Doppler images and chromospheric variability of TWA 6

Skelly, M. B. and Unruh, Y. C. and Cameron, A. Collier and Barnes, J. R. and Donati, J.-F. and Lawson, W. A. and Carter, B. D. ORCID: (2008) Doppler images and chromospheric variability of TWA 6. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 385 (2). pp. 708-718. ISSN 0035-8711

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We present Doppler imaging and Balmer line analysis of the weak-line T Tauri star TWA 6. Using these data we have made one of the first attempts to measure differential rotation in a T Tauri star, and the first detection of a slingshot prominence in such a star. We also show the most direct evidence to date of the existence of solar-type plages in a star other than the Sun.

Observations were made over six nights: 2006 February 11–13 and 2006 February 18–20, when spectra were taken with the UCL Echelle Spectrograph on the 3.9-m Anglo-Australian Telescope. Using least-squares deconvolution to improve the effective signal-to-noise ratio we produced two Doppler maps. These show similar features to maps of other rapidly rotating T Tauri stars, i.e. a polar spot with more spots extending out of it down to equator. Comparison of the two maps was carried out to measure the differential rotation. Cross-correlation and
parameter fitting indicates that TWA 6 does not have detectable differential rotation.

The Balmer emission of the star was studied. The mean Hα profile has a narrow component consistent with rotational broadening and a broad component extending out to ±250 km s−1. The variability in Hα suggests that the chromosphere has active regions that are cospatial with the spots in the photosphere, similar to the ‘plages’ observed on the Sun. In addition the star has at least one slingshot prominence 3R∗ above the surface – the first such detection in a T Tauri star.

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Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2008 05:07
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 00:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: stars; TWA 6; late-type; magnetic fields; premain-sequence; rotation; spots
Fields of Research (2008): 02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020110 Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040102 Atmospheric Dynamics
02 Physical Sciences > 0203 Classical Physics > 020301 Acoustics and Acoustical Devices; Waves
Fields of Research (2020): 51 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 5101 Astronomical sciences > 510109 Stellar astronomy and planetary systems
37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3701 Atmospheric sciences > 370105 Atmospheric dynamics
51 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 5103 Classical physics > 510301 Acoustics and acoustical devices; waves
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
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