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The discovery of high-amplitude, 10.9-minute oscillations in the cool magnetic Ap star HD 115226
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Astronomy and Space Physics.
2008 (English)In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, Vol. 479, no 2, L29-L32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We present the discovery of pulsational variations in the cool magnetic Ap star HD115226 - the first high-amplitude rapidly oscillating Ap (roAp) star discovered with time-series spectroscopy. Using high-resolution spectra obtained with the HARPS instrument at the European Southern Observatory 3.6-m telescope, we detect radial velocity variations with a period of 10.86 min in Pr III, Nd III, Dy III lines, and in the narrow cores of hydrogen lines. Pulsational amplitudes exceed 1 km s(-1) in individual lines of Nd III. The presence of running waves in the stellar atmosphere is inferred from a phase shift between the radial velocity maxima of rare-earth and hydrogen lines. Our abundance analysis demonstrates that HD115226 exhibits a typical roAp spectroscopic signature, notably ionization anomaly of Pr, Nd, and Dy. We discuss the discovery of pulsations in HD115226 in the context of recent spectroscopic studies of roAp stars and point to the existence of a correlation between spectroscopic pulsational amplitude and the stellar rotation rate.

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2008. Vol. 479, no 2, L29-L32 p.
Keyword [en]
stars : atmospheres, stars : chemically peculiar, stars : oscillations, stars : individual : HD115226
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-112458DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20079183ISI: 000253039600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-112458DiVA: diva2:286224
Available from: 2010-01-14 Created: 2010-01-13 Last updated: 2010-01-14

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