Hareter, M.; Fossati, L.; Weiss, W.; Suárez, J. C.; Uytterhoeven, K.; Rainer, M. and Poretti, E.
Looking for a connection between the Am phenomenon and hybrid δ Sct -γ Dor pulsation: determination of the fundamental parameters and abundances of HD 114839 and BD +18 4914.
Astrophysical Journal, 743(2),
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δ Sct-γ Dor hybrids pulsate simultaneously in p- and g-modes, which carry information on the structure of the envelope as well as to the core. Hence, they are key objects for investigating A and F type stars with asteroseismic techniques. An important requirement for seismic modeling is small errors in temperature, gravity, and chemical composition. Furthermore, we want to investigate the existence of an abundance indicator typical for hybrids, something that is well established for the roAp stars. Previous to the present investigation, the abundance pattern of only one hybrid and another hybrid candidate has been published. We obtained high-resolution spectra of HD 114839 and BD +18 4914 using the SOPHIE spectrograph of the Observatoire de Haute-Provence and the HARPS spectrograph at ESO La Silla. For each star we determined fundamental parameters and photospheric abundances of 16 chemical elements by comparing synthetic spectra with the observations. We compare our results to that of seven δ Sct and nine γ Dor stars. For the evolved BD +18 4914 we found an abundance pattern typical for an Am star, but could not confirm this peculiarity for the less evolved star HD 114839, which is classified in the literature as uncertain Am star. Our result supports the concept of evolved Am stars being unstable. With our investigation we nearly doubled the number of spectroscopically analyzed δ Sct-γ Dor hybrid stars, but did not yet succeed in identifying a spectroscopic signature for this group of pulsating stars. A statistically significant spectroscopic investigation of δ Sct- γ Dor hybrid stars is still missing, but would be rewarding considering the asteroseismological potential of this group.
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