The MultiSite Spectroscopic Telescope campaign: 2 m spectroscopy of the V361 Hya variable PG 1605+072

S. J. O'Toole, U. Heber, C. S. Jeffery, S. Dreizler, S. L. Schuh, V. M. Woolf, S. Falter, E. M. Green, B. Q. For, E. A. Hyde, H. Kjeldsen, T. Mauch, B. A. White

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We present results and analysis for the 2 m spectroscopic part of the MultiSite Spectroscopic Telescope (MSST) campaign undertaken in May/June 2002. The goal of the project was to observe the pulsating subdwarf B star PG 1605+072 simultaneously in velocity and photometry and to resolve as many of the >50 known modes as possible, which will allow a detailed asteroseismological analysis. We have obtained over 150 h of spectroscopy, leading to an unprecedented noise level of only 207 m s-1. We report here the detection of 20 frequencies in velocity, with two more likely just below our detection threshold. In particular, we detect 6 linear combinations, making PG 1605+072 only the second star known to show such frequencies in velocity. We investigate the phases of these combinations and their parent modes and find relationships between them that cannot be easily understood based on current theory. These observations, when combined with our simultaneous photometry, should allow asteroseismology of this most complicated of sdB pulsators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-674
Number of pages8
JournalAstronomy and astrophysics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2005


  • Stars: individual: PG 1605+072
  • Stars: oscillations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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