Solving the mode identification problem in asteroseismology of F stars observed with Kepler

Timothy R. White, Timothy R. Bedding, Michael Gruberbauer, Othman Benomar, Dennis Stello, Thierry Appourchaux, William J. Chaplin, Jorgen Christensen-Dalsgaard, Yvonne P. Elsworth, Rafael A. García, Saskia Hekker, Daniel Huber, Hans Kjeldsen, Benoît Mosser, Karen Kinemuchi, Fergal Mullally, Martin Still

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Asteroseismology of F-type stars has been hindered by an ambiguity in identification of their oscillation modes. The regular mode pattern that makes this task trivial in cooler stars is masked by increased line widths. The absolute mode frequencies, encapsulated in the asteroseismic variable ε, can help solve this impasse because the values of ε implied by the two possible mode identifications are distinct. We find that the correct ε can be deduced from the effective temperature and the line widths and we apply these methods to a sample of solar-like oscillators observed with Kepler.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL36
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012



  • stars: fundamental parameters
  • stars: interiors
  • stars: oscillations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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White, T. R., Bedding, T. R., Gruberbauer, M., Benomar, O., Stello, D., Appourchaux, T., Chaplin, W. J., Christensen-Dalsgaard, J., Elsworth, Y. P., García, R. A., Hekker, S., Huber, D., Kjeldsen, H., Mosser, B., Kinemuchi, K., Mullally, F., & Still, M. (2012). Solving the mode identification problem in asteroseismology of F stars observed with Kepler. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 751(2), [L36].