Volume 370, Number 2, May I 2001
|Page(s)||496 - 502|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||15 May 2001|
The radial pulsation of AI Aurigae
Department of Experimental Physics and Astronomical Observatory, University of Szeged, Dóm tér 9., 6720 Szeged, Hungary
2 Lowell Observatory, 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
Corresponding author: L. L. Kiss, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 12 February 2001
We present an analysis of eleven years of Strömgren by photometry of the red semiregular variable star AI Aurigae. An early period determination of 63.9 days is confirmed by the long-term light curve behaviour. The light curve shows semi-regular changes with a mean period of 65 days reaching an amplitude of 0 fraction of minute6 in some cycles. The colour changes perfectly parallel the V light curve, suggesting radial oscillation to be the main reason for the observed variations. We estimate the main characteristics of the star (mass, radius, effective temperature) that suggest radial pulsation in fundamental or first overtone mode.
Key words: stars: pulsation / stars: AGB / stars: individual: AI Aur
© ESO, 2001
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