Li I enhancement during a long-duration stellar flare



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Montes Gutiérrez, David and Ramsey, Lawrence W. (1998) Li I enhancement during a long-duration stellar flare. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 340 (1). L5-L9. ISSN 0004-6361

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We report the possible detection of a Li I λ6708 Å line enhancement during an unusual long-duration optical flare in the recently discovered, X-ray/EUV selected, chromospherically active binary 2RE J0743+224. The Li I equivalent width (EW) variations follow the temporal evolution of the flare and large changes are observed in the intensity of the line. The maximum Li I enhancement (40% in EW) occurs just after the maximum chromospheric emission observed in the flare. A significant increase of the Li^-6/Li^-7 isotopic ratio is also detected. No significant simultaneous variations are detected in other photospheric lines. Neither line blends nor starspots seem to be the primary cause of the observed Li I line variation. From all this we suggest that this Li I enhancement is produced by spallation reactions during the flare.

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This work was supported by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Spanish Direccion General de Investigación Científica y Técnica (DGICYT) under grant PB94-0263, and by National Science Foundation (NSF) grant AST 92-18008. We thank the staff of McDonald observatory for their allocation of observing time and their assistance with our observations.

Uncontrolled Keywords:© Springer Verlag, A. G. T-tauri stars; Chromospherically active stars; Lithium isotope ratio; RS-canum-venaticorum; Solar-flares; Abundances; Binaries; Dwarfs; Pleiades; Sample
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Physics > Astronomy
ID Code:37906
Deposited On:26 May 2016 14:11
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:05

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