Effects of gravitational darkening on the determination of fundamental parameters in fastrotating Btype stars
Abstract
In this paper we develop a calculation code to account for the effects carried by fast rotation on the observed spectra of earlytype stars. Stars are assumed to be in rigid rotation, and the grid of planeparallel model atmospheres used to represent the gravitational darkening are calculated by means of a nonLTE approach. Attention is paid to the relation between the apparent and parent nonrotating counterpart stellar fundamental parameters and apparent, and true V sin i parameters as a function of the rotation rate Ω/Ω_c, stellar mass, and inclination angle. It is shown that omitting of gravitational darkening in the analysis of chemical abundances of CNO elements can produce systematic overestimation or underestimation, depending on the lines used, rotational rate, and inclination angle. The proximity of Be stars to the critical rotation is revised while correcting not only the V sin i of 130 Be stars, but also their effective temperature and gravity to account for stellar rotationally induced geometrical distortion and for the concomitant gravitational darkening effect. We concluded that the V sin i increase is accompanied by an even higher value for the stellar equatorial critical velocity, so that the most probable average rate of the angular velocity of Be stars attains Ω/Ω_{c} ≃ 0.88.
 Publication:

Astronomy and Astrophysics
 Pub Date:
 September 2005
 DOI:
 10.1051/00046361:20042229
 arXiv:
 arXiv:astroph/0503381
 Bibcode:
 2005A&A...440..305F
 Keywords:

 stars: abundances;
 stars: atmospheres;
 stars: earlytype;
 stars: emissionline;
 Be;
 stars: fundamental parameters;
 Astrophysics
 EPrint:
 20 pages, 16 figures. Submitted for publication in A&