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A Low-amplitude Double-mode Delta Scuti Star with Amplitude Modulation
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The Delta Scuti stars show rich oscillation modes in observations, both of radial and non-radial oscillation are detected. Different modes show different propagation behaviors in the star and reflect different properties of the stellar structure, thus Delta Scuti stars are very valuable targets for asteroseismology.

Researchers from the Optical Astronomy Laboratory of Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory have confirmed that KIC 12602250 is a low-amplitude double-mode Delta Scuti Star with Amplitude Modulation. It is uncommon for a low-amplitude Delta Scuti star pulsate in a purely radial double mode. The results are published in the Astronomical Journal (AJ, 2021, 162, 48). 

KIC 12602250 has been continuously observed by Kepler Space Telescope for 1471 days. The pulsating behavior of KIC 12602250 was carefully analyzed using high-precision photometric data from the Kepler mission. A total of eight significant frequencies are detected. Two of them are independent frequencies, i.e., F0 = 11.6141 d-1and F1 = 14.9741 d-1. The ratio of the F0/F1 of KIC 12602250 is measured to be 0.776, suggesting that this star could be a new low-amplitude radial double-mode Delta Scuti star. This possibly indicate the modification of the definition of HADS may be necessary. The lowamplitude, double-mode, and slow amplitude growth of F1 and F1-F0 might suggest that KIC 12602250 could be a post-main-sequence Delta Scuti crossing the instability strip for the first time. 

Fourier amplitude spectra and the pre-whitening process for the light curve of KIC 12602250. 

The amplitude variations of F1 and F1-F0 as a function of time. The red lines represent the linear fits of those frequencies using emcee.

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