Detection of magnetic dipole lines of Fe XII in the ultraviolet spectrum of the dwarf star ε Eri

C. Jordan, A.D. McMurry, S.A. Sim, M. Arulvel

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Abstract

We report observations of the dwarf star e Eri (K2V) made with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) on the Hubble Space Telescope. The high sensitivity of the STIS instrument has allowed us to detect the magnetic dipole transitions of Fe XII at 1242.00 and 1349 38 Å for the first time in a star other than the Sun. The width of the stronger line at 1242.00 Å has also been measured; such measurements are not possible for the permitted lines of Fe XII in the extreme-ultraviolet. To within the accuracy of the measurements the N v and the Fe XII lines occur at their rest wavelengths. Electron densities and linewidths have been measured from other transition region lines. Together, these can be used to investigate the non-thermal energy flux in the lower and upper transition regions, which is useful in constraining possible heating processes. The Fe XII lines are also present in archival STIS spectra of other G/K-type dwarfs.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume322
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2001

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