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The CoRoT space mission: early results
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Volume 506, Number 1, October IV 2009
The CoRoT space mission: early results
Page(s) 51 - 56
Section Stellar structure and evolution
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/200911937
Published online 24 July 2009
A&A 506, 51-56 (2009)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/200911937

Solar-like oscillations in HD 181420: data analysis of 156 days of CoRoT data

C. Barban1, S. Deheuvels1, F. Baudin2, T. Appourchaux2, M. Auvergne1, J. Ballot3, P. Boumier2, W. J. Chaplin4, R. A. García5, P. Gaulme2, E. Michel1, B. Mosser1, C. Régulo6, 7, I. W. Roxburgh8, 1, G. Verner8, A. Baglin1, C. Catala1, R. Samadi1, H. Bruntt1, Y. Elsworth4, and S. Mathur9

1  LESIA, UMR8109, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Université Denis Diderot, Observatoire de Paris, 92195 Meudon Cedex, France
    e-mail: Caroline.Barban@obspm.fr
2  Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, UMR8617, Université Paris XI, Bâtiment 121, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France
3  Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Toulouse-Tarbes, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, 14 avenue Edouard Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
4  School of physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
5  Laboratoire AIM, CEA/DSM-CNRS-Université Paris Diderot; CEA, IRFU, SAp, centre de Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
6  Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, 38205 La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
7  Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
8  Astronomy Unit, Queen Mary, University of London Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK
9  Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, India

Received 24 February 2009 / Accepted 24 June 2009

Context. The estimate of solar-like oscillation properties, such as their frequencies, amplitudes and lifetimes, is challenging because of their low amplitudes and will benefit from long and uninterrupted observing runs. The space telescope CoRoT allows us to obtain high-performance photometric data over a long and quasi continuous period. Among its main targets are stars for which we expect solar-like oscillations.
Aims. HD 181420, an F2 main sequence star, has been observed by CoRoT during its first long run covering about 156 days. With this unprecedently high-quality set of data, our aim is to derive the p-mode parameters that can be used to probe the stellar interior.
Methods. The CoRoT data obtained on HD 181420 is analysed using a classical Fourier approach for the search for the p mode signature. The p-mode parameters are then derived using global fitting of the power spectrum by a Lorentzian model, as used widely in the solar case.
Results. From the p-mode frequencies, the mean value of the large spacing is estimated to be 75  ${\rm\mu Hz}$. The p-mode amplitudes are slightly less than 4 ppm with a line width of about 8  ${\rm\mu Hz}$ at the maximum of the p modes. The inclination angle is estimated to be around $45 \degr$. The large mode line-width combined with the observed mode spacing make it difficult to identify the $\ell=2$ modes and to estimate the rotational splitting. We explore two scenarios for the identification of the modes.

Key words: stars: oscillations -- stars: individual: HD 181420

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