X-RAY FLARES OF EV Lac: STATISTICS, SPECTRA, AND DIAGNOSTICS
Author(s)Huenemoerder, David P.; Schulz, Norbert S.; Testa, Paola; Drake, Jeremy J.; Osten, Rachel A.; Reale, Fabio; ... Show more Show less
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We study the spectral and temporal behavior of X-ray flares from the active M dwarf EV Lac in 200 ks of exposure with the Chandra/HETGS. We derive flare parameters by fitting an empirical function which characterizes the amplitude, shape, and scale. The flares range from very short (<1 ks) to long (~10[superscript 4] s) duration events with a range of shapes and amplitudes for all durations. We extract spectra for composite flares to study their mean evolution and to compare flares of different lengths. Evolution of spectral features in the density-temperature plane shows probable sustained heating. The short flares are significantly hotter than the longer flares. We determined an upper limit to the Fe K fluorescent flux, the best-fit value being close to what is expected for compact loops.
DepartmentMIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
Institute of Physics/American Astronomical Society
Huenemoerder, David P., Norbert S. Schulz, Paola Testa, Jeremy J. Drake, Rachel A. Osten, and Fabio Reale. “X-RAY FLARES OF EV Lac: STATISTICS, SPECTRA, AND DIAGNOSTICS.” The Astrophysical Journal 723, no. 2 (October 25, 2010): 1558–1567. © 2010 American Astronomical Society.
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