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Asteroseismology of the DBV White Dwarf GD 358 with the Whole Earth Telescope

  • D.E. Winget (a1) (a2), R.E. Nather (a3), J.C. Clemens (a1), J. Provencal (a1), S.J. Kleinman (a1), P.A. Bradley (a1), C.F. Claver (a1), J.S. Dixson (a1), M.A. Wood (a4), A.D. Grauer (a5) (a6), B.P. Hine (a7), C.J. Hansen (a8), P. Bergeron (a9), P. Birch (a10), M. Candy (a10), E. Leibowitz (a11), T.M.K. Marar (a3), S. Seetha (a3), B.N. Ashoka (a3), D. O’Donoghue (a12), B. Warner (a12), D.A. Buckleys (a12), P. Tripe (a12), G. Vauclair (a13), N. Doleza (a13), M. Chevreton (a14), A. Kanaan (a15), S.O. Kepler (a15) (a16) and T. Augusteijn (a17)...

Abstract

We report the analysis of 154 hours of nearly continuous high-speed photometric data on the pulsating DB white dwarf (DBV) GD 358 obtained during the Whole Earth Telescope (WET) run of May 1990. The Fourier transform (FT) of the light curve is dominated by power in the range from 1200 – 1700μHz with more than 180 significant peaks in the total transform. We also see significant power at the sums and differences of the dominant frequencies, indicating the importance of nonlinear behavior. We can use this data to obtain an accurate total stellar mass, and surface He layer mass. The implied surface He layer mass, if correct, provides a significant and surprising challenge to stellar evolution theory, as well as the theory of chemical mixing.

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Nather, R.E., Winget, D.E., Clemens, J.C., Hansen, C.J., and Hine, B.P. 1990, Ap. J. 361, 309.
Winget, D.E., et al. 1991, Ap.J. 378, 326.

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