Volume 365, Number 2, January 2001
|Page(s)||118 - 127|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||15 January 2001|
Spectropolarimetric measurements of the mean longitudinal magnetic field of chemically peculiar stars*
II. Phase relating the magnetic and luminosity variabilities
Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, Città Universitaria, 95125 Catania, Italy
2 Center for Astrophysical Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Bloomberg Center, 3400 N. Charles str., Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
Corresponding author: F. Leone, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 19 September 2000
For a sample of chemically peculiar stars, we report time-resolved measurements of the effective magnetic field which were obtained with the spectropolarimetry operating at the Catania Astrophysical Observatory. These observations are combined with data from the literature for better pointing out that periodic magnetic variability which characterises this class of stars. Periods given in the literature have been checked and, if possible, re-determined, not only by means of the magnetic measurements but referring also to the Hipparcos photometry. The variability of the effective magnetic field of the already known magnetic star 25 Sex is pointed out for the first time. As to the suspected magnetic chemically peculiar star EP UMa, our measurements confirm that this is really a magnetic star and we indicate a possible variability period. The accuracy of the variability period for CS Vir and FF Vir is improved. The suggestion that light variability is due to the re-distribution of ultraviolet flux towards the visible wavelengths in metal rich regions, which are not homogeneously distributed on the stellar surface, appears not always and straightly valid. Local line-blocking is certainly important in the case of CS Vir and a direct influence of the magnetic field on the infrared photometric variability cannot be ruled out for 25 Sex.
Key words: stars: chemically peculiar -stars: magnetic fields
© ESO, 2001
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