Spectroscopic mode identification in a sample of non-radially pulsating stars
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameDoctor of Philosophy
This thesis has analysed spectroscopic data for three stars in detail, the β Cephei star V2052 Ophiuchus, the γ Doradus star QW Puppis and the γ Doradus candidate star HD139095. Twelve other candidate γ Doradus stars have had their Vrotsin i, binary status and, where possible, the presence of line profile variation determined. A new technique utilising scaled delta functions has been developed to allow the extraction of a single, high S/N line profile from a high resolution and large wavelength range spectrum. This procedure has performed well in the γ Doradus stars examined. The application of the new mode identification technique, the Fourier Parameter Fit method, to the three stars examined in detail has been very successful. For each of the three stars constraints have been placed on the degree (l) and the azimuthal order (m) of the non-radial pulsation modes detected.