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Methods and Results for Detecting Magnetic Fields on Late-Type Stars

  • Mark S. Giampapa (a1) and Simon P. Worden (a2)

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We discuss our program to detect and measure magnetic flux on the surfaces of late-type stars. We adopt a novel technique to deconvolve magnetically insensitive lines from similar, magnetically sensitive lines to infer the degree of Zeeman splitting in the latter lines. These measurements yield values for the magnetic field strength and filling factor (flux). To illustrate our approach we present multiple observations of the RS CVn star λ And. At the epoch of observation 26 April 1981 we find a field strength of 1290 ± 50 gauss covering 48 ± 2 percent of this star's surface. Observations at other epochs clearly demonstrate magnetic flux variability on λ And.

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Methods and Results for Detecting Magnetic Fields on Late-Type Stars

  • Mark S. Giampapa (a1) and Simon P. Worden (a2)

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