On the Wilson-Bappu relationship in the MgII k line
Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale, CNR, Area di Ricerca Tor Vergata, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133 Roma, Italy
2 Dipartimento di Fisica E. Amaldi, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Via della Vasca Navale 84, 00146 Roma, Italy
Corresponding author: D. Cardini, email@example.com
Accepted: 5 June 2001
An investigation is carried out on the Wilson-Bappu effect in the Mgii k line at 2796.34 Å. The work is based on a selection of 230 stars observed by both the IUE and HIPPARCOS satellites, covering a wide range of spectral types (F to M) and absolute visual magnitudes (- ). A semi-automatic procedure is used to measure the line widths, which applies also in the presence of strong central absorption reversal. The Wilson-Bappu relationship here provided is considered to represent an improvement over previous recent results for the considerably larger data sample used, as well as for a proper consideration of the measurement errors. No evidence has been found for a possible dependence of the WB effect on stellar metallicity and effective temperature.
Key words: stars: distances / stars: late-type / ultraviolet: general / line: profiles / catalogs
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