Volume 372, Number 1, June II 2001
|Page(s)||260 - 275|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||15 June 2001|
Ultraviolet spectra for λ Boo (HD 125162) computed with H opacities and Lyman-α H-H and H-H+ opacities
CNR-Gruppo Nazionale Astronomia and Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, Via G.B. Tiepolo 11, 34131 Trieste, Italy
2 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Corresponding author: F. Castelli, email@example.com
Accepted: 14 March 2001
New opacity distribution functions (ODF) have been computed for use with the ATLAS9 model atmosphere code of Kurucz. One of the improvements upon the Kurucz ([CITE]) ODFs is the addition to the line blanketing of the Lyman-α H-H and H-H+ quasi-molecular absorptions near 1600 Åand 1400 Å. New-ODF fluxes are expected to reproduce the ultraviolet observations of λ Boo stars and metal-poor A-type stars in a more realistic way than previous computations did. In this paper we compare low- and high-resolution IUE observations of λ Boo (HD 125162, HR 5351) with fluxes and synthetic spectra based on ATLAS9 models and new-ODFs, which were computed for for all the elements, except CNO. For C, N, and O, abundances ) equal to -3.85, -3.99, and -3.11, respectively, were adopted. We selected λ Boo in order to compare results from the new-ODFs with those from Allard et al. ([CITE], [CITE]), who tested their semi-classical computations of the H-H and H-H+ quasi-molecular absorptions on this star. The analysis of the IUE high-resolution spectrum has shown that lines of H2 are a very important source of line opacity for λ Boo shortward 1600 Å. When both atomic and molecular lines are considered, the slope of the observed energy distribution is well reproduced in the whole region 1300-3000 Åby the new-ODF model, but the H-H quasi-molecular absorption at 1600 Åis computed about 10% too strong. The fit of the low-resolution IUE image SWP17872 to a small grid of new-ODF models gives parameters K, , while the fit of the high-resolution image SWP42081, rebinned at the low resolution wavelength step size, gives parameters K, . These last parameters are in close agreement with K, obtained by fitting the visible energy distribution. The different IUE images are discussed.
Key words: stars: atmospheres / stars: fundamental parameters / stars: individuals: HD 125162 (λ Boo) / ultraviolet: stars
© ESO, 2001
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