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Volume 372, Number 1, June II 2001
Page(s) 245 - 248
Section Formation, structure and evolution of stars
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20010508

A&A 372, 245-248 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20010508

Infrared properties of barium stars

P. S. Chen

Yunnan Observatory & United Laboratory of Optical Astronomy, CAS, Kunming 650011, PR China

(Received 25 September 2000 / Accepted 29 November 2000 )

We present the results of a systematic survey for IRAS associations of barium stars. A total of 155 associations were detected, and IRAS low-resolution spectra exist for 50 barium stars. We use different color-color diagrams from the visual band to 60 $\mu$m, relations between these colors and the spectral type, the barium intensity, and the IRAS low-resolution spectra to discuss physical properties of barium stars in the infrared. It is confirmed that most barium stars have infrared excesses in the near infrared. However, a new result of this work is that most barium stars have no excesses in the far infrared. This fact may imply that infrared excesses of barium stars are mainly due to the re-emission of energy lost from the Bond-Neff depression. It is also shown that the spectral type and the barium intensity of barium stars are not correlated with infrared colors, but may be correlated with V-K color.

Key words: stars: late-type -- infrared: stars -- stars: chemically peculiar

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