Amplitudes of stochastically excited oscillations in main-sequence stars

Research paper by G. Houdek, N. J. Balmforth, J. Christensen-Dalsgaard, D. O. Gough

Indexed on: 06 Sep '99Published on: 06 Sep '99Published in: Astrophysics


We present estimates of the amplitudes of intrinsically stable stochastically excited radial oscillations in stars near the main sequence. The amplitudes are determined by the balance between acoustical energy generation by turbulent convection (the Lighthill mechanism) and linear damping. Convection is treated with a time-dependent, nonlocal, mixing-length model, which includes both convective heat flux and turbulent pressure in both the equilibrium model and the pulsations. Velocity and luminosity amplitudes are computed for stars with masses between 0.9 M_\sun and 2.0 M_\sun in the vicinity of the main sequence, for various metallicities and convection parameters. As in previous studies, the amplitudes are found to increase with stellar mass, and therefore with luminosity. Amongst those stars that are pulsationally stable, the largest amplitudes are predicted for a 1.6 M_\sun model of spectral type F2; the values are approximately 15 times larger than those measured in the Sun.