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See detailEarly-type stars observed in the ESO UVES Paranal Observatory Project - IV. Studies of CN, CH+ and CH in the interstellar medium
Smoker, J.; Ledoux, C.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013)

High spectral resolution (˜80 000) and signal-to-noise observations from the Ultraviolet and Visual Echelle Spectrograph Paranal Observatory Project (UVES-POP) are used to study the interstellar molecular ... [more ▼]

High spectral resolution (˜80 000) and signal-to-noise observations from the Ultraviolet and Visual Echelle Spectrograph Paranal Observatory Project (UVES-POP) are used to study the interstellar molecular lines CN (3874 Å), CH[SUP]+[/SUP] (3957, 4232 Å) and CH (3886, 4300 Å) towards 74 O- and B-type stellar sightlines. Additionally, archive data are presented for 140 ELODIE early-type stellar sightlines at R = 42 000, plus 25 FEROS at R = 48 000 and 3 UVES at R > 50 000, mainly in the CH[SUP]+[/SUP] (4232 Å) and CH (3886, 4300 Å) transitions. Detection rates are ˜45 per cent for CN and ˜67 per cent for the other lines in the POP sample, and ˜10-15 per cent for CH[SUP]+[/SUP] and CH lines in the additional sample. CH and CH[SUP]+[/SUP] are well correlated between log[N(CH) cm[SUP]-2[/SUP]]˜12-14, implying that these clouds are CH[SUP]+[/SUP]-like CH and not CN-like CH. CH is also very well correlated with Na I D in the range log[N(Na I cm[SUP]-2[/SUP]]) ˜12.2-14.2. A few sightlines show tentative velocity shifts of ˜2 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP] between CH and CH[SUP]+[/SUP], which appear to be caused by differences in component strength in blends, and hence do not provide firm evidence for shocks. Finally, we describe a search for [SUP]13[/SUP]CH[SUP]+[/SUP] in a sightline towards HD 76341. No [SUP]13[/SUP]CH[SUP]+[/SUP] is detected, placing a limit on the [SUP]13[/SUP]CH[SUP]+[/SUP] to [SUP]12[/SUP]CH[SUP]+[/SUP] ratio of ˜0.01. If a formal fit is attempted, the equivalent width ratio in the two isotopes is a factor ˜90 but with large errors. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly-type stars observed in the ESO UVES Paranal Observatory Project - III. Sub-parsec and au-scale structure in the interstellar medium
Smoker, J. V.; Bagnulo, S.; Cabanac, R. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2011), 414

UVES interstellar observations from the Paranal Observatory Project are presented for early-type stars located in the line of sight to the nearby open clusters IC 2391 (Omni Vel) and NGC 6475 (M7), with ... [more ▼]

UVES interstellar observations from the Paranal Observatory Project are presented for early-type stars located in the line of sight to the nearby open clusters IC 2391 (Omni Vel) and NGC 6475 (M7), with spectroscopic resolution R˜ 80 000 and signal-to-noise ratios in the Ti II (3383 Å), Ca II K, CH[SUP]+[/SUP] (4232 Å), Na I D and K I (7698 Å) lines of several hundred. The sightlines are a mixture of cluster and non-cluster objects. A total of 22 early-type stars (A and B type) are present in our sample towards IC 2391, with 21 towards NGC 6475/M7, and enable us to probe for differences in column density on scales from ˜0.07 to 7.3 and ˜0.05 to 4.9 pc in the respective clusters. Additionally, towards Praesepe the Na I D interstellar variation only is probed towards 13 sightlines and transverse scales of ˜0.16-10.7 pc at R= 70 000. Towards IC 2391 variations are found in Ti II, Ca II K and Na I D column density in different sightlines of up to 0.7, 1.0 and 1.8 dex (excluding one star), respectively. This kind of variability correlates well with the Hipparcos parallax of the objects, and probes structure within the Local Bubble. For cluster-only objects the variations are 0.3, 0.3 and 0.5 dex, respectively. For the field of view towards NGC 6475 the corresponding maximum variations are somewhat smaller, being 0.5, 0.3, 0.8 and 1.0 dex for Ti II, Ca II K, Na I and K I, respectively, for all objects and 0.4, 0.2, 0.6 and 0.7 dex for the cluster-only objects. These are uncorrelated with parallax, and again demonstrate that Ca II K tends to be more smoothly distributed than Na I D. A few likely cluster sightlines show evidence for CH[SUP]+[/SUP] and variations in this molecular species of a factor of 10 in equivalent width over sub-pc scales. Towards Praesepe variation in interstellar Na I D is small, being a maximum of only ˜0.4 dex (including measurement errors), but with fewer sightlines studied. Overall, the scatter in the data is similar for the singly ionized species Ti II and Ca II, lending more support to the hypothesis that these two species sample similar parts of the interstellar medium (ISM). This also appears to be the case for the neutral species Na I D and K I in the one cluster studied. Finally, multiple-epoch observations from a variety of archive sources are used to search for astronomical unit (au) scale structure in the ISM towards 46 sightlines. There are tentative indications of structure on scales of tens to thousands of au for three sightlines. Future observations will confirm the veracity or otherwise of the time-variable components and others presented. Based on observations taken at UT2, Kueyen, Cerro Paranal, Chile, ESO DDT programme 265.D-5655(A), UVES Paranal Observatory Project and using FEROS on the ESO 2.2-m telescope, La Silla, Chile, programme ID 078.C-0493(A), the Observatoire de Haute Provence, France, the Pic du Midi telescope, France and the AAO archive. [less ▲]

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See detailA transiting planet among 23 new near-threshold candidates from the OGLE survey - OGLE-TR-182
Pont, F.; Tamuz, O.; Udalski, A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 487

By re-processing the data of the second season of the OGLE survey for planetary transits and adding new mesurements on the same fields gathered in subsequent years with the OGLE telescope, we have ... [more ▼]

By re-processing the data of the second season of the OGLE survey for planetary transits and adding new mesurements on the same fields gathered in subsequent years with the OGLE telescope, we have identified 23 new transit candidates, recorded as OGLE-TR-178 to OGLE-TR-200. We studied the nature of these objects with the FLAMES/UVES multi-fiber spectrograph on the VLT. One of the candidates, OGLE-TR-182, was confirmed as a transiting gas giant planet on a 4-day orbit. We characterised it with further observations using the FORS1 camera and UVES spectrograph on the VLT. OGLE-TR-182b is a typical ``hot Jupiter'' with an orbital period of 3.98 days, a mass of 1.01 ± 0.15~M_Jup and a radius of 1.13[SUP]+0.24[/SUP][SUB]-0.08[/SUB]~R_Jup. Confirming this transiting planet required a large investment in telescope time with the best instruments available, and we comment on the difficulty of the confirmation process for transiting planets in the OGLE survey. We delineate the zone were confirmation is difficult or impossible, and discuss the implications for the CoRoT space mission in its quest for transiting telluric planets. Based on observations made with the FORS1 camera and the FLAMES/UVES spectrograph at the VLT, ESO, Chile (programmes 076.C-0706 and 177.C-0666) and 1.3-m Warsaw Telescope at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. [less ▲]

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See detailOGLE-TR-211 - a new transiting inflated hot Jupiter from the OGLE survey and ESO LP666 spectroscopic follow-up program
Udalski, A.; Pont, F.; Naef, D. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 482

We present results of the photometric campaign for planetary and low-luminosity object transits conducted by the OGLE survey in the 2005 season (Campaign #5). About twenty of the most promising candidates ... [more ▼]

We present results of the photometric campaign for planetary and low-luminosity object transits conducted by the OGLE survey in the 2005 season (Campaign #5). About twenty of the most promising candidates discovered in these data were subsequently verified spectroscopically with the VLT/FLAMES spectrograph. One of the candidates, OGLE-TR-211, reveals clear changes of radial velocity with a small amplitude of 82 m/s, varying in phase with photometric transit ephemeris. Further analysis confirms the planetary nature of this system. Follow-up precise photometry of OGLE-TR-211 with VLT/FORS, together with radial velocity spectroscopy, supplemented with high-resolution, high S/N VLT/UVES spectra allowed us to derive parameters of the planet and host star. OGLE-TR-211b is a hot Jupiter orbiting an F7-8 spectral type dwarf star with a period of 3.68 days. The mass of the planet is equal to 1.03±0.20 M_Jup, while its radius 1.36[SUP]+0.18[/SUP][SUB]-0.09[/SUB] R_Jup. The radius is about 20% larger than the typical radius of hot Jupiters of similar mass. OGLE-TR-211b is, then, another example of inflated hot Jupiters - a small group of seven exoplanets with large radii and unusually low densities - objects that are a challenge to the current models of exoplanets. Based on observations made with the FORS1 camera and the FLAMES/UVES spectrograph at the VLT, ESO, Chile (program 07.C-0706, 076.C-0122, and 177.C-0666) and 1.3-m Warsaw Telescope at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. [less ▲]

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See detailGRB 080315: optical observations.
de Ugarte Postigo, A.; Chantry, Virginie ULg; Castro-Tirado, A. J. et al

E-print/Working paper (2008)

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See detailSmall Scale Structure in the ISM towards IC 2391 and NGC 6475
Smoker, J. V.; Hunter, I.; Keenan, F. P. et al

in Haverkorn, M.; Goss, M. (Eds.) SINS - Small Ionized and Neutral Structures in the Diffuse Interstellar Medium (2007, July 01)

We describe UVES spectroscopic observations towards early-type stars located in the nearby open clusters IC 2391 (D=175 pc) and NGC 6475/M 7 (D=301 pc), with resolution ˜80,000 and S/N ratio per pixel of ... [more ▼]

We describe UVES spectroscopic observations towards early-type stars located in the nearby open clusters IC 2391 (D=175 pc) and NGC 6475/M 7 (D=301 pc), with resolution ˜80,000 and S/N ratio per pixel of ˜140 to ˜360. The aim is to investigate the small-scale structure variations within parts of the local ISM and determine how they are dependent on element and ionisation stage observed, thus providing information on cloud parameters such as structure and sizes. The data used are taken from on-line versions of the Paranal Observatory Project (POP: http://www.eso.org/uvespop). A total of 25 early-type stars (A and B-type) are present in our sample towards IC 2391 with 23 towards NGC 6475/M 7, and enable us to probe differences in column densities on scales from ˜0.07--7.3-pc and ˜0.05---4.9-pc (in the respective clusters) for the optical transitions detected (Ti II (3383Å), Ca II (3933Å), Na I (5889, 5895Å) and K I (7698Å)). Towards NGC 6475 the Ca II column density is found to be constant to ˜0.15 dex over scales of ˜0.4--4-pc. A much greater scatter in the measurements for Na I D is observed with differences of up to ˜0.45 dex in sightlines separated by ˜4 pc. In the future work we will perform the same analysis for Ti II and K I towards both clusters. [less ▲]

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See detailThe transiting planet OGLE-TR-132b revisited with new spectroscopy and deconvolution photometry[SUP], [/SUP]
Gillon, Michaël ULg; Pont, F.; Moutou, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 466

OGLE-TR-132b transits a very metal-rich F dwarf about 2000 pc from the Sun, in the Galactic disc towards Carina. It orbits very close to its host star (a = 0.03 AU) and has an equilibrium temperature of ... [more ▼]

OGLE-TR-132b transits a very metal-rich F dwarf about 2000 pc from the Sun, in the Galactic disc towards Carina. It orbits very close to its host star (a = 0.03 AU) and has an equilibrium temperature of nearly 2000 K. Using rapid-cadence transit photometry from the FORS2 camera on the VLT and SUSI2 on the NTT, and high-resolution spectroscopy with UVES on the VLT, we refine the shape of the transit light curve and the parameters of the system. In particular, we improve the planetary radius estimate, R = 1.18 ± 0.07 R[SUB]J[/SUB] and provide very precise ephemeris, T_tr = 2 453 142.59123 ± 0.0003 BJD and P = 1.689868 ± 0.000003 days. The obtained planetary mass is 1.14 ± 0.12 M_J. Our results give a slightly smaller and lighter star, and bigger planet, than previous values. As the VLT/FORS2 light curve obtained in this analysis with the deconvolution photometry algorithm DECPHOT shows a transit depth in disagreement with the one obtained by a previous study using the same data, we analyze them with two other reduction methods (aperture and image subtraction). The light curves obtained with the three methods are in good agreement, though deconvolution-based photometry is significantly more precise. It appears from these results that the smaller transit depth obtained in the previous study was due to a normalisation problem inherent to the reduction procedure used. Based on data collected with the FORS2 imager at the VLT-UT4 telescope (Paranal Observatory, ESO, Chile) in the programme 273.C-5017A, with the SUSI2 imager at the NTT telescope (La Silla Observatory, ESO, Chile) in the programme 075.C-0462A, and with the UVES spectrograph at the VLT-UT2 telescope (Paranal Observatory, ESO, Chile) in the programme 076.C-0131. The reduced photometric data used in this work are available only 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/466/743 [less ▲]

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See detailThe "666" collaboration on OGLE transits. I. Accurate radius of the planets OGLE-TR-10b and OGLE-TR-56b with VLT deconvolution photometry
Pont, F.; Moutou, C.; Gillon, Michaël ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 465

Transiting planets are essential to study the structure and evolution of extra-solar planets. For that purpose, it is important to measure precisely the radius of these planets. Here we report new high ... [more ▼]

Transiting planets are essential to study the structure and evolution of extra-solar planets. For that purpose, it is important to measure precisely the radius of these planets. Here we report new high-accuracy photometry of the transits of OGLE-TR-10 and OGLE-TR-56 with VLT/FORS1. One transit of each object was covered in Bessel V and R filters, and treated with the deconvolution-based photometry algorithm DECPHOT, to ensure accurate millimagnitude light curves. Together with earlier spectroscopic measurements, the data imply a radius of 1.22{[SUP]+0.12[/SUP][SUB]-0.07[/SUB]} R[SUB]J[/SUB] for OGLE-TR-10b and 1.30 ± 0.05 R[SUB]J[/SUB] for OGLE-TR-56b. A re-analysis of the original OGLE photometry resolves an earlier discrepancy about the radius of OGLE-TR-10. The transit of OGLE-TR-56 is almost grazing, so that small systematics in the photometry can cause large changes in the derived radius. Our study confirms both planets as inflated hot Jupiters, with large radii comparable to that of HD 209458b and at least two other recently discovered transiting gas giants. Based on data collected with the FORS1 imager at the VLT-Kueyen telescope (Paranal Observatory, ESO, Chile) in the programme 177.C-0666E. [less ▲]

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See detailAbundance analysis of 5 early-type stars in the young open cluster IC 2391
Stütz, Ch; Bagnulo, S.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2006), 451

Aims.It is unclear whether chemically peculiar stars of the upper main sequence represent a class completely distinct from normal A-type stars, or whether there exists a continuous transition from the ... [more ▼]

Aims.It is unclear whether chemically peculiar stars of the upper main sequence represent a class completely distinct from normal A-type stars, or whether there exists a continuous transition from the normal to the most peculiar late F- to early B-type stars. A systematic abundance analysis of open cluster early-type stars would help to relate the observed differences of the chemical abundances of the photospheres to other stellar characteristics, without being concerned by possible different original chemical composition. Furthermore, if a continuous transition region from the very peculiar to the so called normal A-F stars exists, it should be possible to detect objects with mild peculiarities.<BR /> Methods: .As a first step of a larger project, an abundance analysis of 5 F-A type stars in the young cluster IC 2391 was performed using high resolution spectra obtained with the UVES instrument of the ESO VLT.<BR /> Results: .Our targets seem to follow a general abundance pattern: close to solar abundance of the light elements and iron peak elements, heavy elements are slightly overabundant with respect to the sun, similar to what was found in previous studies of normal field A-type stars of the galactic plane. We detected a weakly chemically peculiar star, HD 74044. Its element pattern contains characteristics of CP1 as well as CP2 stars, enhanced abundances of iron peak elements and also higher abundances of Sc, Y, Ba and Ce. We did not detect a magnetic field in this star (detection limit was 2 kG). We also studied the star SHJM 2, proposed as a pre-main sequence object in previous works. Using spectroscopy we found a high surface gravity, which suggests that the star is very close to the ZAMS.<BR /> [less ▲]

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See detailEarly-type stars observed in the ESO UVES Paranal Observatory Project - I. Interstellar NaI UV, TiII and CaII K observations*
Hunter, I.; Smoker, J. V.; Keenan, F. P. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2006), 367

We present an analysis of interstellar NaI (λ[SUB]air[/SUB]= 3302.37 and 3302.98 Å), TiII(λ[SUB]air[/SUB]= 3383.76 Å) and CaII K (λ[SUB]air[/SUB]= 3933.66 Å) absorption features for 74 sightlines towards ... [more ▼]

We present an analysis of interstellar NaI (λ[SUB]air[/SUB]= 3302.37 and 3302.98 Å), TiII(λ[SUB]air[/SUB]= 3383.76 Å) and CaII K (λ[SUB]air[/SUB]= 3933.66 Å) absorption features for 74 sightlines towards O- and B-type stars in the Galactic disc. The data were obtained from the Ultraviolet and Visual Echelle Spectrograph Paranal Observatory Project, at a spectral resolution of 3.75 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP] and with mean signal-to-noise ratios per pixel of 260, 300 and 430 for the NaI, TiII and CaII observations, respectively. Interstellar features were detected in all but one of the TiII sightlines and all of the CaII sightlines. The dependence of the column density of these three species with distance, height relative to the Galactic plane, HI column density, reddening and depletion relative to the solar abundance has been investigated. We also examine the accuracy of using the NaI column density as an indicator of that for HI. In general, we find similar strong correlations for both Ti and Ca, and weaker correlations for Na. Our results confirm the general belief that Ti and Ca occur in the same regions of the interstellar medium (ISM) and also that the TiII/CaII ratio is constant over all parameters. We hence conclude that the absorption properties of Ti and Ca are essentially constant under the general ISM conditions of the Galactic disc. [less ▲]

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See detailThe UVES Paranal Observatory Project: a public library of high resolution stellar spectra
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Bagnulo, S.; Melo, C. et al

in Hill, V. (Ed.) From Lithium to Uranium: Elemental Tracers of Early Cosmic Evolution (2005)

The UVES Paranal Observatory Project (POP), is an ESO public database of about 400 stars whose high quality spectra were obtained with UVES, the high resolution spectrometer of the VLT. All stars were ... [more ▼]

The UVES Paranal Observatory Project (POP), is an ESO public database of about 400 stars whose high quality spectra were obtained with UVES, the high resolution spectrometer of the VLT. All stars were observed with two instrument modes, in order to cover almost completely the optical region (300-1000 nm). The resolving power is about 80000, and for most of the spectra, the typical S/N ratio is 300-500 in the V band. Program stars fall into two groups, stars belonging to open clusters IC2391 and NGC6475, and bright field stars. For field stars, the only selection criterion applied was to cover the largest possible variety of spectral types in the HR diagram, including peculiar objects, e.g., Ap and Bp stars, Wolf-Rayet stars, Be stars, carbon stars and metal poor stars. The spectra have been reduced, coadded and merged and various products can be downloaded from a public area. For each star the final spectrum may be displayed through a dedicated user-friendly Spectral Preview Interface. The database is accessible at http://www.eso.org/uvespop [less ▲]

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See detailThe UVES Paranal Observatory Project: A Library of High- Resolution Spectra of Stars across the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
Bagnulo, S.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Ledoux, C. et al

in The Messenger (2003), 114

We present the UVES Paranal Observatory Project, consisting of acquisition, reduction, and public release of high-resolution, large wavelength coverage, and high signal-to-noise ratio stellar spectra ... [more ▼]

We present the UVES Paranal Observatory Project, consisting of acquisition, reduction, and public release of high-resolution, large wavelength coverage, and high signal-to-noise ratio stellar spectra obtained with the UVES instrument of the ESO Very Large Telescope. Data for about 400 stars across the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram have been taken and reduced by members of the Paranal Science Operations Team and made publicly available through a WEB interface at www.eso.org/uvespop. [less ▲]

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