Damping rates of solar-like oscillations across the HR diagram Theoretical calculations confronted to CoRoT and Kepler observations
|Title||Damping rates of solar-like oscillations across the HR diagram Theoretical calculations confronted to CoRoT and Kepler observations|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Belkacem, K, Dupret, MA, Baudin, F, Appourchaux, T, Marques, JP, Samadi, R|
|Journal||Astronomy & Astrophysics|
The space-borne missions CoRoT and Kepler are providing a rich harvest of high-quality constraints on solar-like pulsators. Among the seismic parameters, mode damping rates remains poorly understood and are thus barely used to infer the physical properties of stars. Nevertheless, thanks to the CoRoT and Kepler spacecrafts it is now possible to measure damping rates for hundreds of main-sequence and thousands of red-giant stars with unprecedented precision. By using a non-adiabatic pulsation code including a time-dependent convection treatment, we compute damping rates for stellar models that are representative of solar-like pulsators from the main-sequence to the red-giant phase. This allows us to reproduce the observations of both CoRoT and Kepler, which validates our modeling of mode damping rates and thus the underlying physical mechanisms included in the modeling. By considering the perturbations of turbulent pressure and entropy (including the perturbation of the dissipation rate of turbulent energy into heat) by the oscillation in our computation, we succeed in reproducing the observed relation between damping rates and effective temperature. Moreover, we discuss the physical reasons for mode damping rates to scale with effective temperature, as observationally exhibited. Finally, this opens the way for the use of mode damping rates to probe turbulent convection in solar-like stars.