Rotational velocities of Atype stars. III. Velocity distributions
Abstract
Aims:A sample of v sin i of B9 to F2type main sequence single stars has been built from highly homogeneous {v sin i} parameters determined for a large sample cleansed of objects presenting the Am and Ap phenomenon as well as of all known binaries. The aim is to study the distributions of rotational velocities in the mass range of Atype stars for normal single objects.
Methods: Robust statistical methods are used to rectify the {v sin i} distributions for the projection effect and the error distribution. The equatorial velocity distributions are obtained for about 1100 stars divided in six groups defined by the spectral type, under the assumption of randomly orientated rotational axes.
Results: We show that late B and early Atype mainsequence stars have genuine bimodal distributions of true equatorial rotational velocities probably due to angular momentum loss and redistribution that the star underwent before reaching the main sequence. A striking lack of slow rotators is noticed among intermediate and late Atype stars. Full Table [see full text] is only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.ustrasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.ustrasbg.fr/cgibin/qcat?J/A+A/463/671 Appendices are only available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org
 Publication:

Astronomy and Astrophysics
 Pub Date:
 February 2007
 DOI:
 10.1051/00046361:20065224
 arXiv:
 arXiv:astroph/0610785
 Bibcode:
 2007A&A...463..671R
 Keywords:

 stars: earlytype;
 stars: rotation;
 Astrophysics
 EPrint:
 16 pages, 10 figures, accepted in A&