Velocity variability of semiregular and irregular variables
Institut für Astronomie, Universität Wien, Türkenschanzstr. 17, 1180 Vienna, Austria
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Corresponding author: T. Lebzelter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 11 July 2002
We compare velocities from near infrared lines with center-of-mass velocities for a sample of semiregular and irregular variables to search for indications for a convective blueshift. It is shown that a general blueshift is present but that the light variability is obviously not dominated by convective cells but rather by stellar pulsation. All stars of our sample show a similar shape and amplitude in the velocity variations. Long secondary periods are a common feature in these objects and strongly influence the measured velocity shifts. The star V366 Aql is found to be the first SRV showing line doubling.
Key words: stars: variables: general / stars: late-type / stars: AGB and post-AGB / stars: atmospheres
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