Spectroscopic Analysis of γ Doradus Variable Stars
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
Three γ Doradus-type stars are analysed: HD139095, HD153580, and HD197541. Long-term observation campaigns have been conducted on each star, with over 300 spectra of each star being gathered for analysis using the HERCULES spectrograph at Mount John University Observatory. For each star, cross-correlation techniques were used to obtain representative line profiles for each spectrum. The analysis of these line profiles has resulted in frequency and pulsation mode identifications for these three stars. Abundance analysis has also been performed on HD139095 and HD197541, and their fundamental parameters are confirmed as being consistent with the γ Doradus class of stars. HD153580 and HD197541, previously only candidates for the class, can now be classified as bona fide γ Doradus type stars.
The frequencies and modes identified in this thesis will be very useful in constraining future theoretical models, allowing us to better understand and model the interiors of γ Doradus stars.