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Magnetic fields, spots and weather in chemically peculiar stars
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Astronomy and Space Physics.
2008 (English)In: Contributions of the Astronomical Observatory Skalnaté Pleso, ISSN 1335-1842, Vol. 38, no 2, 191-200 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

New observational techniques and sophisticated modelling methods have led to dramatic breakthroughs in our understanding of the interplay between the surface magnetism, atomic diffusion and atmospheric dynamics in chemically peculiar stars. Magnetic Doppler images, constructed using spectropolarimetric observations of Ap stars in all four Stokes parameters, reveal the presence of small-scale field topologies. Abundance Doppler mapping has been perfected to the level where distributions of many different chemical elements can be deduced self-consistently for one star. The inferred chemical spot structures are diverse and do not always trace underlying magnetic field geometry. Moreover, horizontal chemical inhomogeneities are discovered in nonmagnetic CP stars and evolving chemical spots are observed for the first time in the bright mercury-manganese star a And. These results show that in addition to magnetic fields, another important non-magnetic structure formation mechanism acts in CP stars.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 38, no 2, 191-200 p.
Keyword [en]
stars : abundances, stars : atmospheres, stars : chemically peculiar, stars : magnetic fields, stars : starspots
National Category
Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-149672ISI: 000256514000016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-149672DiVA: diva2:405827
Conference Information: CP/AP Workshop 2007 Vienna, AUSTRIA, SEP 10-14, 2007Available from: 2011-03-23 Created: 2011-03-22 Last updated: 2011-03-23Bibliographically approved

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