The CoRoT space mission: early results
Evidence for nonlinear resonant mode coupling in the Cephei star HD 180642 (V1449 Aquilae) from CoRoT photometry^{}^{,}^{}
P. Degroote^{1}  M. Briquet^{1,}^{}  C. Catala^{2}  K. Uytterhoeven^{1,3,4}  K. Lefever^{1,5}  T. Morel^{1,6}  C. Aerts^{1,7}  F. Carrier^{1}  M. Auvergne^{2}  A. Baglin^{2}  E. Michel^{2}
1  Instituut voor Sterrenkunde, K.U. Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
2  LESIA, CNRS, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Université Denis Diderot, Observatoire de Paris, 92195 Meudon Cedex, France
3  INAF  Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, via E. Bianchi 46, 23807 Merate, Italy
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Laboratoire AIM, CEA/DSMCNRSUniversité Paris Diderot; CEA, IRFU, SAp, Centre de Saclay, 91191 GifsurYvette, France
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Belgisch Instituut voor Ruimte Aeronomie (BIRA), Ringlaan 3, 1180 Brussels, Belgium
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Institut d'Astrophysique et de Géophysique, Université de Liège, Allée du 6 Août 17, 4000 Liège, Belgium
7  Department of Astrophysics, IMAPP, University of Nijmegen, PO Box 9010, 6500 GL Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Received 3 February 2009 / Accepted 27 May 2009
Abstract
Context. We present the CoRoT light curve of the Cep star HD 180642, assembled during the first long run of the space mission, as well as archival singleband photometry.
Aims. Our goal is to analyse the detailed behaviour present in the light curve and interpret it in terms of excitedmode frequencies.
Methods. After describing the noise properties in detail, we use various time series analyses and fitting techniques to model the CoRoT light curve, for various physical assumptions. We apply statistical goodnessoffit criteria that allow us to select the most appropriate physical model fit to the data.
Results. We conclude that the lightcurve model based on nonlinear resonant frequency and phase locking provides the best representation of the data. Interpretation of the residuals is dependent on the chosen physical model used to prewhiten the data.
Conclusions. Our observational results constitute a fruitful starting point for detailed seismic stellar modelling of this largeamplitude and evolved Cep star.
Key words: stars: oscillations  stars: variables: general  stars: individual: HD 180642 (V1449 Aql)
1 Introduction
The B1.5IIIII star HD 180642 (variable star name V1449 Aql, ) has been identified as a candidate new Cep star by Waelkens et al. (1998) from Hipparcos data. This classification was confirmed by Aerts (2000), who identified the detected frequency of 5.4871 d^{1} (63.508 Hz) as a radial mode with a large amplitude of 39 mmag in the V band, by interpreting amplitude ratios derived from multicolour Geneva photometry obtained with the P7 photomultiplier instrument attached to the 0.70 m Swiss telescope at La Silla, Chile.
Figure 1: Part of the reduced CoRoT light curve ( upper panel), containing 379 785 datapoints in total. Despite the intrinsic equidistant nature of space based observations, gaps are unavoidably present, mainly due to the regular passage of the satellite through the South Atlantic Anomaly (Auvergne et al. 2009). The lower panel shows the CoRoT light curve of the constant star HD 181072. 

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Given that HD 180642 is the only known Cep star with appropriate magnitude in the fieldofview of the CoRoT space mission (Convection, Rotation and planetary Transits Auvergne et al. 2009), we undertook a preparatory observing effort to assemble data to be added to the CoRoT light curve. Several highresolution spectra were taken with the FEROS@2.2m ESO/MPI telescope in La Silla, Chile, in 2005. This led to an estimate of the fundamental parameters of the star, 1000 K, 0.15, as well as an overall line broadening of 44 km s^{1} (and some evidence of mild nitrogen excess (Morel & Aerts 2007), as discovered in other Cep stars from highprecision spectroscopy (Morel et al. 2008,2006), which could betray deep mixing). The combination of the low gravity and high pulsational amplitude of this class member is rather exceptional (see Stankov & Handler 2005, their Fig. 8) and seems to suggest an object near the end of the corehydrogen burning phase, almost ready to cross the Hertzsprung gap in the HertzsprungRussell diagram.
Adding the space photometry from Hipparcos to CoRoT and groundbased data, brings the total timespan of observations to 18 years. The dominant mode of the star is present in all of these datasets and we thus have the means to determine its frequency stability over time. On the other hand, the high timesampling of the CoRoT light curve combined with its low noise level, give us the possibility of looking for variability far beyond this dominant mode. The richness of the CoRoT frequency spectrum led at once to the conclusion that the monoperiodicity of the star must be refuted, as has already been suggested by Uytterhoeven et al. (2008) from the groundbased data.
In this paper we thoroughly investigate the variability of HD 180642 from singlechannel photometry. Additional time series of multicolour photometry and highresolution spectroscopy of the star are the subject of a twin paper (Briquet et al. 2009).
2 Observations
2.1 The CoRoT data
The raw light curve from the CoRoT database contains 422 949 datapoints, with an average time sampling of 32 s during 156.6 days and starting on . This brings the Nyquist frequency up to 1350 d^{1}. To obtain the highest possible precision, roughly of the datapoints were deleted because of flagged datapoints () and extreme outliers ( have an estimated error value above the 6 level), keeping 379 785 datapoints (Fig. 1).
After rigorous tests, we decided not to interpolate the remaining points, because the improvements in the spectral window do not weigh up against the introduced uncertainties connected with the gapfilling model. The highest amplitude in the window function is only of the main amplitude (Fig. 2). This means that we effectively spread out the power of each peak over several peaks, mainly well separated by 13 d^{1}.
A raw estimate of the noise level of the light curve, computed as the average of the periodogram between 30 d^{1} and 40 d^{1} is at 57 mag or 0.00536% in relative flux units, and slowly decays at higher frequencies to 24 mag or 0.0026% between 100 d^{1} and 110 d^{1}. We do not convert the light curve to magnitudes because the transformation from flux is not uniform and the theoretically predicted variations in first order are only linear in flux units. An exception is made in the case where the CoRoT light curve is used in combination with groundbased observations. This does not pose a problem because of the dominant mode's large amplitude.
The final reduced version of the light curve has also been corrected for long term trends: among an exponential, parabolic, and linear trend, the linear trend resulted in the best fit, reducing significantly the power in the periodogram at low frequencies. An instrumental cause of the trend seems most probable, although longterm (periodical) variations in the brightness of the star cannot be excluded from this time series alone. Previous groundbased observations disfavour the second possibility, but do not exclude it either.
Figure 2: Spectral window of the CoRoT measurements of HD 180642 after removing flagged datapoints and outliers. The highest peak is 8% of the main peak, and is well separated from it. 

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2.2 The noise properties of the CoRoT data
The CoRoT data products contain information on the standard deviation of the star's intensity per second, which is interpreted as the noise on the data. For the use and interpretation of the applied data analysis tools, it is vital to have a good understanding of the noise properties. We divided the error by the local average flux value of the light curve represented by a polynomial fit. A comparison between the Fourier periodogram of the intensity measurements and the derived standard deviations shows that in the case of HD 180642, the latter are contaminated by the former, so do not reliably stimate the instrumental noise. Instead, we used the measurements of the constant star HD 181072 of spectral type A2 and visual magnitude of 9.14, which was observed simultaneously on the same CCD, as an appropriate representation of the noise properties.
Traditionally, uncorrelated, homoscedastic white Gaussian noise is assumed in frequency analyses of Cep stars. If the number of data points is large enough, this implies that the distribution of the normalised Fourier periodogram can be approximated reasonably well by an exponential distribution (SchwarzenbergCzerny 1998). In the following paragraphs, we show that none of the assumptions are strictly true, but the deviations are so small that the classical methods can still be applied provided that a correction for correlated data is used.
By binning the noise measurements in samples of 1000 points, we can see that the noise is neither uncorrelated nor homoscedastic: we identify a continuously rising trend of 10^{5} percent d^{1} and a small temporary bump around day 130 (Fig. 3). From a plot of the Scargle periodogram, it is apparent that the noise is not white: at very low frequencies (<0.1 d^{1}) there is some power excess from the correlation effect. However, white noise is a good enough approximation for f>0.1 d^{1}.
Drawing random samples of 1000 points reveals that the noise is also not Gaussian: the sample mean is consistently higher than the sample median, suggesting that the noise has nonzero skewness. When falsifying samples of 1000 consecutive points for normality, by testing simultaneously for skewness and excess kurtosis, 65% of the samples were rejected at a p=0.01 acceptance level. Bootstrapping
the same number of samples of 1000 points yield a rejection rate of 85%. A Gaussian fit to the noise histogram overestimates the average and the number of small outliers, and it consistently underestimates the number of large outliers (Fig. 3). The skewnormal distribution (e.g. Azzalini & Capitanio 1999)
is more appropriate to describing the overall noise specifications. For the CoRoT data, we derive values of and for the location and scale parameters, and a value of , which determines the shape of the distribution. ( means the distribution is normal, means the distribution is rightskewed.) These values imply rightskewed, leptokurtic distributed noise, with a skewness and an excess kurtosis .
Figure 3: Basic properties of the noise on the data: ( upper left) average (black) and median (grey) per sample of 1000 points. ( Upper right) plot of the Scargle periodogram, gray lines are straight line fits. The noise is mostly white, except for a lowfrequency steep decay due to correlation effects. ( Lower left) Histogram of the data (black) with a normal fit (dashed grey line) and a skewnormal fit (solid grey line). The skewnormal distribution fits the wings better than the normal distribution. ( Lower right) The residuals of the histogram fits, after subtracting a normal fit (black) and after subtracting a skew normal fit (grey), show that a skew normal distribution is a better estimation of the overall noise distribution. 

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Next, we simulate the influence of skewnormality on the parameter and error estimation of a model
To do so, we generate three collections of light curves, each set containing at least 500 light curves with highly skewed noise (). To the first set of light curves, we add a high S/N monoperiodic sinusoidal signal (S/N 180), to the second set a low S/N monoperiodic sinusoidal signal (S/N 4), and to the third set a superposition of 200 sinusoids with S/N between 3 and 190 (which mimics the CoRoT data of HD 180642). To estimate f, we use the peak frequency in the Scargle periodogram of each light curve. The other parameters are determined via ordinary linear regression. Subsequently, the distribution of each estimator is compared with the theoretical formulae, as described by Montgomery & O'Donoghue (1999) but additionally taking correlation effects into account (SchwarzenbergCzerny 2003), e.g. the error estimate on the frequency is
where is the standard deviation of the residuals. The effective number of observations is estimated by counting the average distance between sign changes in the residuals. In Table 1, we present an empirical check of Eq. (2) using a simulation study with more than 500 light curves of each 50 000 data points. The empirically derived value for the parameters were calculated as the average outcome of the simulations, while the error was determined as the standard deviation. We conclude that there is no discrepancy between an estimator and the real input value in the case of a monoperiodic, high S/N signal, besides the fact that the theoretical error estimates, such as Eq. (2), are rather conservative. For a multiperiodic signal with low S/N, the same pattern emerges except for the amplitudes: the estimator of the amplitude is slightly biased towards lower values, but is still well within the error bars. The opposite bias is found in the signals with a low S/N value, but here an extra bias is introduced because peaks disappear in the noise for low amplitude values.
Table 1: Comparison between errors derived using theoretical formulas with correlation correction (input) and empirically derived estimates of the parameters and errors (estimators).
Finally, we analyse the influence of skewness on the Scargle periodogram in a qualitatively way using a large number of simulations of skew normal distributed noise with different parameters. We only find some additional noise at low frequencies, but this effect is only apparent for very high values. A set of heteroscedastic skew normal samples also introduces additional noise at low frequencies, but again, the degree of heteroscedasticity has to be unrealistically high compared to the case of the CoRoT data, to have a significant influence.
In conclusion, although the deviation from uncorrelated homoscedastic white Gaussian noise is significant for the CoRoT data, it is not dramatic: we are dealing with a slightly rightskewed, leptokurtic distribution. The above simulations suggest that a significant influence on parameter and error estimation is only noticeable for high departures of normality. Moreover, as becomes clear in the following sections, the noise level is inherently low compared to the analysed signals, and we are conservative in our significance criteria. In the following, we adopt a p value of p=0.001 in hypothesis testing, so that an orderofmagnitude estimate of p is important, rather than a precise value. If at all, only the correlation effects are worth taking into account for our analysis, which is done with the method outlined in SchwarzenbergCzerny (2003).
3 Modelling of the CoRoT light curve
Most of the calculations concerning stellar oscillations of Cep stars assume modes with small amplitudes, to be able to treat multiperiodicity as a linear superposition of multiple modes with an infinite lifetime. Fitting simple sine functions, each with constant frequency, amplitude, and phase through data represents the simplest firstorder deviations from a theoretical equilibrium state of the star. However, when the perturbations are not confined to the linear regime, higher order effects can only be modelled when different sines are combined and/or harmonics are allowed for, spreading the signature of a nonlinear effect in a Fourier periodogram over a wide range of frequencies.
Several physical origins of nonlinear effects in a light curve are plausible. These include a nonlinear response of the stellar flux, leading to a distortion of the light curve (e.g., Garrido & Rodriguez 1996), nonlinear mode coupling through resonant interaction between different modes (e.g., Dziembowski 1982; Buchler et al. 1997), excitation of strangemode oscillations in highly nonadiabatic regimes (e.g., Saio et al. 1998; Glatzel 1994), etc. In particular, nonlinear resonant mode coupling can be distinguished from complicated beating among linear modes by checking the occurrence of frequency and/or phase locking, which is not expected for a superposition of linear modes. Nonlinear oscillation signatures may also include timevariable amplitudes or phases.
Given that we are dealing with the light curve of a largeamplitude Cep star, which is of unprecedented quality and quantity, it is not a priori clear if a linear superposition of mode frequencies is the best approach to treat the variability in the CoRoT light curve of HD 180642. Therefore, we first perform a traditional linear analysis of the light curve. Next, some nonlinear models are constructed and fitted to the data, as well as compared with the fit by assuming linear mode frequencies. This comparison is done by means of statistical criteria taking the number of free parameters into account. We thus deduce the most likely physical interpretation of the variability of HD 180642 from the data point of view.
3.1 Superposition of linear modes
The first analysis of the CoRoT light curve of HD 180642 was done according to the traditional method, using the linear Scargle periodogram (Scargle 1982) and consecutive prewhitening, translating to a wellknown model of the form
for n_{f} frequencies. Here, A_{j}, f_{j}, and denote the amplitudes, frequencies, and phases. The model was evaluated at every time of observation t_{i}. At each prewhitening stage, all amplitudes, phases and the constant factor were refitted using the original light curve. This method implies a frequency resolution of the order of the Rayleigh limit 1/T=0.0064 d^{1}, making the frequency determination less precise when several frequencies are confined to a region of this width.
It is well known that nonlinear least squares fitting in the time domain, while leaving the frequencies, amplitudes, and phases free, can improve seriously the fit quality compared to the case where the frequency values are fixed to those resulting from the periodogram, but also that the success of such a procedure is largely dependent on the appropriate choice of good starting values, particularly when many frequencies are present. The starting values we adopted for the amplitudes and phases are those that resulted from ordinary least squares regression, while we fixed the frequencies from the Scargle periodogram.
It was immediately clear from the first few detected frequencies that the Scargle periodogram is not the optimal choice for describing or detecting the variability of HD 180642, although it is most certainly a powerful indicator and intuitive. At least three harmonics of the main frequency were detected, with two more being marginally significant. Also the second independent frequency was best modelled with several harmonics (see upper right panel of Fig. 4). The amplitudes of the remaining frequencies are small enough to be modelled by single sines, as illustrated for four of them in Fig. 4. This figure also shows that the light curve cannot be adequately modelled by only a few frequencies and their harmonics.
Figure 4: Phase diagrams of first three independent frequencies. Grey lines are fits, grey circles are averages of phase bins, black circles are data points corresponding to successive prewhitening stages: ( top left) five harmonics of f_{1}=5.4868(9) d^{1}, ( top right) three harmonics of f_{2}=0.2991(7) d^{1}, ( middle left to bottom right) one harmonic of f_{3}=6.324(6) d^{1}, f_{4}=8.409(2) d^{1}, f_{5}=7.254(7)6) d^{1}, f_{6}=11.811(6) d^{1}. 

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The result of this traditional analysis is a wealth in frequencies, clearly excluding a monoperiodic model. We calculated up to 200 statistically significant frequencies (Table A.1), although it has to be noted that ``only'' about 100 of them would be considered as not coming from noise when using the traditional signaltonoise criterion of Breger et al. (1993). However, there is
no doubt that the peaks do not come from noise for two reasons. First, even after prewhitening 200 frequencies with a nonlinear least squares fit, the residual amplitudes are far above the instrumental noise level (discussed in Sect. 2.2), which would be expected if the signal were composed of a superposition of linear modes. This can also be seen in Fig. 12, which we discuss later in the text. Second, it is instructive to describe the distribution of frequencies across the spectrum, to see where all the frequencies reside. If most of the detected peaks stem from noise, they should be more or less randomly distributed across the analysed frequency spectrum. To make the interpretation clearer, we decided to prewhiten a model of the first dominant mode and its five significant harmonics, or
where the initial harmonic fit was improved with a nonlinear least squares fit, also leaving the frequency variable but with fixed harmonic combinations. Then, a power spectrum normalised by the total variance of the prewhitened data (denoted as Z) was calculated. This means that the expected noise level under the assumption of Gaussian white noise corresponds to Z=1. The small deviation from this assumption (see Sect. 2.2) implies that Z=1 slightly underestimates the true noise level. Next, the periodogram was averaged using Gaussian filters with d^{1} (to smooth out the peaks) and d^{1} to estimate the empirical noise level. The result is shown in Fig. 5. Noticeable power excess exists around 0.3 d^{1}, 1.0 d^{1}, 6.3 d^{1}, 7.3 d^{1}, 8.4 d^{1}, 8.8 d^{1}, 9.8 d^{1}, 10.4 d^{1}, 11.0 d^{1}, 12.3 d^{1},13.9 d^{1}, and, finally, to a lesser extent also 14.15 d^{1}. Most of these power excess regions are not the result of one large peak, but represent a smoothing of many closely spaced peaks in the periodogram, e.g., in the lowfrequency region ( d^{1}). It is clear that the lowamplitude frequencies are not due to noise, but is actual signal and there are almost no frequencies or any sign of power excess in the region between 1 d^{1} and 5 d^{1}. The higher frequency regions (>14 d^{1}) are much closer to the theoretical noise level, but are at the same time contaminated by secondary window peaks.
Figure 5: Scargle periodogram (black) after prewhitening of dominant mode and its harmonics. Overlays are Gaussian convolutions with d^{1} (light grey) and d^{1} (dark grey), which are good indicators for power excess and the empirical average noise level, respectively. The empirical noise level only coincides with the theoretical noise level for white Gaussian noise at very high frequencies. 

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As it turned out, several of the frequencies are linear combinations of other frequencies (Table 2). The influence of a few frequencies is thus widespread over the entire frequency spectrum. This is why we consider the second model below.
3.2 Nonlinear frequency locking
Frequencies excited through nonlinear resonant mode coupling can manifest themselves in a natural way through combination frequencies, which may seem, at first sight, independent of the others. Such frequency locking is one effect that can be derived from the amplitude equation formalism (e.g. Dziembowski 1982; Buchler et al. 1997; Van Hoolst et al. 1998), if amplitudes and phases are constant in time. Following this assumption, a summary of the most obvious combination frequencies is given in Table 2. In this table, frequency values f_{1},f_{2} and correspond to the highest peaks in successive prewhitening stages and denotes difference between the true linear combination and the found value. All combination frequencies were identified following the method described in Degroote et al. (2009). We selected only those combinations where the difference between the true combination value and the real value is below half of the Rayleigh limit d^{1}. The nonlinear leakage can then be viewed as spreading over a wide range of the frequency spectrum, roughly between 0 d^{1} and 20 d^{1}.
This phenomenon of combination frequencies has been detected previously in Cep stars, e.g. in Eri (Handler et al. 2004) and in 12 Lac (Handler et al. 2006). For these stars, only positive combinations were detected. It was difficult, therefore, to interpret these combinations, in terms of light curve distortions either due to nonlinear response or due to nonlinear resonant mode coupling. Indeed, both these phenomena would naturally give rise to difference combination frequencies, as well as phase locking, which were not detected in these two stars. Moreover, thirdorder combinations were not unambiguously identified, because the amplitudes either were too low or were not excited.
Under the assumption that the combination frequencies are real in HD 180642, the amplitudes, phases and independent frequencies were refitted using the previous values as starting values, while fixing the dependent frequencies according to their linear combination throughout the fit:
with f_{l} = n_{l}^{1}f_{l}^{1} + n_{l}^{2}f_{l}^{2},
a linear combination of two independent frequencies. It is assumed that there are n_{f} independent frequencies and m_{f} dependent frequencies.
To better describe the combination frequencies and their origin, their relative phases and amplitudes were analysed. Following Buchler et al. (1997) and Vuille (2000), they are defined as
and
with the subindex i referring to the parent mode with the largest amplitude, j to the parent mode with the smallest amplitude, and the index c to the daughter mode. The relative phases and amplitudes for all candidate combination frequencies from Table 2, except harmonics, are shown in Fig. 6.
Table 2: Parents (p_{1},p_{2}) and their orders (n_{1},n_{2}) of combination frequencies .
Figure 6: ( Top) Relative phase as a function of frequency. Error bars denote level. The parent modes are indicated by vertical lines. Horizontal lines denote a phase lag and lead with respect to the parent modes. Sum combinations are filled circles, difference combinations are open circles. ( Middle) Relative amplitudes as a function of frequency. ( Bottom) Relative amplitude as a function of relative phase. 

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To make the discussion more readable, we denote each daughter mode by a unique designation,
d_{i,j}(n_{i},n_{j}),
 1.
 There are six daughter frequencies that have four properties in common: they are a sum of the dominant mode with another frequency, they cluster around the same relative phase (
), they have comparable relative amplitudes, and they have the same firstorder coefficients (n_{i}=n_{j}=1):
d_{1,3}(1,1),
d_{1,4}(1,1),
d_{1,6}(1,1),
d_{1,8}(1,1),
d_{1,10}(1,1), and
d_{1,11}(1,1).
 2.
 A similar clustering around a common relative phase is visible for 6 differences:
d_{4,8}(1,1),
d_{1,4}(1,1),
d_{1,3}(2,1),
d_{1,2}(1,1),
d_{5,6}(2,1), and
d_{1,2}(2,2), although they have different coefficients and different relative amplitudes.
 3.
 Around the second harmonic of the dominant mode, a spacing with
d^{1} is clearly visible. The daughter frequencies
d_{1,2}(2,1),
d_{1,2}(2,2) almost have the same relative amplitudes, and are both found in two consecutive prewhitening stages.
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 The daughter frequency d_{1,3}(11) has a relative phase of .
In the case of HD 180642, we hence do see difference combination frequencies, in contrast to the cases of the two largeamplitude Cep stars Eri (Handler et al. 2004) and 12 Lac (Handler et al. 2006). These difference frequencies are still well above 0.1 d^{1}, and are thus in the regime of white noise (see Fig. 3) Such low combination frequencies are expected to occur with similar amplitudes as the sum combinations, for both the nonlinear distortion model and a nonlinear resonant mode coupling model. While we see more sum frequencies than differences, we do reach the regime of gmode frequencies through several combinations for HD 180642. We also found higher order combinations here, up to order four (see Table 2), than for Eri and 12 Lac.
We note from Fig. 6 that four combination frequencies have a much higher A_{r}value than the others. This is simply because these are the four combinations not involving the dominant mode (hence the denominator in the definition of A_{r} is much smaller). Furthermore, the relative amplitudes of the combinations involving the dominant mode cover a range of a factor ten and the phases cover the entire range [0.5,0.5], although several relative phases of difference frequencies are equal within the error bars, and similarly for the sum frequencies. The largest relative amplitudes all occur for a sum frequency due to a threemode resonance model involving the dominant mode. The difference frequencies of the same three modes, if they occur, all have lower relative amplitude. We interpret this as due to nonlinear resonant mode locking, as a nonlinear distortion would not privilege larger amplitudes for sum or difference frequencies.
In principle, the relative amplitudes of the resonantly locked frequencies can help to constrain the mode degrees, because the geometric cancelling effect is different for different degrees. Unfortunately, we cannot use the relative amplitude values to derive the mode degrees, because all largeamplitude, threemode resonances involve the dominant radial mode, which does not imply geometric cancelling, and we have no other information on the degrees of the parent frequencies.
3.3 Timedependent amplitudes and phases
In the previous section, we assumed the amplitudes and phases to be constant in time. However, the amplitude equation formalism also allows for solutions where this is not the case (Buchler et al. 1997). Amplitude and phase modulations may occur, which can be (multi)periodic or chaotic. The light curve of HD 180642 as measured with CoRoT is of such high quality that it becomes possible to detect and to model these variations through changes in the highly sampled phase profile. Although a sine function with five harmonics is a good fit in the phase diagram (Fig. 4), it is also clear from the same figure that this model is only an ``average'' model; in fact, the fit is not optimal for modelling a particular phase. Some phases can be modelled adequately with three harmonics, others need four, etc. Moreover, the minima and maxima seem to oscillate around an equilibrium value.
Figure 7: Summary of independent (full lines) and combination frequencies (dashed lines) for the nonlinear frequency locking model F_{2} described in the text. The frequencies detected in the groundbased photometry and spectroscopy by Briquet et al. (2009) are indicated by closed and open triangles, respectively. 

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Figure 8: Periodograms and phase diagrams for the timevariable amplitude (f_{1}^{ai}) and phase ( ) of the first four harmonics of the dominant mode. Because the fourth harmonic was not detected in every phase, there are less points in the lower panels for which the Nyquist frequency is also lower than for the other harmonics. 

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To quantify this timedependent behaviour, a harmonic fit was calculated for every covered phase of the main frequency. The number of harmonics to be used is determined from the statistic of the data with respect to the model. The number of significant harmonics was taken as the lowest one that achieves a . This number varies mainly between three and four, with few exceptions.
We quantify the complexity of each phase profile by the ratio of the harmonic's amplitudes compared to the main amplitude. The higher this ratio, the more significant the specific harmonic. Also, from each fit, we extract the fitted constant as an indicator for longterm trends. Finally, peaktopeak
variations in the phases are calculated. Using these methods, we finally arrive at an adapted version of Eq. (4):
with
For clarity, we first examine what the linear interpretation of this model would be. The simple model with k=0 and j,l,m=1 can be linearised with the assumption that . Violation of this assumption only influences the amplitude determination. Linearising (6) gives
or when
with, under the assumption that ,
The results of the frequency analysis for the amplitudes, phases, and constants for this model assumption can be found in Tables A.3 to A.10. The analysis of the first frequency of the timedependent amplitude and phase for each harmonic is shown in Fig. 8.
With this last expansion in mind, we can use the results of the frequency analysis of the amplitudes and phases to predict the occurrence of spurious frequencies, actually originating from the linear expansion of the nonlinear model, and thus not physically inherent to the star. We performed this exercise for the primary component of the main radial mode and its harmonics. If we assume that the primary component f_{1} and its harmonics have a variable amplitude and phase with frequency f=0.8379 d^{1}, then we can already explain several of the observed frequencies (see Table 3). Obviously, not all predicted frequencies can be discovered. After fitting the light curve with this model and inspecting the periodogram, we can see that additional secondary peaks are introduced that are not observed. When taking more frequencies into account, at least some of the secondary peaks seem to cancel out. This motivates us to construct several timedependent amplitude models and to compare the fits. From Tables A.3 to A.10, we select the most probable frequencies and let the amplitudes and phases vary accordingly. First, only one frequency is used. Gradually more frequencies are added, until we arrive at a maximum of four frequencies determining the amplitude time variability.
The two frequencies 0.836 d^{1} and 1.767 d^{1} clearly stand out: the amplitudes and phases oscillate on this time scale, but they are also found when applying model F_{1} given by Eq. (3), which means that the ``entire'' light curve is also oscillating at the same rate. This is confirmed by analysing the residuals after removing the constructed models, and both of the frequencies are recovered.
Despite the success of these timedependent amplitude and phase models to explain several peaks in the periodogram, we have to compare them more rigorously with the models of the forms Eqs. (3) and (5), which is the topic of the next section.
Table 3: Selection of predicted versus observed frequencies under the assumption of timedependent amplitudes and phases (model given by Eq. (6)).
3.4 Model evaluation
To compare the different models with each other and determine their goodnessoffit, we computed four evaluation statistics: the variance reduction (VR), both Akaike's information criterion (AIC) and the Bayesian information criterion (BIC) in the time domain, and the power reduction (PR) in the
frequency domain. The power reduction is computed with respect to the original periodogram by numerical integration of the model's amplitude periodogram. The AIC is defined as
where is a maximum likelihood estimator (MLE), n the effective number of observations, and k the number of free parameters in the model. Under the assumption of Gaussian white noise, we can insert the MLE of the noise variance, with RSS the residual sum of squares. Criterion (9) then becomes
The AIC can be calculated for every model, but is only relevant in comparisons: the lower the AIC, the better the model.
Despite the AIC discouraging the use of too many free parameters (unlike the variance and power
reduction), the BIC is more suitable when we want to stress the importance of simpler models over more complicated ones and thus increase the penalty for introducing new parameters. The BIC is defined as
Analogous to the AIC, we can simplify this to
The BIC is also only relevant in comparisons, where again the lower the BIC, the better the model. We choose to use the BIC for our model selection rather than the criteria, because we want to favour simple, physically appropriate models with the fewest possible degrees of freedom. The BIC is the most conservative criterion in this respect, because it requires that the gain in variance reduction must be worth the cost of introducing extra parameters.
First, we computed the AIC and BIC for all prewhitening stages, and compared them to a model with only the first frequency prewhitened. Indeed, given the richness of the frequency spectrum, it could well be that not all variability can be modelled adequately with sine functions. Of course any type of variability can be considered as such, but this may result in using too many parameters. As can be seen in Fig. 9, the BIC sets the optimal number of sines to use for model fit F_{1} to 127, so introducing 3 additional parameters is not longer worth the gain in variance reduction.
Figure 9: Comparison of the AIC (black) and BIC (grey) for the Scargle analysis of model F_{1}. The lower the value, the better the fit. The absolute values have no meaning, so the AIC and BIC cannot be compared. Clearly the BIC gives a higher penalty for introducing extra parameters than the AIC. From frequency 127 on, the BIC discourages the use of additional sines in the model fit (inset is a zoom). 

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From Table 4, we can see that all statistics prefer the model where the combination frequencies were fixed, except for the variance reduction. That the latter is slightly worse is no surprise, as there are fewer free parameters with fixed frequencies. For each alternative model, Eqs. (5) and (6) separated by horizontal lines, the closest linear (original) model Eq. (3) is computed, and fitted through nonlinear least squares.
All versions of the model F_{3} described by Eq. (6) lead to a worse fit to the data than similar models F_{1} (in the sense of which peaks they can explain) of the form of Eq. (3). The differences are small in most cases, but there is a difference nonetheless. This has already been foreseen in Table 3 because not all predicted peaks are detectable, so the fit introduces spurious peaks. This effect can also be deduced from the PR: although there are more parameters, the fits do not explain the periodogram as well as simpler models.
Table 4: Model evaluation .
4 Timefrequency behaviour of parent and combination frequencies
The enormous complexity of the power spectrum of HD 180642 as measured with CoRoT and many of the previous remarks raise questions about the stability of the observed and treated modes in terms of amplitudes and frequencies. Nonlinear resonant mode coupling may give rise to variability in the frequencies and amplitudes over time (Buchler et al. 1997). Given that this is statistically the best model and also physically the more plausible one, we focus on the modes listed in Table 2, by performing a timefrequency analysis for every prewhitening stage where the frequency under consideration is the dominant one.
A logical approach is to perform a wavelet analysis, adapted to the unequidistant signature of the dataset at hand (Foster 1996). In a data set with a lowenough noise level, one can also compare the shape of the detected peak p(f) in the Fourier periodogram with the theoretical shape of an infinitely stable mode of frequency f_{0}:
with T the total time span. This method has the advantage of concentrating on the most localized area possible in frequency space. On the downside, a peak not fitting the expected shape can also mean that there is a beating pattern on a longer time scale that is not resolved well by the data sets. A third method of investigating stability we applied is simply to cut the entire time series in half, and do an independent traditional Scargle analysis on both parts.
The results for some of the frequencies in Table 2 are shown in Fig. 10, where the window for the wavelet transforms was taken as 40 days around the targeted frequencies. The dominant mode frequency and its first harmonic do not change during the entire CoRoT time series. Comparing the shapes of all the other peaks (some of which shown in the left panels of Fig. 10) leads to the conclusion that some frequencies do not change their behaviour while others do. This is particularly the case for d^{1}. The wavelet analysis hints at changes in the amplitudes of many of the modes, but it does not allow thorough quantitative conclusions. Strong amplitude changes have also been found in the CoRoT data of the pulsating Be star HD 49330 (Huat et al. 2009).
Figure 10: Search for changes in the frequency or amplitude behaviour (in % of mean flux) for some of the frequencies in Table 2. Left panels compare the observed shape of the Scargle peak (black) with the theoretical infinitely stable peak (gray), middle panels show the result of a wavelet analysis, right panels show the comparison between the peak as calculated only using the first half of the time series (black) and the peak using only the last half (gray). From top to bottom: d_{1,3}(1,1) shows stability of the frequency, but a decrease in amplitude towards the end of the time series; f_{7} shows signs of a decrease in both amplitude and frequency; d_{1,4}(1,1) proves to be relatively stable; d_{4,8}(1,1) shows a huge rise in amplitude from virtually non existent to highly significant; d_{1,2}(1,1) could evolve slowly in frequency. 

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5 Longterm frequency evolution of the dominant mode
The Hipparcos satellite observed HD 180642 from March 12, 1990 for almost three years. Since then, 191 observations assembled with the photomultiplier P7 attached to the 0.7 m Swiss telescope at La Silla and to the 1.2 m Mercator telescope at La Palma have been added. Moreover, we downloaded 310 archival ASAS data points (Pigulski & Pojmanski 2008). This brings the total time span of observations to 6814 days. The characteristics of the different datasets, as well as the first frequency value determined for each of these data sets, are summarised in Table 5 and Fig. 11. All firstfrequency values were also calculated via a PDM procedure (Stellingwerf 1978), a multiharmonic periodogram (SchwarzenbergCzerny 1996) and a nonlinear least squares fit with 5 (fixed) harmonics, and were consistent with each other within 1.
Table 5: Datasets described in this paper and frequency values for the dominant mode determined from a Scargle periodogram (Scargle 1982).
The estimator (2) of the error on the frequency suggests that the precision scales simply with the total time span T, which would hypothetically lower the frequency error by several magnitudes in our case if the datasets were to be combined. However, we have to take the extremely biased distribution of observations in time into account. More than of the observations were made during a time span only covering less than of the total time span. A natural measure for the uncertainty on the frequency is given by the width of the peak in the window function around f=0. When adding only 83 datapoints to nearly half a million measurements, only tiny ``wobbles'' are added to the window function, and the overall shape of the main peaks is unaltered.
Instead of combining the datasets to model the stability of the frequency, we treated the datasets separately and test that the frequency derived from Hipparcos measurements are equal to the one derived from the CoRoT mission, within estimated errors. In the CoRoT dataset, correlation effects were taken into account. To determine how accurate the error estimation is in the case of the Hipparcos data, we randomly drew 7000 samples from the CoRoT dataset, using the (scaled) time gaps from the Hipparcos measurements, to arrive at a comparable number of datapoints ( ) in each sample. We derived an empirical frequency error estimate of d^{1}, while formula (2) gave us a conservatively overestimated average value of d^{1}.
If the frequencies for the dominant mode from Hipparcos and CoRoT are estimates for a common mean , then the maximum likelihood estimator for is d^{1}, with a probability of . These facts suggest that the frequency of the dominant mode is not the same in these two data sets, but has instead decreased. From the datasets in Table 5, it is impossible to determine whether the frequency change is gradual or sudden, so we refrain from any physical interpretation, although it would be naturally explained as a frequency decrease due to the approaching of the star to the end of the corehydrogen burning, as suggested by the low of 3.45 dex.
6 Residual power
As already hinted at above when discussing the three models F_{1}, F_{2}, and F_{3}, we have not yet reached the noise level when considering all the 127 frequencies listed in Table A.1, or the more restricted lists belonging to models F_{2} and F_{3} given in Tables A.9 to A.10. Figure 12 shows the residual periodograms for each of the three considered models, where we took the timevariable amplitude and phase model F_{3} allowing for one frequency to describe this amplitude variability as this leads to the best BIC (Table 4), but the result is similar for the three other cases of this model. As can be seen, all three models lead to residual power excess, although at a very different level. Further prewhitening according to model F_{1} was done (see Table A.1 which lists up to 200 frequencies) but is, according to us, not very useful for any physical interpretation of the frequencies.
Figure 11: Frequency determinations of ground and spacebased observations ( left to right: Hipparcos, Swiss 70 cm, Mercator, ASAS, and CoRoT). Vertical bars denote error in frequency, corrected for correlation. Horizontal bars denote time span for the frequency determination, circles denote midpoint of observations. 

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Figure 12: Residual periodograms for each of the three prewhitened models F_{1}, F_{2} and F_{3} described in the text. 

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Recently, Belkacem et al. (2009) has interpreted the residual power of HD 180642 after prewhitening 91 frequencies with a model description as F_{1}, in terms of stochastically excited modes due to turbulent convection. They derived a large spacing Hz or twice this value, from the residual power spectrum, excluding the frequencies below 130 Hz (11.23 d^{1}) and above 300 Hz (26 d^{1}). We refer to their paper for a physical description and interpretation of such modes.
Our model comparison shows that the residual power is quite different for our preferred physical model F_{2} than for model F_{1} considering 127 frequencies. Even though model F_{1} leads to lower residual power, it is not as statistically good as model F_{2} if one takes the difference in degrees of freedom into account. Also, ``natural'' combination frequencies occur among the found frequencies, of which several are phaselocked. One may then wonder how frequencies that are resonantly excited and that may show timedependent behaviour can be distinguished from stochastically excited ones, when they occur in the same frequency regime. In any case, the frequencies involved in phase locking are not expected to have a stochastic nature, as they would have random phase behaviour. Therefore, all the combination frequencies whose phases are locked (6 sum and 6 difference frequencies  see Fig. 6) are not likely to stem from a stochastic process. They cover almost the entire range in frequency covered in Fig. 7.
We estimated the large separations for the three residual power spectra shown in Fig. 12, assuming them to be caused by stochastically excited oscillations (pmodes), by using échelle diagrams with extracted frequencies and autocorrelations (ChristensenDalsgaard 1988). We thus find, in the frequency range from 50 Hz to 300 Hz, 0.2 Hz for the residuals of model F_{1}, 0.2 Hz for the residuals of model F_{2} and 0.2 Hz for the residuals of model F_{3}. The autocorrelation diagram for the residuals of the models also shows a smaller bump around 24 Hz and 36 Hz. Assuming modes as the cause of , could be interpreted as the distance between and modes, but we regard this as a tentative result that needs further confirmation.
The detection of solarlike oscillations in this Cep star as an explanation of the residual excess power seems to be robust against the various models for the prewhitening of the driven and resonantly excited modes. The value of the large spacing is, however, lightcurve model dependent.
7 Discussion and conclusion
The available CoRoT data of the Cep star HD 180642 provided us with a wealth of information. Beyond the previously known dominant mode, many more frequencies are detected. A large fraction of those does not change their behaviour during the time span of the CoRoT data, while others do. Light curve modelling using different underlying functional assumptions led us to prefer a model based on nonlinear mode interaction, with 11 independent frequencies and 22 threeresonance combinations (among which some harmonics) covering the frequency range [0.3,22] d^{1}. This model selection was based on statistical criteria, without considering physical arguments a priori. Nine of the independent frequencies of this model are in the range expected for Cep stars, i.e., between 5 and 9 d^{1}. This model is also the most logical one in terms of physical interpretation. Indeed, the nonlinear frequency locking is a natural consequence of the large amplitude of the dominant radial mode of the star. Five of these 33 frequencies are in the regime of highorder g modes with frequencies below 2 d^{1} for stellar models appropriate to the star. The relative amplitudes of the coupling frequencies differ by an order of magnitude and seem to point towards nonlinear resonant mode excitation and phase locking for several of these frequencies, particularly for those in the gmode frequency regime.
Our observational results constitute a fruitful starting point for detailed seismic modelling of this star, particularly if some of the frequencies derived here could be identified. An extensive groundbased observing campaign has been organised with that goal and is discussed in Briquet et al. (2009). As indicated in Fig. 7, it leads to fully consistent frequency results with those found here, with 9 highamplitude frequencies in common.
Acknowledgements
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/20072013)/ERC grant agreement No. 227224 (PROSPERITY), as well as from the Research Council of K.U. Leuven grant agreement GOA/2008/04 and from the Belgian PRODEX Office under contract C90309: CoRoT Data Exploitation. This work was supported by the Italian ESS project, contract ASI/INAF I/015/07/0, WP 03170. K.U. acknowledges financial support from a European Community Marie Curie IntraEuropean Fellowship, contract number MEIFCT2006024476.
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All Tables
Table 1: Comparison between errors derived using theoretical formulas with correlation correction (input) and empirically derived estimates of the parameters and errors (estimators).
Table 2: Parents (p_{1},p_{2}) and their orders (n_{1},n_{2}) of combination frequencies .
Table 3: Selection of predicted versus observed frequencies under the assumption of timedependent amplitudes and phases (model given by Eq. (6)).
Table 4: Model evaluation .
Table 5: Datasets described in this paper and frequency values for the dominant mode determined from a Scargle periodogram (Scargle 1982).
All Figures
Figure 1: Part of the reduced CoRoT light curve ( upper panel), containing 379 785 datapoints in total. Despite the intrinsic equidistant nature of space based observations, gaps are unavoidably present, mainly due to the regular passage of the satellite through the South Atlantic Anomaly (Auvergne et al. 2009). The lower panel shows the CoRoT light curve of the constant star HD 181072. 

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In the text 
Figure 2: Spectral window of the CoRoT measurements of HD 180642 after removing flagged datapoints and outliers. The highest peak is 8% of the main peak, and is well separated from it. 

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In the text 
Figure 3: Basic properties of the noise on the data: ( upper left) average (black) and median (grey) per sample of 1000 points. ( Upper right) plot of the Scargle periodogram, gray lines are straight line fits. The noise is mostly white, except for a lowfrequency steep decay due to correlation effects. ( Lower left) Histogram of the data (black) with a normal fit (dashed grey line) and a skewnormal fit (solid grey line). The skewnormal distribution fits the wings better than the normal distribution. ( Lower right) The residuals of the histogram fits, after subtracting a normal fit (black) and after subtracting a skew normal fit (grey), show that a skew normal distribution is a better estimation of the overall noise distribution. 

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Figure 4: Phase diagrams of first three independent frequencies. Grey lines are fits, grey circles are averages of phase bins, black circles are data points corresponding to successive prewhitening stages: ( top left) five harmonics of f_{1}=5.4868(9) d^{1}, ( top right) three harmonics of f_{2}=0.2991(7) d^{1}, ( middle left to bottom right) one harmonic of f_{3}=6.324(6) d^{1}, f_{4}=8.409(2) d^{1}, f_{5}=7.254(7)6) d^{1}, f_{6}=11.811(6) d^{1}. 

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Figure 5: Scargle periodogram (black) after prewhitening of dominant mode and its harmonics. Overlays are Gaussian convolutions with d^{1} (light grey) and d^{1} (dark grey), which are good indicators for power excess and the empirical average noise level, respectively. The empirical noise level only coincides with the theoretical noise level for white Gaussian noise at very high frequencies. 

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Figure 6: ( Top) Relative phase as a function of frequency. Error bars denote level. The parent modes are indicated by vertical lines. Horizontal lines denote a phase lag and lead with respect to the parent modes. Sum combinations are filled circles, difference combinations are open circles. ( Middle) Relative amplitudes as a function of frequency. ( Bottom) Relative amplitude as a function of relative phase. 

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Figure 7: Summary of independent (full lines) and combination frequencies (dashed lines) for the nonlinear frequency locking model F_{2} described in the text. The frequencies detected in the groundbased photometry and spectroscopy by Briquet et al. (2009) are indicated by closed and open triangles, respectively. 

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Figure 8: Periodograms and phase diagrams for the timevariable amplitude (f_{1}^{ai}) and phase ( ) of the first four harmonics of the dominant mode. Because the fourth harmonic was not detected in every phase, there are less points in the lower panels for which the Nyquist frequency is also lower than for the other harmonics. 

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Figure 9: Comparison of the AIC (black) and BIC (grey) for the Scargle analysis of model F_{1}. The lower the value, the better the fit. The absolute values have no meaning, so the AIC and BIC cannot be compared. Clearly the BIC gives a higher penalty for introducing extra parameters than the AIC. From frequency 127 on, the BIC discourages the use of additional sines in the model fit (inset is a zoom). 

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Figure 10: Search for changes in the frequency or amplitude behaviour (in % of mean flux) for some of the frequencies in Table 2. Left panels compare the observed shape of the Scargle peak (black) with the theoretical infinitely stable peak (gray), middle panels show the result of a wavelet analysis, right panels show the comparison between the peak as calculated only using the first half of the time series (black) and the peak using only the last half (gray). From top to bottom: d_{1,3}(1,1) shows stability of the frequency, but a decrease in amplitude towards the end of the time series; f_{7} shows signs of a decrease in both amplitude and frequency; d_{1,4}(1,1) proves to be relatively stable; d_{4,8}(1,1) shows a huge rise in amplitude from virtually non existent to highly significant; d_{1,2}(1,1) could evolve slowly in frequency. 

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Figure 11: Frequency determinations of ground and spacebased observations ( left to right: Hipparcos, Swiss 70 cm, Mercator, ASAS, and CoRoT). Vertical bars denote error in frequency, corrected for correlation. Horizontal bars denote time span for the frequency determination, circles denote midpoint of observations. 

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Figure 12: Residual periodograms for each of the three prewhitened models F_{1}, F_{2} and F_{3} described in the text. 

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