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A theoretical approach for the interpretation of pulsating PMS intermediate-mass stars

A. Ruoppo, M. Marconi, J. P. Marques, M. J. P. F. G. Monteiro, J. Christensen-Dalsgaard, F. Palla, V. Ripepi

Abstract
Context. The investigation of the pulsation properties of pre-main-sequence intermediate-mass stars is a promising tool to evaluate the intrinsic properties of these stars and to constrain current evolutionary models. Many new candidates of this class have been discovered during the last decade and very accurate data are expected from space observations obtained for example with the CoRoT
satellite.
Aims. In this context we aim at developing a theoretical approach for the interpretation of observed frequencies, both from the already
available ground-based observations and from the future more accurate and extensive CoRoT results.
Methods. To this purpose we have started a project devoted to the computations of fine and extensive grids of asteroseismic models of intermediate mass pre-main-sequence stars. The obtained frequencies are used to derive an analytical relation between the large frequency separation and the stellar luminosity and effective temperature and to develop a tool to compare theory and observations in
the echelle diagram.
Results. The predictive capabilities of the proposed method are verified through the application to two test stars. As a second step, we apply the procedure to two true observations from multisite campaigns and we are able to constrain their stellar parameters, in particular the mass, in spite of the small number of frequencies.
Conclusions. We expect that with a significantly higher number of frequencies both the stellar mass and age could be constrained and, at the same time, the physics of the models could be tested.

Keywords
stars: variables:  Scuti – stars: oscillations – stars: pre-main sequence – stars: fundamental parameters

Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume 466, Page 261
April 2007

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