Asteroseismology of hot b subdwarf stars: A brief overview

G. Fontaine, P. Brassard, S. Charpinet, E. M. Green, P. Chayer, S. Randall, B. Dorman

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We present a short review of where we currently stand on the front of the asteroseismology of hot B subdwarf (sdB) stars. Although the rapidly pulsating sdB stars have been discovered relatively recently (1997), they have quickly turned out to be exceptional laboratories for asteroseismology, to the point where complete mode identification has been claimed and detailed seismic models have been built for at least nine objects so far. These all belong to the category of short-period (80-400 s) p-mode pulsators. In the case of the second family of pulsating sdB stars discovered in 2002 only, the long-period (2000-9000 s) g-mode pulsators, their asteroseismological potential appears more difficult to tap as many fewer pulsation cycles can be accumulated from the ground. Progress on this other front is most likely to come from space observations. In due time, it is very likely that a detailed understanding of these two families of pulsating stars will shed a new light on the still unknown processes at the origin of the sdB stellar class as a whole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSOHO 18/GONG 2006/HELAS I Beyond the spherical Sun
StatePublished - Oct 2006
EventSOHO 18/GONG 2006/HELAS I Beyond the spherical Sun - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: Aug 7 2006Aug 11 2006

Publication series

NameEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Volume624 SP
ISSN (Print)0379-6566


OtherSOHO 18/GONG 2006/HELAS I Beyond the spherical Sun
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Hot B subdwarfs
  • Stars: oscillations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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