On the differential rotation of CoRoT-2aH.-E. Fröhlich1, M. Küker1, A. P. Hatzes2, and K. G. Strassmeier1
1 Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (AIP), An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam, Germany
2 Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg, Karl-Schwarzschild-Observatorium (TLS), Sternwarte 5, 07778 Tautenburg, Germany
Received 20 February 2009 / Accepted 15 July 2009
We apply a robust spot model to fit the light curve of CoRoT-2a. The spots are assumed to be long-living and each has its own rotation period. A model with three circular spots reproduces the basic features of the longitude-time spot coverage map. One of the spots exhibits a noticeably lower rotational frequency than the other two. From the rotational frequencies of the three dark features we infer a differential rotation of above 0.11 rad/d, in rough agreement with theoretical models. Mean field models of angular momentum transport by convection and meridional flow lead to an equatorial rotational frequency that exceeds that of the poles by 0.09 rad/d. The spot decay corresponds to a turbulent magnetic diffusivity of cm2/s.
Key words: stars: activity -- stars: individual: CoRoT-2a -- stars: interiors -- stars: late-type -- stars: rotation -- starspots
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