Searching for p-modes in MOST Procyon data: another view*
Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS/Université Paris XI UMR 8617, 91405 Orsay, France e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia, 6224 Agricultural Road, Vancouver V6T 1Z1, Canada
3 National Solar Observatory, 950 N. Cherry Avenue, Tucson AZ 85719-4933, USA
Accepted: 23 August 2007
Context.Photometry of Procyon obtained by the MOST satellite in 2004 has been searched for p modes by several groups, with sometimes contradictory interpretations.
Aims.We explore two possible factors that complicate the analysis and may lead to erroneous reports of p modes in these data.
Methods.Two methods are used to illustrate the role of subtle instrumental effects in the photometry: time-frequency analysis, and a search for regularly spaced peaks in a Fourier spectrum based on the echelle diagramme approach.
Results.We find no convincing evidence of a p-mode signal in the MOST Procyon data. We can account for an apparent excess of power close to the p-mode frequency range and signs of structure in an echelle diagramme in terms of instrumental effects.
Key words: stars: oscillations / methods: data analysis
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