Mapping Magnetic Fields of CP Stars from Stokes I and V Observations

  • S. Bagnulo
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 243)


Chemically peculiar (CP) stars of the upper main sequence are distant enough to permit us a relatively simplified approach to the problem of modelling their magnetic morphology. However, new observational techniques recently introduced by Mathys (1993) show that the common assumption of a‘quasi-dipolar’ field is too coarse an oversimplification. Although large-scale organised, the magnetic morphologies of CP stars exhibit a non axisymmetric and rather complex structure, which in some cases can be conveniently described in terms of the superposition of a dipole field and a quadrupole field. As a special example, I present a detailed model of a magnetic CP star, fully consistent with observations of Stokes I and V, Doppler broadening, and stellar radius.

Key words

Stars: magnetic fields Polarization Stars: chemically peculiar Stars: individual: HD 153882 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Bagnulo
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  1. 1.Institut für AstronomieUniversität WienWienAustria

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