A model for stellar convection and spectral line asymmetries

Antia, H. M. (1990) A model for stellar convection and spectral line asymmetries Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union Symposium No. 138 . pp. 417-420.


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A model for stellar convection zones based on linear convective modes using a nonlocal mixing length theory is developed to study the spectral line asynunetries and the line shifts resulting from convective motions in the stellar photospheric region. The amplitudes of these linear convective modes is estimated by requiring the convective flux due to a linear superposition of such modes to reproduce the convective flux in the mixing length model. To study the spectral line asymmetries the convective mode with the largest amplitude in the photospheric line formation region is chosen to represent the stellar velocity field and the accompanying intensity fluctuations. Synthetic spectral line profiles are obtained by summing locally synunetric profiles over the stellar disk according to the local Doppler velocity and intensity fluctuations. The resulting line bisector shapes and the line shifts are compared with observations for α-Cen B. It is found that while the simple model proposed here can explain either the line shifts or the line bisector shape reasonably well, it fails to explain both these characteristics simultaneously.

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