Taking Advantage of the COS Time-Tag Capability: Observations of Pulsating Hot DQ White Dwarfs and Discovery of a New One

Дата и время публикации : 2011-04-13T16:37:17Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
P. Dufour
S. Béland
G. Fontaine
P. Chayer
P. Bergeron

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Коментарии к cтатье: 5 pages in emulateapj, 3 figures, accepted for publication in the ApJ Letters
Первичная категория: astro-ph.SR

Все категории : astro-ph.SR

Краткий обзор статьи: We present an analysis of the ultraviolet light curves of five Hot DQ white dwarfs recently observed with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) on board the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). These light curves were constructed by extracting the time-tag information from the FUV and NUV spectroscopic data. Single-color light curves were thus produced in 60 s time bins. The Fourier analysis of these data successfully recovers the main pulsation modes of the three stars previously known to be variable from ground-based observations. We also report the discovery of pulsations in another object, SDSS J1153+0056, making it only the fifth member of the new class of variable Hot DQ stars, and the first pulsating white dwarf to be discovered from space-based observations. The relatively high amplitudes of the modes observed in the FUV — 2 to 4 times that observed in the optical — as well as the high fraction of stars variable in our sample suggest that most, if not all, Hot DQ white dwarfs might be pulsating at some level when observed at high enough sensitivity. Our results also underline the vast potential of the time-tag capability of the HST/COS combination.

Category: Physics