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See detailSpace observations of B stars with CoRoT
Degroote, P.; Miglio, Andrea ULg; Debosscher, J. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

We present the preliminary results of the exploration of pulsating B stars observed with the CoRoT space mission. The previously known group of Slowly Pulsating B stars gains a substantial amount of new ... [more ▼]

We present the preliminary results of the exploration of pulsating B stars observed with the CoRoT space mission. The previously known group of Slowly Pulsating B stars gains a substantial amount of new candidates, offering the opportunity to test stellar models beyond individual cases. Besides these well-defined stars, the analysis of other B star candidate pulsators hints towards the presence of different variability behaviour, co-existing in the same space in terms of the timescale of the variations and location in the (Teff, logg) diagram. [less ▲]

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See detailAn asteroseismic study of the β Cephei star 12 Lacertae: multisite spectroscopic observations, mode identification and seismic modelling
Desmet, M.; Briquet, Maryline ULg; Thoul, Anne ULg et al

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

We present the results of a spectroscopic multisite campaign for the β Cephei star 12 (DD) Lacertae. Our study is based on more than thousand high-resolution high S/N spectra gathered with eight different ... [more ▼]

We present the results of a spectroscopic multisite campaign for the β Cephei star 12 (DD) Lacertae. Our study is based on more than thousand high-resolution high S/N spectra gathered with eight different telescopes in a time span of 11 months. In addition, we make use of numerous archival spectroscopic measurements. We confirm 10 independent frequencies recently discovered from photometry, as well as harmonics and combination frequencies. In particular, the slowly pulsating B-stars (SPB)-like g-mode with frequency 0.3428d[SUP]-1[/SUP] reported before is detected in our spectroscopy. We identify the four main modes as (l[SUB]1[/SUB], m[SUB]1[/SUB]) = (1, 1), (l[SUB]2[/SUB], m[SUB]2[/SUB]) = (0, 0), (l[SUB]3[/SUB], m[SUB]3[/SUB]) = (1, 0) and (l[SUB]4[/SUB], m[SUB]4[/SUB]) = (2, 1) for f[SUB]1[/SUB] = 5.178964d[SUP]-1[/SUP], f[SUB]2[/SUB] = 5.334224d[SUP]-1[/SUP], f[SUB]3[/SUB] = 5.066316d[SUP]-1[/SUP] and f[SUB]4[/SUB] = 5.490133d[SUP]-1[/SUP], respectively. Our seismic modelling shows that f[SUB]2[/SUB] is likely the radial first overtone and that the core overshooting parameter α[SUB]ov[/SUB] is lower than 0.4 local pressure scale heights. [less ▲]

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See detailBulletin agrométéorologique - Situation au 21 juin 2009
Tychon, Bernard ULg; Scohy, Laureline; Denis, Antoine ULg et al

in Bulletin Agrométéorologique (2009), 7(2), 1-5

Depuis le dernier bulletin publié fin avril, les conditions météorologiques ont été fort proches des normales avec toutefois quelques épisodes orageux qui ont pu causer ça et là des dégâts aux cultures ... [more ▼]

Depuis le dernier bulletin publié fin avril, les conditions météorologiques ont été fort proches des normales avec toutefois quelques épisodes orageux qui ont pu causer ça et là des dégâts aux cultures. La végétation semble avoir ralenti davantage sa croissance que ce qui s’observe d’habitude depuis dix ans, cela en particulier dans le Nord et le Nord-Ouest du pays, probablement en raison des conditions pluvieuses rencontrées dans ces zones. Cependant les prévisions de rendements à l’échelle nationale ne semblent pas être affectées. A l’exception du maïs, les rendements s’annoncent meilleurs que la moyenne des quatre dernières années. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscriminating between overshooting and rotational mixing in massive stars: any help from asteroseismology?
Miglio, Andrea ULg; Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULg; Eggenberger, P. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009, July 01), 158

Chemical turbulent mixing induced by rotation can affect the internal distribution of μ near the energy-generating core of main-sequence stars, having an effect on the evolutionary tracks similar to that ... [more ▼]

Chemical turbulent mixing induced by rotation can affect the internal distribution of μ near the energy-generating core of main-sequence stars, having an effect on the evolutionary tracks similar to that of overshooting. However, this mixing also leads to a smoother chemical composition profile near the edge of the convective core, which is reflected in the behavior of the buoyancy frequency and, therefore, in the frequencies of gravity modes. We show that for rotational velocities typical of main-sequence B-type pulsating stars, the signature of a rotationally induced mixing significantly perturbs the spectrum of gravity modes and mixed modes, and can be distinguished from that of overshooting. The cases of high-order gravity modes in Slowly Pulsating B stars and of low-order g modes and mixed modes in β Cephei stars are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLine profile variability in the massive binary HD 152219
Sana, H.; Gosset, Eric ULg

in Communication in Asteroseismology (2009, July 01), 158

HD 152219 is a massive binary system with O9.5 III and B1-2 III/V components and a short orbital period of 4.2 d. In a previous work, we showed that the primary star (M_{prim}˜21 M_&sun;) was presenting ... [more ▼]

HD 152219 is a massive binary system with O9.5 III and B1-2 III/V components and a short orbital period of 4.2 d. In a previous work, we showed that the primary star (M_{prim}˜21 M_&sun;) was presenting clear line profile variabilities (LPVs) that might be caused by nonradial pulsations (NRPs). In the present work, we report on an intensive spectroscopic monitoring, that aimed at unveiling the nature of the detected LPVs. Based on this new data set, we discard the NRPs and point out the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect as % being the cause of the observed LPVs. The upper limit derived on the amplitude of undetected NRPs, if any, is set at a couple of part per thousands of the continuum level. [less ▲]

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See detailStatistical properties of flux closure induced by solar wind dynamic pressure fronts
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Blockx, Caroline ULg; Milan, S. E. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2009), 114

We present a statistical study of flux closure intervals induced by solar wind dynamic pressure fronts. We consider that a dynamic pressure front reaches the Earth when a dayside subauroral proton flash ... [more ▼]

We present a statistical study of flux closure intervals induced by solar wind dynamic pressure fronts. We consider that a dynamic pressure front reaches the Earth when a dayside subauroral proton flash is observed in the SI2 channel of the IMAGE-FUV experiment. This pragmatic criterion selects both weak and strong pressure fronts. It is found that the preconditioning of the magnetosphere prior to the pressure pulse arrival mainly governs the magnetospheric response to a weak solar wind dynamic pressure front. This preconditioning includes the amount of open magnetic flux available in the magnetosphere prior to the pressure front arrival and the size of the magnetospheric cavity. However, in the case of a strong pressure pulse, the magnetospheric response is more sensitive to the solar wind properties characterizing the dynamic pressure front. The pressure jump is not the only one important, but also the variation of the solar wind velocity and IMF magnitude. In overall terms, we find that a strong dynamic pressure front is typically characterized by a dynamic pressure increase larger than Ë 2.8 nPa that takes place on timescales of the order of a few minutes. [less ▲]

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See detailSignature of main sequence internal structure in post-main sequence stars
Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Godart, Mélanie ULg; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

Post Main Sequence (post MS) stars keep a trace of their past main sequence history. Typically, the presence or not of an Intermediate Convective Zone (ICZ) above the H-burning shell of massive stars ... [more ▼]

Post Main Sequence (post MS) stars keep a trace of their past main sequence history. Typically, the presence or not of an Intermediate Convective Zone (ICZ) above the H-burning shell of massive stars critically depends on the details of the Main Sequence (MS) phase modeling (convection criterion, mass loss,~...). We show here how the excitation of g-modes in blue supergiant stars is closely related to this ICZ, allowing to constrain different associated physical processes. [less ▲]

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See detailRelative weights of the observational constraints on the determination of stellar parameters
Ozel, N.; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Baglin, A.

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

We study the effect of using different observed quantities (oscillation frequencies, binarity, interferometric radius) and the impact of their accuracy on constraining the uncertainities of global free ... [more ▼]

We study the effect of using different observed quantities (oscillation frequencies, binarity, interferometric radius) and the impact of their accuracy on constraining the uncertainities of global free stellar parameters (i.e. the mass, the age etc.). We use the Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) formalism to analyse the behavior of the chi^2 fitting function around its minimum. This method relates the errors in observed quantities to the precision in the model parameters. We apply this tool to the alpha Cen A for which, seismic, binarity and interferometric properties are known with high accuracy. We determine how changes of the accuracy of the observable constraints affect the precision obtained on the global stellar parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailDomain of validity of a 1D second order perturbative approach for the effects of rotation on stellar oscillations
Ouazzani, R*-M; Goupil, M*-J; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

At rotational velocities such as that of upper Main Sequence stars - between 50 to 200 km/s - the effects of rotation on oscillation frequencies must be included. Considering the accuracy reached by ... [more ▼]

At rotational velocities such as that of upper Main Sequence stars - between 50 to 200 km/s - the effects of rotation on oscillation frequencies must be included. Considering the accuracy reached by available ground-based and space observations, the aim of this study is to determine the limits - in terms of rotational velocity - of a perturbative approach to model the effects of rotation on oscillation frequencies. We thus compare the oscillation frequencies computed by 1D second order perturbative methods to the ones obtained in Reese et al. (2006) - direct integration of a 2D eigenvalue system. To do so, we use polytropic models (N=3) in uniform rotation, and we discuss the results for a beta Cephei star (8.2 M_{o}, 5.04 R_{o}). [less ▲]

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See detailOn the origin of macroturbulence in hot stars
Aerts, C.; Puls, J.; Godart, Mélanie ULg et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

Since the use of high-resolution high signal-to-noise spectroscopy in the study of massive stars, it became clear that an ad-hoc velocity field at the stellar surface, termed macroturbulence, is needed to ... [more ▼]

Since the use of high-resolution high signal-to-noise spectroscopy in the study of massive stars, it became clear that an ad-hoc velocity field at the stellar surface, termed macroturbulence, is needed to bring the observed shape of spectral lines into agreement with observations. We seek a physical explanation of this unknown broadening mechanism. We interprete the missing line broadening in terms of collective pulsational velocity broadening due to non-radial gravity-mode oscillations. We also point out that the rotational velocity can be seriously underestimated whenever the line profiles are fitted assuming a Gaussian macroturbulent velocity rather than an appropriate pulsational velocity expression. [less ▲]

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See detailTheoretical amplitudes of solar-like oscillations in classical pulsators
Belkacem, Kevin ULg; Goupil, M. J.; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

Seismology based on oscillation mode amplitudes allows a different probing of turbulent convection zones than usual seismology based on frequencies as shown, for instance, by Belkacem et al. (2006) for ... [more ▼]

Seismology based on oscillation mode amplitudes allows a different probing of turbulent convection zones than usual seismology based on frequencies as shown, for instance, by Belkacem et al. (2006) for the Sun. Going a step further, we now turn to investigations of stochastic excitation of solar-like oscillations in superficial convective layers as well as in convective cores of stars more massive than the Sun. Issues are the frequency domain where solar-like oscillations can be excited, the expected magnitude of these oscillation amplitudes, and whether these amplitudes are detectable with the CoRoT mission. This is an important task since the detection of solar-like oscillations will provide strong seismic constraints on the dynamical properties of the convective layers. The detection of solar-like oscillations in stars such as beta Cephei or SPB stars will also help to determine their fundamental stellar parameters. [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 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 detailDiscovery of novel lipophilic inhibitors of OXA-10 enzyme (class D beta-lactamase) by screening amino analogs and homologs of citrate and isocitrate.
Beck, Joséphine; Vercheval, Lionel ULg; Bebrone, Carine ULg et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters (2009), 19

Aminocitrate (and homolog) derivatives have been prepared by bis-alkylation of glycinate Schiff bases with bromoacetates (and ethyl acrylate), followed by N-acylation and esters (partial or complete ... [more ▼]

Aminocitrate (and homolog) derivatives have been prepared by bis-alkylation of glycinate Schiff bases with bromoacetates (and ethyl acrylate), followed by N-acylation and esters (partial or complete) deprotection. Aminoisocitrate was similarly obtained by mono-alkylation with diethyl fumarate. Evaluation against representative beta-lactamases revealed that the free acid derivatives are modest inhibitors of class A enzymes, whilst their benzyl esters showed a good inhibition of OXA-10 (class D enzyme). A docking experiment featured hydrophobic interactions in the active site. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery and characterization of WASP-6b, an inflated sub-Jupiter mass planet transiting a solar-type star
Gillon, Michaël ULg; Anderson, D. R.; Triaud, A H M J et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 501

We report the discovery of WASP-6b, an inflated sub-Jupiter mass planet transiting every 3.3610060[SUP]+ 0.0000022 [/SUP][SUB]- 0.0000035 [/SUB] days a mildly metal-poor solar-type star of magnitude V ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of WASP-6b, an inflated sub-Jupiter mass planet transiting every 3.3610060[SUP]+ 0.0000022 [/SUP][SUB]- 0.0000035 [/SUB] days a mildly metal-poor solar-type star of magnitude V = 11.9. A combined analysis of the WASP photometry, high-precision followup transit photometry and radial velocities yield a planetary mass M[SUB]p[/SUB] = 0.503[SUP]+0.019[/SUP][SUB]-0.038[/SUB] M[SUB]J[/SUB] and radius R[SUB]p[/SUB] = 1.224[SUP]+0.051[/SUP][SUB]-0.052[/SUB] R_J, resulting in a density rho[SUB]p[/SUB] = 0.27 ± 0.05 rho_J. The mass and radius for the host star are M_ast = 0.88[SUP]+0.05[/SUP][SUB]-0.08[/SUB] M_o and R_ast = 0.870[SUP]+0.025[/SUP][SUB]-0.036[/SUB] R_o. The non-zero orbital eccentricity e = 0.054^+0.018[SUB]-0.015[/SUB] that we measure suggests that the planet underwent a massive tidal heating 1 Gyr ago that could have contributed to its inflated radius. High-precision radial velocities obtained during a transit allow us to measure a sky-projected angle between the stellar spin and orbital axis beta = 11[SUP]+14[/SUP][SUB]-18[/SUB] deg. In addition to similar published measurements, this result favors a dominant migration mechanism based on tidal interactions with a protoplanetary disk. Based on data collected with the HARPS spectrograph at ESO La Silla Observatory in the programs 082.C-0040(E) and 082.C-0608. The photometric time-series and radial velocities (Tables 4, 5) used in this work are only available 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/501/785 [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous MOST photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy of Spica, a binary system with a massive beta Cephei star component
Desmet, M.; Walker, G.; Yang, S. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

We present the data from a unique observational study of Spica, a binary system with a primary component of β Cephei type. We exploit simultaneous high-resolution spectroscopic observations and high ... [more ▼]

We present the data from a unique observational study of Spica, a binary system with a primary component of β Cephei type. We exploit simultaneous high-resolution spectroscopic observations and high-precision photometry obtained by the MOST satellite. By disentangling the spectra of this binary, we get an accurate determination of the orbit. Future work includes a full seismic analysis of the system. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based observations of the beta Cephei CoRoT main target HD 180642
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Uytterhoeven, K.; Aerts, C. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

We present the preliminary results of a detailed study of ground-based photometric and spectroscopic observations dedicated to the β Cephei CoRoT main target HD~180642. Besides the non-linear dominant ... [more ▼]

We present the preliminary results of a detailed study of ground-based photometric and spectroscopic observations dedicated to the β Cephei CoRoT main target HD~180642. Besides the non-linear dominant radial mode several low-amplitude modes are detected in both kinds of datasets. Our aim is to derive the wavenumbers (â ,m) of these modes, as additional constraints to the CoRoT pulsation frequencies, for forthcoming asteroseismic modelling of the star. [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 detailNepenthes clipeata
Merciadri, Luca ULg

E-print/Working paper (2009)

Nepenthes clipeata is, according to [1], one of the most endangered species in the world. Few articles were written about it, and we here want to give a summary about its current situation. We finally ... [more ▼]

Nepenthes clipeata is, according to [1], one of the most endangered species in the world. Few articles were written about it, and we here want to give a summary about its current situation. We finally give some growing tips which allowed the present author to make it grow. [less ▲]

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