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uvby-β photometry of solar twins
The solar colors, model atmospheres, and the Teff and metallicity scales

J. Meléndez, W. J. Schuster, J. S. Silva, I. Ramírez, L. Casagrande, P. Coelho

Aims. Solar colors have been determined on the uvby–β photometric system to test absolute solar fluxes, to examine colors predicted by model atmospheres as a function of stellar parameters (Teff, log g, [Fe/H]), and to probe zero-points of Teff and metallicity scales.
Methods. New uvby–β photometry is presented for 73 solar-twin candidates. Most stars of our sample have also been observed spectroscopically to obtain accurate stellar parameters. Using the stars that most closely resemble the Sun, and complementing our data with photometry available in the literature, the solar colors on the uvby–β system have been inferred. Our solar colors are compared with synthetic solar colors computed from absolute solar spectra and from the latest Kurucz (ATLAS9) and MARCS model atmospheres. The zero-points of different Teff and metallicity scales are verified and corrections are proposed.
Results. Our solar colors are (b - y) = 0.4105±0.0015, m1, = 0.2122±0.0018, c1, = 0.3319±0.0054, and β = 2.5915±0.0024. The (b-y) and m1, colors obtained from absolute spectrophotometry of the Sun agree within 3-σ with the solar colors derived here when the photometric zero-points are determined from either the STISHST observations of Vega or an ATLAS9 Vegamodel, but the c1, and β synthetic colors inferred from absolute solar spectra agree with our solar colors only when the zero-points based on the ATLAS9 model are adopted. The Kurucz solar model provides a better fit to our observations than the MARCS model. For photometric values computed from the Kurucz models, (b - y) and m1, are in excellent agreement with our solar colors independently of the adopted zero-points, but for c1, and β agreement is found only when adopting the ATLAS9 zero-points. The c1, color computed from both the Kurucz and MARCS models is the most discrepant, probably revealing problems either with the models or observations in the u band. The Teff calibration of Alonso and collaborators has the poorest performance (~140 K off), while the relation of Casagrande and collaborators is the most accurate (within 10 K).We confirm that the Ramírez & Meléndez uvby metallicity calibration, recommended by Árnadóttir and collaborators to obtain [Fe/H] in F, G, and K dwarfs, needs a small (~10%) zero-point correction to place the stars and the Sun on the same metallicity scale. Finally, we confirm that the c1 index in solar analogs has a strong metallicity sensitivity.

stars: atmospheres - stars: fundamental parameters - stars: solar-type - Sun: fundamental parameters

Based on observations collected at the H.L. Johnson 1.5m telescope at the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional at San Pedro Mártir, Baja California, México.
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Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume 522, Page A98_1
November 2010

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