Flare X-ray Observations of AB Doradus: Evidence of Stellar Coronal Opacity

M. Matranga, Michail Mathioudakis, H.R.M. Kay, Francis Keenan

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X-ray spectra of the late-type star AB Dor obtained with the XMM-Newton satellite are analyzed. AB Dor was particularly active during the observations. An emission measure reconstruction technique is employed to analyze flare and quiescent spectra, with emphasis on the Fe XVII 15 - 17 angstrom wavelength region. The Fe XVII 16.78 angstrom/ 15.01 angstrom line ratio increases significantly in the hotter flare plasma. This change in the ratio is opposite to the theoretical predictions and is attributed to the scattering of 15.01 angstrom line photons from the line of sight. The escape probability technique indicates an optical depth of approximate to 0.4 for the 15.01 angstrom line. During the flare, the electron density is 4.4(-1.6)(+2.7) x 10(10) cm(-3), and the fractional Fe abundance is 0.5 +/- 0.1 of the solar photospheric value Using these parameters, a path length of approximate to 8000 km is derived. There is no evidence of opacity in the quiescent X-ray spectrum of the star.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L125-L128
Number of pages4
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 II
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2005

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  • Space and Planetary Science


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