Poster Presentation Astronomical Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting including HWWS 2013

Bcool Australia (#245)

Stephen Marsden 1 , Pascal Petit 2 , Sandra Jeffers 3 , Brad Carter 1 , Carolyn Brown 1 , and the Bcool Collaboration
  1. USQ, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
  2. IRAP, Toulouse, France
  3. Georg-August-Universitaet, Goettingen, Germany

The Bcool project is an international collaboration, with significant Australian involvement, aimed at studying the magnetic activity of low-mass stars from pre-main sequence through to evolved objects. The project has a particular emphasis on the use of spectropolarimetric observations to characterise the magnetic fields of cool stars and improve understanding of the operation of stellar dynamos under a range of conditions. As part of the Bcool project, 167 solar-type stars chosen mainly from planet search databases have been observed using spectropolarimetric observations. From these observations surface magnetic fields have been detected for 67 stars, a vast increase in the number of stars on which magnetism has been detected. In addition, we have mapped the surface magnetic field topology of over 20 of the stars, with many having multi-epoch observations forming an ongoing search for stellar magnetic cycles akin to the 22 year solar cycle.

In this poster we outline some of the main discoveries so far realised from the Bcool solar-type star sample. In addition we discuss a possible enhancement of this project using the planned high-resolution Veloce spectrograph for the AAT.