Discovery of X-ray flaring on the magnetic Bp-star Ori E
Hamburger Sternwarte, Gojenbergsweg 112, 21029 Hamburg, Germany
Corresponding author: D. Groote, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 7 January 2004
We report the detection of an X-ray flare on the Bp star σ Ori E with the ROSAT high resolution imager (HRI). The flare is shown to have likely occurred on the early-type star, rather than on an hypothesized late-type companion. We derive flare parameters such as total energy release, coarse estimates of size and density, and also present arguments for a magnetic origin of the flare. We place our observations in the context of a magnetic character of Bp-type stars and speculate on a common physical basis and connection between Bp and Be stars.
Key words: stars: chemically peculiar / stars: early-type / stars: flare / stars: individual: HD 37479, σ Ori E / stars: magnetic fields / stars: winds, outflows
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