Volume 400, Number 2, March III 2003
|Page(s)||613 - 621|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||03 March 2003|
Observational survey of the puzzling star HD 179821: Photometric variations and period analysis*
Observatoire de Haute-Provence (CNRS), 04870 Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire, France
2 Groupe de Recherche en Astronomie et Astrophysique du Languedoc–UMR 5024/ISTEEM (CNRS), Université Montpellier II, Place E. Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 05, France
3 Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Département Fresnel, UMR 6528, BP 4229, 06304 Nice Cedex 4, France
Corresponding author: H. Le Coroller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 19 December 2002
From new photometric observations (UBVRI), we present the characteristic features of the light variations of the evolved star HD 179821 (= SAO 124414 = IRAS 19114+0002). Our data, collected through 1999 and 2000, have been combined together with previous photometric measurements available in the literature. Thus, a long term V-light curve (gathering more than 10 years of observations for HD 179821) has been composed. We have analysed it with the Fourier transform method. Two main frequencies are present in the resulting power spectrum, reflecting a dominant bimodal pulsator behavior. A long term phenomenon is also found, but it is not possible to decide whether it is periodic. The Fourier analysis has also been applied on two other filters (U and B) and confirms the detected frequencies. On the basis of our period analysis, we discuss the nature of HD 179821: low-mass post-AGB star or high-mass star.
Key words: stars: atmospheres / stars: AGB and post-AGB / shock waves / stars: oscillations / stars: fundamental parameters / stars: individual: HD 179821
© ESO, 2003
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