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See detailA Photometric Study of the Hot Exoplanet WASP-19b
Lendl, M.; Gillon, Michaël ULg; Queloz, D. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013), 552

Context. The sample of hot Jupiters that have been studied in great detail is still growing. In particular, when the planet transits its host star, it is possible to measure the planetary radius and the ... [more ▼]

Context. The sample of hot Jupiters that have been studied in great detail is still growing. In particular, when the planet transits its host star, it is possible to measure the planetary radius and the planet mass (with radial velocity data). For the study of planetary atmospheres, it is essential to obtain transit and occultation measurements at multiple wavelengths. Aims: We aim to characterize the transiting hot Jupiter WASP-19b by deriving accurate and precise planetary parameters from a dedicated observing campaign of transits and occultations. Methods: We have obtained a total of 14 transit lightcurves in the r'-Gunn, I-Cousins, z'-Gunn, and I + z' filters and 10 occultation lightcurves in z'-Gunn using EulerCam on the Euler-Swiss telescope and TRAPPIST. We also obtained one lightcurve through the narrow-band NB1190 filter of HAWK-I on the VLT measuring an occultation at 1.19 μm. We performed a global MCMC analysis of all new data, together with some archive data in order to refine the planetary parameters and to measure the occultation depths in z'-band and at 1.19 μm. Results: We measure a planetary radius of Rp = 1.376 ± 0.046 RJ, a planetary mass of Mp = 1.165 ± 0.068 MJ, and find a very low eccentricity of e = 0.0077-0.0032+0.0068, compatible with a circular orbit. We have detected the z'-band occultation at 3σ significance and measure it to be δFocc,z' = 352 ± 116 ppm, more than a factor of 2 smaller than previously published. The occultation at 1.19 μm is only marginally constrained at δFocc,NB1190 = 1711-726+745 ppm. Conclusions: We show that the detection of occultations in the visible range is within reach, even for 1 m class telescopes if a considerable number of individual events are observed. Our results suggest an oxygen-dominated atmosphere of WASP-19b, making the planet an interesting test case for oxygen-rich planets without temperature inversion. [less ▲]

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See detailWASP-71b: a bloated hot Jupiter in an 2.9-day, prograde orbit around an evolved F8 star
Smith, A. M. S.; Anderson, D. R.; Bouchy, F. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013), 552

We report the discovery by the WASP transit survey of a highly-irradiated, massive (2.242 +/- 0.080 MJup) planet which transits a bright (V = 10.6), evolved F8 star every 2.9 days. The planet, WASP-71b ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery by the WASP transit survey of a highly-irradiated, massive (2.242 +/- 0.080 MJup) planet which transits a bright (V = 10.6), evolved F8 star every 2.9 days. The planet, WASP-71b, is larger than Jupiter (1.46 +/- 0.13 RJup), but less dense (0.71 +/- 0.16 {\rho}Jup). We also report spectroscopic observations made during transit with the CORALIE spectrograph, which allow us to make a highly-significant detection of the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect. We determine the sky-projected angle between the stellar-spin and planetary-orbit axes to be {\lambda} = 20.1 +/- 9.7 degrees, i.e. the system is 'aligned', according to the widely-used alignment criteria that systems are regarded as misaligned only when {\lambda} is measured to be greater than 10 degrees with 3-{\sigma} confidence. WASP-71, with an effective temperature of 6059 +/- 98 K, therefore fits the previously observed pattern that only stars hotter than 6250 K are host to planets in misaligned orbits. We emphasise, however, that {\lambda} is merely the sky-projected obliquity angle; we are unable to determine whether the stellar-spin and planetary-orbit axes are misaligned along the line-of-sight. With a mass of 1.56 +/- 0.07 Msun, WASP-71 was previously hotter than 6250 K, and therefore might have been significantly misaligned in the past. If so, the planetary orbit has been realigned, presumably through tidal interactions with the cooling star's growing convective zone. [less ▲]

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See detailWASP-64b and WASP-72b: two new transiting highly irradiated giant planets
Gillon, Michaël ULg; Anderson, D. R.; Collier-Cameron, A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013), 552

We report the discovery by the WASP transit survey of two new highly irradiated giant planets. WASP-64 b is slightly more massive (1.271 ± 0.068 MJup) and larger (1.271 ± 0.039 RJup) than Jupiter, and is ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery by the WASP transit survey of two new highly irradiated giant planets. WASP-64 b is slightly more massive (1.271 ± 0.068 MJup) and larger (1.271 ± 0.039 RJup) than Jupiter, and is in very-short (a = 0.02648 ± 0.00024 AU, P = 1.5732918 ± 0.0000015 days) circular orbit around a V = 12.3 G7-type dwarf (1.004 ± 0.028 Msun, 1.058 ± 0.025 Rsun, Teff = 5500 ± 150 K). Its size is typical of hot Jupiters with similar masses. WASP-72 b has also a mass a bit higher than Jupiter's (1.461-0.056+0.059 MJup) and orbits very close (0.03708 ± 0.00050 AU, P = 2.2167421 ± 0.0000081 days) to a bright (V = 9.6) and moderately evolved F7-type star (1.386 ± 0.055 Msun, 1.98 ± 0.24 Rsun, Teff = 6250 ± 100 K). Despite its extreme irradiation (~5.5 × 109 erg s-1 cm-2), WASP-72 b has a moderate size (1.27 ± 0.20 RJup) that could suggest a significant enrichment in heavy elements. Nevertheless, the errors on its physical parameters are still too high to draw any strong inference on its internal structure or its possible peculiarity. [less ▲]

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See detailWASP-54b, WASP-56b and WASP-57b: Three new sub-Jupiter mass planets from SuperWASP
Faedi, F.; Pollacco, D.; Barros, S. C. C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013), 551

We present three newly discovered sub-Jupiter mass planets from the SuperWASP survey: WASP-54b is a heavily bloated planet of mass 0.636+0.025-0.024RJ. It orbits a F9 star, evolving off the main sequence ... [more ▼]

We present three newly discovered sub-Jupiter mass planets from the SuperWASP survey: WASP-54b is a heavily bloated planet of mass 0.636+0.025-0.024RJ. It orbits a F9 star, evolving off the main sequence, every 3.69 days. Our MCMC fit of the system yields a slightly eccentric orbit (e = 0.067+0.033-0.025) for WASP-54b. We investigated further the veracity of our detection of the eccentric orbit for WASP-54b, and we find that it could be real. However, given the brightness of WASP-54 V = 10.42 mag, we encourage observations of a secondary eclipse to draw robust conclusions on both the orbital eccentricity and the thermal structure of the planet. WASP-56b and WASP-57b have masses of 0.571+0.034-0.035MJ and 0.672+0.049-0.046MJ, respectively; and radii of 1.092+0.035-0.033RJ for WASP-56b and 0.916+0.017-0.014RJ for WASP-57b. They orbit main sequence stars of spectral type G6 every 4.67 and 2.84 days, respectively. WASP-56b and WASP-57b show no radius anomaly and a high density possibly implying a large core of heavy elements; possibly as high as ~50 M⊕ in the case of WASP-57b. However,the composition of the deep interior of exoplanets remains still undetermined. Thus, more exoplanet discoveries such as the ones presented in this paper, are needed to understand and constrain giant planets' physical properties. [less ▲]

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See detailWASP-80b: a gas giant transiting a cool dwarf
Triaud, A. H. M. J.; Anderson, D. R.; Collier Cameron, A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013), 551

We report the discovery of a planet transiting the star <ASTROBJ>WASP-80</ASTROBJ> (<ASTROBJ>1SWASP J201240.26-020838.2</ASTROBJ>; <ASTROBJ>2MASS J20124017-0208391</ASTROBJ>; <ASTROBJ>TYC 5165-481-1 ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of a planet transiting the star <ASTROBJ>WASP-80</ASTROBJ> (<ASTROBJ>1SWASP J201240.26-020838.2</ASTROBJ>; <ASTROBJ>2MASS J20124017-0208391</ASTROBJ>; <ASTROBJ>TYC 5165-481-1</ASTROBJ>; <ASTROBJ>BPM 80815</ASTROBJ>; V = 11.9, K = 8.4). Our analysis shows this is a 0.55 ± 0.04 M[SUB]jup[/SUB], 0.95 ± 0.03 R[SUB]jup[/SUB] gas giant on a circular 3.07 day orbit around a star with a spectral type between K7V and M0V. This system produces one of the largest transit depths so far reported, making it a worthwhile target for transmission spectroscopy. We find a large discrepancy between the vsini[SUB]⋆[/SUB] inferred from stellar line broadening and the observed amplitude of the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect. This can be understood either by an orbital plane nearly perpendicular to the stellar spin or by an additional, unaccounted for source of broadening. Using WASP-South photometric observations, from Sutherland (South Africa), confirmed with the 60 cm TRAPPIST robotic telescope, EulerCam, and the CORALIE spectrograph on the Swiss 1.2 m Euler Telescope, and HARPS on the ESO 3.6 m (Prog ID 089.C-0151), all three located at La Silla Observatory, Chile.Radial velocity and photometric data are available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to <A href="http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr">cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr</A>(<A href="http://130.79.128.5">130.79.128.5</A>) or via <A href="http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/551/A80">http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/551/A80</A> [less ▲]

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See detailWASP-77 Ab: A Transiting Hot Jupiter Planet in a Wide Binary System<xref ref-type="fn" rid="fn1">1</xref>
Maxted, P. F. L.; Anderson, D. R.; Collier Cameron, A. et al

in Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (2013), 125

We report the discovery of a transiting planet with an orbital period of 1.36 days orbiting the brighter component of the visual binary star BD 07 436. The host star, WASP-77 A, is a moderately bright G8 ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of a transiting planet with an orbital period of 1.36 days orbiting the brighter component of the visual binary star BD 07 436. The host star, WASP-77 A, is a moderately bright G8 V star (V=10.3) with a metallicity close to solar ([Fe/H] = 0.0 ± 0.1). The companion star, WASP-77 B, is a K-dwarf approximately 2 mag fainter at a separation of approximately 3″. The spectrum of WASP-77 A shows emission in the cores of the Caii H and K lines, indicative of moderate chromospheric activity. The Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP) light curves show photometric variability with a period of 15.3 days and an amplitude of about 0.3% that is probably due to the magnetic activity of the host star. We use an analysis of the combined photometric and spectroscopic data to derive the mass and radius of the planet (1.76 ± 0.06 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB], 1.21 ± 0.02 R[SUB]Jup[/SUB]). The age of WASP-77 A estimated from its rotation rate (˜1 Gyr) agrees with the age estimated in a similar way for WASP-77 B (˜0.6 Gyr) but is in poor agreement with the age inferred by comparing its effective temperature and density to stellar models (˜8 Gyr). Follow-up observations of WASP-77 Ab will make a useful contribution to our understanding of the influence of binarity and host star activity on the properties of hot Jupiters. [less ▲]

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See detailA hot Uranus transiting the nearby M dwarf GJ 3470. Detected with HARPS velocimetry. Captured in transit with TRAPPIST photometry
Bonfils, X.; Gillon, Michaël ULg; Udry, S. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012), 546

We report on the discovery of GJ 3470 b, a transiting hot Uranus of mass m[SUB]p[/SUB] = 14.0 ± 1.8 M[SUB]⊕[/SUB], radius R[SUB]p[/SUB] = 4.2 ± 0.6 R[SUB]⊕[/SUB] and period P = 3.3371 ± 0.0002 day. Its ... [more ▼]

We report on the discovery of GJ 3470 b, a transiting hot Uranus of mass m[SUB]p[/SUB] = 14.0 ± 1.8 M[SUB]⊕[/SUB], radius R[SUB]p[/SUB] = 4.2 ± 0.6 R[SUB]⊕[/SUB] and period P = 3.3371 ± 0.0002 day. Its host star is a nearby (d = 25.2 ± 2.9 pc) M1.5 dwarf of mass M[SUB]⋆[/SUB] = 0.54 ± 0.07 M[SUB]&sun;[/SUB] and radius R[SUB]⋆[/SUB] = 0.50 ± 0.06 R[SUB]&sun;[/SUB]. The detection was made during a radial-velocity campaign with Harps that focused on the search for short-period planets orbiting M dwarfs. Once the planet was discovered and the transit-search window narrowed to about 10% of an orbital period, a photometric search started with Trappist and quickly detected the ingress of the planet. Additional observations with Trappist, EulerCam and Nites definitely confirmed the transiting nature of GJ 3470b and allowed the determination of its true mass and radius. The star's visible or infrared brightness (V[SUP]mag[/SUP] = 12.3, K[SUP]mag[/SUP] = 8.0), together with a large eclipse depth D = 0.57 ± 0.05%, ranks GJ 3470 b among the most suitable planets for follow-up characterizations. Based on observations made with the HARPS instrument on the ESO 3.6 m telescope under the program IDs 183.C-0437 at Cerro La Silla (Chile).Our radial-velocity and photometric time series are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via <A href="http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/546/A27">http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/546/A27</A> [less ▲]

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See detailThe TRAPPIST survey of southern transiting planets. I. Thirty eclipses of the ultra-short period planet WASP-43 b
Gillon, Michaël ULg; Triaud, A H M J; Fortney, J. J. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012), 542

We present twenty-three transit light curves and seven occultation light curves for the ultra-short period planet WASP-43 b, in addition to eight new measurements of the radial velocity of the star ... [more ▼]

We present twenty-three transit light curves and seven occultation light curves for the ultra-short period planet WASP-43 b, in addition to eight new measurements of the radial velocity of the star. Thanks to this extensive data set, we improve significantly the parameters of the system. Notably, the largely improved precision on the stellar density (2.41 ± 0.08 ρsun) combined with constraining the age to be younger than a Hubble time allows us to break the degeneracy of the stellar solution mentioned in the discovery paper. The resulting stellar mass and size are 0.717 ± 0.025 Msun and 0.667 ± 0.011 Rsun. Our deduced physical parameters for the planet are 2.034 ± 0.052 MJup and 1.036 ± 0.019 RJup. Taking into account its level of irradiation, the high density of the planet favors an old age and a massive core. Our deduced orbital eccentricity, 0.0035-0.0025+0.0060, is consistent with a fully circularized orbit. We detect the emission of the planet at 2.09 μm at better than 11-σ, the deduced occultation depth being 1560 ± 140 ppm. Our detection of the occultation at 1.19 μm is marginal (790 ± 320 ppm) and more observations are needed to confirm it. We place a 3-σ upper limit of 850 ppm on the depth of the occultation at ~0.9 μm. Together, these results strongly favor a poor redistribution of the heat to the night-side of the planet, and marginally favor a model with no day-side temperature inversion. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst evidence of pulsations in Vega?. Results of today's most extensive spectroscopic search
Böhm, T.; Lignières, F.; Wade, G. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012), 537

Context. The impact of rapid rotation on stellar evolution theory remains poorly understood as of today. Vega is a special object in this context as spectroscopic and interferometric studies have shown ... [more ▼]

Context. The impact of rapid rotation on stellar evolution theory remains poorly understood as of today. Vega is a special object in this context as spectroscopic and interferometric studies have shown that it is a rapid rotator seen nearly pole one, a rare orientation particularly interesting for seismic studies. In this paper, we present a first systematic search for pulsations in Vega. <BR /> Aims: The goal of the present work is to detect for the first time pulsations in a rapidly rotating star seen nearly pole-on. <BR /> Methods: Vega was monitored in quasi-continuous high-resolution echelle spectroscopy. A total of 4478 spectra were obtained. More precisely in 2008 we obtained 1213 spectra during 19.9 h on 3 nights (26th, 27th and 29th of July 2008) with NARVAL/TBL (at R = 65 000 and R = 75 000), in 2009 we obtained 1293 spectra during 13.7 h on 3 nights (9th-11th of September 2009) with ESPaDOnS/CFHT (at R = 68 000) and in 2010 we gathered again 1972 with NARVAL/TBL during 28.8 h on five nights (July 15th-19th). This data set should represent the most extensive high S/N, high resolution quasi-continuous survey obtained on Vega as of today. Least square deconvolved (LSD) profiles were obtained for each spectrum representing the photospheric absorption profile potentially deformed by the presence of pulsations. In addition, we calculated for each spectrum a telluric line LSD profile subsequently used as radial velocity reference. LSD profile centroids were adjusted and velocity differences (stellar-telluric) determined. These residual velocities were analysed and periodic low amplitude variations, potentially indicative of stellar pulsations, detected. In a subsequent step, the temporal line profile variations during the longest (2010) data set was calculated for each individual velocity bin of 1.8 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP] by computing a 2D (velocity-frequency) Lomb-Scargle periodogram. <BR /> Results: Based on high resolution echelle spectroscopy, we have obtained indications of periodic variations of very small amplitudes within the residual radial velocity curves of Vega. All three data sets revealed the presence of residual periodic variations: 5.32 and 9.19 d[SUP]-1[/SUP] (A ≈ 6 m s[SUP]-1[/SUP]) in 2008, 12.71 and 13.25 d[SUP]-1[/SUP] (A ≈ 8 m s[SUP]-1[/SUP]) in 2009 and 5.42 and 10.82 d[SUP]-1[/SUP] (A ≈ 3-4 m s[SUP]-1[/SUP]) in 2010. However, it is too early to conclude that the variations are due to stellar pulsations, and a confirmation of the detection with a highly stable spectrograph is a necessary next step. <BR /> Conclusions: If pulsations are confirmed, their very small amplitudes show that the star would belong to a category of very "quiet" pulsators. Based on observations obtained at the Bernard Lyot Telescope (TBL, Pic du Midi, France) of the Midi-Pyrénées Observatory, which is operated by the Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers (INSU) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of France (CNRS), and at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), which is operated by the National Research Council of Canada, INSU/CNRS and the University of Hawaii. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic monitoring of the Herbig Ae star HD 104237 - II. Non-radial pulsations, mode analysis and fundamental stellar parameters
Fumel, Aurélie ULg; Böhm, Torsten

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012)

Context. Herbig Ae/Be stars are intermediate-mass pre-main sequence (PMS) stars showing signs of intense activity and strong stellar winds, whose origin is not yet understood in the frame of current ... [more ▼]

Context. Herbig Ae/Be stars are intermediate-mass pre-main sequence (PMS) stars showing signs of intense activity and strong stellar winds, whose origin is not yet understood in the frame of current theoretical models of stellar evolution for young stars. In addition, the evolutionary tracks of the earlier Herbig Ae stars cross the theoretical PMS instability strip located roughly in the same area of the HR diagram as the δ Scuti variables. Many of these stars exhibit pulsations of δ Scuti type. Aims. Understanding the internal structure of pulsating Herbig Ae stars based on asteroseismic studies will help constraining the origin of their tremendous activity, winds, and variability. It is therefore necessary to investigate the location of the PMS instability strip and of its boundaries, and to extend the sample of observed and studied pulsating Herbig Ae stars. The aim of this work was to carry out a thorough analysis of the line profile variations of the prototype Herbig Ae star HD104237 based on high-resolution spectroscopy and to redetermine precisely its fundamental parameters, which are the basic ingredients of a forthcoming asteroseismic modeling. Methods. HD104237 is a pulsating Herbig Ae star with eight detected frequencies based on the analysis of radial velocity variations. In this article, we reinvestigated an extensive high-resolution quasi-continuous spectroscopic data set in order to search for very faint indications of non-radial pulsations in the line profile by working on dynamical spectra of equivalent photospheric (LSD) profiles of HD104237. A 2D Fourier analysis (F2D) was performed of the entire profile and the temporal variation of the central depth of the line was studied with the time-series analysis tools Period04 and SigSpec. We present the results of these analysis including the mode identification corresponding to the detected dominant frequency, as well as a new determination of its fundamental stellar parameters. Results. The analysis of spectroscopic data set of April 22 - 25 obtained at SAAO in 1999 has confirmed the presence of multiple oscillation modes of low-degree ℓ in HD104237 and led to the first direct detection of a non-radial pulsation mode in this star: the dominant mode F1 was identified by the Fourier 2D method having a degree ℓ value comprised between 1 and 2, the symmetry of the pattern variation indicating an azimuthal order of ± 1. The detailed study of the fundamental stellar parameters has provided a Teff, log g, and iron abundance of 8550 ± 150 K, 3.9 ± 0.3, and −4.38 ± 0.19 (i.e. [Fe/H]= +0.16 ± 0.19 ), respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a systematic spectroscopic characterization of pre-main sequence instability strip. Search for pulsations in three Herbig stars: V1247 Ori, HD35929 and HD 190073
Fumel, Aurélie ULg; Böhm, T; David, J

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012)

The origin of the strong activity and winds exhibited by Herbig Ae/Be stars is a still open question with regard to current young stellar evolutionary theory. On the supposition that this origin could be ... [more ▼]

The origin of the strong activity and winds exhibited by Herbig Ae/Be stars is a still open question with regard to current young stellar evolutionary theory. On the supposition that this origin could be internal, as growing evidences tend to indicate, probing Herbig stars interiors by means of the asteroseisomoly tool is therefore of great importance. The early-stage evolutionary tracks of the Herbig Ae stars cross the theoretical pre-main sequence (PMS) instability strip, that has to be spectroscopically characterized and whose boundaries and location, roughly in the same area of the HR diagram as the δ Scuti variables, should continue to be constrained by observations. In this context, it is necessary to extend the sample of studied pulsating Herbig Ae stars observed in high-resolution spectroscopy. The aim of this paper is to contribute to the systematic spectroscopic investigation of the PMS instability strip. We choose as targets the three Herbig stars V1247 Ori, HD35929 and HD190073. Our data were collected during three nights from 10 to 12 November 2008 with the HARPS spectrograph. V1247 Ori and HD35929 are known pulsating herbig stars, both having one photometrically detected frequency with timescale typical of δ Scuti pulsations. Till now, no search for stellar pulsations in HD190073 has been published. In this article, we search for stellar pulsations, and especially very faint signatures of non-radial pulsations, in the equivalent photospheric (LSD) profile time-series of our targets. Temporal variations of the LSD-profile central depth, if present, was studied with the time-series analysis tools Period04 and SigSpec. In case of oscillation detection, we then performed a 2D Fourier analysis of the entire profile in order to identify the modes corresponding to the dominant frequencies. The pulsating nature of V1247 Ori and HD35929 was confirmed by our results. V1247 Ori: frequencies of 18.99±1d−1 and 11.26±1d−1 were detected, corresponding to modes of degree ℓ = 3 to 5 and ℓ = 0 or 1, respectively. HD35929: a frequency of 5.75±1.28d−1 was detected, corresponding to a mode of degre ℓ = 6 or 7. No pulsation signatures were found in the LSD-profile time-series of HD190073. [less ▲]

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See detailThe rapid rotation and complex magnetic field geometry of Vega
Petit, Pascal; Lignières, F.; Wade, G. A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 523

Context. The recent discovery of a weak surface magnetic field on the normal intermediate-mass star Vega raises the question of the origin of this magnetism in a class of stars that was not previously ... [more ▼]

Context. The recent discovery of a weak surface magnetic field on the normal intermediate-mass star Vega raises the question of the origin of this magnetism in a class of stars that was not previously known to host detectable magnetic fields. <br />Aims: We aim to confirm the field detection reported by Lignières et al. (2009, A&A, 500, L41) and provide additional observational constraints about the field characteristics, by modelling the large-scale magnetic geometry of the star and by investigating a possible seasonal variability of the reconstructed field topology. <br />Methods: We analyse a total of 799 high-resolution circularly-polarized spectra collected with the NARVAL and ESPaDOnS spectropolarimeters during 2008 and 2009. Using about 1100 spectral lines, we employ a cross-correlation procedure to compute, from each spectrum, a mean polarized line profile with a signal-to-noise ratio of about 20 000. The technique of Zeeman-Doppler Imaging is then used to determine the rotation period of the star and reconstruct the large-scale magnetic geometry of Vega at two different epochs. <br />Results: We confirm the detection of circularly polarized signatures in the mean line profiles. The signal shows up in four independent data sets acquired with both NARVAL and ESPaDOnS. The amplitude of the polarized signatures is larger when spectral lines of higher magnetic sensitivity are selected for the analysis, as expected for a signal of magnetic origin. The short-term evolution of polarized signatures is consistent with a rotational period of 0.732 ± 0.008 d. The reconstruction of the magnetic topology unveils a magnetic region of radial field orientation, closely concentrated around the rotation pole. This polar feature is accompanied by a small number of magnetic patches at lower latitudes. No significant variability in the field structure is observed over a time span of one year. <br />Conclusions: The repeated observational evidence that Vega possesses a weak photospheric magnetic field strongly suggests that a previously unknown type of magnetic stars exists in the intermediate-mass domain. Vega may well be the first confirmed member of a much larger, as yet unexplored, class of weakly-magnetic stars now investigatable with the current generation of stellar spectropolarimeters. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards the asteroseismology analysis of the Herbig Ae star HD 104237
Fumel, Aurélie ULg; Böhm, Torsten

in Astronomische Nachrichten (2010), 331(9-10),

Understanding the internal structure of pulsating Herbig Ae stars by the aim of an asteroseismological study will help us to constrain the origin of the tremendous activity, wind and variability observed ... [more ▼]

Understanding the internal structure of pulsating Herbig Ae stars by the aim of an asteroseismological study will help us to constrain the origin of the tremendous activity, wind and variability observed in this group of pre-main sequence stars. The time-series analysis of the equivalent photospheric profiles of HD 104237 has revealed non-radial pulsations of low-degree (ℓ = 0 or 1). We present a preliminary mode identification corresponding to the main detected frequency f1 = 33.289 c/d. In addition, as we need to constrain a stellar atmosphere model in order to simulate the pulsations of HD 104237, our aim is to determine accurately its fundamental parameters (Teff, log g, abundances); as this study is still in progress, we present our strategy. [less ▲]

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See detailPulsational analysis of the Herbig Ae star HD 140237
Fumel, Aurélie ULg; Böhm, Torsten

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2008), 157

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