Springer Theses

High-Precision Studies of Compact Variable Stars

Authors: Bloemen, Steven

  • Nominated for Springer Theses by the Institute of Astronomy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Expanded and partly rewritten version of the original doctoral thesis
  • Presents measurements of velocities of stars using only photometric data from NASA's Kepler satellite
  • Presents the first validation of such velocity measurements using independent spectroscopic measurements
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About this book

This book, which is a reworked and updated version of Steven Bloemen’s original PhD thesis, reports on several high-precision studies of compact variable stars. Its strength lies in the large variety of observational, theoretical and instrumentation techniques that are presented and used and paves the way towards new and detailed asteroseismic applications of single and binary subdwarf stars. Close binary stars are studied using high cadence spectroscopic datasets collected with state of the art electron multiplying CCDs and analysed using Doppler tomography visualization techniques. The work touches upon instrumentation, presenting the calibration of a new fast, multi-colour camera installed at the Mercator Telescope on La Palma. The thesis also includes theoretical work on the computation of the temperature range in which stellar oscillations can be driven in subdwarf B-stars. Finally, the highlight of the thesis is the measurement of velocities of stars using only photometric data from NASA's Kepler satellite. Doppler beaming causes stars to appear slightly brighter when they move towards us in their orbits, and this subtle effect can be seen in Kepler's brightness measurements. The thesis presents the first validation of such velocity measurements using independent spectroscopic measurements. Since the detection and validation of this Doppler beaming effect, it has been used in tens of studies to detect and characterize binary star systems, which are key calibrators in stellar astronomy.

About the authors

Steven Bloemen received his PhD from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven where he performed research for his doctoral thesis in the group of and under supervision of Prof. Conny Aerts.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bloemen, Steven

    Pages 1-11

  • Spin-Resolved Spectroscopy of the Intermediate Polar DQ Her

    Bloemen, Steven

    Pages 13-32

  • Remarkable Spectral Variability on the Spin Period of the Accreting White Dwarf in V455 And

    Bloemen, Steven

    Pages 33-41

  • Kepler Observations of the Beaming Binary KPD 1946+4340

    Bloemen, Steven

    Pages 43-61

  • Mass Ratio from Doppler Beaming and Rømer Delay Versus Ellipsoidal Modulation in the Kepler Data of KOI-74

    Bloemen, Steven

    Pages 63-79

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-10283-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-10282-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: August 31, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-38404-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
High-Precision Studies of Compact Variable Stars
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-10283-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-10283-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-10282-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38404-7
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 132
Number of Illustrations and Tables
36 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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