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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 137, 273-292

Search for reference A0 dwarf stars: Masses and luminosities revisited with Hipparcos parallaxes[*][*]

M. Gerbaldi 1,2 - R. Faraggiana 3 - R. Burnage 4 - F. Delmas 1 - A.E. Gómez 5 - S. Grenier 5

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1 - CNRS, Institut d'Astrophysique, 98bis, Bd. Arago, 75014 Paris, France
2 - Université de Paris-Sud XI, Paris, France
3 - Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università degli Studi di Trieste, v. Tiepolo 11, 34131 Trieste, Italy
4 - CNRS, Observatoire de Haute-Provence, 04870 Saint Michel l'Observatoire, France
5 - DASGAL, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, Place Janssen, 92195 Meudon Cedex, France

Received November 12, 1998; accepted March 1, 1999


Hipparcos data for 71 nearby dwarf A0 stars were combined with other data, in particular with high resolution spectra to establish the HR diagram in this temperature range. Almost 30% of unknown binaries were detected and discarded before establishing the $ \cal M$-L relation for bright A0 V field stars. The relationship derived for these single stars is compared to the classical diagram derived from eclipsing binaries. The scatter of the latter is examined and the role of gravity is discussed.

A good agreement is found between the evolution-based surface gravity log$g_{\rm ev}$ and the value of log$g_{\rm ph}$ obtained from photometric data.

Key words: stars: fundamental parameters -- stars: early type -- stars: HR diagram

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