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See detailLarge-scale wind structures in OB supergiants: a search for rotationally modulated Halpha variability
Morel, Thierry ULg; Marchenko, S. V.; Pati, A. K. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2004), 351

We present the results of a long-term monitoring campaign of the Hα line in a sample of bright OB supergiants (O7.5-B9) which aims at detecting rotationally modulated changes potentially related to the ... [more ▼]

We present the results of a long-term monitoring campaign of the Hα line in a sample of bright OB supergiants (O7.5-B9) which aims at detecting rotationally modulated changes potentially related to the existence of large-scale wind structures. A total of 22 objects were monitored during 36 nights spread over six months in 2001-2002. Coordinated broad-band photometric observations were also obtained for some targets. Conspicuous evidence for variability in Hα is found for the stars displaying a feature contaminated by wind emission. Most changes take place on a daily time-scale, although hourly variations are also occasionally detected. Convincing evidence for a cyclical pattern of variability in Hα has been found in two stars: HD 14134 and HD 42087. Periodic signals are also detected in other stars, but independent confirmation is required. Rotational modulation is suggested from the similarity between the observed recurrence time-scales (in the range 13-25 d) and estimated periods of stellar rotation. We call attention to the atypical case of HD 14134, which exhibits a clear 12.8-d periodicity, both in the photometric and in the spectroscopic data sets. This places this object among a handful of early-type stars where one may observe a clear link between extended wind structures and photospheric disturbances. Further modelling may test the hypothesis that azimuthally-extended wind streams are responsible for the patterns of spectral variability in our target stars. [less ▲]

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See detailA Search for Rotationally Modulated Halpha Variability in OB Supergiants
Morel, Thierry ULg; Marchenko, S. V.; Pati, A. K. et al

in Stellar Rotation (2004, June 01)

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See detailLarge-Scale Structures in OB Supergiants: from an Inhomogeneous Surface to a Structured Wind
Morel, Thierry ULg; Marchenko, S. V.; Pati, A. K. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2003, May 01)

In 2000-2001 we performed long-term spectroscopic monitoring of a sample of bright OB-supergiants aimed at establishing the incidence of co-rotating, large-scale wind structures. In the optical, this can ... [more ▼]

In 2000-2001 we performed long-term spectroscopic monitoring of a sample of bright OB-supergiants aimed at establishing the incidence of co-rotating, large-scale wind structures. In the optical, this can be achieved by detecting rotationally modulated variability in Hα . Practically all the surveyed stars show dramatic line-profile variations operating on a daily (and in some cases on a hourly) timescale. Here we discuss the case of HD 14134 (B3 Ia) where a periodic modulation seen in the optical continuum (stellar surface, P=12.825d) triggers spectacular variations in the Hα emission line (stellar wind). [less ▲]

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Morel, Thierry ULg; Marchenko, S. V.; Pati, A. K. et al

in Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India (2003), 31

We present preliminary results of a long-term spectroscopic monitoring of a sample of bright OB-supergiants aimed at establishing the incidence of co-rotating, large-scale wind structures by detecting ... [more ▼]

We present preliminary results of a long-term spectroscopic monitoring of a sample of bright OB-supergiants aimed at establishing the incidence of co-rotating, large-scale wind structures by detecting rotationally modulated variability in H. Dramatic line-profile variations operating on a daily (and in some cases on a hourly) timescale are observed. A detailed period analysis has been so far carried out for 2 stars, and revealed in both cases the existence of cyclical H variations consistent with rotational modulation. In the case of HD 14134, the same periodicity is found in the contemporaneous light curve. [less ▲]

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