Solar-like oscillations from the depths of the red-giant star KIC 4351319 observed with Kepler

MP Di Mauro, D Cardini, G Catanzaro, R Ventura, C Barban, TR Bedding, J Christensen-Dalsgaard, J De Ridder, S Hekker, D Huber, T Kallinger, Andrea Miglio, J Montalban, B Mosser, D Stello, K Uytterhoeven, K Kinemuchi, H Kjeldsen, F Mullally, M Still

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We present the results of the asteroseismic analysis of the red-giant star KIC 4351319 (TYC 3124-914-1), observed for 30 d in short-cadence mode with the Kepler satellite. The analysis has allowed us to determine the large and small frequency separations, Delta nu(0) = 24.6 +/- 0.2 mu Hz and Delta nu(02) = 2.2 +/- 0.3 mu Hz, respectively, and the frequency of maximum oscillation power, nu(max) = 386.5 +/- 4.0 mu Hz. The high signal-to-noise ratio of the observations allowed us to identify 25 independent pulsation modes whose frequencies range approximately from 300 to 500 mu Hz. The observed oscillation frequencies together with the accurate determination of the atmospheric parameters (effective temperature, gravity and metallicity), provided by additional ground-based spectroscopic observations, enabled us to theoretically interpret the observed oscillation spectrum. KIC 4351319 appears to oscillate with a well-defined solar-type p-mode pattern due to radial acoustic modes and non-radial nearly pure p modes. In addition, several non-radial mixed modes have been identified. Theoretical models well reproduce the observed oscillation frequencies and indicate that this star, located at the base of the ascending red-giant branch, is in the hydrogen-shell-burning phase, with a mass of similar to 1.3 M-circle dot, a radius of similar to 3.4 R-circle dot and an age of similar to 5.6 Gyr. The main parameters of this star have been determined with an unprecedented level of precision for a red-giant star, with uncertainties of 2 per cent for mass, 7 per cent for age, 1 per cent for radius and 4 per cent for luminosity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3783-3797
Number of pages15
JournalRoyal Astronomical Society. Monthly Notices
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011


  • stars: individual: KIC 4351319
  • stars: fundamental parameters
  • stars: oscillations
  • stars: evolution
  • stars: AGB and post-AGB
  • stars: solar-type


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