Mt. Suhora survey - Searching for pulsating M dwarfs. I
We present the first results of our M dwarf survey in search for stellar pulsation in low mass main sequence stars. Theoretical calculations predict that e mechanism might drive a fundamental radial mode in these stars and therefore pulsations could be observed photometrically. Although M dwarfs are known for their flare and spot activity they have not yet been the subject of dedicated timeseries surveys for pulsation. In this work we include the light curves and amplitude spectra of 46 M dwarfs, which have been observed during the first two years of our survey. We did not detect any pulsations yet. As a by-product of our search, we describe the light curves of some flare M dwarfs. The survey will last for two more years and during that period more than a hundred of M0-M4 type main sequence stars will be observed.
Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science
Low-mass - Stars, Oscillations (including pulsations) - Asteroseismology, Stars
Baran, A. S., M. Winiarski, J. Krzesiński, L. Fox-Machado, S. D. Kawaler, M. Dróżdz, A. Faltenbacher, M. A. Thompson, and M. D. Reed. "Mt. Suhora Survey-Searching for Pulsating M Dwarfs. I." Acta Astronomica 61, no. 1 (2011): 37-58.