Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-11-2015

Published In

Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society

Abstract

We have carried out a study of radio emission from a small sample of magnetic O- and B-type stars using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope, with the goal of investigating their magnetospheres at low frequencies. These are the lowest frequency radio measurements ever obtained of hot magnetic stars. The observations were taken at random rotational phases in the 1390 and the 610 MHz bands. Out of the eight stars, we detect five B-type stars in both the 1390 and the 610 MHz bands. The three O-type stars were observed only in the 1390 MHz band, and no detections were obtained. We explain this result as a consequence of free–free absorption by the free-flowing stellar wind exterior to the confined magnetosphere. We also study the variability of individual stars. One star – HD 133880 – exhibits remarkably strong and rapid variability of its low-frequency flux density. We discuss the possibility of this emission being coherent emission as reported for CU Vir by Trigilio et al.

Keywords

radiation mechanisms: non-thermal, stars: individual: HD 133880, stars: magnetic field, stars: massive, radio continuum: stars

Comments

This work is freely available courtesy of Oxford University Press and the Royal Astronomical Society.

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