Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Montgomery  developed a method to probe convection in pulsating white dwarf stars which allows the recovery of the thermal response time of the convection zone by fitting observed non sinusoidal light curves. He applied this method to two objects; the Whole Earth Telescope (WET) observed the pulsating DB white dwarf GD 358 for just this purpose. Given this WET run's success, it is time to extend Montgomery's method to pulsating DA white dwarf (ZZ Ceti) stars. We present observations of two ZZ Ceti stars, WD 1524 - 0030 and EC 14012 - 1446, both observed from multiple sites. EC 14012 - 1446 seems better suited thAN WD1524 - 0030 for a future WET run because it has more pulsation modes excited and because it pulsation spectrum appears to be more stable in time. We call for participation in this effort to take place in April 2008.
Handler, Gerald; Provençal, Judith L.; Montgomery, Michael H.; Romero-Colmenero, Encarni; Sanchawala, Kaushar; Lendl, Monika A.; Wood, Matt A.; Silver, Isaac M.; Beck, Paul G.; and Chen, Wenping, "Constraining Convection Parameters From The Light Curve Shapes Of Pulsating White Dwarf Stars: The Cases Of EC 14012-1446 And WD 1524-0030" (2008). Aerospace, Physics, and Space Science Faculty Publications. 489.