Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 446, 1089-1094 (2006/2-2)
Accurate magnetic field measurements of Vega-like stars and Herbig Ae/Be stars.
HUBRIG S., YUDIN R.V., SCHOELLER M. and POGODIN M.A.
Abstract (from CDS):
We obtained accurate circular spectropolarimetric observations of a sample of Vega-like and Herbig Ae/Be stars with FORS1 at the VLT in an attempt to detect their magnetic fields. No magnetic field could be diagnosed in any Vega-like star. The most accurate determination of a magnetic field, at 2.6σ level, was performed for the Vega-like star ιCen, for which we measured <Bz≥-77±30G. In the prototype of Vega-like stars, the star β Pictoris, which shows conspicuous signs of chromospheric activity, a longitudinal magnetic field is measured only at ∼1.5σ level. We diagnosed a longitudinal magnetic field for the first time at a level higher than 3σ for the two Herbig Ae stars HD 31648 and HD 144432 and confirm the existence of a previously detected magnetic field in a third Herbig Ae star, HD 139614. Finally, we discuss the discovery of distinctive Zeeman features in the unusual Herbig Ae star HD 190073, where the CaII doublet displays several components in both H and K lines. From the measurement of circular polarization in all Balmer lines from Hβ to H8, we obtain <Bz≥+26±34G. However, using only the CaII H and K lines for the measurement of circular polarization, we are able to diagnose a longitudinal magnetic field at 2.8σ level, <Bz≥+84±30G.
stars: pre-main sequence - stars: magnetic fields - stars: individual: HD 31648 - stars: individual: HD 139614 - stars: individual: HD 144432 - stars: individual: HD 190073
Status at CDS:
Table 1 Inversion of the CD identifiers between HD 139614 and HD 144432.
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