Title: CoRoT light curves of RR Lyrae stars CoRoT 101128793: long-term changes in the Blazhko effect and excitation of additional modes
Authors: Poretti, E ×
Paparo, M
Deleuil, M
Chadid, M
Kolenberg, Katrien
Szabo, R
Benko, J. M
Chapellier, E
Guggenberger, E
Le Borgne, J. F
Rostagni, F
Trinquet, H
Auvergne, M
Baglin, A
Sarro, L. M
Weiss, W. W #
Issue Date: 2010
Series Title: ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS vol:520 pages:108-114
Abstract: Context. The CoRoT (Convection, Rotation and planetary Transits) space mission provides a valuable opportunity to monitor stars with uninterrupted time sampling for up to 150 days at a time. The study of RR Lyrae stars, performed in the framework of the Additional Programmes belonging to the exoplanetary field, will particularly benefit from such dense, long-duration monitoring.
Aims: The Blazhko effect in RR Lyrae stars is a long-standing, unsolved problem of stellar astrophysics. We used the CoRoT data of the new RR Lyrae variable CoRoT 101128793 (f0 = 2.119 d-1, P = 0.4719296 d) to provide us with more detailed observational facts to understand the physical process behind the phenomenon.
Methods: The CoRoT data were corrected for one jump and the long-term drift. We applied different period-finding techniques to the corrected timeseries to investigate amplitude and phase modulation. We detected 79 frequencies in the light curve of CoRoT 101128793. They have been identified as the main frequency f0 and its harmonics, two independent terms, the terms related to the Blazhko frequency fm, and to several combination terms.
Results: A Blazhko frequency fm = 0.056 d-1 and a triplet structure around the fundamental radial mode and harmonics were detected, as were a long-term variability on the Blazhko modulation. Indeed, the amplitude of the main oscillation is decreasing along the CoRoT survey. The Blazhko modulation is one of the smallest observed in RR Lyrae stars. Moreover, the additional modes f1 = 3.630 and f2 = 3.159 d-1 are detected. Taking its ratio with the fundamental radial mode into account, the term f1 could be the identified as the second radial overtone. Detecting of these modes in horizontal branch stars is a new result obtained by CoRoT.

The CoRoT space mission was developed and is operated by the French space agency CNES, with participation of ESA's RSSD and Science Programmes, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, and Spain.The CoRoT timeseries, table of the photometry, Tables 1 and 2 are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to ( or via
ISSN: 0004-6361
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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