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2008A&A...489.1263N - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 489, 1263-1269 (2008/10-3)

High-resolution spectroscopy for Cepheids distance determination. IV. Time series of Hα line profiles.


Abstract (from CDS):

In recent years, infrared interferometry has revealed the presence of faint dusty circumstellar envelopes (CSE) around Cepheids. However the size, shape, chemical nature, and the interaction of the CSE with the star itself are still under investigation. The presence of a CSE might have an effect on the angular diameter estimates used in the interferometric Baade-Wesselink and surface-brightness methods of determining the distance of Cepheids. By studying Hα profiles as a function of the period, we investigate the permanent mass loss and the CSE around Cepheids. Our high spectral- and time-resolution data, combined with a very good S/N, will be useful in constraining future hydrodynamical models of Cepheids atmosphere and their close environment. We present HARPS high-resolution spectroscopy (R=120000) of eight galactic Cepheids: R Tra, S Cru, Y Sgr, β Dor, ζ Gem, RZ Vel, l Car, and RS Pup, providing a good period sampling asymmetries. We find a new relationship between the period of Cepheids and their γ-velocities and -asymmetries. These results may be related to the dynamical structure of the atmosphere and to a permanent mass loss of Cepheids. In particular, we confirm for l Car a dominant absorption component whose velocity is constant and nearly of zero km/s in the stellar rest frame. This component is attributed to the presence of circumstellar envelope. To understand these very subtle γ effects, fully consistent hydrodynamical models are required, including pulsating and evolutionary theories, convective energy transport, adaptive numerical meshes, and a refined calculation of the radiative transfer.

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Journal keyword(s): techniques: spectroscopic - stars: atmospheres - stars: oscillations - stars: variables: Cepheids - stars: distances

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