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Volume 491, Number 2, November IV 2008
Page(s) 545 - 554
Section Stellar atmospheres
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:200810325
Published online 01 October 2008

A&A 491, 545-554 (2008)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:200810325

Chemically peculiar stars and their temperature calibration

M. Netopil1, E. Paunzen1, H. M. Maitzen1, P. North2, and S. Hubrig3

1  Institut für Astronomie der Universität Wien, Türkenschanzstr. 17, 1180 Wien, Austria
    e-mail: martin.netopil@univie.ac.at
2  Laboratoire d'Astrophysique, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Observatoire de Sauverny, 1290 Versoix, Switzerland
3  European Southern Observatory, Casilla 19001, Santiago, Chile

Received 4 June 2008 / Accepted 3 September 2008

Aims. The determination of effective temperature for chemically peculiar (CP) stars by means of photometry is a sophisticated task due to their abnormal colours. Standard calibrations for normal stars lead to erroneous results and, in most cases corrections are necessary.
Methods. In order to specify appropriate corrections, direct temperature determinations for 176 objects of the different subgroups were collected from the literature. This much larger sample than in previous studies therefore allows a more accurate investigation, mostly based on average temperatures.
Results. For the three main photometric systems (UBV, Geneva, Strömgren ${uvby}\beta$), methods to determine effective temperature are presented together with a comparison with former results. Based on the compiled data we provide evidence that He (CP4) objects also need a considerable correction, not noticed in former investigations due to their small number. Additionally, a new relation for the bolometric correction and the capability of standard calibrations to deduce interstellar reddening for magnetic CP stars are shown.

Key words: stars: chemically peculiar -- stars: fundamental parameters -- techniques: photometric -- methods: statistical

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