Following the recent discovery of a new class of pulsating star, the blue large-amplitude pulsators (BLAPs), pulsation stability analysis was carried out on evolutionary models of post-common envelope (CE) ejection stars of 0.3 and 0.46 solar masses. These models subsequently evolve to become a low-mass helium white dwarf and a core helium-burning extreme horizontal-branch star respectively. We investigate the effects of atomic diffusion, particularly radiative levitation, on the pulsation behaviour of the models. We find that when the models have effective temperatures comparable to those of BLAPs, the inclusion of radiative levitation allows sufficient enhancement of heavy metals to produce opacity-driven fundamental mode pulsations with periods similar to those observed in BLAPs.
- Pub Date:
- November 2018
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
- Submitted as part of the proceedings of the Physics of Oscillating Stars Conference in honour of Professor Hiromoto Shibahashi, Banyuls-sur-mer, France, 2-7 September