2M0415+0154: A new bright, short-period subdwarf B pulsator

R. Oreiro, R. H. Østensen, E. M. Green, S. Geier

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Context. The discovery of stellar oscillations in some subdwarf B stars presents the opportunity of studying the interior structure of these objects, thereby clarifying their possible formation channels.Aims. Our ongoing survey attempts to increase the number of pulsating hot subdwarfs to better understand the complexities of the various subgroups within the population of pulsators and to identify targets suitable for seismological analysis.Methods. Light curves for a list of potential pulsators were obtained at the Nordic Optical Telescope. The candidates were mainly selected based on similar μm and μm as known pulsators. A frequency analysis of the light curves was performed to investigate the multiperiodic photometric variability.Results. From the sample we surveyed in 2007, 2M0415+0154μm was the only star clearly showing photometric modulations. Follow-up photometry revealed three clear pulsation modes with periods between 143 and 150 s. Additional spectroscopic data was taken on 2M0415+0154μm to refine its physical parameters. We find < = 34 00<00 K, < = < dex, <, which are typical of sdB pulsators in this period range. No evidence of a companion was found.Conclusions. A new short-period sdB star has been discovered, 2M0415+0154. Its physical parameters and oscillation frequencies agree with those of other V361 Hya stars. The relative brightness and simple frequency spectrum of this star make it a suitable target for empirical mode identification, essential for a seismological analysis of simple pulsators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-832
Number of pages6
JournalAstronomy and astrophysics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Stars: fundamental parameters
  • Stars: oscillations
  • Stars: subdwarfs
  • stars: individual: 2M0415+0154

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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