Convective-core overshoot and suppression of oscillations: Constraints from red giants in NGC6811 [SSA]

Using data from the NASA spacecraft Kepler, we study solar-like oscillations in red-giant stars in the open cluster NGC6811. We determine oscillation frequencies, frequency separations, period spacings of mixed modes and mode visibilities for eight cluster giants. The oscillation parameters show that these stars are helium-core-burning red giants. The eight stars form two groups with very different oscillation power spectra; the four stars with lowest Delta_nu-values display rich sets of mixed l=1 modes, while this is not the case for the four stars with higher Delta_nu. For the four stars with lowest Delta_nu, we determine the asymptotic period spacing of the mixed modes, DeltaP, which together with the masses we derive for all eight stars suggest that they belong to the so-called secondary clump. Based on the global oscillation parameters, we present initial theoretical stellar modeling which indicate that we can constrain convective-core overshoot on the main sequence and in the helium-burning phase for these ~2M_sun stars. Finally, our results indicate less mode suppression than predicted by recent theories for magnetic suppression of certain oscillation modes in red giants.

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T. Arentoft, K. Brogaard, J. Jessen-Hansen, et. al.
Mon, 6 Mar 17

Comments: 29 pages, 12 figures. Accepted for publication in ApJ