Notes on disentangling of spectra
II. Intrinsic line-profile variability due to Cepheid pulsationsP. Hadrava1, M. Šlechta2, and P. Škoda2
1 Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences, Boční II 1401, 141 31 Praha 4, Czech Republic
2 Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences, Fričova 298, 251 65 Ondřejov, Czech Republic
Received 22 May 2009 / Accepted 2 August 2009
Context. The determination of pulsation velocities from observed spectra of Cepheids is needed for the Baade-Wesselink calibration of these primary distance markers.
Aims. The applicability of the Fourier-disentangling technique for the determination of pulsation velocities of Cepheids and other pulsating stars is studied.
Methods. The KOREL-code was modified to enable fitting of free parameters of a prescribed line-profile broadening function corresponding to the radial pulsations of the stellar atmosphere. It was applied to spectra of Cep in the H-alpha region observed with the Ondřejov 2-m telescope.
Results. The telluric lines were removed using template-constrained disentangling, phase-locked variations of line-strengths were measured and the curves of pulsational velocities obtained for several spectral lines. It is shown that the amplitude and phase of the velocities and line-strength variations depend on the depth of line formation and the excitation potential.
Conclusions. The disentangling of pulsations in the Cepheid spectra may be used for distance determination.
Key words: line: profiles -- techniques: spectroscopic -- stars: variables: Cepheids -- stars: atmospheres
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