Spatial distribution of stellar rotational axes from Be stars

M. Curé, A. Christen, Th Rivinius, D. F. Rial

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In order to know the distribution of rotational velocities of Be stars, a standard assumption is used, namely that the rotational axes are uniformed distributed. We use here polarimetric projected angles data from almost 500 Be stars and we make a statistical analysis. Furthermore we perform a Monte-Carlo simulation that explains the observed features of the angles, confirming that it is indeed uniform distributed, but the projected angles possess a bimodal structure. This last features may change the conclusion about the rotational velocity distribution of these stars.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-124
Number of pages2
JournalRevista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica: Serie de Conferencias
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventWorkshop on Interferometric View on Hot Stars - Vina del Mar, Chile
Duration: 2 Mar 20096 Mar 2009


  • Methods: numerical
  • Methods: statistical
  • Stars: emission-line Be
  • Stars: rotation


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