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See detailThe B Fields in OB Stars (BOB) Survey
Morel, Thierry ULg; Castro, N.; Fossati, L. et al

in IAU Symposium (in press)

The B fields in OB stars (BOB) survey is an ESO large programme collecting spectropolarimetric observations for a large number of early-type stars in order to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ... [more ▼]

The B fields in OB stars (BOB) survey is an ESO large programme collecting spectropolarimetric observations for a large number of early-type stars in order to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ultimately the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars. As of July 2014, a total of 98 objects were observed over 20 nights with FORS2 and HARPSpol. Our preliminary results indicate that the fraction of magnetic OB stars with an organised, detectable field is low. This conclusion, now independently reached by two different surveys, has profound implications for any theoretical model attempting to explain the field formation in these objects. We discuss in this contribution some important issues addressed by our observations (e.g., the lower bound of the field strength) and the discovery of some remarkable objects. [less ▲]

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See detailThe B Fields in OB Stars (BOB) Survey
Morel, Thierry ULg; Castro, N.; Fossati, L. et al

in The Messenger (2014), 157

The B fields in OB stars (BOB) survey is an ESO Large Programme collecting spectropolarimetric observations for a large number of early-type stars in order to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ... [more ▼]

The B fields in OB stars (BOB) survey is an ESO Large Programme collecting spectropolarimetric observations for a large number of early-type stars in order to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ultimately the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars. A total of 98 objects was observed over 20 nights with FORS2 and HARPSpol to July 2014. Preliminary results indicate that the fraction of magnetic OB stars with an organised, detectable field is low. This conclusion, now independently reached by two different surveys, has profound implications for any theoretical model attempting to explain the field formation in these stars. We also discuss some important issues addressed by our observations (e.g., the lower bound of the field strength) and the discovery of some remarkable objects. [less ▲]

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See detailHST/STIS spectroscopy of the magnetic Of?p star HD 108: the low state at ultraviolet wavelengths
Marcolino, W. L. F.; Bouret, J.-C.; Walborn, N. R. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2012), 422

We present the first ultraviolet spectrum of the peculiar, magnetic Of?p star HD 108 obtained in its spectroscopic low state. The new data, obtained with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) on ... [more ▼]

We present the first ultraviolet spectrum of the peculiar, magnetic Of?p star HD 108 obtained in its spectroscopic low state. The new data, obtained with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) on the Hubble Space Telescope, reveal significant changes compared to IUE spectra obtained in the high state: N Vλ1240, Si IVλ1400 and C IVλ1550 present weaker P Cygni profiles (less absorption) in the new data, while N IVλ1718 absorption is deeper, without the clear wind signature evident in the high state. Such changes contrast with those found in other magnetic massive stars, where more absorption is observed in the resonance doublets when the sightline is close to the plane of the magnetic equator. The new data show also that the photospheric Fe IV forest, at ˜1600-1700 Å, has strengthened compared to previous observations. The ultraviolet variability is large compared to that found in typical, non-magnetic O stars, but moderate when compared to the high-/low-state changes reported in the optical spectrum of HD 108 over several decades. We use non-local thermodynamic equilibrium (non-LTE) expanding-atmosphere models to analyse the new STIS observations. Overall, the results are in accord with a scenario in which the optical variability is mainly produced by magnetically constrained gas, close to the photosphere. The relatively modest changes found in the main ultraviolet wind lines suggest that the stellar wind is not substantially variable on a global scale. Nonetheless, multidimensional radiative-transfer models may be needed to understand some of the phenomena observed. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards an understanding of the Of ? p star HD 191612: optical spectroscopy
Howarth, Ian D.; Walborn, Nolan R.; Lennon, Danny J. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2007), 381(2), 433-446

We present extensive optical spectroscopy of the early-type magnetic star HD 191612 (O6.5f ? pe-O8fp). The Balmer and He i lines show strongly variable emission which is highly reproducible on a well ... [more ▼]

We present extensive optical spectroscopy of the early-type magnetic star HD 191612 (O6.5f ? pe-O8fp). The Balmer and He i lines show strongly variable emission which is highly reproducible on a well-determined 538-d period. He ii absorptions and metal lines (including many selective emission lines but excluding He ii lambda 4686 angstrom emission) are essentially constant in line strength, but are variable in velocity, establishing a double-lined binary orbit with P-orb = 1542 d, e = 0.45. We conduct a model-atmosphere analysis of the spectrum, and find that the system is consistent with a similar to O8 giant with a similar to B1 main-sequence secondary. Since the periodic 538-d changes are unrelated to orbital motion, rotational modulation of a magnetically constrained plasma is strongly favoured as the most likely underlying 'clock'. An upper limit on the equatorial rotation is consistent with this hypothesis, but is too weak to provide a strong constraint. [less ▲]

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