A 10-h period revealed in optical spectra of the highly variable WN8 Wolf-Rayet star WR 123

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201116567
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Journal titleAstronomy and Astrophysics
ISSN0004-6361
Volume530
Article numberA151
PagesA151-1–; # of pages: 6
Subjectstars: individual: HD 177230 (WR 123); stars: Wolf-Rayet; stars: winds, outflows; stars: oscillations; stars: variables: general
AbstractAims. What is the origin of the large-amplitude variability inWolf-Rayet WN8 stars in general and WR123 in particular? A dedicated spectroscopic campaign targets the ten-hour period previously found in the high-precision photometric data obtained by the MOST satellite. Methods. In June-August 2003 we obtained a series of high signal-to-noise, mid-resolution spectra from several sites in the lambda lambda 4000-6940 angstrom domain. We also followed the star with occasional broadband (Johnson V) photometry. The acquired spectroscopy allowed a detailed study of spectral variability on timescales from similar to 5 min to months. Results. We find that all observed spectral lines of a given chemical element tend to show similar variations and that there is a good correlation between the lines of different elements, without any significant time delays, save the strong absorption components of the Her lines, which tend to vary differently from the emission parts. We find a single sustained periodicity, P similar to 9.8 h, which is likely related to the relatively stable pulsations found in MOST photometry obtained one year later. In addition, seemingly stochastic, large-amplitude variations are also seen in all spectral lines on timescales of several hours to several days.
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AffiliationNRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics; National Research Council Canada
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