Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

From CoRoT 102899501 to the Sun A time evolution model of chromospheric activity on the main sequence

Abstract : Aims. The present study reports measurements of the rotation period of a young solar analogue, estimates of its surface coverage by photospheric starspots and of its chromospheric activity level, and derivations of its evolutionary status. Detailed observations of many young solar-type stars, such as the one reported in the present paper, provide insight into rotation and magnetic properties that may have prevailed on the Sun in its early evolution. Methods. Using a model based on the rotational modulation of the visibility of active regions, we analysed the high-accuracy CoRoT lightcurve of the active star CoRoT 102899501. Spectroscopic follow-up observations were used to derive its fundamental parameters. We compared the chromospheric activity level of Corot 102899501 with the R'(HK) index distribution vs age established on a large sample of solar-type dwarfs in open clusters. We also compared the chromospheric activity level of this young star with a model of chromospheric activity evolution established by combining relationships between the R'(HK) index and the Rossby number with a recent model of stellar rotation evolution on the main sequence. Results. We measure the spot coverage of the stellar surface as a function of time and find evidence for a tentative increase from 5-14% at the beginning of the observing run to 13-29% 35 days later. A high level of magnetic activity on Corot 102899501 is corroborated by a strong emission in the Balmer and CaII H and K lines (log R'(HK) similar to -4). The starspots used as tracers of the star rotation constrain the rotation period to 1.625 +/- 0.002 days and do not show evidence for differential rotation. The effective temperature (T-eff = 5180 +/- 80 K), surface gravity (log g = 4.35 +/- 0.1), and metallicity ([M/H] = 0.05 +/- 0.07 dex) indicate that the object is located near the evolutionary track of a 1.09 +/- 0.12 M-circle dot pre-main sequence star at an age of 23 +/- 10Myr. This value is consistent with the “gyro-age” of about 8-25Myr, inferred using a parameterization of the stellar rotation period as a function of colour index and time established for the I-sequence of stars in stellar clusters. Conclusions. We conclude that the high magnetic activity level and fast rotation of CoRoT 102899501 are manifestations of its stellar youth consistent with its estimated evolutionary status and with the detection of a strong LiI lambda 6707.8 angstrom absorption line in its spectrum. We argue that a magnetic activity level comparable to that observed on CoRot 102899501 could have been present on the Sun at the time of planet formation.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadatas
Contributor : Catherine Beaussier <>
Submitted on : Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 4:30:00 PM
Last modification on : Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 4:30:16 PM


Publisher files allowed on an open archive



P. Gondoin, D. Gandolfi, M. Fridlund, A. Frasca, E. W. Guenther, et al.. From CoRoT 102899501 to the Sun A time evolution model of chromospheric activity on the main sequence. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, EDP Sciences, 2012, 548, ⟨10.1051/0004-6361/201219101⟩. ⟨hal-01442176⟩



Record views


Files downloads