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A&A
Volume 434, Number 3, May II 2005
Page(s) 1085 - 1095
Section Stellar structure and evolution
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20042140


A&A 434, 1085-1095 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20042140

New seismological results on the G0 IV $\mathsf{\eta}$ Bootis

F. Carrier1, P. Eggenberger1 and F. Bouchy1, 2

1  Observatoire de Genève, 51 chemin de Maillettes, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland
    e-mail: fabien.carrier@obs.unige.ch
2  Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, Traverse du Siphon, BP 8, 13376 Marseille Cedex 12, France

(Received 8 October 2004 / Accepted 31 December 2004 )

Abstract
Several attempts have been made to detect solar-like oscillations in the G0 IV star $\eta$ Boo . We present here new observations on this star simultaneously conducted with two spectrographs: CORALIE mounted on the 1.2-m Swiss telescope at the ESO La Silla Observatory (Chile) and ELODIE based on the 1.93-m telescope at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence (France). In total, 1239 spectra were collected over 13 nights. The power spectrum of the high precision velocity time series clearly presents several identifiable peaks between 0.4 and 1.0 mHz showing regularity with a large and small separation of $\Delta\nu$ = 39.9 $\mu$Hz and $\delta\nu_{02}$ = 3.95 $\mu$Hz respectively. Twenty-two individual frequencies have been identified. Detailed models based on these measurements and non-asteroseismic observables were computed using the Geneva evolution code including shellular rotation and atomic diffusion. By combining these seismological data with non-asteroseismic observations, we determine the following global parameters for $\eta$ Boo : a mass of $1.57 \pm 0.07$ $M_{\odot}$, an age $t=2.67 \pm 0.10$ Gyr and an initial metallicity $(Z/X)_{\mathrm{i}}=0.0391 \pm 0.0070$. We also show that the mass of $\eta$ Boo is very sensitive to the choice of the observed metallicity, while the age of $\eta$ Boo depends on the input physics used. Indeed, a higher metallicity favours a higher mass, while non-rotating models without overshooting predict a smaller age.


Key words: stars: individual: $\eta$ Boo -- stars variables: general -- stars: fundamental parameters -- techniques: radial velocities

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