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A comparison of light and velocity variations in semiregular variables
T. Lebzelter 1,
L.L. Kiss 2 and
K.H. Hinkle 3
Received 22 November 1999 / Accepted 15 June 2000
NIR velocity variations are compared with simultaneous visual light curves for a sample of late-type semiregular variables (SRV). Precise radial velocity measurements are also presented for the SRV V450 Aql. Our aim is to investigate the nature of the irregular light changes found in these variables.
Light and velocity variations are correlated in all stars of our sample. Based on these results we discuss several possibilities to explain the observed behavior. We find that pulsation is responsible for large amplitude variations. In a recent paper Lebzelter (1999) invoked large convective cells to understand observed velocity variations. This possibility is discussed with respect to the observed correlation between light and velocity changes. In the light of these results we investigate the origin of the semiregular variations.
Key words: stars: variables: general stars: late-type stars: AGB and post-AGB stars: atmospheres
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Online publication: September 5, 2000