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Probing the structure of Kepler ZZ Ceti stars with full evolutionary models-based asteroseismology.

A. Gianninas, A. Kawka, Alejandra D. Romero, C. Bonato, L. G. Althaus, B. Castanheira, F. C. De Gerónimo, A. H. Córsico, D. Koester, S. O. Kepler, J. J. Hermes

We present an asteroseismological analysis of four ZZ Ceti stars observed with \emph{Kepler}: GD 1212, SDSS J113655.17+040952.6, KIC 11911480 and KIC 4552982, based on a grid of full evolutionary models of DA white dwarf stars. We employ a grid of carbon-oxygen core white dwarfs models, characterized by a detailed and consistent chemical inner profile for the core and the envelope. In addition to the observed periods, we take into account other information from the observational data, as amplitudes, rotational splittings and period spacing, as well as photometry and spectroscopy. For each star, we present an asteroseismological model that closely reproduce their observed properties. The asteroseismological stellar mass and effective temperature of the target stars are (0.632 +/- 0.027 Msun, 10737 +/- 73 K) for GD 1212, (0.745 +/- 0.007 Msun, 11110 +/- 69 K) for KIC 4552982, (0.5480 +/- 0.01 Msun, 12721 +/- 228 K) for KIC1191480 and (0.570 +/- 0.01 Msun, 12060 +/- 300 K) for SDSS J113655.17+040952.6. In general, the asteroseismological values are in good agreement with the spectroscopy. For KIC 11911480 and SDSS J113655.17+040952.6 we derive a similar seismological mass, but the hydrogen envelope is an order of magnitude thinner for SDSS J113655.17+040952.6, that is part of a binary system and went through a common envelope phase.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.01338

DOI: arXiv:1711.01338v1

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