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α Centauri A as a potential stellar model calibrator: establishing the nature of its core

B. Nsamba, M. J. P. F. G. Monteiro, T. L. Campante, M. S. Cunha, S. G. Sousa

Understanding the physical process responsible for the transport of energy in the core of α Centauri A is of the utmost importance if this star is to be used in the calibration of stellar model physics. Adoption of different parallax measurements available in the literature results in differences in the interferometric radius constraints used in stellar modelling. Further, this is at the origin of the different dynamical mass measurements reported for this star. With the goal of reproducing the revised dynamical mass derived by Pourbaix & Boffin, we modelled the star using two stellar grids varying in the adopted nucαlear reaction rates. Asteroseismic and spectroscopic observables were complemented with different interferometric radius constraints during the optimization procedure. Our findings show that best-fitting models reproducing the revised dynamical mass favour the existence of a convective core (≳70 per cent of best-fitting models), a result that is robust against changes to the model physics. If this mass is accurate, then α Centauri A may be used to calibrate stellar model parameters in the presence of a convective core.


Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume 479, Issue 1
2018 May

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia