Vol 19, No 7

X-ray activity from different types of stars

Lin He, Song Wang, Xiao-Jie Xu, Roberto Soria, Ji-Feng Liu, Xiang-Dong Li, Yu Bai, Zhong-Rui Bai, Jin-Cheng Guo, Yan-Li Qiu, Yong Zhang, Ruo-Chuan Xu, Ke-Cheng Qian


Abstract X-ray emission is an important indicator of stellar activity. In this paper, we study stellar X-ray activity using the XMM-Newton and LAMOST data for different types of stars. We provide a sample including 1259 X-ray-emitting stars, of which 1090 have accurate stellar parameter estimations. Our sample size is much larger than those used in previous works. We find a bimodal distribution of the X-ray to optical flux ratio (log(fX /fV)) for G and K stars. We interpret that this bimodality is due to two subpopulations with different coronal heating rates. Furthermore, using the full widths at half maxima calculated from Hα and Hβ lines, we show that these stars in the inactive peaks have smaller rotational velocities. This is consistent with the magnetic dynamo theory that presumes stars with low rotational velocities have low levels of stellar activity. We also examine the correlation between log(fX /fV) and luminosity of the excess emission in the Hα line, and find a tight relation between the coronal and chromospheric activity indicators.


Keywords X-rays: stars — stars: activity — stars: late-type

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