Title: Abell 43, a second pulsating "hybrid-PG 1159" star
Authors: Vauclair, G ×
Solheim, JE
Ostensen, Roy #
Issue Date: Apr-2005
Publisher: E d p sciences
Series Title: Astronomy & astrophysics vol:433 issue:3 pages:1097-1100
Abstract: We report observations of the planetary nebula nucleus Abell 43, obtained at the 2.5 m Nordic Optical Telescope, which show that it is a pulsator. Abell 43, a "hybrid- PG 1159" type star, is the second pulsator of this class, after HS 2324+3944. From the limited data set acquired, we find that Abell 43 exhibits at least two periods of 2600 s and 3035 s, the longest ones observed up to now in PG 1159 and "hybrid- PG 1159" pulsators. This strongly suggests that the variations are due to non-radial g-mode pulsations and cannot be a consequence of binarity. This discovery raises puzzling questions regarding the excitation mechanism in this H rich, C and O poor "hybrid- PG 1159" since the C and O abundances are too low to trigger the instability through the kappa-mechanism induced by the partial ionization of C and O, a mechanism invoked to explain the instability in the PG 1159 stars and in the previously known "hybrid- PG 1159" pulsator HS 2324+3944.
ISSN: 0004-6361
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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