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[1]  arXiv:1607.07869 [pdf, other]
Title: On the Proper Use of the Reduced Speed of Light Approximation
Comments: Submitted to ApJ
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO)

I show that the Reduced Speed of Light (RSL) approximation, when used properly (i.e. as originally designed - only for the local sources but not for the cosmic background), remains a highly accurate numerical method for modeling cosmic reionization. Simulated ionization and star formation histories from the "Cosmic Reionization On Computers" (CROC) project are insensitive to the adopted value of the reduced speed of light for as long as that value does not fall below about 10% of the true speed of light. A recent claim of the failure of the RSL approximation in the Illustris reionization model appears to be due to the effective speed of light being reduced in the equation for the cosmic background too, and, hence, illustrates the importance of maintaining the correct speed of light in modeling the cosmic background.

[2]  arXiv:1607.07870 [pdf]
Title: Solar-type dynamo behaviour in fully convective stars without a tachocline
Comments: 6 pages, 1 figure. Accepted for publication in Nature (28 July 2016). Author's version, including Methods
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

In solar-type stars (with radiative cores and convective envelopes), the magnetic field powers star spots, flares and other solar phenomena, as well as chromospheric and coronal emission at ultraviolet to X-ray wavelengths. The dynamo responsible for generating the field depends on the shearing of internal magnetic fields by differential rotation. The shearing has long been thought to take place in a boundary layer known as the tachocline between the radiative core and the convective envelope. Fully convective stars do not have a tachocline and their dynamo mechanism is expected to be very different, although its exact form and physical dependencies are not known. Here we report observations of four fully convective stars whose X-ray emission correlates with their rotation periods in the same way as in Sun-like stars. As the X-ray activity - rotation relationship is a well-established proxy for the behaviour of the magnetic dynamo, these results imply that fully convective stars also operate a solar-type dynamo. The lack of a tachocline in fully convective stars therefore suggests that this is not a critical ingredient in the solar dynamo and supports models in which the dynamo originates throughout the convection zone.

[3]  arXiv:1607.07872 [pdf, other]
Title: Features from the non-attractor beginning of inflation
Comments: 17 pages, 9 figures
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO); General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc); High Energy Physics - Phenomenology (hep-ph)

We study the effects of the non-attractor initial conditions for the canonical single-field inflation. The non-attractor stage can last only several $e$-folding numbers, and should be followed by hilltop inflation. This two-stage evolution leads to large scale suppression in the primordial power spectrum, which is favored by recent observations. Moreover we give a detailed calculation of primordial non-Guassianity due to the "from non-attractor to slow-roll" transition, and find step features in the local and equilateral shapes. We conclude that a plateau-like inflaton potential with an initial non-attractor phase yields interesting features in both power spectrum and bispectrum.

[4]  arXiv:1607.07874 [pdf, other]
Title: Resistive Tearing Instability in Electron-MHD: Application to Neutron Star Crusts
Comments: Submitted to MNRAS, edited to incorporate reviewer's comments
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR); Plasma Physics (physics.plasm-ph)

We study a resistive tearing instability developing in a system evolving through the combined effect of Hall drift in the Electron-MHD limit and Ohmic dissipation. We explore first the exponential growth of the instability in the linear case and we find the fastest growing mode, the corresponding eigenvalues and dispersion relation. The instability growth rate scales as $\gamma \propto B^{2/3} \sigma^{-1/3}$ where $B$ is the magnetic field and $\sigma$ the electrical conductivity. We confirm the development of the tearing resistive instability in the fully non-linear case, in a plane parallel configuration where the magnetic field polarity reverses, through simulations of systems initiating in Hall equilibrium with some superimposed perturbation. Following a transient phase, during which there is some minor rearrangement of the magnetic field, the perturbation grows exponentially. Once the instability is fully developed the magnetic field forms the characteristic islands and X-type reconnection points, where Ohmic decay is enhanced. We discuss the implications of this instability for the local magnetic field evolution in neutron stars' crusts, proposing that it can contribute to heating near the surface of the star, as suggested by models of magnetar post-burst cooling. In particular, we find that a current sheet a few meters thick, covering as little as $1\%$ of the total surface can provide $10^{42}~$erg in thermal energy within a few days. We briefly discuss applications of this instability in other systems where the Hall effect operates such as protoplanetary discs and space plasmas.

[5]  arXiv:1607.07875 [pdf, other]
Title: Short GRBs at the dawn of the gravitational wave era
Comments: 13 pages, 5 figures, 2 tables. Accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE); General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc)

We derive the luminosity function and redshift distribution of short Gamma Ray Bursts (SGRBs) using (i) all the available observer-frame constraints (i.e. peak flux, fluence, peak energy and duration distributions) of the large population of Fermi SGRBs and (ii) the rest-frame properties of a complete sample of Swift SGRBs. We show that a steep $\phi(L)\propto L^{-a}$ with a>2.0 is excluded if the full set of constraints is considered. We implement a Monte Carlo Markov Chain method to derive the $\phi(L)$ and $\psi(z)$ functions assuming intrinsic Ep-Liso and Ep-Eiso correlations or independent distributions of intrinsic peak energy, luminosity and duration. To make our results independent from assumptions on the progenitor (NS-NS binary mergers or other channels) and from uncertainties on the star formation history, we assume a parametric form for the redshift distribution of SGRBs. We find that a relatively flat luminosity function with slope ~0.5 below a characteristic break luminosity ~3$\times10^{52}$ erg/s and a redshift distribution of SGRBs peaking at z~1.5-2 satisfy all our constraints. These results hold also if no Ep-Liso and Ep-Eiso correlations are assumed. We estimate that, within ~200 Mpc (i.e. the design aLIGO range for the detection of GW produced by NS-NS merger events), 0.007-0.03 SGRBs yr$^{-1}$ should be detectable as gamma-ray events. Assuming current estimates of NS-NS merger rates and that all NS-NS mergers lead to a SGRB event, we derive a conservative estimate of the average opening angle of SGRBs: $\theta_{jet}$~9-17 deg. Our luminosity function implies an average luminosity L~1.5$\times 10^{52}$ erg/s, nearly two orders of magnitude higher than previous findings, which greatly enhances the chance of observing SGRB "orphan" afterglows. Efforts should go in the direction of finding and identifying such orphan afterglows as counterparts of GW events.

[6]  arXiv:1607.07877 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: Quartic Chameleons: Safely Scale-Free in the Early Universe
Comments: 13 pages, 5 figures. To be submitted to PRD
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO)

In chameleon gravity, there exists a light scalar field that couples to the trace of the stress-energy tensor in such a way that its mass depends on the ambient matter density, and the field is screened in local, high-density environments. Recently it was shown that, for the runaway potentials commonly considered in chameleon theories, the field's coupling to matter and the hierarchy of scales between Standard Model particles and the energy scale of such potentials result in catastrophic effects in the early Universe when these particles become nonrelativistic. Perturbations with trans-Planckian energies are excited, and the theory suffers a breakdown in calculability at the relatively low temperatures of Big Bang Nucleosynthesis. We consider a chameleon field in a quartic potential and show that the scale-free nature of this potential allows the chameleon to avoid many of the problems encountered by runaway potentials. Following inflation, the chameleon field oscillates around the minimum of its effective potential, and rapid changes in its effective mass excite perturbations via quantum particle production. The quartic model, however, only generates high-energy perturbations at comparably high temperatures and is able remain a well-behaved effective field theory at nucleosynthesis.

[7]  arXiv:1607.07879 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: Finding binaries from phase modulation of pulsating stars with Kepler. IV. Detection limits and radial velocity verification
Comments: 13 pages, 14 figures (most of which are in colour). Accepted for publication in MNRAS
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

We explore the detection limits of the phase modulation (PM) method of finding binary systems among multi-periodic pulsating stars. The method is an attractive way of finding non-transiting planets in the habitable zones of intermediate mass stars, whose rapid rotation inhibits detections via the radial velocity (RV) method. While oscillation amplitudes of a few mmag are required to find planets, many $\delta$ Scuti stars have these amplitudes. In sub-optimal cases where the signal-to-noise of the oscillations is lower, low-mass brown dwarfs ($\sim$13 M$_{\rm Jup}$) are detectable at orbital periods longer than about 1 yr, and the lowest mass main-sequence stars (0.1-0.2 M$_{\odot}$) are detectable at all orbital periods where the PM method can be applied. We use purpose-written Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) software for the calculation of the PM orbits, which offers robust uncertainties for comparison with RV solutions. Using Kepler data and ground-based RVs, we verify that these two methods are in agreement, even at short orbital periods where the PM method undersamples the orbit. We develop new theory to account for the undersampling of the time delays, which is also necessary for the inclusion of RVs as observational data in the MCMC software. We show that combining RVs with time delays substantially refines the orbits because of the complementarity of working in both the spatial (PM) and velocity (RV) domains simultaneously. Software outputs were tested through an extensive hare and hounds exercise, covering a wide range of orbital configurations including binaries containing two pulsators.

[8]  arXiv:1607.07881 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: How Cosmic Web Detachment Drives Galaxy Quenching
Comments: 16 pages + Appendix, 20 figures, MNRAS submitted. Comments welcome. Additional media and high-res version: this http URL
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

We present the Cosmic Web Detachment (CWD) model, a conceptual framework to interpret galaxy evolution in a cosmological context, providing a direct link between the star formation history of galaxies and the cosmic web. The CWD model unifies several mechanism known to disrupt or stop star formation into one single physical process and provides a natural explanation for a wide range of galaxy properties. Galaxies begin accreting star-forming gas at early times via a network of primordial highly coherent filaments. The efficient star formation phase ends when non-linear interactions with other galaxies or elements of the cosmic web detach the galaxy from its network of primordial filaments, thus ending the efficient accretion of cold gas. The stripping of the filamentary web around galaxies is the physical process responsible of star formation quenching in gas stripping, harassment, strangulation and starvation. Being a purely gravitational/mechanical process CWD acts at a more fundamental level than internal feedback processes.
We introduce a simple and efficient formalism to identify CWD events in N-body simulations. With it we reproduce and explain, in the context of CWD, several key observations including downsizing, the cosmic star formation rate history, the galaxy mass-color diagram and the dependence of the fraction of red galaxies with mass and local density.

[9]  arXiv:1607.07882 [pdf, other]
Title: Modeling the Nearly Isotropic Comet Population in Anticipation of LSST Observations
Comments: Accepted for publication in the Astronomical Journal
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

We run simulations to determine the expected distribution of orbital elements of nearly isotropic comets (NICs) in the outer solar system, assuming that these comets originate in the Oort Cloud at thousands of AU and are perturbed into the planetary region by the Galactic tide. We show that the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) should detect and characterize the orbits of hundreds to thousands of NICs with perihelion distance outside 5 AU. Observing NICs in the outer solar system is our only way of directly detecting comets from the inner Oort Cloud, as these comets are dynamically excluded from the inner solar system by the giant planets. Thus the distribution of orbital elements constrains the spatial distribution of comets in the Oort cloud and the environment in which the solar system formed. Additionally, comet orbits can be characterized more precisely when they are seen far from the Sun as they have not been affected by non-gravitational forces.

[10]  arXiv:1607.07886 [pdf, other]
Title: Cosmic-ray propagation with DRAGON2: I. numerical solver and astrophysical ingredients
Comments: 65 pages, 28 figures, 6 tables. Comments are welcome
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

We present version 2 of the DRAGON code designed for computing realistic predictions of the CR densities in the Galaxy. The code numerically solves the interstellar CR transport equation (including inhomogeneous and anisotropic diffusion, either in space and momentum, advective transport and energy losses), under realistic conditions. The new version includes an updated numerical solver and several models for the astrophysical ingredients involved in the transport equation. Improvements in the accuracy of the numerical solution are proved against analytical solutions and in reference diffusion scenarios. The novel features implemented in the code allow to simulate the diverse scenarios proposed to reproduce the most recent measurements of local and diffuse CR fluxes, going beyond the limitations of the homogeneous galactic transport paradigm. To this end, several applications using DRAGON2 are presented as well. The new version facilitates the users to include their own physical models by means of a modular C++ structure.

[11]  arXiv:1607.07888 [pdf, other]
Title: Observed Variability at 1um and 4um in the Y0 Brown Dwarf WISEP J173835.52+273258.9
Comments: Accepted by ApJ July 26 2016. Twenty-six pages include 8 Figures and 5 Tables
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

We have monitored photometrically the Y0 brown dwarf WISEP J173835.52+273258.9 (W1738) at both near- and mid-infrared wavelengths. This ~1 Gyr-old 400K dwarf is at a distance of 8pc and has a mass around 5 M_Jupiter. We observed W1738 using two near-infrared filters at lambda~1um, Y and J, on Gemini observatory, and two mid-infrared filters at lambda~4um, [3.6] and [4.5], on the Spitzer observatory. Twenty-four hours were spent on the source by Spitzer on each of June 30 and October 30 2013 UT. Between these observations, around 5 hours were spent on the source by Gemini on each of July 17 and August 23 2013 UT. The mid-infrared light curves show significant evolution between the two observations separated by four months. We find that a double sinusoid can be fit to the [4.5] data, where one sinusoid has a period of 6.0 +/- 0.1 hours and the other a period of 3.0 +/- 0.1 hours. The near-infrared observations suggest variability with a ~3.0 hour period, although only at a <~2 sigma confidence level. We interpret our results as showing that the Y dwarf has a 6.0 +/- 0.1 hour rotation period, with one or more large-scale surface features being the source of variability. The peak-to-peak amplitude of the light curve at [4.5] is 3%. The amplitude of the near-infrared variability, if real, may be as high as 5 to 30%. Intriguingly, this size of variability and the wavelength dependence can be reproduced by atmospheric models that include patchy KCl and Na_2S clouds and associated small changes in surface temperature. The small number of large features, and the timescale for evolution of the features, is very similar to what is seen in the atmospheres of the solar system gas giants.

[12]  arXiv:1607.07894 [pdf, other]
Title: The search for IR excess in low signal to noise sources
Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

We present sources selected from their Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) colors that merit future observations to image for disks and possible exoplanet companions. Introducing a weighted detection method, we eliminated the enormous number of specious excess seen in low signal to noise objects by requiring greater excess for fainter stars. This is achieved by sorting through the 747 million sources of the ALLWISE database. In examining these dim stars, it can be shown that a non-Gaussian distribution best describes the spread around the main-sequence polynomial fit function. Using a gamma Probability Density Function (PDF), we can best mimic the main sequence distribution and exclude natural fluctuations in IR excess. With this new methodology we re-discover 25 IR excesses and present 14 new candidates. One source (J053010.20-010140.9), suggests a 8.40 $\pm$ 0.73 AU disk, a likely candidate for possible direct imagining of planets that are likely fully formed. Although all of these sources are well within the current flux ratio limit of $\sim$10$^{-6}$ (Wyatt 2008), J223423.85+403515.8 shows the highest bolometric flux ratio ($f_d$=0.0694) between disk and host star, providing a very good candidate for direct imaging of the circumstellar disk itself. In re-examining the Kepler candidate catalog (original study preformed by Kennedy and Wyatt 2012), we found one new candidate that indicates disk like characteristics (TYC 3143-322-1).

[13]  arXiv:1607.07910 [pdf, other]
Title: Simultaneous Constraints on Cosmology and Photometric Redshift Bias from Weak Lensing and Galaxy Clustering
Comments: 6 pages, 6 figures
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO)

We investigate the expected cosmological constraints from a combination of weak lensing and large-scale galaxy clustering using realistic redshift distributions. Introducing a systematic bias in the weak lensing redshift distributions (of 0.05 in redshift) produces a $>2\sigma$ bias in the recovered matter power spectrum amplitude and dark energy equation of state, for preliminary Stage III surveys. We demonstrate that these cosmological errors can be largely removed by marginalising over unknown biases in the assumed weak lensing redshift distributions, if we assume high quality redshift information for the galaxy clustering sample. Furthermore the cosmological constraining power is mostly retained despite removing much of the information on the weak lensing redshift distribution biases. We show that this comes from complementary degeneracy directions between cosmic shear and the combination of galaxy clustering with cross-correlation between shear and galaxy number density. Finally we examine how the self-calibration performs when the assumed distributions differ from the true distributions by more than a simple uniform bias. We find that the effectiveness of this self-calibration method will depend on the details of a given experiment and the nature of the uncertainties on the estimated redshift distributions.

[14]  arXiv:1607.07917 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: Cosmological simulations of Milky Way-sized galaxies
Comments: 17 pages, 14 figures, ApJ accepted
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

We introduce a new set of eight Milky Way-sized cosmological simulations performed using the AMR code ART + Hydrodynamics in a LCDM cosmology. The set of zoom-in simulations covers present-day virial masses in the 0.83-1.56 x 10^12 msun range and is carried out with our simple but effective deterministic star formation (SF) and ``explosive' stellar feedback prescriptions. The work is focused on showing the goodness of the simulated set of ``field' Milky Way-sized galaxies. Our results are as follows. (a) The circular velocity curves of our simulated galaxies are nearly flat. (b) Runs ending with a significant disk component, for their stellar masses, have V_max, radius, SF rate, gas fraction, and specific angular momentum values consistent with observations of late-type galaxies. (C) The two most spheroid-dominated galaxies formed in halos with late active merger histories, but other run that ends also as spheroid-dominated, never had major mergers. (d) Our simulations are consistent with the empirical stellar-to-halo mass correlation, and those that end as disk-dominated, evolve mostly along the low-mass branch of this correlation. (e) Moreover, since the last 6.5-10 Gyr, the baryonic/stellar and halo mass growth histories are proportional. (f) Within Rvir ~ 25-50% of the baryons are missed. (g) The z ~ 0 gas velocity dispersion profiles, sigma_z(r), are nearly flat and can be mostly explained by the kinetic energy injected by stars. (h) The average values of sigma_z increase at higher redshifts, following roughly the shape of the SF history.

[15]  arXiv:1607.07918 [pdf, other]
Title: Investigating the dusty torus of Seyfert galaxies using SOFIA/FORCAST photometry
Comments: 15 pages, 7 figures. Accepted for publication in MNRAS
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

We present 31.5 micron imaging photometry of 11 nearby Seyfert galaxies observed from the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) using the Faint Object infraRed CAmera for the SOFIA Telescope (FORCAST). We tentatively detect extended 31 micron emission for the first time in our sample. In combination with this new data set, subarcsecond resolution 1-18 micron imaging and 7.5-13 micron spectroscopic observations were used to compute the nuclear spectral energy distribution (SED) of each galaxy. We found that the turnover of the torus emission does not occur at wavelengths <31.5 micron, which we interpret as a lower-limit for the wavelength of peak emission. We used CLUMPY torus models to fit the nuclear infrared (IR) SED and infer trends in the physical parameters of the AGN torus for the galaxies in the sample. Including the 31.5 micron nuclear flux in the SED 1) reduces the number of clumpy torus models compatible with the data, and 2) modifies the model output for the outer radial extent of the torus for 10 of the 11 objects. Specifically, six (60%) objects show a decrease in radial extent while four (40%) show an increase. We find torus outer radii ranging from <1pc to 8.4 pc

[16]  arXiv:1607.07919 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: The two central stars of NGC 1514: can they actually be related?
Comments: Accepted by ApJ, in press; 12 pages, 4 figures
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

The central star of the planetary nebula NGC 1514 is among the visually brightest central stars in the sky (V=9.5). It has long been known to show a composite spectrum, consisting of an A-type star and a much hotter star responsible for the ionization of the surrounding nebula. These two stars have always been assumed to form a binary system. High-resolution spectrograms obtained with Espadons at the CFHT on Mauna Kea have allowed to measure good radial velocities for both stars. They differ by 13 $\pm$ 2 km s$^{-1}$. The stellar velocities have not changed after 500 days. We have also estimated the metallicity of the cooler star. Combining these data with other information available in the literature, we conclude that, unless all the published nebular radial velocities are systematically wrong, the cooler star is just a chance alignment, and the two stars are not orbiting each other. The cooler star cannot have played any role in the formation of NGC 1514.

[17]  arXiv:1607.07922 [pdf, other]
Title: Relation between Brown Dwarfs and Exoplanets
Comments: Poster #149 from proceeding of The 19th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun; 06-10 June 2016, Uppsala, Sweden
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

One of the most debated subjects in Astronomy since the discovery of exoplanets is how can we distinguish the most massive of such objects from very-low mass stars like Brown Dwarfs (BDs)? We have been looking for evidences of a difference in physical characteristics that could be related to different formation processes. Using a new diagnostic diagram that compares the baryonic gravitational potential (BGP) with the distances from their host stars, we have classified a sample of 355 well-studied exoplanets according to their possible structures. We have then compared the exoplanets to a sample of 87 confirmed BDs, identifying a range in BGP that could be common to both objects. By analyzing the mass-radius relations (MRR) of the exoplanets and BDs in those different BGP ranges, we were able to distinguish different characteristic behaviors. By comparing with models in the literature, our results suggest that BDs and massive exoplanets might have similar structures dominated by liquid metallic hydrogen (LMH).

[18]  arXiv:1607.07928 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: Shape Parameters of 1991 to 2016 Solar Corona
Comments: 10 pages, 5 figures, accepted in RAA
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

The global structure of solar corona observed in optical window is governed by the global magnetic field with different characteristics over solar activity cycle. Ludendorff flattening index becomes a popular measure of the global structure of solar corona as observed during eclipse. In this study, 15 digital images of solar corona from 1991 to 2016 were analyzed in order to construct the coronal flattening profiles as a function of radius. In most of the cases, the profile can be modeled with 2nd order polynomial function so that the radius with maximum flattening index ($R_{\text{max}}$) can be determined. Along with this value, Ludendorff index ($a+b$) was also calculated. Both Ludendorff index and $R_{\text{max}}$ show anti-correlation with monthly sunspot number, though the $R_{\text{max}}$ values are more scattered. The variation of $R_{\text{max}}$ can be regarded as the impact of changing coronal brightness profile over equator.

[19]  arXiv:1607.07934 [pdf, other]
Title: Satellite quenching timescales in clusters from projected phase space measurements matched to simulated orbits
Comments: 14 pages, 10 figures, 1 table. MNRAS submitted. Comments welcome
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

We measure the star formation quenching efficiency and timescale in cluster environments. Our method uses N-body simulations to estimate the probability distribution of possible orbits for a sample of observed SDSS galaxies in and around clusters based on their position and velocity offsets from their host cluster. We study the relationship between their star formation rates and their likely orbital histories via a simple model in which star formation is quenched once a delay time after infall has elapsed. Our orbit library method is designed to isolate the environmental effect on the star formation rate due to a galaxy's present-day host cluster from `pre-processing' in previous group hosts. We find that quenching of satellite galaxies of all stellar masses in our sample ($10^{9}-10^{11.5}\,{\rm M}_\odot$) by massive ($> 10^{13}\,{\rm M}_\odot$) clusters is essentially $100$ per cent efficient. Our fits show that all galaxies quench on their first infall, approximately at or within a Gyr of their first pericentric passage. There is little variation in the onset of quenching from galaxy-to-galaxy: the spread in this time is at most $\sim 2$ Gyr at fixed $M_*$. Higher mass satellites quench earlier, with very little dependence on host cluster mass in the range probed by our sample.

[20]  arXiv:1607.07938 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: Development of cross-correlation spectrometry and the coherent structures of maser sources
Comments: 19 pages, 13 figures, 1 table, accepted for publication in Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)

We have developed a new method of data processing for radio telescope observation data to measure time-dependent temporal coherence, and we named it cross-correlation spectrometry (XCS). XCS is an autocorrelation procedure that expands time lags over the integration time and is applied to data obtained from a single-dish observation. The temporal coherence property of received signals is enhanced by XCS. We tested the XCS technique using the data of strong H2O masers in W3 (H2O), W49N and W75N. We obtained the temporal coherent lengths of the maser emission to be 17.95 $\pm$ 0.33 {\mu}s, 26.89 $\pm$ 0.49 {\mu}s and 15.95 $\pm$ 0.46 {\mu}s for W3 (H2O), W49N and W75N, respectively. These results may indicate the existence of a coherent astrophysical maser.

[21]  arXiv:1607.07969 [pdf, other]
Title: The automatic calibration of Korean VLBI Network data
Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)

The calibration of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) data has long been a time consuming process. The Korean VLBI Network (KVN) is a simple array consisting of three identical antennas. Because four frequencies are observed simultaneously, phase solutions can be transferred from lower frequencies to higher frequencies in order to improve phase coherence and hence sensitivity at higher frequencies. Due to the homogeneous nature of the array, the KVN is also well suited for automatic calibration. In this paper we describe the automatic calibration of single-polarisation KVN data using the KVN Pipeline and comparing the results against VLBI data that has been manually reduced. We find that the pipelined data using phase transfer produces better results than a manually reduced dataset not using the phase transfer. Additionally we compared the pipeline results with a manually reduced phase-transferred dataset and found the results to be identical.

[22]  arXiv:1607.07985 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: X-Ray Flashes in Recurrent Novae: M31N 2008-12a and the Implications of the Swift Non-detection
Comments: 12 pages, including 9 figures and 3 tables. To appear in the Astrophysical Journal
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

Models of nova outbursts suggest that an X-ray flash should occur just after hydrogen ignition. However, this X-ray flash has never been observationally confirmed. We present four theoretical light curves of the X-ray flash for two very massive white dwarfs (WDs) of 1.380 and 1.385 M_sun and for two recurrence periods of 0.5 and 1 years. The duration of the X-ray flash is shorter for a more massive WD and for a longer recurrence period. The shortest duration of 14 hours (0.6 days) among the four cases is obtained for the 1.385 M_sun WD with one year recurrence period. In general, a nova explosion is relatively weak for a very short recurrence period, which results in a rather slow evolution toward the optical peak. This slow timescale and the predictability of very short recurrence period novae give us a chance to observe X-ray flashes of recurrent novae. In this context, we report the first attempt, using the Swift observatory, to detect an X-ray flash of the recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a (0.5 or 1 year recurrence period), which resulted in the non-detection of X-ray emission during the period of 8 days before the optical detection. We discuss the impact of these observations on nova outburst theory. The X-ray flash is one of the last frontiers of nova studies and its detection is essentially important to understand the pre-optical-maximum phase. We encourage further observations.

[23]  arXiv:1607.07989 [pdf, other]
Title: Nuclear Physics Meets the Sources of the Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays
Comments: 11 pages, 6 figures
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE); High Energy Physics - Phenomenology (hep-ph); Nuclear Experiment (nucl-ex); Nuclear Theory (nucl-th)

We study the implications of nuclear data and models for cosmic-ray astrophysics, which involves the photodisintegration of nuclei up to iron in astrophysical environments. We demonstrate that data on photo-absorption cross sections are sparse in that mass range by screening nuclear databases, such as EXFOR; these cross sections are needed to compute the photodisintegration rates. We also test the prediction power of models, such as TALYS, and find uncertainties of the order of a factor two. If however the radiation fields are strong enough such that the nuclear cascade in the astrophysical source can develop, we find that differences among different models average out -- unless there is a systematic offset in the interaction model. We conclude with an isotope chart describing which information is in principle necessary to describe nuclear interactions, supported by simulating the entire disintegration chain in a gamma-ray burst. We also point out that a first consistency check may be the measurement of the absorption cross section for different isobars.

[24]  arXiv:1607.07991 [pdf, other]
Title: Herschel-PACS observations of far-IR lines in YSOs I: [OI] and H2O at 63 microns
Comments: 69 pages, 18 figures, catalog of fluxes
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR); Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

Gas plays a major role in the dynamical evolution of young stellar objects. Its interaction with the dust is the key to our understanding planet formation later on in the protoplanetary disc stage. Studying the gas content is a crucial step towards understanding YSO and planet formation. Such a study can be made through spectroscopic observations of emission lines in the far-infrared, where some of the most important gas coolants emit. We provide a compilation of observations of far-IR lines in 362 young stellar objects covering all evolutionary stages, from Class 0 to Class III with debris discs. In the present paper we focus on [OI] and o-H2O emission at 63 microns. We have retrieved all the available Herschel -PACS spectroscopic observations at 63 microns that used the dominant observing mode, the chop-nod technique. We provide measurements of line fluxes for the [OI] 3P1-3P2 and o-H2O 808-717 transitions at 63 microns computed using different methods. We check for spatially extended emission and further study the presence of multiple dynamical components in line emission. The final compilation consists of line and continuum fluxes at 63 microns for a total of 362 young stellar objects (YSOs). We detected [OI] line emission at 63 microns in 194 sources out of 362, and line absorption in another five sources. o-H2O was detected in 42 sources. We find evidence of extended [OI] emission in 77 sources, and detect 3sigma residual emission in 71 of them. We also looked for different components contributing to the line emission, and found evidence for multiple components in 30 sources. We explored correlations between line emission and continuum emission and find a clear correlation between WISE fluxes from 4.6 to 22 microns and [OI] line emission. We conclude that the observed emission is typically a combination of disc/envelope and jet emission.

[25]  arXiv:1607.08005 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: Similarities and uniqueness of Ly$α$ emitters among star-forming galaxies at z=2.5
Comments: 18 pages, 16 figures, 3 tables, submitted to MNRAS
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

We conducted a deep narrow-band imaging survey with the Subaru Prime Focus Camera on the Subaru Telescope and constructed a sample of Ly$\alpha$ emitters (LAEs) at z=2.53 in the UDS-CANDELS field where a sample of H$\alpha$ emitters (HAEs) at the same redshift is already obtained from our previous narrow-band observation at NIR. The deep narrow-band and multi broadband data allow us to find LAEs of stellar masses and star-formation rates (SFRs) down to $\gtrsim$$10^8$ M$_\odot$ and $\gtrsim$0.2 M$_\odot$/yr, respectively. We show that the LAEs are located along the same mass-SFR sequence traced by normal star-forming galaxies such as HAEs, but towards a significantly lower mass regime. Likewise, LAEs seem to share the same mass--size relation with typical star-forming galaxies, except for the massive LAEs, which tend to show significantly compact sizes. We identify a vigorous mass growth in the central part of LAEs: the stellar mass density in the central region of LAEs increases as their total galaxy mass grows. On the other hand, we see no Ly$\alpha$ line in emission for most of the HAEs. Rather, we find that the Ly$\alpha$ feature is either absent or in absorption (Ly$\alpha$ absorbers; LAAs), and its absorption strength may increase with reddening of the UV continuum slope. We demonstrate that a deep Ly$\alpha$ narrow-band imaging like this study is able to search for not only LAEs but also LAAs in a certain redshift slice. This work suggests that LAEs trace normal star-forming galaxies in the low-mass regime, while they remain as a unique population because the majority of HAEs are not LAEs.

[26]  arXiv:1607.08006 [pdf, other]
Title: Observation and Characterization of a Cosmic Muon Neutrino Flux from the Northern Hemisphere using six years of IceCube data
Comments: 20 pages, 21 figures; submitted to The Astrophysical Journal
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

The IceCube Collaboration has previously discovered a high-energy astrophysical neutrino flux using neutrino events with interaction vertices contained within the instrumented volume of the IceCube detector. We present a complementary measurement using charged current muon neutrino events where the interaction vertex can be outside this volume. As a consequence of the large muon range the effective area is significantly larger but the field of view is restricted to the Northern Hemisphere. IceCube data from 2009 through 2015 have been analyzed using a likelihood approach based on the reconstructed muon energy and zenith angle. At the highest neutrino energies between 191 TeV and 8.3 PeV a significant astrophysical contribution is observed, excluding a purely atmospheric origin of these events at $5.6\,\sigma$ significance. The data are well described by an isotropic, unbroken power law flux with a normalization at 100 TeV neutrino energy of $\left(0.90^{+0.30}_{-0.27}\right)\times10^{-18}\,\mathrm{GeV^{-1}\,cm^{-2}\,s^{-1}\,sr^{-1}}$ and a hard spectral index of $\gamma=2.13\pm0.13$. The observed spectrum is harder in comparison to previous IceCube analyses with lower energy thresholds which may indicate a break in the astrophysical neutrino spectrum of unknown origin. The highest energy event observed has a reconstructed muon energy of $(4.5\pm1.2)\,\mathrm{PeV}$ which implies a probability of less than 0.005% for this event to be of atmospheric origin. Analyzing the arrival directions of all events with reconstructed muon energies above 200 TeV no correlation with known $\gamma$-ray sources was found. Using the high statistics of atmospheric neutrinos we report the currently best constraints on a prompt atmospheric muon neutrino flux originating from charmed meson decays which is below $1.06$ in units of the flux normalization of the model in Enberg et al. (2008).

[27]  arXiv:1607.08016 [pdf, other]
Title: The dark sector(s) of the Universe: a Euclid survey approach
Comments: 10 pages, 6 figures
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO)

In this paper we study the consequences of relaxing the hypothesis of the pressureless nature of the dark matter component when determining constraints on dark energy. To this aim we consider simple generalized dark matter models with constant equation of state parameter. We find that present-day low-redshift probes (SNIa and BAO) lead to a complete degeneracy between the dark energy and the dark matter sectors. However, adding the CMB high-redshift probe restores constraints similar to those on the standard $\Lambda$CDM model. We then examine the anticipated constraints from the galaxy clustering probe of the future Euclid survey on the same class of models, using a Fisher forecast estimation. We show that the Euclid survey will allow to break the degeneracy between the dark sectors, although the constraints on dark energy are much weaker than with standard dark matter. The use of CMB in combination allows to restore the high precision on the dark energy sector constraints.

[28]  arXiv:1607.08021 [pdf, other]
Title: Study of a new central compact object: The neutron star in the supernova remnant G15.9+0.2
Comments: Accepted for publication in Astronomy&Astrophysics
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

We present our study of the central point source CXOU J181852.0-150213 in the young Galactic supernova remnant (SNR) G15.9+0.2 based on the recent ~90 ks Chandra observations. The point source was discovered in 2005 in shorter Chandra observations and was hypothesized to be a neutron star associated with the SNR. Our X-ray spectral analysis strongly supports the hypothesis of a thermally emitting neutron star associated with G15.9+0.2. We conclude that the object belongs to the class of young cooling low-magnetized neutron stars referred to as central compact objects (CCOs). We modeled the spectrum of the neutron star with a blackbody spectral function and with our hydrogen and carbon neutron star atmosphere models, assuming that the radiation is uniformly emitted by the entire stellar surface. Under this assumption, only the carbon atmosphere models yield a distance that is compatible with a source located in the Galaxy. In this respect, CXOU J181852.0-150213 is similar to two other well-studied CCOs, the neutron stars in Cas A and in HESS J1731-347, for which carbon atmosphere models were used to reconcile their emission with the known or estimated distances.

[29]  arXiv:1607.08023 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: CO Multi-line Imaging of Nearby Galaxies (COMING): I. Physical properties of molecular gas in the barred spiral galaxy NGC 2903
Comments: 26 pages, 11 figures, 3 tables, accepted for publication in PASJ
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

We present simultaneous mappings of J=1-0 emission of 12CO, 13CO, and C18O molecules toward the whole disk (8' x 5' or 20.8 kpc x 13.0 kpc) of the nearby barred spiral galaxy NGC 2903 with the Nobeyama Radio Observatory 45-m telescope at an effective angular resolution of 20" (or 870 pc). We detected 12CO(J=1-0) emission over the disk of NGC 2903. In addition, significant 13CO(J=1-0) emission was found at the center and bar-ends, whereas we could not detect any significant C18O(J=1-0) emission. In order to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of CO emission and to obtain accurate line ratios of 12CO(J=2-1)/12CO(J=1-0) ($R_{2-1/1-0}$) and 13CO(J=1-0)/12CO(J=1-0) ($R_{13/12}$), we performed the stacking analysis for our 12CO(J=1-0), 13CO(J=1-0), and archival 12CO(J=2-1) spectra with velocity-axis alignment in nine representative regions of NGC 2903. We successfully obtained the stacked spectra of the three CO lines, and could measure averaged $R_{2-1/1-0}$ and $R_{13/12}$ with high significance for all the regions. We found that both $R_{2-1/1-0}$ and $R_{13/12}$ differ according to the regions, which reflects the difference in the physical properties of molecular gas; i.e., density ($n_{\rm H_2}$) and kinetic temperature ($T_K$). We determined $n_{\rm H_2}$ and $T_K$ using $R_{2-1/1-0}$ and $R_{13/12}$ based on the large velocity gradient approximation. The derived $n_{\rm H_2}$ ranges from ~ 1000 cm$^{-3}$ (in the bar, bar-ends, and spiral arms) to 3700 cm$^{-3}$ (at the center) and the derived $T_K$ ranges from 10 K (in the bar and spiral arms) to 30 K (at the center). We examined the dependence of star formation efficiencies (SFEs) on $n_{\rm H_2}$ and $T_K$, and found the positive correlation between SFE and $n_{\rm H_2}$ with the correlation coefficient for the least-square power-law fit $R^2$ of 0.50. This suggests that molecular gas density governs the spatial variations in SFEs.

[30]  arXiv:1607.08036 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: Lighting the dark molecular gas: H$_{2}$ as a direct tracer
Comments: 14 Figures, 6 Tables, Accepted for publication in ApJ
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

Robust knowledge of molecular gas mass is critical for understanding star formation in galaxies. The H$_{2}$ molecule does not emit efficiently in the cold interstellar medium, hence the molecular gas content of galaxies is typically inferred using indirect tracers. At low metallicity and in other extreme environments, these tracers can be subject to substantial biases. We present a new method of estimating total molecular gas mass in galaxies directly from pure mid-infrared rotational H$_{2}$ emission. By assuming a power-law distribution of H$_{2}$ rotational temperatures, we can accurately model H$_{2}$ excitation and reliably obtain warm ($T\!\gtrsim\!100$ K) H$_{2}$ gas masses by varying only the power law's slope. With sensitivities typical of Spitzer/IRS, we are able to directly probe the H$_{2}$ content via rotational emission down to ~80 K, accounting for ~15% of the total molecular gas mass in a galaxy. By extrapolating the fitted power law temperature distributions to a calibrated \emph{single} lower cutoff temperature, the model also recovers the total molecular content within a factor of ~2.2 in a diverse sample of galaxies, and a subset of broken power law models performs similarly well. In ULIRGs, the fraction of warm H$_{2}$ gas rises with dust temperature, with some dependency on $\alpha_\mathrm{CO}$. In a sample of five low metallicity galaxies ranging down to 12+log[O/H]=7.8, the model yields molecular masses up to ~100 times larger than implied by CO, in good agreement with other methods based on dust mass and star formation depletion timescale. This technique offers real promise for assessing molecular content in the early universe where CO and dust-based methods may fail.

[31]  arXiv:1607.08050 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: Rotation Curve and Mass Distribution in the Galaxy from the Velocities of Objects at Distances up to 200 kpc
Comments: 22 pages, 7 figures, 2 tables
Journal-ref: Astronomy Letters, 2016, Vol. 42, No. 9, pp. 567-582
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

Three three-component (bulge, disk, halo) model Galactic gravitational potentials differing by the expression for the dark matter halo are considered. The central (bulge) and disk components are described by the Miyamoto-Nagai expressions. The Allen-Santill'an (I), Wilkinson-Evans (II), and Navarro-Frenk-White (III) models are used to describe the halo. A set of present-day observational data in the range of Galactocentric distances R from 0 to 200 kpc is used to refine the parameters of these models. The model rotation curves have been fitted to the observed velocities by taking into account the constraints on the local matter density \rho_\odotand the force K_{z=1.1} acting perpendicularly to the Galactic plane. The Galactic mass within a sphere of radius 50 kpc,
M_G (R<=50 kpc)=(0.41+/-0.12)x10^12 M_\odot, is shown to satisfy all three models. The differences between the models become increasingly significant with increasing radius R. In model I, the Galactic mass within a sphere of radius 200 kpc turns out to be greatest among the models considered,
M_G (R<=200 kpc)=(1.45+/-0.30)x10^12 M_\odot, and the smallest value has been found in model II,
M_G (R<=200 kpc)=(0.61+/-0.12)x10^{12} M_\odot.
In our view, model III is the best one among those considered, because it ensures the smallest residual between the data and the constructed model rotation curve provided that the constraints on the local parameters hold with a high accuracy. Here, the Galactic mass is
M_G (R<=200 kpc)=(0.75+/-0.19)x10^12 M_\odot.
A comparative analysis with the models by Irrgang et al. (2013), including those using the integration of orbits for the two globular clusters NGC 104 and NGC 1851 as an example, has been performed. The third model is shown to have subjected to a significant improvement.

[32]  arXiv:1607.08054 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: An accretion-jet model for M87: interpreting the spectral energy distribution and Faraday rotation measure
Comments: 8 pages, 3 figures, accepted for publication in ApJ
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

M87 is arguably the best supermassive black hole (BH) to explore the jet and/or accretion physics due to its proximity and fruitful high-resolution multi-waveband observations. We model the multi-wavelength spectral energy distribution (SED) of M87 core that observed at a scale of 0.4 arcsec ($\sim 10^5R_{\rm g}$, $R_{\rm g}$ is gravitational radius) as recently presented by Prieto et al. Similar to Sgr A*, we find that the millimeter bump as observed by Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) can be modeled by the synchrotron emission of the thermal electrons in advection dominated accretion flow (ADAF), while the low-frequency radio emission and X-ray emission may dominantly come from the jet. The millimeter radiation from ADAF dominantly come from the region within $10R_{\rm g}$, which is roughly consistent with the recent very long baseline interferometry observations at 230\,GHz. We further calculate the Faraday rotation measure (RM) from both ADAF and jet models, and find that the RM predicted from the ADAF is roughly consistent with the measured value while the RM predicted from the jet is much higher if jet velocity close to the BH is low or moderate (e.g., $v_{\rm jet}\lesssim0.6\,c$). With the constraints from the SED modeling and RM, we find that the accretion rate close to the BH horizon is $\sim (0.2-1)\times10^{-3}{M}_{\odot} \rm yr^{-1}\ll\dot{\it M}_{\rm B}\sim 0.2\it {M}_{\odot} \rm yr^{-1}$ ($\dot{M}_{\rm B}$ is Bondi accretion rate), where the electron density profile, $n_{\rm e}\propto r^{\sim -1}$, in the accretion flow is consistent with that determined from X-ray observation inside the Bondi radius and recent numerical simulations.

[33]  arXiv:1607.08060 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: Reverberation Mapping of the Broad-line Region in NGC 5548: Evidence for Radiation Pressure?
Comments: 24 pages, 10 figures, 5 tables; accepted for publication in ApJ; accepted 2016 May 9
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

NGC 5548 is the best-observed reverberation-mapped active galactic nucleus with long-term, intensive monitoring. Here we report results from a new observational campaign between January and July, 2015. We measure the centroid time lag of the broad H$\beta$ emission line with respect to the 5100 \AA continuum and obtain $\tau_{\rm cent} = 7.20^{+1.33}_{-0.35}$ days in the rest frame. This yields a black hole mass of $M_{\bullet}=8.71^{+3.21}_{-2.61} $x$ 10^{7}M_{\odot}$ using a broad H$\beta$ line dispersion of $3124\pm302$ km s$^{-1}$ and a virial factor of $f_{_{\rm BLR}}=6.3\pm1.5$ for the broad-line region (BLR), consistent with the mass measurements from previous H$\beta$ campaigns. The high-quality data allow us to construct a velocity-binned delay map for the broad H$\beta$ line, which shows a symmetric response pattern around the line center, a plausible kinematic signature of virialized motion of the BLR. Combining all the available measurements of H$\beta$ time lags and the associated mean 5100 {\AA} luminosities over 18 campaigns between 1989 and 2015, we find that the H$\beta$ BLR size varies with the mean optical luminosity, but, interestingly, with a possible delay of $2.35_{-1.25}^{+3.47}$ yrs. This delay coincides with the typical BLR dynamical timescale of NGC 5548, indicating that the BLR undergoes dynamical changes, possibly driven by radiation pressure.

[34]  arXiv:1607.08061 [pdf, other]
Title: High-energy emitting BL Lacs and high-energy neutrinos - Prospects for the direct association with IceCube and KM3NeT
Comments: 8 pages, 3 figures, submitted to A&A
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

The origin of the high-energy flux of neutrinos detected by IceCube is still unknown. Recent works report the evidence for a possible positional correlation between the reconstructed neutrino arrival directions and the positions in the sky of low power, high-energy emitting BL Lac objects (HBL). Assuming that $\gamma$-ray emitting HBL form the bulk of the sources of high-energy neutrinos above 100 TeV, we intend to calculate the number of events expected to be detected for each source by IceCube and KM3NeT. Based on a simple theoretically-motivated framework inspired by the structured jet scenario for these sources, we postulate a direct proportionality between high-energy $\gamma$-ray and neutrino fluxes. We calculate the expected neutrino event rate for the HBL sources of the Second Fermi-LAT Catalog of High-Energy Sources (2FHL) for IceCube and the presently under construction KM3NeT using declination-dependent and exposure-weighted effective areas. We provide a list of 2FHL HBL with the calculated number of events. For IceCube, the derived count rate for several sources is relatively high, of the order of $\lesssim$1 yr$^{-1}$, consistently with the recent findings of a possible positional correlation. For KM3NeT the calculated rates are higher, with several sources with expected rate exceeding 1 yr$^{-1}$. This, coupled with the improved angular resolution, implies that the HBL origin can be effectively tested with few years of observation of KM3NeT through the direct association of neutrinos and single HBL. Our results show that if - as hinted by recent works - HBL represent a possible population of high-energy neutrino emitters, several single sources should be identified in few years of exposure of KM3NeT, highlighting the importance of the improved angular resolution foreseen for KM3NeT.

[35]  arXiv:1607.08065 [pdf, other]
Title: Glimpses of stellar surfaces. I. Spot evolution and differential rotation of the planet host star Kepler-210
Comments: 7 pages, 9 figures
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

We use high accuracy photometric data obtained with the Kepler satellite to monitor the activity modulations of the Kepler-210 planet host star over a time span of more than four years. Following the phenomenology of the star's light curve in combination with a five spot model, we identify six different so-called spot seasons. A characteristic, which is common in the majority of the seasons, is the persistent appearance of spots in a specific range of longitudes on the stellar surface. The most prominent period of the observed activity modulations is different for each season and appears to evolve following a specific pattern, resembling the changes in the sunspot periods during the solar magnetic cycle. Under the hypothesis that the star exhibits solar-like differential rotation, we suggest differential rotation values of Kepler-210 that are similar to or smaller than that of the Sun. Finally, we estimate spot life times between 60 days and 90 days, taking into consideration the evolution of the total covered stellar surface computed from our model.

[36]  arXiv:1607.08069 [pdf, other]
Title: Compton Thick AGN in the 70 Month Swift-BAT All-Sky Hard X-ray Survey: a Bayesian approach
Comments: 13 pages, 9 figures
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA); High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

The 70-month Swift/BAT catalogue provides a sensitive view of the extragalactic X-ray sky at hard energies (>10 keV) containing about 800 Active Galactic Nuclei. We explore its content in heavily obscured, Compton-thick AGN by combining the BAT (14-195 keV) with the lower energy XRT (0.3-10 keV) data. We apply a Bayesian methodology using Markov chains to estimate the exact probability distribution of the column density for each source. We find 54 possible Compton-thick sources (with probability 3 to 100%) translating to a ~7% fraction of the AGN in our sample. We derive the first parametric luminosity function of Compton-thick AGN. The unabsorbed luminosity function can be represented by a double power-law with a break at $L_{\star} 2 \times 10^{42}$ $\rm ergs~s^{-1}$ in the 20-40 keV band.

[37]  arXiv:1607.08080 [pdf, other]
Title: Glimpses of stellar surfaces. II. Origins of the photometric modulations and timing variations of KOI-1452
Comments: 7 pages, 8 figures
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

The deviations of the mid-transit times of an exoplanet from a linear ephemeris are usually the result of gravitational interactions with other bodies in the system. However, these types of transit timing variations (TTV) can also be introduced by the influences of star spots on the shape of the transit profile. Here we use the method of unsharp masking to investigate the photometric light curves of planets with ambiguous TTV to compare the features in their O - C diagram with the occurrence and in-transit positions of spot-crossing events. This method seems to be particularly useful for the examination of transit light curves with only small numbers of in-transit data points, i.e., the long cadence light curves from Kepler satellite. As a proof of concept we apply this method to the light curve and the estimated eclipse timing variations of the eclipsing binary KOI-1452, for which we prove their non-gravitational nature. Furthermore, we use the method to study the rotation properties of the primary star of the system KOI-1452 and show that the spots responsible for the timing variations rotate with different periods than the most prominent periods of the system's light curve. We argue that the main contribution in the measured photometric variability of KOI-1452 originates in g-mode oscillations, which makes the primary star of the system a {\gamma}-Dor type variable candidate.

[38]  arXiv:1607.08082 [pdf, other]
Title: M31N 2008-12a - the remarkable recurrent nova in M31: Pan-Chromatic observations of the 2015 eruption
Comments: 45 pages, 19 figures, 14 tables, submitted for publication in ApJ/ApJS
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR); High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

The Andromeda Galaxy recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a had been observed in eruption ten times, including yearly eruptions from 2008-2014. With a measured recurrence period of $P_\mathrm{rec}=351\pm13$ days (we believe the true value to be half of this) and a white dwarf very close to the Chandrasekhar limit, M31N 2008-12a has become the leading pre-explosion supernova type Ia progenitor candidate. Following multi-wavelength follow-up observations of the 2013 and 2014 eruptions, we initiated a campaign to ensure early detection of the predicted 2015 eruption, which triggered ambitious ground and space-based follow-up programs. In this paper we present the 2015 detection; visible to near-infrared photometry and visible spectroscopy; and ultraviolet and X-ray observations from the Swift observatory. The LCOGT 2m (Hawaii) discovered the 2015 eruption, estimated to have commenced at Aug. $28.28\pm0.12$ UT. The 2013-2015 eruptions are remarkably similar at all wavelengths. New early spectroscopic observations reveal short-lived emission from material with velocities $\sim13000$ km s$^{-1}$, possibly collimated outflows. Photometric and spectroscopic observations of the eruption provide strong evidence supporting a red giant donor. An apparently stochastic variability during the early super-soft X-ray phase was comparable in amplitude and duration to past eruptions, but the 2013 and 2015 eruptions show evidence of a brief flux dip during this phase. The multi-eruption Swift/XRT spectra show tentative evidence of high-ionization emission lines above a high-temperature continuum. Following Henze et al. (2015a), the updated recurrence period based on all known eruptions is $P_\mathrm{rec}=174\pm10$ d, and we expect the next eruption of M31N 2008-12a to occur around mid-Sep. 2016.

[39]  arXiv:1607.08099 [pdf, other]
Title: Triangulum galaxy viewed by Planck
Comments: 8 pages, 8 figures, in press on Astronomy and Astrophysics, main journal
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

We used Planck data to study the M33 galaxy and find a substantial temperature asymmetry with respect to its minor axis projected onto the sky plane. This temperature asymmetry correlates well with the HI velocity field at 21 cm, at least within a galactocentric distance of 0.5 degree, and it is found to extend up to about 3 degrees from the galaxy center. We conclude that the revealed effect, that is, the temperature asymmetry and its extension, implies that we detected the differential rotation of the M33 galaxy and of its extended baryonic halo.

[40]  arXiv:1607.08142 [pdf, other]
Title: Search for dark matter annihilations towards the inner Galactic halo from 10 years of observations with H.E.S.S
Comments: Accepted by PRL. Includes Supplemental Material. 7+4 pages, 2+4 figures, 1 table
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

The inner region of the Milky Way halo harbors a large amount of dark matter (DM). Given its proximity, it is one of the most promising targets to look for DM. We report on a search for the annihilations of DM particles using $\gamma$-ray observations towards the inner 300 parsecs of the Milky Way, with the H.E.S.S. array of ground-based Cherenkov telescopes. The analysis is based on a 2D maximum likelihood method using Galactic center (GC) data accumulated by H.E.S.S. over the last 10 years (2004-2014), and does not show any significant $\gamma$-ray signal above background. Assuming Einasto and Navarro-Frenk-White DM density profiles at the GC, we derive upper limits on the annihilation cross section $\langle \sigma v\rangle$. These constraints are the strongest obtained so far in the TeV DM mass range and improve upon previous limits by a factor 5. For the Einasto profile, the constraints reach $\langle \sigma v\rangle$ values of $\rm 6\times10^{-26} cm^3s^{-1}$ in the $W^+W^-$ channel for a DM particle mass of 1.5 TeV, and $\rm 2\times10^{-26} cm^3s^{-1}$ in the $\tau^+\tau^-$ channel for 1 TeV mass. For the first time, ground-based $\gamma$-ray observations have reached sufficient sensitivity to probe $\langle \sigma v\rangle$ values expected from the thermal relic density for TeV DM particles.

[41]  arXiv:1607.08147 [pdf, other]
Title: Influence of Stellar Flares on the Chemical Composition of Exoplanets and Spectra
Comments: 16 pages, 15 figures, Accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

More than 3000 exoplanets have been detected so far, and more and more spectroscopic observations of exoplanets are performed. Future instruments are eagerly awaited as they will be able to provide spectroscopic data with a greater accuracy and sensitivity than what is currently available. An important aspect to consider is temporal stellar atmospheric disturbances that can influence the planetary composition, and hence spectra, and potentially can lead to incorrect assumptions about the steady-state atmospheric composition of the planet. We focus on perturbations that come from the host star in the form of flare events that significantly increase the photon flux impingement on the exoplanet atmosphere. In some cases, and particularly for M stars, this sudden increase may last for several hours. We aim at answering the question to what extent a stellar flare is able to modify the chemical composition of the planetary atmosphere and, therefore influence the resulting spectra. We use a 1D thermo-photochemical model to study the neutral atmospheric composition of two hypothetic planets located around the star AD Leo. This active star has already been observed during a flare. We use the spectroscopic data from this flare event to simulate the evolution of the chemical composition of the atmospheres of the two hypothetic planets. We compute synthetic spectra to evaluate the implications for observations. The increase of the incoming photon flux affects the chemical abundances of some important species down to altitudes associated with an atmospheric pressure of 1 bar, that can lead to variations in planetary spectra if performed during transit.

[42]  arXiv:1607.08157 [pdf, other]
Title: Dark Matter directional detection: comparison of the track direction determination
Comments: 8 pages, 5 figures
Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Instrumentation and Detectors (physics.ins-det)

Several directional techniques have been proposed for a directional detection of Dark matter, among others anisotropic crystal detectors, nuclear emulsion plates, and low-pressure gaseous TPCs. The key point is to get access to the initial direction of the ion recoiling due to the elastic scattering by a WIMP. In this article, we aim at estimating, for each method, how the information of the recoil track initial direction is preserved in different detector materials. We use the SRIM simulation code to emulate the motion of the first recoiling ion in each material. We propose the use of a new observable, D, to quantify the preservation of the initial direction of the recoiling ion in the detector. We show that for an emulsion and an anisotropic crystal detector, the initial direction is lost very early, while for a typical TPC detector, the direction is well preserved. A gaseous TPC seems better suited to achieve the measurement of the direction of WIMP-induced nuclear recoils.

[43]  arXiv:1607.08158 [pdf, other]
Title: The gaseous debris disk of the white dwarf SDSS J1228+1040. HST/COS search for far-ultraviolet signatures
Comments: 5 pages, 5 figures, accepted for publication in A&A
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

Gaseous and dust debris disks around white dwarfs (WDs) are formed from tidally disrupted planetary bodies. This offers an opportunity to determine the composition of exoplanetary material by measuring element abundances in the accreting WD's atmosphere. A more direct way to do this is through spectral analysis of the disks themselves. Currently, the number of chemical elements detected through disk emission-lines is smaller than that of species detected through lines in the WD atmospheres.
We assess the far-ultraviolet (FUV) spectrum of one well-studied object (SDSS J122859.93+104032.9) to search for disk signatures at wavelengths <1050 angstrom, where the broad absorption lines of the Lyman series effectively block the WD photospheric flux. We performed FUV observations (950-1240 angstrom) with the Hubble Space Telescope/Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and used archival optical spectra. We compared them with non-local thermodynamic equilibrium model spectra. In addition, we investigate the Ca II infrared triplet (IRT) line profiles to constrain disk geometry and composition.
No disk emission-lines were detected in the FUV spectrum, indicating that the disk effective temperature is about 5000K. The long-time variability of the Ca II IRT was reproduced with a precessing disk model of bulk Earth-like composition, having a surface mass density of 0.3g/cm2 and an extension from 55 to 90 WD radii. The disk has a spiral shape that precesses with a period of approximately 37 years, confirming previous results.

[44]  arXiv:1607.08162 [pdf, other]
Title: Realistic Detectability of Close Interstellar Comets
Comments: Published in Astrophysical Journal, 18 pages, 5 figures
Journal-ref: ApJ, 825, 1 (2016)
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

During the planet formation process, billions of comets are created and ejected into interstellar space. The detection and characterization of such interstellar comets (also known as extra-solar planetesimals or extra-solar comets) would give us in situ information about the efficiency and properties of planet formation throughout the galaxy. However, no interstellar comets have ever been detected, despite the fact that their hyperbolic orbits would make them readily identifiable as unrelated to the solar system. Moro-Mart\'in et al. 2009 have made a detailed and reasonable estimate of the properties of the interstellar comet population. We extend their estimates of detectability with a numerical model that allows us to consider "close" interstellar comets, e.g., those that come within the orbit of Jupiter. We include several constraints on a "detectable" object that allow for realistic estimates of the frequency of detections expected from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and other surveys. The influence of several of the assumed model parameters on the frequency of detections is explored in detail. Based on the expectation from Moro-Mart\'in et al. 2009, we expect that LSST will detect 0.001-10 interstellar comets during its nominal 10-year lifetime, with most of the uncertainty from the unknown number density of small (nuclei of $\sim$0.1-1 km) interstellar comets. Using simulated LSST-like astrometric data, we study the problem of orbit determination for these bodies, finding that LSST could identify their orbits as hyperbolic and determine an ephemeris sufficiently accurate for follow-up in about 4-7 days. We give the hyperbolic orbital parameters of the most detectable interstellar comets. Taking the results into consideration, we give recommendations to future searches for interstellar comets.

[45]  arXiv:1607.08165 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: Deep probing of the photospheric sunspot penumbra: no evidence for magnetic field-free gaps
Comments: Accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

Some models for the topology of the magnetic field in sunspot penumbrae predict the existence of field-free or dynamically weak-field regions in the deep Photosphere. To confirm or rule out the existence of weak-field regions in the deepest photospheric layers of the penumbra. The magnetic field at $\log\tau_5=0$ is investigated by means of inversions of spectropolarimetric data of two different sunspots located very close to disk center with a spatial resolution of approximately 0.4-0.45 arcsec. The data have been recorded using the GRIS instrument attached to the 1.5-meters GREGOR solar telescope at El Teide observatory. It includes three Fe I lines around 1565 nm, whose sensitivity to the magnetic field peaks at half a pressure-scale-height deeper than the sensitivity of the widely used Fe I spectral line pair at 630 nm. Prior to the inversion, the data is corrected for the effects of scattered light using a deconvolution method with several point spread functions. At $\log\tau_5=0$ we find no evidence for the existence of regions with dynamically weak ($B<500$ Gauss) magnetic fields in sunspot penumbrae. This result is much more reliable than previous investigations done with Fe I lines at 630 nm. Moreover, the result is independent of the number of nodes employed in the inversion, and also independent of the point spread function used to deconvolve the data, and does not depend on the amount of straylight (i.e. wide-angle scattered light) considered.

[46]  arXiv:1607.08170 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: The Stability of Tidal Equilibrium for Hierarchical Star-Planet-Moon Systems
Comments: 17 pages, 4 figures, accepted to MNRAS
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Motivated by the current search for exomoons, this paper considers the stability of tidal equilibrium for hierarchical three-body systems containing a star, a planet, and a moon. In this treatment, the energy and angular momentum budgets include contributions from the planetary orbit, lunar orbit, stellar spin, planetary spin, and lunar spin. The goal is to determine the optimized energy state of the system subject to the constraint of constant angular momentum. Due to the lack of a closed form solution for the full three-body problem, however, we must use use an approximate description of the orbits. We first consider the Keplerian limit and find that the critical energy states are saddle points, rather than minima, so that these hierarchical systems have no stable tidal equilibrium states. We then generalize the calculation so that the lunar orbit is described by a time-averaged version of the circular restricted three-body problem. In this latter case, the critical energy state is a shallow minimum, so that a tidal equilibrium state exists. In both cases, however, the lunar orbit for the critical point lies outside the boundary (roughly half the Hill radius) where (previous) numerical simulations indicate dynamical instability. These results suggest that star-planet-moon systems have no viable long-term stable states analogous to those found for two-body systems.

[47]  arXiv:1607.08172 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: Formation of X-ray emitting stationary shocks in magnetized protostellar jets
Comments: Accepted for publication in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR); High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

X-ray observations of protostellar jets show evidence of strong shocks heating the plasma up to temperatures of a few million degrees. In some cases, the shocked features appear to be stationary. They are interpreted as shock diamonds. We aim at investigating the physics that guides the formation of X-ray emitting stationary shocks in protostellar jets, the role of the magnetic field in determining the location, stability, and detectability in X-rays of these shocks, and the physical properties of the shocked plasma. We performed a set of 2.5-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic numerical simulations modelling supersonic jets ramming into a magnetized medium and explored different configurations of the magnetic field. The model takes into account the most relevant physical effects, namely thermal conduction and radiative losses. We compared the model results with observations, via the emission measure and the X-ray luminosity synthesized from the simulations. Our model explains the formation of X-ray emitting stationary shocks in a natural way. The magnetic field collimates the plasma at the base of the jet and forms there a magnetic nozzle. After an initial transient, the nozzle leads to the formation of a shock diamond at its exit which is stationary over the time covered by the simulations (~ 40 - 60 yr; comparable with time scales of the observations). The shock generates a point-like X-ray source located close to the base of the jet with luminosity comparable with that inferred from X-ray observations of protostellar jets. For the range of parameters explored, the evolution of the post-shock plasma is dominated by the radiative cooling, whereas the thermal conduction slightly affects the structure of the shock.

[48]  arXiv:1607.08178 [pdf, ps, other]
Title: Modelling the cross-spectral variability of the black hole binary MAXI J1659-152 with propagating accretion rate fluctuations
Comments: 18 pages, 14 figures
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

The power spectrum of the X-ray fluctuations of accreting black holes often consists of two broad humps. We quantitatively investigate the hypothesis that the lower frequency hump orig- inates from variability in a truncated thin accretion disc, propagating into a large scale-height inner hot flow which, in turn, itself is the origin of the higher frequency hump. We extend the propagating mass accretion rate fluctuations model PROPFLUC to accommodate double hump power spectra in this way. Furthermore, we extend the model to predict the cross-spectrum between two energy bands in addition to their power spectra, allowing us to constrain the model using the observed time lags, which in the model result from both propagation of fluc- tuations from the disc to the hot flow, and inside the hot flow. We jointly fit soft and hard power spectrum, and the cross-spectrum between the two bands using this model for 5 Swift X-ray Telescope observations of MAXI J1659-152. The new double hump model provides a better fit to the data than the old single hump model for most of our observations. The data show only a small phase lag associated with the low frequency hump. We demonstrate quan- titatively that this is consistent with the model. We compare the truncation radius measured from our fits with that measured purely by spectral fitting and find agreement within a factor of two. This analysis encompasses the first joint fits of stellar-mass black hole cross-spectra and power spectra with a single self-consistent physical model.

[49]  arXiv:1607.08208 [pdf, other]
Title: Future CMB tests of dark matter: ultra-light axions and massive neutrinos
Comments: 16 pages, 12 figures. The axionCAMB code will be available online at this http URL from 1 August 2016
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO); High Energy Physics - Phenomenology (hep-ph)

Measurements of cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropies provide strong evidence for the existence of dark matter and dark energy. They can also test its composition, probing the energy density and particle mass of different dark-matter and dark-energy components. CMB data have already shown that ultra-light axions (ULAs) with mass in the range $10^{-32}~{\rm eV} \to 10^{-26}~{\rm eV}$ compose a fraction $< 0.01$ of the cosmological critical density. Here, the sensitivity of a proposed CMB-Stage IV (CMB-S4) experiment (assuming a 1 arcmin beam and $< 1~\mu K{\rm-arcmin}$ noise levels over a sky fraction of 0.4) to the density of ULAs and other dark-sector components is assessed. CMB-S4 data should be $\sim 10$ times more sensitive to the ULA energy-density than Planck data alone, across a wide range of ULA masses $10^{-32}< m_{a}< 10^{-23}~{\rm eV}$, and will probe axion decay constants of $f_{a}\approx 10^{16}~{\rm GeV}$, at the grand unified scale. CMB-S4 could improve the CMB lower bound on the ULA mass from $\sim 10^{-25}~{\rm eV}$ to $10^{-23}~{\rm eV}$, nearing the mass range probed by dwarf galaxy abundances and dark-matter halo density profiles. These improvements will allow for a multi-$\sigma$ detection of percent-level departures from CDM over a wide range of masses. Much of this improvement is driven by the effects of weak gravitational lensing on the CMB, which breaks degeneracies between ULAs and neutrinos. We also find that the addition of ULA parameters does not significantly degrade the sensitivity of the CMB to neutrino masses. These results were obtained using the axionCAMB code (a modification to the CAMB Boltzmann code), presented here for public use.

[50]  arXiv:1607.08213 [pdf, other]
Title: Global numerical simulations of vortex-mediated pulsar glitches in full general relativity
Comments: 18 pages, 12 figures
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE); General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc)

In this paper, we study in detail the role of general relativity on the global dynamics of giant pulsar glitches as exemplified by Vela. For this purpose, we carry out numerical simulations of the spin up triggered by the sudden unpinning of superfluid vortices. In particular, we compute the exchange of angular momentum between the core neutron superfluid and the rest of the star within a two-fluid model including both (non-dissipative) entrainment effects and (dissipative) mutual friction forces. Our simulations are based on a quasi-stationary approach using realistic equations of state (EoSs) following \cite{sourie2016numerical}. We show that the evolution of the angular velocities of both fluids can be accurately described by an exponential law. The associated characteristic rise time $\tau_{\text{r}}$, which can be precisely computed from stationary configurations only, has a form similar to that obtained in the Newtonian limit. However, general relativity changes the structure of the star and leads to additional couplings between the fluids due to frame-dragging effects. As a consequence, general relativity can have a large impact on the actual value of $\tau_{\text{r}}$: the errors incurred by using Newtonian gravity are thus found to be as large as $\sim 40 \%$ for the models considered. Values of the rise time are calculated for Vela and compared with current observational limits. Finally, we study the amount of gravitational waves emitted during a glitch. Simple expressions are obtained for the corresponding characteristic amplitudes and frequencies. The detectability of glitches through gravitational wave observatories is briefly discussed.