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Spectroscopic observations of active solar-analog stars having high X-ray luminosity, as a proxy of superflare stars  

Yuta Notsu   Submitted: 2016-11-13 18:38

Recent studies of solar-type superflare stars have suggested that even old slowly rotating stars similar to the Sun can have large starspots and superflares. We conducted high dispersion spectroscopy of 49 nearby solar-analog stars (G-type main sequence stars with Teff≈5,600∼6,000 K) identified as ROSAT soft X-ray sources, which are not binary stars from the previous studies. We expected that these stars can be used as a proxy of bright solar-analog superflare stars, since superflare stars are expected to show strong X-ray luminosity. More than half (37) of the 49 target stars show no evidence of binarity, and their atmospheric parameters (Teff, logg, and [Fe/H]) are within the range of ordinary solar-analog stars. We measured Ca II 8542 and Hα lines, which are good indicators of the chromospheric activity. The intensity of these lines indicates that all the target stars have large starspots. We also measured v sin i (projected rotational velocity) and Lithium abundance for the target stars. Li abundance is a key to understanding the evolution of the stellar convection zone, which reflects the stellar age, mass and rotational history. We confirmed that many of the target stars rapidly rotate and have high Li abundance, compared with the Sun, as suggested by many previous studies. There are, however, also some target stars that rotate slowly (v sin i=2∼3 km s-1) and have low Li abundance like the Sun. These results support that old and slowly rotating stars similar to the Sun could have high activity level and large starspots. This is consistent with the results of our previous studies of solar-type superflare stars. In the future, it is important to conduct long-term monitoring observations of these active solar-analog stars in order to investigate detailed properties of large starspots from the viewpoint of stellar dynamo theory.

Authors: Yuta Notsu, Satoshi Honda, Hiroyuki Maehara, Shota Notsu, Kosuke Namekata, Daisaku Nogami, Kazunari Shibata
Projects: None

Publication Status: accepted for publication in PASJ
Last Modified: 2016-11-16 12:16
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High Dispersion Spectroscopy of Solar-type Superflare Stars. II. Stellar Rotation, Starspots, and Chromospheric Activities  

Yuta Notsu   Submitted: 2014-12-29 19:06

We conducted high dispersion spectroscopic observations of 50 superflare stars with Subaru/HDS. These 50 stars were selected from the solar-type superflare stars that we had discovered from the Kepler data. More than half (34 stars) of these 50 target superflare stars show no evidence of binarity, and we estimated stellar parameters of these 34 stars in our previous study (\cite{PaperI}, hereafter called Paper I). According to our previous studies using Kepler data, superflare stars show quasi-periodic brightness variations whose amplitude (0.1-10%) is much larger than that of the solar brightness variations (0.01-0.1%) caused by the existence of sunspots on the rotating solar surface. In this study, we investigated whether these quasi-periodic brightness variations of superflare stars are explained by the rotation of a star with fairly large starspots, by using stellar parameters derived in Paper I. First, we confirmed that the value of the projected rotational velocity v \sin i is consistent with the rotational velocity estimated from the period of the brightness variation. Next, we measured the intensity of Ca II infrared triplet lines and Hα line, good indicators of the stellar chromospheric activity, and compared them with other stellar properties. The intensity of Ca II infrared triplet lines indicates that the mean magnetic field strength (\langle fB\rangle) of the target superflare stars can be higher than that of the Sun. A correlation between the amplitude of the brightness variation and the intensity of Ca II triplet line was found. All the targets expected to have large starspots because of their large amplitude of the brightness variation show high chromospheric activities compared to the Sun. These results support that the brightness variation of superflare stars is due to the rotation with large starspots.

Authors: Yuta Notsu, Satoshi Honda, Hiroyuki Maehara, Shota Notsu, Takuya Shibayama, Daisaku Nogami, Kazunari Shibata
Projects: Other

Publication Status: accepted for publication in PASJ
Last Modified: 2014-12-31 13:43
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High Dispersion Spectroscopy of Solar-type Superflare Stars. I. Temperature, Surface Gravity, Metallicity, and v \sin i  

Yuta Notsu   Submitted: 2014-12-29 19:04

We conducted high dispersion spectroscopic observations of 50 superflare stars with Subaru/HDS, and measured the stellar parameters of them. These 50 targets were selected from the solar-type (G-type main sequence) superflare stars that we had discovered from the Kepler photometric data. As a result of these spectroscopic observations, we found that more than half (34 stars) of our 50 targets have no evidence of binary system. We then estimated effective temperature (T\rm{eff}), surface gravity (log g), metallicity ([Fe/H]), and projected rotational velocity (v\sin i) of these 34 superflare stars on the basis of our spectroscopic data. The accuracy of our estimations is higher than that of Kepler Input Catalog (KIC) values, and the differences between our values and KIC values ((Δ T\rm{eff})\rm{rms} ~ 219K, (Δ log g)\rm{rms} ~ 0.37 dex, and (Δ\rm{[Fe/H]})\rm{rms} ~ 0.46 dex) are comparable to the large uncertainties and systematic differences of KIC values reported by the previous researches. We confirmed that the estimated T\rm{eff} and log g values of the 34 superflare stars are roughly in the range of solar-type stars. In particular, these parameters and the brightness variation period (P0) of 9 stars are in the range of ``Sun-like" stars (5600≤ T\rm{eff}≤ 6000K, log g≥4.0, and P0>10 days). Five of the 34 target stars are fast rotators (v \sin i ≥ 10km s-1), while 22 stars have relatively low v \sin i values (v \sin i<5km s-1). These results suggest that stars whose spectroscopic properties similar to the Sun can have superflares, and this supports the hypothesis that the Sun might cause a superflare.

Authors: Yuta Notsu, Satoshi Honda, Hiroyuki Maehara, Shota Notsu, Takuya Shibayama, Daisaku Nogami, Kazunari Shibata
Projects: Other

Publication Status: accepted for publication in PASJ
Last Modified: 2014-12-31 13:43
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Superflares on Solar-Type Stars Observed with Kepler II. Photometric Variability of Superflare-Generating Stars : A Signature of Stellar Rotation and Starspots  

Yuta Notsu   Submitted: 2013-05-03 02:04

We performed simple spot-model calculations for quasi-periodic brightness variations of solar-type stars showing superflares, by using Kepler photometric data. Most of superflare stars show quasi-periodic brightness modulations with the typical period of one to a few tens of days. Our results indicate that these brightness variations of superflare stars can be explained by the rotation of the star with fairly large starspots. Using the result of the period analysis, we investigated the relation between the energy and frequency of superflares and the rotation period. Stars with relatively slower rotation rates can still produce flares that are as energetic as those of more rapidly rotating stars, although the average flare frequency is lower for more slowly rotating stars. We found that the energy of superflares are related to the total coverage of starspots. The correlation between the spot coverage and the flare energy in superflares is similar to that in solar flares. These results suggest that the energy of superflares can be explained by the magnetic energy stored around starspots.

Authors: Yuta Notsu, Takuya Shibayama, Hiroyuki Maehara, Shota Notsu, Takashi Nagao, Satoshi Honda, Takako T. Ishii, Daisaku Nogami, Kazunari Shibata
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Publication Status: Published. (2013, ApJ, 771, 127)
Last Modified: 2013-06-28 10:16
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Spectroscopic observations of active solar-analog stars having high X-ray luminosity, as a proxy of superflare stars
High Dispersion Spectroscopy of Solar-type Superflare Stars. II. Stellar Rotation, Starspots, and Chromospheric Activities
High Dispersion Spectroscopy of Solar-type Superflare Stars. I. Temperature, Surface Gravity, Metallicity, and $v \sin i$
Superflares on Solar-Type Stars Observed with Kepler II. Photometric Variability of Superflare-Generating Stars : A Signature of Stellar Rotation and Starspots

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