We have used the star camera on the Wide-Field Infrared Explorer satellite to observe the K0 III star α UMa, and we report the apparent detection of 10 oscillation modes. The lowest frequency mode is at 1.82 μHz, and it appears to be the fundamental mode. The mean spacing between the mode frequencies is 2.94 μHz, which implies that all detected modes are radial. The mode frequencies are consistent with the physical parameters of a K0 III star, if we assume that only radial modes are excited. Mode amplitudes are 100-400 μmag, which is consistent with the scaling relation of Kjeldsen & Bedding.
The Astrophysical Journal
- Pub Date:
- April 2000
- STARS: INDIVIDUAL: CONSTELLATION NAME: α URSAE MAJORIS;
- STARS: OSCILLATIONS;
- ApJ Letters, in press. 14 pages, including 3 figures