Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 547A, 91-91 (2012/11-1)
The Penn State-Torun Centre for Astronomy Planet Search stars. I. Spectroscopic analysis of 348 red giants.
ZIELINSKI P., NIEDZIELSKI A., WOLSZCZAN A., ADAMOW M. and NOWAK G.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present basic atmospheric parameters (Teff, logg, vt, and [Fe/H]) as well as luminosities, masses, radii, and absolute radial velocities for 348 stars, presumably giants, from the ∼1000 star sample observed within the Penn State-Torun Centre for Astronomy Planet Search with the High Resolution Spectrograph of the 9.2m Hobby-Eberly Telescope. The stellar parameters (luminosities, masses, radii) are key to properly interpreting newly discovered low-mass companions, while a systematic study of the complete sample will create a basis for future statistical considerations concerning the appearance of low-mass companions around evolved low- and intermediate-mass stars. The atmospheric parameters were derived using a strictly spectroscopic method based on the LTE analysis of equivalent widths of FeI and FeII lines. With existing photometric data and the Hipparcos parallaxes, we estimated stellar masses and ages via evolutionary tracks fitting. The stellar radii were calculated from either estimated masses and the spectroscopic logg or from the spectroscopic Teff and estimated luminosities. The absolute radial velocities were obtained by cross-correlating spectra with a numerical template. We completed the spectroscopic analysis for 332 stars, 327 of which were found to be giants. A simplified analysis was applied to the remaining 16 stars, which had incomplete data. The results show that our sample is composed of stars with effective temperatures ranging from 4055K to 6239K, with logg between 1.39 and 4.78 (5 dwarfs were identified). The estimated luminosities are between logL/L☉=-1.0 and 3 and lead to masses ranging from 0.6 to 3.4M☉. Only 63 stars with masses larger than 2M☉ were found. The radii of our stars range from 0.6 to 52R☉ with the vast majority between 9-11 R☉. The stars in our sample are generally less metal-abundant than the Sun with median [Fe/H]=-0.15. The estimated uncertainties in the atmospheric parameters were found to be comparable to those reached in other studies. However, due to lack of precise parallaxes, the stellar luminosities and, in turn, the masses are far less precise, within 0.2M☉ in best cases and 0.3M☉ on average.
stars: fundamental parameters - stars: atmospheres - stars: late-type - stars: abundances - planetary systems
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