Spectroscopic determination of the fundamental parameters of 66 B-type stars in the field-of-view of the CoRoT satellite

K. Lefever (1,2), J. Puls(3), T. Morel(1,4), C. Aerts (1,5), L. Decin(1), and M. Briquet(1)

(1) Instituut voor Sterrenkunde, K.U. Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium
(2) BIRA-IASB, Ringlaan 3, B-1180 Brussel, Belgium
(3) Universitätssternwarte München, Scheinerstr. 1, D-81679 München, Germany
(4) Institut d’Astrophysique et de Géophysique, Université de Liège, Allée du 6 Août 17, Bât B5c, B-4000 Liège, Belgium
(5) Departement Astrofysica, IMAPP, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, PO Box 9010, 6500 GL Nijmegen, the Netherlands

We aim to determine the fundamental parameters of a sample of B stars with apparent visual magnitudes below 8 in the field-of-view of the CoRoT space mission, from high-resolution spectroscopy. We developed an automatic procedure for the spectroscopic analysis of B-type stars with winds, based on an extensive grid of FASTWIND model atmospheres. We use the equivalent widths and/or the line profile shapes of continuum normalized hydrogen, helium and silicon line profiles to determine the fundamental properties of these stars in an automated way. After thorough tests, both on synthetic datasets and on very high-quality, high-resolution spectra of B stars for which we already had accurate values of their physical properties from alternative analyses, we applied our method to 66 B-type stars contained in the ground-based archive of the CoRoT space mission. We discuss the statistical properties of the sample and compare them with those predicted by evolutionary models of B stars. Our spectroscopic results provide a valuable starting point for any future seismic modelling of the stars, should they be observed by CoRoT.

Reference: Accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics
Status: Manuscript has been accepted

Weblink: http://arxiv.org/abs/0910.2851v1


Email: Karolien.Lefever@aeronomie.be