Volume 471, Number 3, September I 2007
|Page(s)||893 - 900|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||26 June 2007|
Synthetic properties of bright metal-poor variables
II. BL Hercules stars
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, via Moiariello 16, 80131 Napoli, Italy e-mail: email@example.com
2 Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Roma, Italy
3 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, via Frascati 33, 00040 Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
4 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania, via Maggini, 64100 Teramo, Italy
Accepted: 16 May 2007
We investigate the properties of the so-called BL Her stars, i.e., Population II Cepheids with periods shorter than 8 days, using updated pulsation models and evolutionary tracks computed by adopting a metal abundance in the range of Z = 0.0001 to Z = 0.004. We derive the predicted period-magnitude (PM) and period-Wesenheit (PW) relations at the various photometric bands and we show that the slopes of these relations are in good agreement with the slopes determined by observed variables in Galactic globular clusters, independently of the adopted MV(RR)-[Fe/H] relation to get the cluster RR Lyrae-based distance. Moreover, we show that the distances provided by the predicted PM and PW relations for BL Her stars agree within the errors with the RR Lyrae-based values. Using the predicted relations with W Vir stars, which are Population II Cepheids with periods longer than 8 days, provides no clear evidence for or against a change in the PM and PW slopes around 10 days.
Key words: stars: evolution / stars: population II / stars: variables: general
© ESO, 2007
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