The detection of the rich p-mode spectrum and asteroseismology of Przybylski's star

D. E. Mkrtichian, A. P. Hatzes, H. Saio, R. R. Shobbrook

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Aims. We investigate the oscillation spectrum of the most chemically-peculiar star in the sky, the rapidly-oscillating magnetic (roAp) star HD 101065. Methods. High-precision radial velocity (RV) measurements, spanning four consecutive nights on 3-6 March, 2004, were obtained with the HARPS echelle-spectrometer at the ESO 3.6-m telescope, and photometric data were acquired during 6 nights of observations at the 24-inch telescope of Siding Spring Observatory. The RVs were measured using all spectral lines in the wavelength range 4400-5100 Å. Results. We detected a rich spectrum of oscillation modes with semi-amplitudes ranging between 217 m s-1 and 1.6 m s-1. These belong to the complete spectrum of high-order, low ℓ = 0-2 modes, having a large spacing of δv̄ = 64.07 ± 0.9 μHz. We calculated the nonadiabatic frequencies of axisymmetric high-order p-modes for main-sequence models with dipole magnetic fields of two chemical compositions (X,Z) = (0.7, 0.02) and (X,Z) = (0.695, 0.025). The former composition provided the best fit model and yielded stellar parameters of mass, M = 1.525 ± 0.025 M, age = (1.5 ± 0.1) × 109 yr, effective temperature log Te = 3.821 ± 0.006, luminosity log L/L = 0.797 ± 0.026, surface gravity log g = 4.06 ± 0.04, and polar magnetic field strength, Bp = 8.7 ± 0.3 kG. We are able to identify the modes of all detected oscillation frequencies. The photometric and light curves have maxima that precede the RV maximum by 0.16-0.19 in phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1109-1120
Number of pages12
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Nov


  • Stars: chemically peculiar
  • Stars: individual: HD 101065
  • Stars: oscillations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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