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Title: The Penn State-Torun Centre for Astronomy Planet Search stars. I. Spectroscopic analysis of 348 red giants
Authors: P. Zielinski (1), A. Niedzielski (1), A. Wolszczan (2,3), M. Adamow (1), G. Nowak (1) ((1) Torun Centre for Astronomy, Nicolaus Copernicus University, (2) Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, PennState University, (3) Centre for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, PennState University)

We present basic atmospheric parameters (Teff, logg, vt and [Fe/H]) as well as luminosities, masses, radii and absolute radial velocities for 348 stars, presumably giants, from the ~1000 star sample observed within the Penn State-Torun Centre for Astronomy Planet Search with the High Resolution Spectrograph of the 9.2m Hobby-Eberly Telescope. The stellar parameters are key ingredients in proper interpretation of newly discovered low-mass companions while a systematic study of the complete sample will create a basis for future statistical considerations concerning low-mass companions appearance around evolved low and intermediate-mass stars. The atmospheric parameters were derived using a strictly spectroscopic method based on the LTE analysis of equivalent widths of FeI and FeII lines. With existing photometric data and the Hipparcos parallaxes we estimated stellar masses and ages via evolutionary tracks fitting. The stellar radii were calculated from either estimated masses and the spectroscopic logg or from the spectroscopic Teff and estimated luminosities. The absolute radial velocities were obtained by cross-correlating spectra with a numerical template. We completed the spectroscopic analysis for 332 stars of which 327 were found to be giants. For the remaining 16 stars with incomplete data a simplified analysis was applied. The results show that our sample is composed of stars with Teff = 4055-6239 K, logg = 1.39-4.78 (5 dwarfs were identified), logL/solar luminosity = -1.0-3, M = 0.6-3.4 solar masses, R = 0.6-52 solar radii. The stars in our sample are generally less metal abundant than the Sun with median [Fe/H] = -0.15. The estimated uncertainties in the atmospheric parameters were found to be comparable to those reached in other studies. However, due to lack of precise parallaxes the stellar luminosities and, in turn, the masses are far less precise, within 0.2 solar masses in best cases, and 0.3 solar masses on average.

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