsations. We provide line diagnostics and their typical values to decide whether or not pulsational broadening is present in observed line profiles, as well as a procedure to avoid an inaccurate estimation of the rotation velocity. [less ▲]

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See detailOn posterior probability and significance level: application to the power spectrum of HD 49 933 observed by CoRoT
Appourchaux, T.; Samadi, R.; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 506

Context: The CoRoT mission provides asteroseismic data of very high quality allowing one to adopt new statistical approaches for mode detection in power spectra, especially with respect to testing the ... [more ▼]

Context: The CoRoT mission provides asteroseismic data of very high quality allowing one to adopt new statistical approaches for mode detection in power spectra, especially with respect to testing the null hypothesis (H{0}, which assumes that what is observed is pure noise). Aims: We emphasize that the significance level when rejecting the null hypothesis can lead to the incorrect conclusion that the H{0} hypothesis is unlikely to occur at that significance level. We demonstrate that the significance level is unrelated to the posterior probability of H{0}, given the observed data set, and that this posterior probability is very much higher than implied by the significance level. Methods: We use Bayes theorem to derive the posterior probability of that H{0} is true assuming an alternative hypothesis H{1} that a mode is present, taking some prior for the mode height, mode amplitude and linewidth. Results: We compute the posterior probability of H{0} for the p modes detected on HD 49 933 by CoRoT. Conclusions: We conclude that the posterior probability of H{0} provide a much more conservative quantification of the mode detection than the significance level. This framework can be applied to any similar stellar power spectra obtained to complete asteroseismology. The CoRoT space mission, launched on 2006 December 27, was developed and is operated by the CNES, with participation of the Science Programs of ESA, ESA's RSSD, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany and Spain. [less ▲]

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See detailTheoretical amplitudes and lifetimes of non-radial solar-like oscillations in red giants
Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Belkacem, Kevin ULg; Samadi, Réza et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 506

Context: Solar-like oscillations have been observed in numerous red giants from ground and from space. An important question arises: could we expect to detect non-radial modes probing the internal ... [more ▼]

Context: Solar-like oscillations have been observed in numerous red giants from ground and from space. An important question arises: could we expect to detect non-radial modes probing the internal structure of these stars? <BR />Aims: We investigate under what physical circumstances non-radial modes could be observable in red giants; what would be their amplitudes, lifetimes and heights in the power spectrum (PS)? <BR />Methods: Using a non-radial non-adiabatic pulsation code including a non-local time-dependent treatment of convection, we compute the theoretical lifetimes of radial and non-radial modes in several red giant models. Next, using a stochastic excitation model, we compute the amplitudes of these modes and their heights in the PS. <BR />Results: Distinct cases appear. Case A corresponds to subgiants and stars at the bottom of the ascending giant branch. Our results show that the lifetimes of the modes are mainly proportional to the inertia I, which is modulated by the mode trapping. The predicted amplitudes are lower for non-radial modes. But the height of the peaks in the PS are of the same order for radial and non-radial modes as long as they can be resolved. The resulting frequency spectrum is complex. Case B corresponds to intermediate models in the red giant branch. In these models, the radiative damping becomes high enough to destroy the non-radial modes trapped in the core. Hence, only modes trapped in the envelope have significant heights in the PS and could be observed. The resulting frequency spectrum of detectable modes is regular for â =0 and 2, but a little more complex for â =1 modes because of less efficient trapping. Case C corresponds to models of even higher luminosity. In these models the radiative damping of non-radial modes is even larger than in the previous case and only radial and non-radial modes completely trapped in the envelope could be observed. The frequency pattern is very regular for these stars. The comparison between the predictions for radial and non-radial modes is very different if we consider the heights in the PS instead of the amplitudes. This is important as the heights (not the amplitudes) are used as detection criterion. CIFIST Marie Curie Excellence Team. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid γ Doradus/δ Scuti Stars: Comparison Between Observations and Theory
Bouabid, M-P; Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULg; Miglio, Andrea ULg et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2009), 1170

γ Doradus (γ Dor) are F-type stars pulsating with high order g-modes. Their instability strip (IS) overlaps the red edge of the δ Scuti δ Sct) one. This observation has led to search for objects in this ... [more ▼]

γ Doradus (γ Dor) are F-type stars pulsating with high order g-modes. Their instability strip (IS) overlaps the red edge of the δ Scuti δ Sct) one. This observation has led to search for objects in this region of the HR diagram showing p and g-modes simultaneously. The existence of such hybrid pulsators has recently been confirmed [10] and the number of candidates is increasing (e.g. [17]). From a theoretical point of view, non-adiabatic computations including a time-dependent treatment of convection (TDC) predict the existence of γ Dor/δ Sct hybrid pulsators ([5], [8]). Our aim is to confront the properties of the observed hybrid candidates with the theoretical predictions from non-adiabatic computations of non-radial pulsations including the convection-pulsation interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Enigma of B-type Pulsators in the SMC
Salmon, Sébastien ULg; Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULg; Miglio, Andrea ULg et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2009, September 01), 1170

Since the early nineties it is accepted that the excitation mechanism of B-type pulsators on the main sequence is due to the opacity peak in the iron-group elements at T~200,000 K. The Fe content plays ... [more ▼]

Since the early nineties it is accepted that the excitation mechanism of B-type pulsators on the main sequence is due to the opacity peak in the iron-group elements at T~200,000 K. The Fe content plays then a major role in the excitation of β Cep and SPB pulsations. While theoretical non-adiabatic computations predict no β Cep pulsators and only a small number of SPBs for low metallicity environments such as that of the Magellanic Clouds (MCs), recent variability surveys of B stars in the SMC have reported the detection of a significant number of SPB and β Cep candidates. Since the SMC is the metal poorest (Z~0001-0.004) of the MCs, it constitutes an interesting object for investigating the disagreement between theory and observations. We approach the problem by calling into question some of the hypotheses made in previous studies: given the different chemical evolution of the SMC compared with our local galactic environment, is it appropriate to describe the chemical composition of SMC B stars by scaling the solar mixture to lower Z? Is that composition uniform in space and time? In this paper we present the results of a stability analysis of B-type stellar models computed with a revised chemical composition and metallicity specific to the SMC. [less ▲]

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See detailUnveiling the internal structure of massive supergiants: HD 163899
Godart, Mélanie ULg; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

Supergiant massive stars are post-main sequence stars. During the H shell burning phase of evolution, they present a radiative core in which a strong damping prevents the pulsation modes from being ... [more ▼]

Supergiant massive stars are post-main sequence stars. During the H shell burning phase of evolution, they present a radiative core in which a strong damping prevents the pulsation modes from being excited. However Saio et al. (2006) have recently highlighted p and g pulsation modes in a post-main sequence star (HD 163899) observed by MOST. They suggest that the presence of an intermediate convective region (ICZ) at the top of the radiative core allows a partial or total reflexion of the mode. Through some numerical results achieved with CLES (Scuflaire et al. 2008) and MAD (Dupret et al. 2003) codes, we show that this scenario depends on the evolution stage of the star and on the considered mass loss rate and overshooting parameter. [less ▲]

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See detailLedoux's convection criterion in evolution and asteroseismology of massive stars
Lebreton, Yves; Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULg; Godart, Mélanie ULg et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

Saio et al. (2006) have shown that the presence of an intermediate convective zone (ICZ) in post-main sequence models could prevent the propagation of g-modes in the radiative interior and hence avoid the ... [more ▼]

Saio et al. (2006) have shown that the presence of an intermediate convective zone (ICZ) in post-main sequence models could prevent the propagation of g-modes in the radiative interior and hence avoid the corresponding radiative damping. The development of such a convective region highly depends on the structure of the star in the mu-gradient region surrounding the convective core during the main sequence phase. In particular,the development of this ICZ depends on physical processes such as mass loss, overshooting (Chiosi & Maeder 1986, Chiosi et al. 1992, see also Godart et al., 2009) and convective instability criterion (Schwarzschild's or Ledoux's criteria). In this paper we study the consequences of adopting the Ledoux's criterion on the evolution of the convective regions in massive stars (15 and 20 M_{o}), and on the pulsation spectrum of these new B-type variables (also called SPBsg). [less ▲]

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See detailThe driving mechanism of roAp stars : effects of local metallicity enhancement
Théado, S.; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

We have investigated the influence of a local metallicity enhancement on the excitation mechanism of roAp star pulsations. Our computations show that such accumulations poorly affect the position of the ... [more ▼]

We have investigated the influence of a local metallicity enhancement on the excitation mechanism of roAp star pulsations. Our computations show that such accumulations poorly affect the position of the theoretical roAp star instability strip although the opacity in the driving region of roAp modes is affected by metal accumulation. [less ▲]

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See detailCan mass loss and overshooting prevent the excitation of g-modes in blue supergiants?
Godart, Mélanie ULg; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg et al

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

Thanks to their past history on the main-sequence phase, supergiant massive stars develop a convective shell around the helium core. This intermediate convective zone (ICZ) plays an essential role in ... [more ▼]

Thanks to their past history on the main-sequence phase, supergiant massive stars develop a convective shell around the helium core. This intermediate convective zone (ICZ) plays an essential role in governing which g-modes are excited. Indeed, a strong radiative damping occurs in the high-density radiative core but the ICZ acts as a barrier preventing the propagation of some g-modes into the core. These g-modes can thus be excited in supergiant stars by the kappa-mechanism in the superficial layers due to the opacity bump of iron, at logT = 5.2. However, massive stars are submitted to various complex phenomena such as rotation, magnetic fields, semiconvection, mass loss, overshooting. Each of these phenomena exerts a significant effect on the evolution and some of them could prevent the onset of the convective zone. We develop a numerical method which allows us to select the reflected, thus the potentially excited, modes only. We study different cases in order to show that mass loss and overshooting, in a large enough amount, reduce the extent of the ICZ and are unfavourable to the excitation of g-modes. [less ▲]

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