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Preprint 01/05

Line identification in soft X-ray spectra of stellar coronae by comparison with the hottest white dwarf's photosphere: Procyon, alpha Cen A+B, and H1504+65

K. Werner (1) and J.J. Drake (2)

(1) Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Universität Tübingen, Sand 1, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
(2) Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, MS 3, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

To be published in: A&A

Abstract. H1504+65 is a young white dwarf with an effective temperature of 200,000 K and is the hottest post-AGB star ever analysed with detailed model atmospheres. Chandra LETG+HRC-S spectra have revealed the richest X-ray absorption line spectrum recorded from a stellar photosphere to date. The line forming regions in this extremely hot photosphere produce many transitions in absorption that are also observed in emission in cool star coronae. We have performed a detailed comparison of Chandra spectra of H1504+65 with those of Procyon and alpha Cen A and B. State of the art non-LTE model spectra for the hot white dwarf have enabled us to identify a wealth of absorption lines from highly ionized O, Ne and Mg. In turn, these features have allowed us to identify coronal lines whose origins were hitherto unknown.

Preprint (89 kb PDF file including figures)
Astrophysics (astro-ph): astro-ph/0501248

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