KIC 10449976: Discovery of an extreme helium subdwarf in the Kepler field

C. S. Jeffery, G. Ramsay, N. Naslim, R. Carrera, S. Greiss, T. Barclay, R. Karjalainen, A. Brooks, P. Hakala

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Optical spectroscopy of the blue star KIC 10449976 shows that it is an extremely heliumrich subdwarf with effective temperature Teff = 40 000 ± 300K and surface gravity log g = 5.3 ± 0.1. Radial-velocity measurements over a 5 d time-scale show an upper variability limit of ≈50 ± 20 km s-1. Kepler photometry of KIC 10449976 in both long and short cadence modes shows evidence for a periodic modulation on a time-scale of ≈3.9 d. We have examined the possibility that this modulation is not astrophysical but conclude that it is most likely real. We discuss whether the modulation could be caused by a low-mass companion, by stellar pulsations or by spots. The identification of any one of these as cause has important consequences for understanding the origin of helium-rich subdwarfs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3207-3213
Number of pages7
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 11 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Stars: abundances
  • Stars: chemically peculiar
  • Stars: individual:KIC 10449976
  • Subdwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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