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Volume 448, Number 2, March III 2006
Page(s) 689 - 695
Section Stellar structure and evolution
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20053331
A&A 448, 689-695 (2006)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20053331

Discovery of solar-like oscillations in the red giant $\varepsilon$ Ophiuchi

J. De Ridder1, C. Barban1, F. Carrier2, A. Mazumdar1, P. Eggenberger2, C. Aerts1, S. Deruyter3 and J. Vanautgaerden1

1  Instituut voor Sterrenkunde, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200 B, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium
    e-mail: joris@ster.kuleuven.ac.be
2  Observatoire de Genève, 51 chemin des Maillettes, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland
3  Sterrenkundig Observatorium, Universiteit Gent, Krijgslaan 281 S9, 9000 Gent, Belgium

(Received 28 April 2005 / Accepted 24 October 2005 )

We present the discovery of solar-like oscillations in time-series of the G9.5 red giant $\varepsilon$ Ophiuchi. The data were obtained with the CORALIE spectrograph at the 1.2 m Swiss telescope in La Silla and the ELODIE spectrograph at the 1.93 m telescope at the Observatoire de Haute Provence. Periodic variations can be observed in the radial velocity time series of individual nights. In the power spectrum of the radial velocity time series there is a clear power excess around 60 $\mu$Hz, and several individual oscillation frequencies can be distinguished. Our auto-correlation and comb response analysis reveals a large separation of either 4.8 $\mu$Hz or (its 11.57 $\mu$Hz alias) 6.7 $\mu$Hz. We estimate the position of $\varepsilon$ Oph in the HR diagram, and verify whether CESAM shell hydrogen-burning stellar models exist that can reproduce the observed frequency separation.

Key words: stars: oscillations -- stars: individual: HD 146791 -- stars: late-type

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