Study of FK Comae Berenices: VII. Correlating photospheric and chromospheric activity

K. Vida, H. Korhonen, I. V. Ilyin, K. Olah, M. I. Andersen, T. Hackman

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We study the connection between the chromospheric and photospheric behaviour of the active late-type star FK≠Comae. Methods. We use spot temperature modelling, light curve inversion based on narrow-and wide-band photometric measurements, Hα observations from 1997-2010, and Doppler maps from 2004-2010 to compare the behaviour of chromospheric and photospheric features. Results. Investigating low-resolution Hα spectra, we find that the changes in the chromosphere seem to happen mainly on a time scale longer than a few hours, but shorter variations are also observed. According to the Hα measurements, prominences are often found in the chromosphere that reach to more than a stellar radius and are stable for weeks, and they seem to be often, but not always connected to dark photospheric spots. The rotational modulation of the Hα emission typically seems to be anticorrelated with the light curve, but we did not find convincing evidence of a clear connection in the long-term trends of the Hα emission and the brightness of the star. In addition, FK≠Com seems to be in an unusually quiet state in 2009-2010 with very little chromospheric activity and low spot contrast, which might indicate the long-term decrease in activity.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA64
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2015



  • Stars: activity
  • Stars: atmospheres
  • Stars: chromospheres
  • Stars: individual: FK Comae Berenices
  • Stars: late-type
  • Stars: magnetic field

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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