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  1. Anomalous double-mode RR Lyrae stars in the Magellanic Clouds

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    Soszyński, I.; Smolec, R.; Dziembowski, W. A.; Udalski, A.; Szymański, M. K.; Wyrzykowski, Ł.; Ulaczyk, K.; Poleski, R.; Pietrukowicz, P.; Kozłowski, S.; Skowron, D.; Skowron, J.; Mróz, P.; Pawlak, M.

    2016-12-01

    We report the discovery of a new subclass of double-mode RR Lyrae stars in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. The sample of 22 pulsating stars has been extracted from the latest edition of the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment collection of RR Lyrae variables in the Magellanic System. The stars pulsating simultaneously in the fundamental (F) and first-overtone (1O) modes have distinctly different properties than regular double-mode RR Lyrae variables (RRd stars). The P1O/PF period ratios of our anomalous RRd stars are within a range of 0.725-0.738, while `classical' double-mode RR Lyrae variables have period ratios in the range of 0.742-0.748. In contrast to the typical RRd stars, in the majority of the anomalous pulsators, the F-mode amplitudes are higher than the 1O-mode amplitudes. The light curves associated with the F-mode in the anomalous RRd stars show different morphology than the light curves of, both, regular RRd stars and single-mode RRab stars. Most of the anomalous double-mode stars show long-term modulations of the amplitudes (Blazhko-like effect). Translating the period ratios into the abundance parameter, Z, we find for our stars Z ∈ (0.002, 0.005) - an order of magnitude higher values than typical for RR Lyrae stars. The mass range of the RRd stars inferred from the WI versus PF diagram is (0.55-0.75) M⊙. These parameters cannot be accounted for with single star evolution assuming a Reimers-like mass-loss. Much greater mass-loss caused by interaction with other stars is postulated. We blame the peculiar pulsation properties of our stars to the parametric resonance instability of the 1O-mode to excitation of the F- and 2O-modes as with the inferred parameters of the stars 2ω1O ≈ ωF + ω2O.

  2. THREE-DIMENSIONAL MAPS OF THE MAGELLANIC CLOUDS USING RR LYRAE STARS AND CEPHEIDS. II. THE SMALL MAGELLANIC CLOUD

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    Haschke, Raoul; Grebel, Eva K.; Duffau, Sonia

    2012-10-01

    We use data on variable stars from the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment survey to determine the three-dimensional structure of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). Deriving individual distances to RR Lyrae stars and Cepheids, we investigate the distribution of these tracers of the old and young populations in the SMC. Photometrically estimated metallicities are used to determine the distances to 1494 RR Lyrae stars, which have typical ages greater than 9 Gyr. For 2522 Cepheids, with ages of a few tens to a few hundred Myr, distances are calculated using their period-luminosity relation. Individual reddening estimates from the intrinsic color of each star are used to obtain high precision three-dimensional maps. The distances of RR Lyrae stars and Cepheids are in very good agreement with each other. The median distance of the RR Lyrae stars is found to be 61.5 {+-} 3.4 kpc. For the Cepheids, a median distance of 63.1 {+-} 3.0 kpc is obtained. Both populations show an extended scale height, with 2.0 {+-} 0.4 kpc for the RR Lyrae stars and 2.7 {+-} 0.3 kpc for the Cepheids. This confirms the large depth of the SMC suggested by a number of earlier studies. The young population is very differently oriented than the old stars. While we find an inclination angle of 7 Degree-Sign {+-} 15 Degree-Sign and a position angle of 83 Degree-Sign {+-} 21 Degree-Sign for the RR Lyrae stars, for the Cepheids an inclination of 74 Degree-Sign {+-} 9 Degree-Sign and a position angle of 66 Degree-Sign {+-} 15 Degree-Sign is obtained. The RR Lyrae stars show a fairly homogeneous distribution, while the Cepheids roughly follow the distribution of the bar, with their northeastern part being closer to us than the southwestern part of the bar. Interactions between the SMC, Large Magellanic Cloud, and Milky Way are presumably responsible for the tilted, elongated structure of the young population of the SMC.

  3. Preliminary results for RR Lyrae stars and Classical Cepheids from the Vista Magellanic Cloud (VMC) survey

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    Ripepi, V.; Moretti, M. I.; Clementini, G.; Marconi, M.; Cioni, M. R.; Marquette, J. B.; Tisserand, P.

    2012-09-01

    The Vista Magellanic Cloud (VMC, PI M.R. Cioni) survey is collecting K S -band time series photometry of the system formed by the two Magellanic Clouds (MC) and the "bridge" that connects them. These data are used to build K S -band light curves of the MC RR Lyrae stars and Classical Cepheids and determine absolute distances and the 3D geometry of the whole system using the K-band period luminosity ( PLK S ), the period-luminosity-color ( PLC) and the Wesenhiet relations applicable to these types of variables. As an example of the survey potential we present results from the VMC observations of two fields centered respectively on the South Ecliptic Pole and the 30 Doradus star forming region of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The VMC K S -band light curves of the RR Lyrae stars in these two regions have very good photometric quality with typical errors for the individual data points in the range of ˜0.02 to 0.05 mag. The Cepheids have excellent light curves (typical errors of ˜0.01 mag). The average K S magnitudes derived for both types of variables were used to derive PLK S relations that are in general good agreement within the errors with the literature data, and show a smaller scatter than previous studies.

  4. Properties of RR Lyrae stars in the inner regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud

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    Borissova, J.; Minniti, D.; Rejkuba, M.; Alves, D.; Cook, K. H.; Freeman, K. C.

    2004-08-01

    We present the radial velocities, metallicities and the K-band magnitudes of 74 RR Lyrae stars in the inner regions of the LMC. The intermediate resolution spectra and infrared images were obtained with FORS1 at the ESO VLT and with the SOFI infrared imager at the ESO NTT. The best 43 RR Lyrae with measured velocities yield an observed velocity dispersion of σ=61± 7 km s-1. We obtain a true LMC RR Lyrae velocity dispersion of σ=53 km s-1, which is higher than the velocity dispersion of any other LMC population previously measured. This is the first empirical evidence for a kinematically hot, metal-poor halo in the LMC as discussed in Minniti et al. (\\cite{Minniti03}). Using Layden's (1994) modification of the \\Delta S method we measured the metallicity for 23 of our stars. The mean value is [Fe/H] =-1.46±0.09 dex. The absolute magnitudes MV and MK of RR Lyrae stars are linear functions of metallicity. In the V band, our data agree with the Olech et al. (\\cite{Olech03}) relation, in the K band the slope is flatter. The average apparent V luminosity of 70 RR Lyrae stars is < V> = 19.45±0.04 and the average K luminosity of 37 RR Lyrae stars is < K>=18.20±0.06. There is no obvious relation between apparent V magnitude and Log P, while the RR Lyrae K band magnitudes show a well defined linear trend with Log P. Using the Bono et al. (\\cite{Bono01}) and Bono et al. (2003) theoretical Near-Infrared Period-Luminosity-Metallicity relations we calculate the LMC distance modulus μ0 = 18.48±0.08. Based on observations collected with the Very Large Telescope and the New Technology Telescope of the European Southern Observatory within the Observing Programs 64.N-0176(B) and 70.B-0547. Tables 3, 4 and 6 are also available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/423/97

  5. Colors of RR Lyrae Stars

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    Davis, Cecil G.

    1999-02-01

    The methods of Davis & Cox are applied to a series of models described by Bono & Stellingwerf to determine the colors of RR Lyrae stars. Convection is ignored, and the radiation flow is treated by a complete variable Eddington, multifrequency-dependent radiative transfer approximation.

  6. NONLINEAR ASTEROSEISMOLOGY OF RR LYRAE

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    Molnar, L.; Kollath, Z.; Szabo, R.; Bryson, S.; Mullally, F.; Thompson, S. E.; Kolenberg, K.

    2012-09-20

    The observations of the Kepler Space Telescope revealed that fundamental-mode RR Lyrae stars may show various radial overtones. The presence of multiple radial modes may allow us to conduct nonlinear asteroseismology: comparison of mode amplitudes and frequency shifts between observations and models. Here we report the detection of three radial modes in the star RR Lyr, the eponym of the class, using the Kepler short cadence data: besides the fundamental mode, both the first and the ninth overtones can be derived from the data set. RR Lyrae shows period doubling, but switches occasionally to a state where a pattern of six pulsation cycles repeats instead of two. We found hydrodynamic models that show the same three modes and the period-six state, allowing for comparison with the observations.

  7. The Periods of RR Lyrae

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    Cox, Arthur N.

    RR Lyrae (0.566 day period) exhibits the Blasko effort that suggests another natural mode with almost, the same period as the accepted fundamental radial mode. This mode might be nonradial, but no one has done an extensive evaluation of this idea. An investigation requires a model that includes the deep composition structure where g-modes of low angular (observable) degree have weight and amplitude. An RR Lyrae model including the outer half of the mass and more than 99% of the radius, based on an asymptotic giant branch model from Hollowell (private communication), see below, was used for this study. It includes composition gradient ramps between the primordial surface hydrogen and helium and the almost pure helium shell and the one between this helium shell and the convective core that is burning helium. Nonradial mode periods almost resonant with the radial fundamental mode period seem to occur for all low l values. In addition to significant pulsation amplitudes in the composition gradient regions where the Brunt Vaisala frequency is large, these low degree and low radial order modes have near-surface amplitudes very similar to the low order radial modes. These modes are evanescent in the convective core. Classical kappa and gamma effects give enough driving in the very low mass surface layers, so that important deep radiative damping for these modes does not completely stabilize nonradial g-mode pulsations. The g4, l=1 mode gives a double-mode RR Lyrae with Blasko effect. A nonradial mode may not always be visible, depending on how rotation presents the nonspherical pulsations to the observer. Thus the Blasko effect might come and go, as observed for maybe 20% of all RR Lyrae variables. For many, the Blasko effect may not be observable, even when a nonradial mode is there. 700 Mass Shell RR Lyrae Model Mass (solar masses, g) 0.70, 1.392e33 Effective Temperature (K) 6800 Luminosity (erg/s) 2.272e35 Fundamental Mode Period (d) 0.566 Growth Rate (delta KE/KE per

  8. RR Lyrae Variables in Stellar Systems

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    Smith, Horace A.; Catelan, Márcio; Clementini, Gisella

    2009-09-01

    The pioneering studies of RR Lyrae stars in globular clusters by Oosterhoff and by Sawyer Hogg in the 1930s and 1940s called attention to interesting systematic differences among RR Lyrae populations in different systems. When such studies were extended to the dwarf spheroidal companions of the Milky Way in the 1960s, it was found that the average properties of their RR Lyrae stars were often different from those that had previously been observed in globular clusters. Observations of RR Lyrae stars have now extended to the Andromeda Galaxy and other Local Group systems, with still greater variety being apparent. Our understanding of the reasons for these differences among the RR Lyrae populations in different systems is by no means complete, but properties of RR Lyrae stars within these different systems are tied to differing horizontal branch morphologies and also shed light upon scenarios for the formation of the Galaxy.

  9. Cepheids and RR Lyrae type variables

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    Berdnikov, L. N.; Dambis, A. K.; Kniazev, A. Y.

    2013-10-01

    Current status and development prospects of Cepheid and RR Lyrae-type variable-star studies (photometry, radial velocity measurements, galactic structure and kinematics, and distance-scale refinement) at the Sternberg Astronomical Institute are reported.

  10. RR Lyrae stars as standard candles

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    Lee, Young-Wook

    1992-01-01

    Recent developments in our understanding of RR Lyrae variables are discussed, with special emphasis on their role as distance indicators. The dependence of RR Lyrae luminosity on metallicity and horizontal-branch (HB) morphology is now well understood with many pieces of supporting evidence. This allows the determination of distances to several Local Group galaxies (LMC, M31, and M33) by constructing HB population models that reproduce the observed luminosity functions of RR Lyraes in these galaxies. The new RR Lyrae distances to M31 and M33 are some 15-37 percent larger than those adopted by de Vaucouleurs (1986) and by Aaronson et al. (1986), while they are in reasonable agreements with the recent results based on multicolor CCD photometry of classical Cepheids. This indicates that the large value of Hubble constant (90-100 km/s/Mpc) suggested by these authors may be due, at least in part, to the errors in distances to nearby calibrating galaxies.

  11. FIRST KEPLER RESULTS ON RR LYRAE STARS

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    Kolenberg, K.; Guggenberger, E.; Szabo, R.; Benko, J. M.; Derekas, A.; Kollath, Z.; Nuspl, J.; Kurtz, D. W.; Gilliland, R. L.; Christensen-Dalsgaard, J.; Kjeldsen, H.; Brown, T. M.; Chadid, M.; Criscienzo, M. Di; Kinemuchi, K.; Kunder, A.; Kopacki, G.; Moskalik, P.; Nemec, J. M.; Silvotti, R.

    2010-04-20

    We present the first results of our analyses of selected RR Lyrae stars for which data have been obtained by the Kepler Mission. As expected, we find a significant fraction of the RRab stars to show the Blazhko effect, a still unexplained phenomenon that manifests itself as periodic amplitude and phase modulations of the light curve, on timescales of typically tens to hundreds of days. The long time span of the Kepler Mission of 3.5 yr and the unprecedentedly high precision of its data provide a unique opportunity for the study of RR Lyrae stars. Using data of a modulated star observed in the first roll as a showcase, we discuss the data, our analyses, findings, and their implications for our understanding of RR Lyrae stars and the Blazhko effect. With at least 40% of the RR Lyrae stars in our sample showing modulation, we confirm the high incidence rate that was only found in recent high-precision studies. Moreover, we report the occurrence of additional frequencies, beyond the main pulsation mode and its modulation components. Their half-integer ratio to the main frequency is reminiscent of a period doubling effect caused by resonances, observed for the first time in RR Lyrae stars.

  12. RR Lyrae period luminosity relations with Spitzer

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    Neeley, Jillian R.; Marengo, Massimo; CRRP Team

    2017-01-01

    RR Lyrae variable stars have long been known to be valuable distance indicators, but only recently has a well defined period luminosity relationship been utilized at infrared wavelengths. In my thesis, I am combining Spitzer Space Telescope data of RR Lyrae stars obtained as part of the Carnegie RR Lyrae Program with ground based NIR data to characterize the period-luminosity-metallicity (PLZ) relation and provide an independent Population II calibration of the cosmic distance scale. I will discuss the ongoing efforts to calibrate this relation using objects such as M4 and NGC 6441 and how the first data release from the Gaia mission impacts our findings. I will also compare my preliminary empirical relations to theoretical PLZ relations derived from stellar pulsation models.

  13. The RR Lyrae stars: New perspectives

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    McNamara, D. H.; Barnes, J. E-mail: jonathan.barnes@slcc.edu

    2014-02-01

    We demonstrate that the Oosterhoff II (Oo II) RR Lyrae ab variables are hotter by ∼270 K, at the same period, than Oo I variables. Or, at the same ((B) – (V)){sub 0} value the Oo II variables have larger radii than Oo I variables. This accounts for the reason Oo II variables are brighter (0.12-0.20 mag) than Oo I variables. The dependence of the light amplitude of RR Lyrae variables on temperature is independent of Oo type. This makes it possible to derive an accurate set of equations to relate intrinsic (B – V){sub 0} color indices to light amplitudes, which in turn can be used to determine the interstellar reddening (E (B – V)). With just a few variables (∼5), it is possible to determine the E (B – V) to an accuracy of <0.01 mag in the absence of systematic photometric errors. We discuss the errors introduced in color excess determinations by including the Blazhko stars in a solution. A comparison of color excess values of 23 globular clusters and two regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), determined with the aid of our newly developed equations, are found to compare favorably (∼0.01 mag) with color excess values found in the literature. Four new Oo III variables, some found in metal-poor clusters, are discussed. An analysis of the galactic-field variables indicates the majority are Oo I and Oo II variables, but a few short-period (log P < –0.36) metal-strong variables, so far not found in galactic globular clusters are evidently ∼0.30 mag fainter than Oo I variables. Oo III variables may also be present in the field. We conclude that the RR Lyrae ab variables are primarily restricted to four sequences or groups. If we assume that the Oo I variables' mean absolute magnitude is Mv = 0.61, the mean absolute magnitudes of the other three sequences are: short-period variables Mv ∼ 0.89 mag, Oo II Mv ∼ 0.43 mag, and Oo III Mv ∼ 0.29 mag. The Oo I fundamental RR Lyrae ab red edge (FRE) and fundamental blue edge (FBE) occur at approximately

  14. RR Lyrae Variables in Galactic Globular Clusters

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    Catelan, M.; Contreras, R.; Salinas, R.; Escobar, M. E.; Smith, H. A.; De Lee, N.; Pritzl, B. J.; Borissova, J.

    2004-12-01

    RR Lyrae variables are the cornerstone of the Population II distance scale, and yet our knowledge of the RR Lyrae variable star content in Galactic globular clusters is now known to be surprisingly incomplete. In the present paper, we present our new results in this area. Highlights of our work includes: i) The discovery of a vast number of variable stars in M62 (NGC 6266), making it one of the three most RR Lyrae-rich globular clusters known, and also placing it as Oosterhoff type I in spite of a blue horizontal branch morphology; ii) The determination of light curves and Oosterhoff types for globular clusters associated with the Sagittarius dSph galaxy, including NGC 5634, Arp 2, and Terzan 8; iii) A reassessment of the variable star content in the moderately metal-rich globular clusters M69 and NGC 6304; iv) The first theoretical calibration of the RR Lyrae period-luminosity-metallicity relation in I, J, and H, as well as an updated calibration of the K-band relation---along with comparisons against the empirical data, particularly in I. This project was supported in part by Proyecto Fondecyt Regular 1030954.

  15. Improving RR Lyrae Distance Indicators Through Instrumentation, Observation, and Calibration

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    Klein, Christopher Robert

    contributed to a new simultaneous multi-band imaging camera which is well-suited to study RR Lyrae stars and accumulate the invaluable near-infrared photometry necessary for highly-precise distance measurements. Then, I present a series of RR Lyrae period--luminosity relation studies that iteratively combine more and more data (increasing both in calibration sample size and number of wavebands) while simultaneously developing the necessary statistical models and computational methods. Finally, as an application of the results of these earlier investigations, I combine catalog data with new, longer-wavelength observations of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) to measure the three-dimensional shape of the distribution of RR Lyrae stars in the LMC and derive a new distance measurement to the LMC of 50.2482 +/- 0.0546 (statistical) +/- 0.4628 (systematic) kpc, which is a fractional distance error of 1.03 per cent.

  16. Studies of extragalactic RR Lyrae stars

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    Nemec, J.M.

    1984-01-01

    RR Lyrae stars in and around the LMC halo globular cluster NGC 2257 are identified and photometrically studied. In the cluster 41 RR Lyrae stars are known, with

    = 0/sup d/583(16 stars),

    = 0./sup d/353(22 stars), and P/sub ab,min/ - 0./sup d/493. NGC 2257 appears to be one of the few known systems having an intermediate (i.e., I-II) Oosterhoff type. The value derived for Fe/H is -1.8 +/- 0.3. Mean magnitudes suggest that NGC 2257 is approx.4 Kpc in front of the LMC disk. The identification of two large amplitude, short period RRab stars suggests that the field around NGC 2257 contains stars of higher Fe/H than does the cluster, and that the field has a wide range of Fe/H. Ten double-mode RR Lyrae (RRd) stars were identified in the Draco dwarf galaxy. Beat mass and metal abundance ranges are found from 0.55 to 0.65 solar mass, and from (Fe/H)/sub M3/ to (Fe/H)/sub M15/. In most respects the stars are indistinguishable from Galactic RRd stars.

  17. The QUEST RR Lyrae Survey of the Canis Major Overdensity

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    Mateu, C.; Vivas, A. K.

    2009-05-01

    We present results from the QUEST RR Lyrae Survey in the Canis Major overdensity. The survey consists of multi-epoch observations in V and R filters, obtained with the Jürgen Stock telescope and the QUEST-I camera at the National Observatory of Venezuela, spanning a total area of 16.7 square degrees. A number of 12 RR Lyrae stars were identified, 6 of type ab and 6 of type c. We compare our results with the number of RR Lyrae stars expected from the halo and thick disk, as well as that expected from dSph galaxies with different specific frequencies of RR Lyrae stars.

  18. Anomalous RR Lyrae stars(?): CM Leonis

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    Di Fabrizio, L.; Clementini, G.; Marconi, M.; Carretta, E.; Ivans, I. I.; Bragaglia, A.; Di Tomaso, S.; Merighi, R.; Smith, H. A.; Sneden, C.; Tosi, M.

    2002-11-01

    Time-series of B, V, I CCD photometry and radial velocity measurements from high-resolution spectroscopy (R= 30 000) covering the full pulsation cycle are presented for the field RR Lyrae star CM Leonis. The photometric data span a 6-yr interval from 1994 to 1999, and allow us to firmly establish the pulsation mode and periodicity of the variable. The derived period P= 0.361 699 d (+/-0.000001) is very close to the value published in the Fourth Edition of the General Catalogue of Variable Stars (P= 0.361 732 d). However, contrary to what was previously found, the amplitude and shape of the light curve qualify CM Leo as a very regular first overtone pulsator with a prominent hump on the rising branch of its multicolour light curves. According to an abundace analysis performed on three spectra taken near minimum light (0.42 < φ < 0.61), CM Leo is a metal-poor star with metal abundance [Fe/H]=-1.93 +/- 0.20. The photometric and radial velocity curves of CM Leo have been compared with the predictions of suitable pulsational models to infer tight constraints on the stellar mass, effective temperature, and distance modulus of the star. We derive a true distance modulus of CM Leo of μ0= 13.11 +/- 0.02 mag and a corresponding absolute magnitude of MV= 0.47 +/- 0.04. This absolute magnitude, once corrected for evolutionary and metallicity effects, leads to a true distance modulus of the Large Magellanic Cloud of μ0= 18.43 +/- 0.06 mag, in better agreement with the long astronomical distance scale.

  19. OGLE-ing the Magellanic System: Three-Dimensional Structure of the Clouds and the Bridge using RR Lyrae Stars

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    Jacyszyn-Dobrzeniecka, A. M.; Skowron, D. M.; Mróz, P.; Soszyński, I.; Udalski, A.; Pietrukowicz, P.; Skowron, J.; Poleski, R.; Kozłowski, S.; Wyrzykowski, Ł.; Pawlak, M.; Szymański, M. K.; Ulaczyk, K.

    2017-03-01

    We present a three-dimensional analysis of a sample of 22 859 type ab RR Lyr stars in the Magellanic System from the OGLE-IV Collection of RR Lyr stars. The distance to each object was calculated based on its photometric metallicity and a theoretical relation between color, absolute magnitude and metallicity. The LMC RR Lyr distribution is very regular and does not show any substructures. We demonstrate that the bar found in previous studies may be an overdensity caused by blending and crowding effects. The halo is asymmetrical with a higher stellar density in its north-eastern area, which is also located closer to us. Triaxial ellipsoids were fitted to surfaces of a constant number density. Ellipsoids farther from the LMC center are less elongated and slightly rotated toward the SMC. The inclination and position angle change significantly with the a axis size. The median axis ratio is 1:1.23:1.45. The RR Lyr distribution in the SMC has a very regular, ellipsoidal shape and does not show any substructures or asymmetries. All triaxial ellipsoids fitted to surfaces of a constant number density have virtually the same shape (axis ratio) and are elongated along the line-of-sight. The median axis ratio is 1:1.10:2.13. The inclination angle is very small and thus the position angle is not well defined. We present the distribution of RR Lyr stars in the Magellanic Bridge area, showing that the Magellanic Clouds' halos overlap. A comparison of the distributions of RR Lyr stars and Classical Cepheids shows that the former are significantly more spread and distributed regularly, while the latter are very clumped and form several distinct substructures.

  20. Studying RR Lyrae Stars with Kepler/K2 (Abstract)

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    Kuehn, C.

    2016-12-01

    (Abstract only) While RR Lyrae stars have long been studied from the ground, the high photometric precision, high cadence, and long observing times offered by the Kepler Space Telescope have yielded exciting discoveries that are revolutionizing our understanding of these stars. In its new K2 mission, Kepler is observing an even larger sample of RR Lyrae stars, promising to provide new insights into them and our Milky Way. In this talk I will present some of the most exciting new discoveries about RR Lyrae stars from the K2 mission with a special focus on what we are learning about the RR Lyrae in the globular cluster M4, our first chance to observe a single population of RR Lyrae with Kepler.

  1. RR Lyrae stars in local group galaxies. I. NGC 185

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    Saha, A.; Hoessel, J.G. Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD Washburn Observatory, Madison, WI )

    1990-01-01

    Deep CCD images of NGC 185 taken with the 4-shooter on the Hale 5-m telescope have been processed to find and photometrically measure RR Lyrae stars. 176 variable stars have been found, of which 151 are surmised to be RR Lyrae stars. Finding charts, periods, and light curves are presented. The RR Lyrae stars in this galaxy have a very wide distribution of periods indicating a wide range of metallicity. The mean magnitudes of the RR Lyraes is determined to be 25.20 mag. A distance modulus of 23.79 is derived, based on the best currently available values of foreground extinction and mean absolute magnitudes of RR Lyrae stars. 33 refs.

  2. Distance determination from the Cepheid and RR Lyrae period-luminosity relations

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    Ngeow, Chow-Choong; Gieren, Wolfgang; Klein, Christopher

    2014-02-01

    Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars are important pulsating variable stars in distance scale work because they serve as standard candles. Cepheids follow well-defined period-luminosity (PL) relations defined for bands extending from optical to mid-infrared (MIR). On the other hand, RR Lyrae stars also exhibit PL relations in the near-infrared and MIR wavelengths. In this article, we review some of the recent developments and calibrations of PL relations for Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars. For Cepheids, we discuss the calibration of PL relations via the Galactic and the Large Magellanic Cloud routes. For RR Lyrae stars, we summarize some recent work in developing the MIR PL relations.

  3. The Rejuvenation of RR Lyrae Stars as Precise Distance Indicators

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    Klein, Christopher R.

    2014-01-01

    The venerable use of pulsating variables for distance measurements traces back to the dawn of modern astronomy, highlighting the seminal importance of time-domain measurements for astrophysical inquiry. However, dust obscuration at optical wavebands presents a significant impediment both to variable discovery and their use as precision rungs in the cosmic distance ladder. In concert with the recent advent of synoptic near- and mid-infrared imaging capability, allowing for the minimization of dust effects, I embarked on a systematic observational study of RR Lyrae variables leveraging ground- and space-based facilities. Distance measurements derived using the RR Lyrae period-luminosity relation offer precision better than 2% in Galactic regions (within about 100 kpc). As part of this thesis, I present observations and period-luminosity relation fits for 143 RR Lyrae variables spanning 12 wavebands from 0.36 to 22 µm. I use a Bayesian linear model fit to simultaneously constrain the 12 linear relations, the RR Lyrae distance moduli, and the line-of-sight extinction to each star. The mid-infrared period-luminosity relations exhibit substantially reduced scatter, an effect attributed to the associated atmospheric layers oscillating in tighter correlation with the underlying period-radius relation. It is the intrinsically tighter mid-infrared relations that are now enabling distance measurement precision limited only by photometric uncertainty in the variables' mean flux magnitudes. This work is already enabling ongoing Milky Way and Magellanic Cloud studies with the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, and multiple ground-based near-infrared facilities. Among these ground-based facilities is RATIR, a six-band quasi-simultaneous optical and near-infrared imager whose development and commissioning I contributed to as part of my thesis work. In the next decade, with local calibrations furnished by GAIA (within 5 kpc), infrared period

  4. MACHO RR lyrae in the inner halo and bulge

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    Drake, A.; Alcock, C.; Allsman, R. A.; Alves, D. R.; Axelrod, T.S.; Becker, A.; Bennett, D. P.; Cook, K. H.; Freeman, K. C.; Griest, K.; Lehner, M. J.; Marshall, S. L.; Minniti, D.; Peterson, B. A.; Pratt, M. R.; Quinn, P. J.; Rodgers, A. W.; Stubbs, C. W.; Sutherland, W.; Tomaney, A.; Vandehei, T.; Welch, D.

    1998-10-01

    The RR Lyrse in the bulge have been proposed to be the oldest populations in the Milky Way, tracers of how the galaxy formed. We study here the distribution of ?{approximately}1600 bulge RR Lyrae stars found by the MACHO Project. The RR Lyrae with 0.4 ? R ? 3 kpc show a density law that is well fit by the extension of the metal-poor stellar halo present in the outer regions of the Milky Way.

  5. Synthetic Mean Colors for RR Lyrae Variables

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    Bono, Giuseppe; Caputo, Filippina; Stellingwerf, Robert F.

    1995-07-01

    Convective pulsating models computed for wide ranges of luminosity and effective temperature (Bono & Stellingwerf 1994) are used together with stellar atmosphere models (Kurucz 1992) to obtain a set of synthetic B - V and V - K mean colors for ah and c-type RR Lyrae variables. The results clearly show that neither the blue nor the infrared mean colors are representative of the equivalent static value, i.e., the color of the variable if it were a static star, over the whole instability strip. Moreover, it is shown that the discrepancy between synthetic mean colors and static color is a function of the amplitude of the light curve. On this basis, the amplitude corrections to observed mean colors to obtain the color of the underlying static star are derived.

  6. Theoretical mean colors for RR Lyrae variables

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    Davis, C. G.; Cox, A. N.

    1980-01-01

    A hydrodynamically pulsating 0.6 solar mass model of a typical RR Lyrae variable was studied with a radiation transport-hydrodynamic computer program to predict theoretical T sub 3 and colors at many phases and to find the proper methods for getting mean colors and the consequent mean effective temperatures. The variable Eddington radiation approximation method was used with gray and with multifrequency absorption coefficients to represent the radiation flow in the outer optically thin layers. Comparison between observed and computed B-V colors indicate that these low Z population 2 models are reasonably accurate using King 1A composition opacities. The well known Oke, Giver, and Searle relation between B-V and T sub e reproduced. Mean colors were found by four different averaging methods. The method that gives a mean color and the mean T sub e closest to the nonpulsating model was the separate intensity means of B and V.

  7. New RR Lyrae variables in binary systems

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    Hajdu, G.; Catelan, M.; Jurcsik, J.; Dékány, I.; Drake, A. J.; Marquette, J.-B.

    2015-04-01

    Despite their importance, very few RR Lyrae (RRL) stars have been known to reside in binary systems. We report on a search for binary RRL in the OGLE-III Galactic bulge data. Our approach consists in the search for evidence of the light-travel time effect in so-called observed minus calculated (O-C) diagrams. Analysis of 1952 well-observed fundamental-mode RRL in the OGLE-III data revealed an initial sample of 29 candidates. We used the recently released OGLE-IV data to extend the baselines up to 17 yr, leading to a final sample of 12 firm binary candidates. We provide O-C diagrams and binary parameters for this final sample, and also discuss the properties of eight additional candidate binaries whose parameters cannot be firmly determined at present. We also estimate that ≳ 4 per cent of the RRL reside in binary systems.

  8. Studying RR Lyrae Stars in M4 with K2

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    Kuehn, Charles A.; Drury, Jason; Moskalik, Pawel

    2017-01-01

    Observations by Kepler/K2 have revolutionized the study of RR Lyrae stars by allowing the detection of new phenomena, such as low amplitude additional modes and period doubling, which had not previously been seen from the ground. During its campaign 2, K2 observed the globular cluster M4, providing the first opportunity to study a sizeable group of RR Lyrae stars that belong to a single population; the other RR Lyrae stars that have been observed from space are field stars in the galactic halo and thus belong to an assortment of populations. We present the results of our study of the RR Lyrae variables in M4 from K2 photometry. We have identified additional, low amplitude pulsation modes in the two observed RRc stars. In three RRab stars we have found the Blazhko effect with periods of 16.6 days, 22.4 days, and 44.5 days.

  9. RR Lyrae Stars: Cosmic Lighthouses With a Twist

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    Kolenberg, K.

    2012-06-01

    Since their discovery over a century ago, RR Lyrae stars have proven to be valuable objects for the entire field of astrophysics. They are used as standard candles and witnesses of galactic evolution. Though the pulsations that cause their light variations are dominated by relatively “simple” radial modes, some aspects of RR Lyrae pulsation remain enigmatic. Besides the visual, photographic, and photometric observations of these stars that span several decades, spectroscopic data provide an in-depth view on the pulsations. In the past decade, particularly since the launch of the satellite missions with asteroseismology as part of their program (for example, MOST, CoRoT, and Kepler), several findings have helped us better understand the structure and pulsations of RR Lyrae stars. Nevertheless, ground-based observations and long-term monitoring of RR Lyrae stars, as done by the AAVSO members, remain of utmost importance.

  10. Contamination of RR Lyrae stars from Binary Evolution Pulsators

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    Karczmarek, Paulina; Pietrzyński, Grzegorz; Belczyński, Krzysztof; Stępień, Kazimierz; Wiktorowicz, Grzegorz; Iłkiewicz, Krystian

    2016-06-01

    Binary Evolution Pulsator (BEP) is an extremely low-mass member of a binary system, which pulsates as a result of a former mass transfer to its companion. BEP mimics RR Lyrae-type pulsations but has different internal structure and evolution history. We present possible evolution channels to produce BEPs, and evaluate the contamination value, i.e. how many objects classified as RR Lyrae stars can be undetected BEPs. In this analysis we use population synthesis code StarTrack.

  11. RR Lyrae binary systems in the Galactic bulge

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    Hajdu, Gergely; Catelan, Márcio

    2017-09-01

    The possibility of a direct mass measurement of RR Lyrae variable stars in binary systems has remained elusive for many years, due to the apparent paucity of such systems. Motivated by our recent success of finding a population of high confidence candidates, we have been continuing the search for RR Lyrae variables in binary systems towards the Galactic bulge. We describe the preliminary results of our project in these proceedings.

  12. RR Lyrae stars in NGC 6362★

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    Smolec, R.; Moskalik, P.; Kałużny, J.; Pych, W.; Różyczka, M.; Thompson, I. B.

    2017-01-01

    We present the analysis of the top-quality photometry of RR Lyrae stars in the globular cluster NGC 6362, gathered over 11 observing seasons by the CASE project. 16 stars are fundamental mode pulsators (RRab stars) and 16 are first overtone pulsators (RRc stars). In two stars, previously identified as RRab, V3 and V34, we detect additional periodicity identified as radial first overtone mode. Lower than usual period ratios (0.730 and 0.728), dominant pulsation in the radial fundamental mode and presence of a long-period modulation indicate, that these two variables are not classical RRd stars, but are new members of the recently identified class of anomalous RRd variables. In a significant fraction of RRc stars, 63 per cent, we detect additional shorter-period variability in the (0.60, 0.65)P1 range. This form of double-periodic pulsation must be common in first overtone RR Lyr stars, as space observations indicate. The incidence rate we find in NGC 6362, is the highest in ground-based observations reported so far. We study the properties of these stars in detail; in particular we confirm that in the colour-magnitude diagram, this group is adjacent to the interface between RRab and RRc stars, as first reported in the analysis of M3 observations by Jurcsik et al. The incidence rate of the Blazhko effect is also very high: we observe it in 69 per cent of RRab stars and in 19 per cent of RRc stars. Rare, double-periodic modulation is reported in one RRab and in one RRc star. Finally we discuss V37 - a peculiar variable in which we detect two close high-amplitude periodicities and modulation. Its previous classification as RRc must be treated as tentative.

  13. The MACHO Project Large Magellanic Cloud Variable Star Inventory. XIII. Fourier Parameters for the First Overtone RR Lyrae Variables and the LMC Distance

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    Alcock, C; Alves, D; Axelrod, T; Becker, A; Bennett, D; Clement, C; Cook, K; Drake, A; Freeman, K; Geha, M; Griest, K; Lehner, M; Marshall, S; Minniti, D; Muzzin, A; Nelson, C; Peterson, B; Popowski, P; Pratt, M; Quinn, P; Rodgers, A; Rowe, J; Sutherland, W; Vandehei, T; Welch, D

    2003-12-31

    Shapes of RR Lyrae light curves can be described in terms of Fourier coefficients which past research has linked with physical characteristics such as luminosity, mass and temperature. Fourier coefficients have been derived for the V and R light curves of 785 overtone RR Lyrae variables in 16 MACHO fields near the bar of the LMC. In general, the Fourier phase differences {phi}{sub 21}, {phi}{sub 31} and {phi}{sub 41} increase and the amplitude ratio R{sub 21} decreases with increasing period. The coefficients for both the V and R magnitudes follow these patterns, but the phase differences for the R curves are on average slightly greater, and their amplitudes are about 20% smaller, than the ones for the V curves. The {phi}{sub 31} and R{sub 21} coefficients have been compared with those of the first overtone RR Lyrae variables in the Galactic globular clusters NGC 6441, M107, M5, M3, M2, {omega} Centauri and M68. The results indicate that many of the LMC variables have properties similar to the ones in M2, M3, M5 and the Oosterhoff type I variables in {omega} Cen, but they are different from the Oosterhoff type II variables in {omega} Cen. Equations derived from hydrodynamic pulsation models have been used to calculate the luminosity and temperature for the 330 bona fide first-overtone variables. The results indicate that they have Log L in the range 1.6 to 1.8 L{sub {center_dot}} and log T{sub eff} between 3.85 and 3.87. Based on these temperatures, a mean color excess E(V-R) = 0.08 mag, equivalent to E(B-V) = 0.14 mag, has been estimated for these 330 stars. The 80 M5-like variables (selected according to their location in the {phi}{sub 31} - log P plot) are used to determine an LMC distance. After correcting for the effects of extinction and crowding, a mean apparent magnitude < V{sub 0} > = 18.99 {+-} 0.02 (statistical) {+-} 0.16 (systematic) has been estimated for these 80 stars. Combining this with a mean absolute magnitude M{sub V} = 0.56 {+-} 0.06 for M5

  14. RR Lyrae stars in Local Group galaxies. IV - IC 1613

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    Saha, A.; Freedman, Wendy L.; Hoessel, John G.; Mossman, Amy E.

    1992-09-01

    Deep charge-coupled device images of a field in IC 1613 away from the star forming central regions were taken with the '4-shooter' on the Hale 5 m telescope, and processed to find photometrically measure variable stars. Fifteen RR Lyrae stars were found, and periods, light curves, and finding charts for them are presented. The mean magnitude of RR Lyrae stars in this galaxy is deduced to be 24.90 mag. Assuming the absolute g magnitude for RR Lyraes to be Mg = 0.73 mag, and using extinction Ag = 0.07 mag, a distance modulus of 24.10 +/- 0.27 mag is derived. The finding of RR Lyrae stars indicates the unambiguous presence of an old population. The distance modulus derived from them is smaller than that derived from the Cepheids by an amount which is dependent upon the RR Lyrae zero-point calibration adopted, and may be as large as 0.3 mag. The difference has the same sense and magnitude as the discrepancy in the LMC. The probable sources of the problem are discussed.

  15. RR Lyrae stars in local group galaxies. II. NGC 147

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    Saha, A.; Hoessel, J.G.; Mossman, A.E. Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD Washburn Observatory, Madison, WI )

    1990-07-01

    Deep CCD images of NGC 147 taken with the 4-shooter on the Hale 5 m telescope have been processed to find and photometrically measure RR Lyrae stars. 36 variable stars have been found, of which 32 are surmised to be RR Lyrae stars. Finding charts, periods, and light curves are presented. The mean magnitude of the RR Lyraes is determined to be 25.25 mag. A distance modulus 23.92 is derived, based on the best currently available values of foreground extinction and mean absolute magnitudes of RR Lyrae stars. A wide range of periods is seen for the RR Lyrae stars, indicating a correspondingly wide range of metallicities for the stars in NGC 147. The distance modulus derived here places NGC 147 at a distance of 154 kpc from the center of M31, and in conjunction with the line sight velocities of these two galaxies, this implies a lower limit of 7.2 x 10 to the 11th solar masses for the mass of M31. 23 refs.

  16. RR Lyrae stars in eclipsing systems -- historical candidates

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    Liška, J.; Skarka, M.; Hájková, P.; Auer, R. F.

    2016-03-01

    Discovery of binary systems among RR Lyrae stars belongs to challenges of present astronomy. So far, none of classical RR Lyrae stars was clearly confirmed, that it is a part of an eclipsing system. From this reason we studied two RR Lyrae stars, VX Her and RW Ari, in which changes assigned to eclipses were detected in sixties and seventies of the 20th century. In this paper our preliminary results based on analysis of new photometric measurements are presented as well as the results from the detailed analysis of original measurements. A new possible eclipsing system, RZ Cet was identified in the archive data. Our analysis rather indicates errors in measurements and reductions of the old data than real changes for all three stars.

  17. The RR Lyrae variable population in the Phoenix dwarf galaxy

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    Ordoñez, Antonio J.; Sarajedini, Ata; Yang, Soung-Chul E-mail: ata@astro.ufl.edu

    2014-05-10

    We present the first detailed study of the RR Lyrae variable population in the Local Group dSph/dIrr transition galaxy, Phoenix, using previously obtained HST/WFPC2 observations of the galaxy. We utilize template light curve fitting routines to obtain best fit light curves for RR Lyrae variables in Phoenix. Our technique has identified 78 highly probable RR Lyrae stars (54 ab-type; 24 c-type) with about 40 additional candidates. We find mean periods for the two populations of (P {sub ab}) = 0.60 ± 0.03 days and (P{sub c} ) = 0.353 ± 0.002 days. We use the properties of these light curves to extract, among other things, a metallicity distribution function for ab-type RR Lyrae. Our analysis yields a mean metallicity of ([Fe/H]) = –1.68 ± 0.06 dex for the RRab stars. From the mean period and metallicity calculated from the ab-type RR Lyrae, we conclude that Phoenix is more likely of intermediate Oosterhoff type; however the morphology of the Bailey diagram for Phoenix RR Lyraes appears similar to that of an Oosterhoff type I system. Using the RRab stars, we also study the chemical enrichment law for Phoenix. We find that our metallicity distribution is reasonably well fitted by a closed-box model. The parameters of this model are compatible with the findings of Hidalgo et al., further supporting the idea that Phoenix appears to have been chemically enriched as a closed-box-like system during the early stage of its formation and evolution.

  18. RR Lyrae in Sagittarius Dwarf Globular Clusters (Poster abstract)

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    Pritzl, B. J.; Gehrman, T. J.; Bell, E.; Salinas, R.; Smith, H. A.; Catelan, M.

    2016-12-01

    (Abstract only) The Milky Way Galaxy was built up in part by the cannibalization of smaller dwarf galaxies. Some of them likely contained globular clusters. The Sagittarius dwarf galaxy provides a unique opportunity to study a system of globular clusters that originated outside the Milky Way. We have investigated the RR Lyrae populations in two Sagittarius globular clusters, Arp 2 and Terzan 8. The RR Lyrae are used to study the properties of the clusters and to compare this system to Milky Way globular clusters. We will discuss whether or not dwarf galaxies similar to the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy could have played a role in the formation of the Milky Way Galaxy.

  19. Progress report on the K2 RR Lyrae survey

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    Szabó, Róbert

    2017-09-01

    We have initiated a large survey with K2, to observe thousands of RR Lyrae stars along the ecliptic. The high photometric precision and the 70-90-day continuous coverage will allow us to investigate the light variation of these galactic structure tracer variable stars with unprecedented detail. The survey will help us to conduct a thorough statistical study of RR Lyrae pulsation dynamics including old and recently discovered dynamical phenomena, like resonances, non-radial modes, period-doubling and the Blazhko effect. In this contribution I present a status report of the survey.

  20. Fourier coefficients of the RR Lyrae variables in NGC 6171

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    Stellingwerf, R. F.; Dickens, R. J.

    1987-11-01

    The set of Fourier coefficients of the RR Lyrae stars in the globular cluster NGC 6171 is presented, based on the observations of Dickens (1970). The Fourier phases and amplitudes are shown to vary smoothly and correlate well with the skewness and the acuteness of the light curve. The fundamental and overtone pulsators follow a smooth relation as these quantities vary, but a change in the slope is apparent when the mode changes. The U, B, and V Fourier parameters show no systematic deviation from the average trend. Phase-phase diagrams can now be compared for NGC 6171, Omega Cen, field RR Lyrae stars, and simple models.

  1. On the origin of period changes in RR Lyrae stars

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    Renzini, A.; Sweigart, A. V.

    1980-01-01

    The observed period changes are explained with respect to the behavior of the semiconductive zone (SCZ) within the core of an RR Lyrae star. General consideration are given which suggest that the composition changes occuring within the SCZ during the horizontal-branch evolution result from many small mixing events, each of which slightly perturbs the pulsation period. Results indicate that small mixing events within the core of an RR Lyrae star can produce changes in the pulsation period comparable with those typically observed. It is further indicated that these mixing events together with the nuclear burning between them can produce period changes of both signs.

  2. Bulge RR Lyrae stars in the VVV tile b201

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    Gran, F.; Minniti, D.; Saito, R. K.; Navarrete, C.; Dékány, I.; McDonald, I.; Contreras Ramos, R.; Catelan, M.

    2015-03-01

    Context. The VISTA Variables in the Vía Láctea (VVV) Survey is one of the six ESO public surveys currently ongoing at the VISTA telescope on Cerro Paranal, Chile. VVV uses near-IR (ZYJHKs) filters that at present provide photometry to a depth of Ks ~ 17.0 mag in up to 36 epochs spanning over four years, and aim at discovering more than 106 variable sources as well as trace the structure of the Galactic bulge and part of the southern disk. Aims: A variability search was performed to find RR Lyrae variable stars. The low stellar density of the VVV tile b201, which is centered at (ℓ,b) ~ (-9°, -9°), makes it suitable to search for variable stars. Previous studies have identified some RR Lyrae stars using optical bands that served to test our search procedure. The main goal is to measure the reddening, interstellar extinction, and distances of the RR Lyrae stars and to study their distribution on the Milky Way bulge. Methods: For each star in the tile with more than 25 epochs (~90% of the objects down to Ks ~ 17.0 mag), the standard deviation and χ2 test were calculated to identify variable candidates. Periods were determined using the analysis of variance. Objects with periods in the RR Lyrae range of 0.2 ≤ P ≤ 1.2 days were selected as candidate RR Lyrae. They were individually examined to exclude false positives. Results: A total of 1.5 sq deg were analyzed, and we found 39 RR Lyr stars, 27 of which belong to the ab-type and 12 to the c-type. Our analysis recovers all the previously identified RR Lyrae variables in the field and discovers 29 new RR Lyr stars. The reddening and extinction toward all the RRab stars in this tile were derived, and distance estimations were obtained through the period-luminosity relation. Despite the limited amount of RR Lyrae stars studied, our results are consistent with a spheroidal or central distribution around ~8.1 and ~8.5 kpc. for either the Cardelli or Nishiyama extinction law. Our analysis does not reveal a stream

  3. Distance Scale Zero Points from Galactic RR Lyrae Star Parallaxes

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    Benedict, G. Fritz; McArthur, Barbara E.; Feast, Michael W.; Barnes, Thomas G.; Harrison, Thomas E.; Bean, Jacob L.; Menzies, John W.; Chaboyer, Brian; Fossati, Luca; Nesvacil, Nicole; Smith, Horace A.; Kolenberg, Katrien; Laney, C. D.; Kochukhov, Oleg; Nelan, Edmund P.; Shulyak, D. V.; Taylor, Denise; Freedman, Wendy L.

    2011-12-01

    We present new absolute trigonometric parallaxes and proper motions for seven Population II variable stars—five RR Lyr variables: RZ Cep, XZ Cyg, SU Dra, RR Lyr, and UV Oct; and two type 2 Cepheids: VY Pyx and κ Pav. We obtained these results with astrometric data from Fine Guidance Sensors, white-light interferometers on Hubble Space Telescope. We find absolute parallaxes in milliseconds of arc: RZ Cep, 2.12 ± 0.16 mas XZ Cyg, 1.67 ± 0.17 mas SU Dra, 1.42 ± 0.16 mas RR Lyr, 3.77 ± 0.13 mas UV Oct, 1.71 ± 0.10 mas VY Pyx, 6.44 ± 0.23 mas and κ Pav, 5.57 ± 0.28 mas an average σπ/π = 5.4%. With these parallaxes, we compute absolute magnitudes in V and K bandpasses corrected for interstellar extinction and Lutz-Kelker-Hanson bias. Using these RR Lyrae variable star absolute magnitudes, we then derive zero points for MV -[Fe/H] and MK -[Fe/H]-log P relations. The technique of reduced parallaxes corroborates these results. We employ our new results to determine distances and ages of several Galactic globular clusters and the distance of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The latter is close to that previously derived from Classical Cepheids uncorrected for any metallicity effect, indicating that any such effect is small. We also discuss the somewhat puzzling results obtained for our two type 2 Cepheids. Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS5-26555.

  4. DISTANCE SCALE ZERO POINTS FROM GALACTIC RR LYRAE STAR PARALLAXES

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    Benedict, G. Fritz; McArthur, Barbara E.; Barnes, Thomas G.; Feast, Michael W.; Harrison, Thomas E.; Bean, Jacob L.; Kolenberg, Katrien; Menzies, John W.; Laney, C. D.; Chaboyer, Brian; Fossati, Luca; Nesvacil, Nicole; Smith, Horace A.; Kochukhov, Oleg; Nelan, Edmund P.; Taylor, Denise; Shulyak, D. V.; Freedman, Wendy L.

    2011-12-15

    We present new absolute trigonometric parallaxes and proper motions for seven Population II variable stars-five RR Lyr variables: RZ Cep, XZ Cyg, SU Dra, RR Lyr, and UV Oct; and two type 2 Cepheids: VY Pyx and {kappa} Pav. We obtained these results with astrometric data from Fine Guidance Sensors, white-light interferometers on Hubble Space Telescope. We find absolute parallaxes in milliseconds of arc: RZ Cep, 2.12 {+-} 0.16 mas; XZ Cyg, 1.67 {+-} 0.17 mas; SU Dra, 1.42 {+-} 0.16 mas; RR Lyr, 3.77 {+-} 0.13 mas; UV Oct, 1.71 {+-} 0.10 mas; VY Pyx, 6.44 {+-} 0.23 mas; and {kappa} Pav, 5.57 {+-} 0.28 mas; an average {sigma}{sub {pi}}/{pi} = 5.4%. With these parallaxes, we compute absolute magnitudes in V and K bandpasses corrected for interstellar extinction and Lutz-Kelker-Hanson bias. Using these RR Lyrae variable star absolute magnitudes, we then derive zero points for M{sub V} -[Fe/H] and M{sub K} -[Fe/H]-log P relations. The technique of reduced parallaxes corroborates these results. We employ our new results to determine distances and ages of several Galactic globular clusters and the distance of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The latter is close to that previously derived from Classical Cepheids uncorrected for any metallicity effect, indicating that any such effect is small. We also discuss the somewhat puzzling results obtained for our two type 2 Cepheids.

  5. Radiative Transfer Effects on the Colors of RR Lyrae Stars

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    Davis, C. G.

    The methods of Davis and Cox (1980), are applied to a series of models described by Bono and Stellingwerf(1994) to determine the colors of RR Lyrae stars. Convection is ignored and the radiation flow is treated by a complete variable Eddington, multi-frequency dependent radiative transfer approximation.

  6. Radiative Transfer Effects on the Colors of RR Lyrae Stars

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    Davis, C. G.

    The methods of Davis & Cox (1980), are applied to a series of models described by Bono & Stellingwerf(1994), to determine the colors of RR Lyrae stars. Convection is ignored and the radiative flow is treated by a complete variable Eddington multi-frequency group radiative transfer approximation.

  7. The light curves of RR Lyrae field stars

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    Simon, N. R.; Teays, T. J.

    1982-10-01

    Fourier decompositions have been made of the light curves of a large sample of RR Lyrae field stars. The coefficients have been tabulated. Following the scheme of an earlier investigation of classical Cepheids, certain combinations of the low-order coefficients - phi21, R21, and phi31 - are plotted against period. The Bailey-type c pulsators stand out from the type ab stars, particularly on the R21 plot which is found to be a more sensitive discriminator of Bailey type than is the traditionally employed amplitude-period diagram. The RR Lyrae plots of phi21, R21, and phi31 are compared with those previously obtained for classical Cepheids. It is noted that, while the Cepheid plots display a tightly defined progression with period, reflecting the influence of a modal resonance, in the RR Lyrae case there is much more scatter. However, some evidence is shown to exist for a Cepheid-like progression appearing among the longer period RR Lyrae pulsators and culminating in the unique small-amplitude variable XZ Ceti.

  8. Absolute Photometry of RR Lyrae Stars in the LMC

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    Kunder, Andrea; Chaboyer, Brian

    2006-08-01

    RR Lyrae variables play an important role in the determination of distances to older stellar populations in the Milky Way and neighboring galaxies. The MACHO and OGLE projects have identified several thousand RR Lyraes in the LMC. We propose to obtain accurate photometry of a subsample of ~ 600 RR Lyrae. This data will be used to check the calibration of the MACHO and OGLE photometric databases and will be used by us to make multi-slit masks for spectra to be taken with the Southern African Large Telescope. The new photometry combined with the spectroscopic observations will allow for accurate estimates of the average magnitudes, the local reddening, the luminosity-metallicity relation, and the distance to the LMC. A thorough and accurate study of RR Lyrae stars in the inner bar and outer part of the LMC will allow us to explore the structure of the older stellar population in the LMC and will be used to constrain star formation and chemical evolution models of the LMC.

  9. The Composition of HB Stars: RR Lyrae Variables

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    Clementini, G.; Carretta, E.; Gratton, R.; Merighi, R.; Mould, J. R.; McCarthy, J. K.

    1995-11-01

    We used moderately high-resolution, high S/N spectra to study the chemical composition of 10 field ab-type RR Lyrae stars. A new temperature scale was determined from literature Infrared Flux Method measures of subdwarfs and the Kurucz (1992) model atmospheres, and used to calibrate colors for both dwarfs and RR Lyraes. The applicability of Kurucz (1992) model atmospheres in the analysis of RR Lyraes at minimum light was analyzed: we found that they are able to reproduce colors, excitation and ionization equilibria as well as the wings of Halpha. We derived abundances for 21 species. The metal abundances of the program stars span the range -2.50<[Fe/H]<+0.17$. Lines of most elements are found to form in LTE conditions. Fe lines satisfy very well the excitation and ionization equilibria. RR Lyraes share the typical abundance pattern of other stars of similar [Fe/H]: alpha-elements are overabundant by about 0.4dex and Mn is underabundant by about 0.6dex in stars with [Fe/H]<-1. Significant departures from LTE are found only for a few species. We used our new [Fe/H] abundances, as well as values from Butler and coworkers (corrected to our system), and from high resolution spectroscopy of globular clusters giants, to obtain a new calibration of the DeltaS index: [Fe/H]= -0.194(\\pm 0.011)DeltaS -0.08(\\pm 0.18) and to update the metallicity calibration of the Ca II K line index: [Fe/H]= 0.65(\\pm 0.17)W'(K) -3.49(\\pm 0.39). Finally, our new metallicity scale was used to revise the [Fe/H] dependence of the absolute magnitude of RR Lyrae stars, Mv: Mv = 0.20(\\pm 0.03)[Fe/H] + 1.06(\\pm 0.04).

  10. RR Lyrae variables in the Andromeda group galaxies

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    Yang, Soung-Chul

    2011-08-01

    We present the results of an extensive survey of RR Lyrae stars in the companion galaxies (M33, NGC 147, And XI and And XIII) around the Andromeda galaxy (M31). From images taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) Wide Field Channel (WFC) on-board the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) through two passbands (F606W and F814W), we have identified and characterized a total of 119 RR Lyrae variables (96 RRab (RR0) and 23 RRc(RR1)) in M33. Using the properties of 83 RR Lyrae stars (65 RRab and 18 RRc) in the innermost ACS field (hereafter DISK2), we find mean periods of < Pab > = 0.553 +/- 0.008 (error1) +/- 0.05 (error2) and < Pc > = 0.325 +/- 0.008 (error1) +/- 0.05 (error2), where the 'error1' value represents the standard error of the mean and the 'error2' value is based on the error of an individual RRL period calculated from our synthetic light curve simulations. The distribution of RRab periods and the frequency of RRc stars (Nc = nc/nabc = 0.22) strongly suggest that these RR Lyraes follow the general characteristics of those in Oosterhoff type I Galactic globular clusters. The metallicities of 65 individual RRab stars are calculated from the period-amplitude-metallicity relationship, yielding a mean metallicity of < [Fe/H] > = -1.48 +/- 0.05 dex, where the uncertainty is the standard error of the mean. The VI minimum-light colors of the RRab stars are used to calculate a mean line-of-sight reddening toward the DISK2 field of < E(V -- I) > = 0.175. By adopting this line-of-sight reddening and using a relation between RR Lyrae luminosity and metallicity (MV = 0.23[ Fe/H] + 0.93), we estimate a mean distance modulus of < ( m -- M)0 > = 24.52 +/- 0.11 for M33, where the error is the quadratic sum of the uncertainties in the absolute and dereddened V magnitudes of the RRLs. We used both Thuan-Gunn g-band ground-based photometry from the literature and HST Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) archival data in the F555W and F814W passbands to investigate the

  11. Gaia Parallax Zero Point from RR Lyrae Stars

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    Gould, Andrew; Kollmeier, Juna A.

    2017-02-01

    Like Hipparcos, Gaia is designed to give absolute parallaxes, independent of any astrophysical reference system. And indeed, Gaia's internal zero-point error for parallaxes is likely to be smaller than any individual parallax error. Nevertheless, due in part to mechanical issues of unknown origin, there are many astrophysical questions for which the parallax zero-point error σ(π_0) will be the fundamentally limiting constraint. These include the distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud and the Galactic Center. We show that by using the photometric parallax estimates for RR Lyrae stars (RRL) within 8kpc, via the ultra-precise infrared period-luminosity relation, one can independently determine a hyper-precise value for π_{0}. Despite their paucity relative to bright quasars, we show that RRL are competitive due to their order-of-magnitude improved parallax precision for each individual object relative to bright quasars. We show that this method is mathematically robust and well-approximated by analytic formulae over a wide range of relevant distances.

  12. Estimating the Distance and Metallicity of an RR Lyrae Star

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    Bhattacharya, Shouvik

    2013-03-01

    Minnesota State University Moorhead has a working observatory and recently renovated named the Paul P Feder Observatory at the Buffalo River State Park in the Northwest Minnesota. The observatory is equipped with a 16'' Cassegrain reflecting telescope, an Apogee Alta CCD camera, two research grade computers and the SBIG SGS Spectrograph, which was installed in the observatory facility in fall 2012. The student researcher used the facility and made photometric and spectroscopic observations of the RR Lyrae stars. The distance of the RR Lyrae star was estimated by analyzing the photometric data, extracting information about period and measured quantify brightness from the observed science images. High resolution spectroscopy was performed on the same star and its applicability to metallicity estimation will be reported.

  13. Proper-Motion Based Kinematics Study of Galactic RR Lyraes

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    Dambis, Andrei; Berdnikov, Leonid; Rastorguev, Alexei; Zabolotskikh, Marina

    2015-08-01

    We cross-match an extensive sample of almost 2000 RR Lyrae type stars located within ≈7 kpc from the Sun drawn from the lists of Torrealba et al. (2015) and Drake et al. (2013) with the US Naval Observatory CCD Astrograph Catalogue (UCAC4) and SDSS DR12 used as sources of proper motions and ALLWISE data release of the WISE infrared photometric catalog to analyze the kinematics of the RR Lyrae type star population in the extended solar neoghborhood. We find the mean velocities and the components of the velocity ellipsoid tensors of the halo and thick-disk subpopulations and the dependence of these parameters on Galactocentric distance and the height above the Galactic midplane.

  14. The Companion of the RR Lyrae Star TV Boo

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    Bohm-Vitense, Erika

    In her study of the RR Lyrae star TV Boo, Claudia Oliveira at the University of British Columbia, measured over a period of 3 days a mean radial velocity of Vr = -110 km/sec, while measurements made a few years earlier had shown V, - -30 km/sec. These measurements indicate orbital motions of a binary. Combining all available measurements an orbital period around 60 days is suggested. The color-color plot of V-I versus B-V is abnormal and indicates a blue companion. This must then be either a white dwarf or a horizontal branch star on the very blue end with decreasing Mv. This then is an extremely interesting binary which for the first time can give direct information about the masses of such stars. We want to observe the blue companion of this RR Lyrae star in order to determine its properties and possibly measure its orbital velocity.

  15. The Extinction Toward the Galactic Bulge from RR Lyrae Stars

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    Kunder, A; Popowski, P; Cook, K; Chaboyer, B

    2007-11-07

    The authors present mean reddenings toward 3525 RR0 Lyrae stars from the Galactic bulge fields of the MACHO Survey. These reddenings are determined using the color at minimum V-band light of the RR0 Lyrae stars themselves and are found to be in general agreement with extinction estimates at the same location obtained from other methods. Using 3256 stars located in the Galactic Bulge, they derive the selective extinction coefficient R{sub V,VR} = A{sub V}/E(V-R) = 4.2 {+-} 0.2. this value is what is expected for a standard extinction law with R{sub V,BV} = 3.1 {+-} 0.3

  16. Contamination of RR Lyrae stars from Binary Evolution Pulsators

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    Karczmarek, P.

    2015-09-01

    A Binary Evolution Pulsator (BEP) is a low-mass (0.26 M_⊙) member of a binary system, which pulsates as a result of a former mass transfer to its companion. The BEP mimics RR~Lyrae-type pulsations, but has completely different internal structure and evolution history. Although there is only one known BEP (OGLE-BLG-RRLYR-02792), it has been estimated that approximately 0.2% of objects classified as RR Lyrae stars can be undetected Binary Evolution Pulsators. In the present work, this contamination value is re-evaluated using the population synthesis method. The output falls inside a range of values dependent on tuning the parameters in the StarTrack code, and varies from 0.06% to 0.43%.

  17. RR Lyrae stars in M31 globular clusters: B514

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    Contreras, R.; Federici, L.; Clementini, G.; Cacciari, C.; Merighi, R.; Kinemuchi, K.; Catelan, M.; Fusi Pecci, F.; Marconi, M.; Pritzl, B.; Smith, H.

    We present preliminary results of a variable star search in the metal-poor globular cluster B514 of the Andromeda galaxy (M31), based on Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 and Advanced Camera for Surveys observations. A large number of RR Lyrae stars have been identified for the first time in a globular cluster of M31. The average period of the RR Lyrae variables (< Pab > = 0.58 days and < Pc > = 0.35 days, for fundamental-mode and first-overtone pulsators, respectively) and the position in the period-amplitude diagram both suggest that B514 is likely an Oosterhoff I cluster, contrary to the general behaviour of the metal-poor globular clusters in the Milky Way, which show instead Oosterhoff type II pulsation properties.

  18. RR Lyrae Atmospherics: Wrinkles Old and New. A Preview

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    Preston, George W.

    2011-01-01

    I report some results of an echelle spectroscopic survey of RR Lyrae stars begun in 2006 that I presented in my Henry Norris Lecture of 2010 January 4. Topics include (1) atmospheric velocity gradients, (2) phase-dependent envelope turbulence as it relates to Peterson's discoveries of axial rotation on the horizontal branch and to Stothers' explanation of the Blazhko effect, (3) the three apparitions of hydrogen emission during a pulsation cycle, (4) the occurrence of He I lines in emission and absorption, (5) detection of He II emission and metallic line doubling in Blazhko stars, and finally (6) speculation about what helium observations of RR Lyrae stars in omega Centauri might tell us about the putative helium populations and the horizontal branch of that strange globular cluster. This paper preserves the substance and style of remarks that accompanied the author's PowerPoint presentation of the 2009 Henry Norris Russell lecture.

  19. RR Lyrae stars as tracers of halo substructures

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    Duffau, Sonia; Vivas, A. Katherina; Navarrete, Camila; Carballo-Bello, Julio; Hajdu, Gergel; Catelan, Márcio

    2017-09-01

    Three RR Lyrae overdensity candidates in the southern sky have been studied using low resolution spectra obtained with the Goodman spectrograph at SOAR. We search for unidentified velocity peaks indicative of the possible presence of streams within the overdensities. Our results suggest that all three overdensities present an excess of radial velocity signal at high mean radial velocities which cannot be explained as a contribution from any known Galactic component.

  20. New systemic radial velocities of suspected RR Lyrae binary stars

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    Guggenberger, E.; Barnes, T. G.; Kolenberg, K.

    2016-05-01

    Among the tens of thousands of known RR Lyrae stars there are only a handful that show indications of possible binarity. The question why this is the case is still unsolved, and has recently sparked several studies dedicated to the search for additional RR Lyraes in binary systems. Such systems are particularly valuable because they might allow to constrain the stellar mass. Most of the recent studies, however, are based on photometry by finding a light time effect in the timings of maximum light. This approach is a very promising and successful one, but it has a major drawback: by itself, it cannot serve as a definite proof of binarity, because other phenomena such as the Blazhko effect or intrinsic period changes could lead to similar results. Spectroscopic radial velocity measurements, on the other hand, can serve as definite proof of binarity. We have therefore started a project to study spectroscopically RR Lyrae stars that are suspected to be binaries. We have obtained radial velocity (RV) curves with the 2.1m telescope at McDonald observatory. From these we derive systemic RVs which we will compare to previous measurements in order to find changes induced by orbital motions. We also construct templates of the RV curves that can facilitate future studies. We also observed the most promising RR Lyrae binary candidate, TU UMa, as no recent spectroscopic measurements were available. We present a densely covered pulsational RV curve, which will be used to test the predictions of the orbit models that are based on the O - C variations.

  1. The RR Lyrae Instability Strip in the Split Horizontal Branch Globular Cluster NGC 6569

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    Kunder, A.; Stetson, P. B.; Catelan, M.; Walker, A.; Cassisi, S.; Johnson, C.; Soto, M.

    2015-05-01

    The first calibrated broadband BVI time-series photometry is obtained for the RR Lyrae variable stars in the split horizontal branch (HB) cluster NGC 6569. As a result, a sizeable population of 27 RR Lyrae variables has been identified. An eclipsing binary in the RR Lyrae instability strip was also found, which is most likely a field star. The 12 fundamental-mode RR Lyrae variables (RR0) have an average period of [P]RR0= 0.57±0.02 d and the 15 first-overtone variables (RR1) have an average period of [P]RR1=0.30±0.01 d. The mean periods of the RR Lyrae stars are consistent with an Oosterhoff I designation, and the number ratio of RR1- to RR0-type variables, N1/NRR=0.56, is more consistent with an Oosterhoff II designation. Compared to the M3 variables, the NGC 6569 RR Lyrae variables are not shifted to a longer periods at a given amplitude, making it unlikely that these stars are He-enhanced. The similarity in the periods and amplitudes between the RR Lyrae stars in NGC 6569 and the bulge field RR Lyrae population may indicate similar formation conditions.

  2. UZ und EX Comae - zwei benachbarte RR-Lyrae-Sterne

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    Groebel, Rainer

    2013-03-01

    Based on data from the SWASP database and on recent observations 31 maxima and 21 minima timings of the little studied RR Lyrae star UZ Com could be derived. An ephemeris and a CCD lightcurve are given. From SWASP data, a 66.26 d Blazhko period could be found which probably prevails until now. It seems also that the hump present in the rising branch of the light curve is a constant feature of the star. Two CCD maxima of the neighbouring faint RR Lyr star EF Com could be won. A light curve and a tentative ephemeris are given Rainer Gröbel is member of the BAV.

  3. Verbesserte Elemente der RR-Lyrae-Sterne IQ Bootis, V651 Aurigae und BQ Lyrae

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    Maintz, Gisela

    2015-04-01

    CCD observations of neglected RR Lyrae stars were taken at my private observatory. IQ Boo is a RRab star with a hump in the rising branch. BQ Lyr shows a weak Blazhko effect. The elements of these stars were revised. Star Max period +- JD [d] [d] IQ Boo 2457213.4681 0.535234 0.000001 V651 Aur 2457040.4056 0.617715 0.000003 BQ Lyr 2455703.4120 0.4350488 0.0000002

  4. 47 Tucanae, membership and metallicity of three RR Lyrae stars

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    Keith, D. W.; Butler, D.

    1980-01-01

    The Preston ΔS metal abundance parameter has been determined for three RR Lyrae stars in the extended field of the globular cluster 47 Tucanae. The variables V12 and HV809 are found to be nonmembers with [Fe/H] values of -1.7 ± 0.03 and -1.8 ± 0.13 respectively. V9, having [Fe/H] = -1.1 ± 0.11, is a probable member since (1) it is located very near the cluster center, and (2) our [Fe/H] value is in excellent agreement with the new cluster value reported by Pilachowski, Canterna, and Wallerstein.

  5. Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program Observations of RR Lyrae Variables

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    Hoard, Donald W.; Layden, Andrew; Smith, R. Chris

    2001-08-01

    We request 6 nights on the CTIO 0.9-m telescope as part of the upcoming 2002 CTIO summer student programs. In past years, these observations were obtained on the Curtis Schmidt telescope, but the Schmidt will no longer be available to NOAO users after the end of the current (2001A) semester. A primary goal of this project is to provide instruction and experience for the CTIO summer students in observing techniques and procedures, and in using an astronomical telescope and CCD detector. We will observe RR Lyrae variable stars in conjunction with the Bowling Green State University Variable Star Project.

  6. Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program: Observations of RR Lyrae Variables

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    van der Bliek, Nicole S.; Layden, Andrew; Whiting, A.; Smith, R. Chris

    2002-08-01

    We request 6 nights on the CTIO 0.9-m telescope as part of the upcoming 2003 CTIO Summer student programs. The primary goal of this project is to provide instruction and experience for the CTIO summer students in observing techniques and procedures, and in using an astronomical telescope and CCD detector. We will observe RR Lyrae variable stars in several colors to refine their calibration as distance indicators, determine extinction and place contraints on stellar model. This project is a collaboration with the Bowling Green State University Variable Star Project.

  7. Physical parameter determination of seven RR Lyrae stars in Bootes

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    Peña, J. H.; Arellano, A.; Sareyan, J. P.; Peña, R.; Alvarez, M.

    2007-06-01

    uvbyβ photoelectric photometry of the RR Lyrae stars AE, RS, ST, TV, TW, UU, and XX Bootis has been acquired in order to determine the physical parameters of the stars. We used the correlation between the Fourier parameters derived from the light curves and the physical parameters such as the absolute magnitude M_v, intrinsic colour (B-V)_0 and metal abundance [Fe/H]. Once reddening has been determined, unreddened indices are obtained and T_{eff} and log g followed along the cycle, using a comparison with the theoretical models given for our determined metallicity.

  8. Gaia Data Release 1. Testing parallaxes with local Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars

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    2017-09-01

    Context. Parallaxes for 331 classical Cepheids, 31 Type II Cepheids, and 364 RR Lyrae stars in common between Gaia and the Hipparcos and Tycho-2 catalogues are published in Gaia Data Release 1 (DR1) as part of the Tycho-Gaia Astrometric Solution (TGAS). Aims: In order to test these first parallax measurements of the primary standard candles of the cosmological distance ladder, which involve astrometry collected by Gaia during the initial 14 months of science operation, we compared them with literature estimates and derived new period-luminosity (PL), period-Wesenheit (PW) relations for classical and Type II Cepheids and infrared PL, PL-metallicity (PLZ), and optical luminosity-metallicity (MV-[Fe/H]) relations for the RR Lyrae stars, with zero points based on TGAS. Methods: Classical Cepheids were carefully selected in order to discard known or suspected binary systems. The final sample comprises 102 fundamental mode pulsators with periods ranging from 1.68 to 51.66 days (of which 33 with σϖ/ϖ< 0.5). The Type II Cepheids include a total of 26 W Virginis and BL Herculis stars spanning the period range from 1.16 to 30.00 days (of which only 7 with σϖ/ϖ< 0.5). The RR Lyrae stars include 200 sources with pulsation period ranging from 0.27 to 0.80 days (of which 112 with σϖ/ϖ< 0.5). The new relations were computed using multi-band (V,I,J,Ks) photometry and spectroscopic metal abundances available in the literature, and by applying three alternative approaches: (i) linear least-squares fitting of the absolute magnitudes inferred from direct transformation of the TGAS parallaxes; (ii) adopting astrometry-based luminosities; and (iii) using a Bayesian fitting approach. The last two methods work in parallax space where parallaxes are used directly, thus maintaining symmetrical errors and allowing negative parallaxes to be used. The TGAS-based PL,PW,PLZ, and MV- [Fe/H] relations are discussed by comparing the distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud provided by

  9. An Update on the Status of RR Lyrae Research - Report of the RRL2015 Meeting (October, Hungary) (Abstract)

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    Kolenberg, K.

    2016-06-01

    (Abstract only) In October 2015 we organized the first international meeting focused on RR Lyrae research, with the goal to discuss recent developments and future RR Lyrae plans. The Scientific rationale is the following:

  10. The luminosity and kinematics of RR Lyrae stars in the solar neighbourhood. I - Statistical parallaxes of RR Lyraes

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    Strugnell, P.; Reid, N.; Murray, C. A.

    1986-05-01

    We have used an improved maximum-likelihood statistic to determine the absolute magnitude and kinematics of local RR Lyrae variables from a statistical and secular parallax analysis of proper motions and radial velocities. Our analysis indicates a 'best-buy' absolute magnitude (at mean intensity) of (Mv)= +0.75±0.2. We show that our analysis reconciles the divergent results of Heck & Lakaye and Clube & Dawe. We find no statistically significant evidence for any correlation between absolute magnitude and metallicity. However, there is a correlation between systemic rotation and both metallicity and period.

  11. Stability of full-amplitude solutions for RR Lyrae variables

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    Hodson, S.W.; Cox, A.N.

    1982-07-30

    Since the discovery of numerous double-mode RR Lyrae variables in the globular cluster M15 by Cox, Hodson, and Clancy (1981a and 1983, CHC), double-mode behavior in these Population II variables has made it possible to theoretically determine their masses, composition, and maybe even their evolution direction. The most unusual characteristic of these new double-mode pulsators is that they are found in a narrow range of first overtone periods (P/sub 1/=0./sup d/38-0./sup d/43) and period ratios (P/sub 1//P/sub 0/=0.746+-0.001), where P/sub 0/ is the fundamental mode period. This compares with P/sub 1/=0./sup d/41 and P/sub 1//P/sub 0/=0.746 for AQ Leonis, the only known field double-mode RR Lyrae star. Recent linear studies by CHC (1981a and 1983) suggest that double-mode behavior in this class of stars results from mode switching between the fundamental (F) and first overtone (1H) radial pulsation modes at the transition line just to the red of the F-mode blue edge.

  12. Stellar evolution and period changes in RR Lyrae stars

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    Lee, Young-Wook

    1991-01-01

    The observed secular period changes of RR Lyrae stars in five globular clusters have been compared with those predicted by synthetic models of the horizontal branch (HB). It is shown that most of the observed number distributions of the period change rate beta could be attributed to evolutionary effects, if the random observational error is of order + or - 0.07 days/Myr in beta as suggested by the observers. The model calculations indicate that the mean rate of period change in RR Lyrae stars in globular clusters depends sensitively on their HB type, as is the case for the period shift at a given effective temperature. The distinct bias toward positive period changes in M15 and Omega Cen is evidence that most HB stars in the Oosterhoff group II clusters pass through the instability strip from blue to red toward the end of their core helium burning phase. If confirmed by future observations, this is strong support for the Lee et al. (1990) explanation of the Sandage (1957) period-shift effect.

  13. RR Lyrae pulsators as helium indicators in globular clusters

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    Caputo, F.; Tornambe, A.; Castellani, V.

    1980-02-01

    Synthetic Horizontal Branches have been constructed adopting evolutionary horizontal branch models computed by Caputo, Castellani, and Wood for the case Z = 10-3 and assuming Y = 0.20, 0.25, and 0.30. On this basis the expected evolutionary properties of RR Lyrae pulsators in population II Clusters have been studied. It has been found that some pulsational quantities (Pminab, ¯P and ¯Pab) are strongly correlated with the original helium content Y and that, under fairly wide assumptions, they do not depend on evolutionary parameters such as mass loss and/or mass dispersion. From the above quoted RR Lyrae properties one obtains suggestions for an original He content Y ˜ 0.30 in Oosterhoff type I Globular Clusters. Some theoretical results have been found which disagree with observations. From the latter, it is inferred that in the adopted evolutionary computations lifetimes in the last phases of horizontal branch evolution are likely to be overestimated; this is tentatively confirmed by comparing with the computations of Sweigart and Gross. Pulsational properties are little affected by such an occurrence.

  14. A search for binary candidates among the fundamental mode RR Lyrae stars observed by Kepler

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    Guggenberger, Elisabeth; Steixner, Jakob

    2015-09-01

    Although roughly half of all stars are considered to be part of binary or multiple systems, there are only two confirmed cases of RR Lyrae pulsators with companions. One of them is TU Uma [1] - a classical RR Lyrae star in a very eccentric orbit - and the other is OGLE-BLG-RRLYR-02792 [2]. Considering the wealth of well-studied RR Lyrae stars, this number is astoundingly low. Having more RR Lyrae stars in binary systems at hand would be extremely valuable to get independent measurements of the masses. The data from the Kepler mission with their unprecedented precision and the long time span of about four years offer a unique possibility to systematically search for the signatures of binarity in RR Lyrae stars. Using the pulsation as a clock, we studied the variations in the timing of maximum light to hunt for possible binary systems in the sample.

  15. THE RR LYRAE VARIABLES AND HORIZONTAL BRANCH OF NGC 6656 (M22) {sup ,}

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    Kunder, Andrea; Walker, Alistair R.; Paredes Alvarez, Leonardo; Stetson, Peter B.; Cassisi, Santi; Layden, Andrew; Bono, Giuseppe; Catelan, Márcio; Clem, James L.; Matsunaga, Noriyuki; Salaris, Maurizio; Lee, Jae-Woo; Chaboyer, Brian E-mail: mcatelan@astro.puc.cl

    2013-11-01

    The first calibrated broadband UBVI time-series photometry is presented for the RR Lyrae variable stars in NGC 6656 (M22), with observations spanning a range of 22 years. We have also redetermined the variability types and periods for the RR Lyrae stars identified previously by photographic observations, revising the number of fundamental-mode RR Lyrae variables (RR0) to 10 and the number of first-overtone variables (RR1) to 16. The mean periods of the RR0 and RR1 variables are (P) {sub RR0} = 0.66 ± 0.02 days and (P) {sub RR1} = 0.33 ± 0.01 days, respectively, supporting an Oosterhoff II classification for the cluster. The number ratio of RR1-type to all RR-type variables is N {sub 1}/N{sub RR} = 0.61, also consistent with an Oosterhoff II designation. Both the RR Lyrae stars' minimum light colors and the blue edge of the RR Lyrae instability strip suggest E( B – – V) = 0.36 ± 0.02 mag toward M22. Regarding the HB morphology of M22, we find (B-R)/(B+V+R) = +0.97 ± 0.1 and at least one ''gap'' located in an unusual part of the blue HB, in the middle of the so-called hot HB stars.

  16. A Continued Search for CEMP RR Lyrae Stars

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    Reggiani, H. M.; Kennedy, C. R.; Rossi, S.; Beers, T. C.

    2014-10-01

    Among the stellar populations of the Galactic halo there is a class of stars known as carbon-enhanced metal-poor (CEMP) stars. These are metal-poor ([Fe/H] < 1.0) stars whose atmospheres exhibit large overabundances of carbon ([C/Fe] ≥ +0.7). The frequency of these stars increases with decreasing metallicity, and so by studying their abundance patterns, one can begin to uncover details of the origins of the elements. There exist a number of different classes of CEMP stars (Beers & Christlieb 2005) with specific abundance characteristics; one of them is the CEMP-s class, which exhibit evidence of s-process element enrichment, widely believed to be resultant of mass transfer from a companion low-metallicity asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star, where the production of carbon and s-process elements occurs. Recent spectroscopic observations of metal-poor RR Lyrae stars have revealed that their typical abundance patterns are consistent with very metal-poor (VMP) and extremely metal-poor (EMP) giants and dwarfs studied in the halo system of the Milky Way. Of particular interest is the recent discovery of a VMP RR Lyrae that has large overabundances of carbon and the s-process elements. In this work, we showed results obtained with WiFeS observations 2.3m Siding Spring Observatory telescope of a set of newly-identified CEMP stars that are known RR Lyr stars. We confirmed theses stars as CEMP stars (Kennedy et. al., in prep) and will, eventually, test their abundances against new stellar evolution simulations of CEMP stars.

  17. The RR Lyrae Variables and Horizontal Branch of NGC 6656 (M22)

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    Kunder, Andrea; Stetson, Peter B.; Cassisi, Santi; Layden, Andrew; Bono, Giuseppe; Catelan, Márcio; Walker, Alistair R.; Paredes Alvarez, Leonardo; Clem, James L.; Matsunaga, Noriyuki; Salaris, Maurizio; Lee, Jae-Woo; Chaboyer, Brian

    2013-11-01

    The first calibrated broadband UBVI time-series photometry is presented for the RR Lyrae variable stars in NGC 6656 (M22), with observations spanning a range of 22 years. We have also redetermined the variability types and periods for the RR Lyrae stars identified previously by photographic observations, revising the number of fundamental-mode RR Lyrae variables (RR0) to 10 and the number of first-overtone variables (RR1) to 16. The mean periods of the RR0 and RR1 variables are langPrang RR0 = 0.66 ± 0.02 days and langPrang RR1 = 0.33 ± 0.01 days, respectively, supporting an Oosterhoff II classification for the cluster. The number ratio of RR1-type to all RR-type variables is N 1/NRR = 0.61, also consistent with an Oosterhoff II designation. Both the RR Lyrae stars' minimum light colors and the blue edge of the RR Lyrae instability strip suggest E( B - - V) = 0.36 ± 0.02 mag toward M22. Regarding the HB morphology of M22, we find (B-R)/(B+V+R) = +0.97 ± 0.1 and at least one "gap" located in an unusual part of the blue HB, in the middle of the so-called hot HB stars.

  18. Seven new carbon-enhanced metal-poor RR Lyrae stars

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    Kennedy, Catherine R.; Stancliffe, Richard J.; Kuehn, Charles; Beers, Timothy C.; Kinman, T. D.; Placco, Vinicius M.; Reggiani, Henrique; Rossi, Silvia; Lee, Young Sun

    2014-05-20

    We report estimated carbon-abundance ratios, [C/Fe], for seven newly discovered carbon-enhanced metal-poor (CEMP) RR Lyrae stars. These are well-studied RRab stars that had previously been selected as CEMP candidates based on low-resolution spectra. For this pilot study, we observed eight of these CEMP RR Lyrae candidates with the Wide Field Spectrograph on the ANU 2.3 m telescope. Prior to this study, only two CEMP RR Lyrae stars had been discovered: TY Gru and SDSS J1707+58. We compare our abundances to new theoretical models of the evolution of low-mass stars in binary systems. These simulations evolve the secondary stars, post accretion from an asymptotic giant-branch (AGB) donor, all the way to the RR Lyrae stage. The abundances of CEMP RR Lyrae stars can be used as direct probes of the nature of the donor star, such as its mass, and the amount of material accreted onto the secondary. We find that the majority of the sample of CEMP RR Lyrae stars is consistent with AGB donor masses of around 1.5-2.0 M {sub ☉} and accretion masses of a few hundredths of a solar mass. Future high-resolution studies of these newly discovered CEMP RR Lyrae stars will help disentangle the effects of the proposed mixing processes that occur in such objects.

  19. SS Cancri: the shortest modulation-period Blazhko RR Lyrae

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    Cafolla, C.; Mathew, R. S.; Edge, A. C.; Swinbank, A. M.; Lansbury, G. B.; Wilson, R. W.; Butterley, T.; Lucey, J. R.; Hardy, L. K.; Littlefair, S. P.; Dhillon, V. S.

    2017-08-01

    In order to study the Blazhko effect, we characterise the modulation of the RR Lyrae star SS Cancri, which has been reported to have the shortest modulation Blazhko period. B, V and R band data have been acquired. The pulsation period is 0.36731 +- 0.00004 d. No significant change in the period over the last 80 years is observed. We measure a periodic variation in the light curve maxima, which has a period of 5.313 +- 0.018 d and an amplitude of 0.016 +- 0.003 mag. The best model that describes the Blazhko effect is the resonance coupling between a low and a high order radial mode.

  20. The unique dynamical system underlying RR Lyrae pulsations

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    Kollath, Z.

    2016-05-01

    Hydrodynamic models of RR Lyrae pulsation display a very rich behaviour. Contrary to earlier expectations, high order resonances play a crucial role in the nonlinear dynamics representing the interacting modes. Chaotic attractors can be found at different time scales: both in the pulsation itself and in the amplitude equations shaping the possible modulation of the oscillations. Although there is no one-to-one connection between the nonlinear features found in the numerical models and the observed behaviour, the richness of the found phenomena suggests that the interaction of modes should be taken seriously in the study of the still unsolved puzzle of Blazhko effect. One of the main lessons of this complex system is that we should rethink the simple interpretation of the observed effect of resonances.

  1. Physical parameters of seven field RR Lyrae Stars in bootes

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    Peña, J. H.; Arellano Ferro, A.; Peña Miller, R.; Sareyan, J. P.; Álvarez, M.

    2009-10-01

    Strömgren uvby-β photometry is reported for the RR Lyrae stars AE, RS, ST, TV, TW, UU, and XX in Bootes. The physical parameters M/M_⊙, log(L/L_⊙), M_V, log T_{eff} and [Fe/H], have been estimated from the Fourier decomposition of the light curves and the empirical calibrations developed for this type of stars. The obtained [Fe/H] values are compared with those calculated from the Δ S index for some sample stars. It was found that reddening in the zone is negligible compared to that shown by several objects in the same sky zone. From that, distance to the stars was calculated. The variation of the unreddened indexes (b-y)_0 and c_1 along the pulsational cycle allows the direct comparison with the theoretical grids and, hence, an independent determination of T_{eff} and log g.

  2. Proper-Motion Based Kinematics Study of Galactic RR Lyraes

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    Dambis, Andrei K.; Berdnikov, Leonid N.; Rastorguev, Alexei S.; Zabolotskikh, Marina V.

    2016-08-01

    We use the UCAC4 and SDSS proper motions of about 7500 RR Lyrae type variables located within ~10 kpc from the Sun to study the dependence of their velocity ellipsoid on Galactocentric distance in the R G = 3-17 kpc interval. The radial velocity dispersion, σ VR , decreases from ~190 km/s at R G = 3.5-5.5 kpc down to ~100 km/s at R G = 13-15 kpc, and the σ VT /σ VR ratio remains virtually constant (σ VT /σ VR ~0.54-0.64) in the Galactocentric distance interval from R G = 4.5 kpc to R G = 10.5 kpc increasing to ~0.9 both toward the Galactic center and beyond R G = 11 kpc.

  3. A Spectroscopisc's View of Nearby RR Lyrae Stars

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    Preston, George W.

    2016-06-01

    I am greatly honored to be the second Bohdan Paczyński Medal lecturer. Bohdan was a dear friend who left an indelible imprint on my life. He was, as well, an invaluable participant in my early explorations of RR Lyrae spectra, the subject of this lecture. I share the hope of Polskie Towarzystwo Astronomiczne that the Paczyński lecture series will serve to remind present and future astronomers, particularly those who will never have the opportunity to see or hear Bohdan Paczyński in person, of the boisterous enthusiasm, sharp wit, and penetrating insight that he brought to every scientific question, to every conversation, to every social occasion that attracted his attention. To this end I begin with a few memories of Bohdan from the mid 20th century.

  4. Intriguing triple-mode RR Lyrae star with period doubling

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    Smolec, R.; Soszyński, I.; Udalski, A.; Szymański, M. K.; Pietrukowicz, P.; Skowron, J.; Kozłowski, S.; Poleski, R.; Moskalik, P.; Skowron, D.; Pietrzyński, G.; Wyrzykowski, Ł.; Ulaczyk, K.; Mróz, P.

    2015-03-01

    We report the discovery of an intriguing triple-mode RR Lyrae star found in the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) Galactic bulge collection, OGLE-BLG-RRLYR-24137. In the OGLE catalogue, the star was identified as RRd star - double-mode pulsator, pulsating simultaneously in the fundamental and in the first overtone modes. We find that third mode is excited and firmly detect its period doubling. Period ratios are not far from that expected for triple-mode - fundamental, first and third overtone - pulsation. Unfortunately, we cannot reproduce period ratios of the three modes with a consistent set of pulsation models. Therefore the other interpretation, that additional mode is non-radial, is also likely.

  5. Chemical abundances of solar neighbourhood RR Lyrae stars

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    Pancino, E.; Britavskiy, N.; Romano, D.; Cacciari, C.; Mucciarelli, A.; Clementini, G.

    2015-03-01

    We have analysed a sample of 18 RR Lyrae stars (17 fundamental-mode - RRab - and one first overtone - RRc) and three Population II Cepheids (two BL Her stars and one W Vir star), for which high-resolution (R ≥ 30 000), high signal-to-noise (S/N ≥ 30) spectra were obtained with either SARG at the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (La Palma, Spain) or UVES at the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope (Paranal, Chile). Archival data were also analysed for a few stars, sampling ≳3 phases for each star. We obtained atmospheric parameters (Teff, log g, vt, and [M/H]) and abundances of several iron-peak and α-elements (Fe, Cr, Ni, Mg, Ca, Si, and Ti) for different pulsational phases, obtaining <[α/Fe]> = +0.31±0.19 dex over the entire sample covering -2.2 < [Fe/H] < -1.1 dex. We find that silicon is indeed extremely sensitive to the phase, as reported by previous authors, and cannot be reliably determined. Apart from this, metallicities and abundance ratios are consistently determined, regardless of the phase, within 0.10-0.15 dex, although caution should be used in the range 0 ≲ φ ≲ 0.15. Our results agree with literature determinations for both variable and non-variable field stars, obtained with very different methods, including low- and high-resolution spectroscopy. W Vir and BL Her stars, at least in the sampled phases, appear indistinguishable from RRab from the spectroscopic analysis point of view. Our large sample, covering all pulsation phases, confirms that chemical abundances can be obtained for RR Lyrae with the classical equivalent-width -based technique and static model atmospheres, even rather close to the shock phases.

  6. A new calibration of the extragalactic distance scale using Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars

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    Stothers, R. B.

    1983-01-01

    Visual absolute magnitudes of classical Cepheids, metal-poor RR Lyrae stars and short-period type II Cepheids have been determined with very high precision by combining a large number of old and new astrophysical data. Five independent methods (four observational and one theoretical) have been successfully used: (1) secular and statistical parallaxes; (2) moving-group parallaxes; (3) cluster main-sequence fitting; (4) the Baade-Wesselink method and its modifications; and (5) light-curve and velocity-curve fitting (the theoretical method). With these five adopted methods, the zero point of the galactic and extragalactic distance scale can be set on a relatively firm and self-consistent basis. Classical Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars now provide essentially identical distances to nearby galaxies: the distance modulus to the Large Magellanic Cloud is 18.5 and to the Small Magellanic Cloud is 18.8, both with an uncertainty of 0.1. The distance to the center of our Galaxy is 8.6 plus or minus 0.5 kiloparsecs. The major uncertainty in these values lies in the correction for interstellar extinction.

  7. Magnetic models can not explain the Blazhko effect in RR Lyrae stars

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    Chadid, M.; Wade, G. A.; Shorlin, S. L. S.; Landstreet, J. D.

    2004-05-01

    We report a new series of high-precision Stokes V profiles and longitudinal magnetic field measurements of RR Lyrae, obtained with the MuSiCoS spectropolarimeter over a period of four years. These data provide no evidence whatsoever for a strong magnetic field in the photosphere of RR Lyrae, whish is consistent with Preston's (1967) results, but inconsistent with apparent magnetic field detections by Babcock (1958) and Romanov et a. (1987, 1994). Following discussion of these disparate results, we conclude that RR Lyrae is a bona fide non-magnetic star, a conclusion which leads to the general falsification of models of the Blazkho effect requiring strong photospheric magnetic fields.

  8. Recent progress in the theoretical modelling of Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars

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    Marconi, Marcella

    2017-09-01

    Cepheids and RR Lyrae are among the most important primary distance indicators to calibrate the extragalactic distance ladder and excellent stellar population tracers, for Population I and Population II, respectively. In this paper I first mention some recent theoretical studies of Cepheids and RR Lyrae obtained with different theoretical tools. Then I focus the attention on new results based on nonlinear convective pulsation models in the context of some international projects, including VMC@VISTA and the Gaia collaboration. The open problems for both Cepheids and RR Lyrae are briefly discussed together with some challenging future application.

  9. The RR Lyrae Distance to the Draco Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy

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    Bonanos, A. Z.; Stanek, K. Z.; Szentgyorgyi, A. H.; Sasselov, D. D.; Bakos, G. Á.

    2004-02-01

    We present the first CCD variability study of the Draco dwarf spheroidal galaxy. The data were obtained with the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory 1.2 m telescope on 22 nights, over a period of 10 months, covering a 22'×22' field centered at α=17h19m57s5, δ=57°50'05" (J2000.0). The analysis of the BVI images produced 163 variable stars, 146 of which were RR Lyrae: 123 RRab, 16 RRc, 6 RRd, and one RR12. The other variables include a SX Phe star, four anomalous Cepheids, and a field eclipsing binary. Using the short distance scale statistical parallax calibration of Gould & Popowski and 94 RRab stars from our field, we obtain a distance modulus of (m-M)0=19.40+/-0.02(stat)+/-0.15(syst) mag for Draco, corresponding to a distance of 75.8+/-0.7(stat)+/-5.4(syst) kpc. By comparing the spread in magnitudes of RRab stars in B, V, and I, we find no evidence for internal dust in the Draco dwarf spheroidal galaxy. The catalog of all variables, as well as their photometry and finding charts, is available electronically via anonymous ftp and the World Wide Web. The complete set of the CCD frames is available upon request.

  10. The luminosities and distance scales of type II Cepheid and RR Lyrae variables

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    Feast, Michael W.; Laney, Clifton D.; Kinman, Thomas D.; van Leeuwen, Floor; Whitelock, Patricia A.

    2008-06-01

    Infrared and optical absolute magnitudes are derived for the type II Cepheids κ Pav and VY Pyx using revised Hipparcos parallaxes and for κ Pav, V553 Cen and SW Tau from pulsational parallaxes. Revised Hipparcos and HST parallaxes for RR Lyrae agree satisfactorily and are combined in deriving absolute magnitudes. Phase-corrected J, H and Ks mags are given for 142 Hipparcos RR Lyraes based on Two-Micron All-Sky Survey observations. Pulsation and trigonometrical parallaxes for classical Cepheids are compared to establish the best value for the projection factor (p) used in pulsational analyses. The MV of RR Lyrae itself is 0.16 +/- 0.12 mag brighter than predicted from an MV-[Fe/H] relation based on RR Lyrae stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) at a modulus of 18.39 +/- 0.05 as found from classical Cepheids. This is consistent with the prediction of Catelan & Cortés that it is overluminous for its metallicity. The results for the metal- and carbon-rich Galactic disc stars, V553 Cen and SW Tau, each with small internal errors (+/-0.08 mag) have a mean deviation of only 0.02 mag from the period-luminosity (PL) relation established by Matsunaga et al. for type II Cepheids in globular clusters and with a zero-point based on the same LMC-scale. Comparing directly the luminosities of these two stars with published data on type II Cepheids in the LMC and in the Galactic bulge leads to an LMC modulus of 18.37 +/- 0.09 and a distance to the Galactic Centre of R0 = 7.64 +/- 0.21kpc. The data for VY Pyx agree with these results within the uncertainties set by its parallax. Evidence is presented that κ Pav may have a close companion and possible implications of this are discussed. If the pulsational parallax of this star is incorporated in the analyses, the distance scales just discussed will be increased by ~0.15 +/- 0.15 mag. V553 Cen and SW Tau show that at optical wavelengths PL relations are wider for field stars than for those in globular clusters. This is

  11. Searching for distant RR Lyrae stars using the High cadence Transient Survey

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    Medina T., G.; Katherina Vivas, A.; Forster, F.; Munoz, R. R.

    2016-05-01

    The High cadence Transient Survey is a deep optical campaign carried out with the Dark Energy Camera imager at the 4m telescope on Cerro Tololo, Chile, aimed at detecting early supernova explosions. However, the cadence and survey strategy are well matched for RR Lyrae detection as well, with up to 37 single-band observations. Our goal is to use the data from the survey to find distant RR Lyrae and study their connection with known or undiscovered halo substructures. In the first year of the survey, we have been able to detect new RR Lyrae stars candidates out to at least 100 kpc from the Sun, and preliminary results also show the tantalizing detection of RR Lyrae even farther away.

  12. VizieR Online Data Catalog: M5 RR Lyrae times of maxima (Arellano Ferro+, 2016)

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    Arellano Ferro, A.; Ahumada, J. A.; Kains, N.; Luna, A.

    2016-11-01

    Secular period changes in RR Lyrae M5 stars are analysed by means of two approac hes, taking advantage of the data long time-base of about 118 years. Few authentically evolved stars are identified. (3 data files).

  13. The Search for RR Lyrae Variables in the Dark Energy Survey

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    Nielsen, Chandler; Marshall, Jennifer L.; Long, James

    2017-01-01

    RR Lyrae variables are stars with a characteristic relationship between magnitude and phase and whose distances can be easily determined, making them extremely valuable in mapping and analyzing galactic substructure. We present our method of searching for RR Lyrae variable stars using data extracted from the Dark Energy Survey (DES). The DES probes for stars as faint as i = 24.3. Finding such distant RR Lyrae allows for the discovery of objects such as dwarf spheroidal tidal streams and dwarf galaxies; in fact, at least one RR Lyrae has been discovered in each of the probed dwarf spheroidal galaxies orbiting the Milky Way (Baker & Willman 2015). In turn, these discoveries may ultimately resolve the well-known missing satellite problem, in which theoretical simulations predict many more dwarf satellites than are observed in the local Universe. Using the Lomb-Scargle periodogram to determine the period of the star being analyzed, we could display the relationship between magnitude and phase and visually determine if the star being analyzed was an RR Lyrae. We began the search in frequently observed regions of the DES footprint, known as the supernova fields. We then moved our search to known dwarf galaxies found during the second year of the DES. Unfortunately, we did not discover RR Lyrae in the probed dwarf galaxies; this method should be tried again once more observations are taken in the DES.

  14. Halo Structure Shown by RR Lyrae Stars in the Anticenter Direction

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    Kinman, T. D.; Saha, A.; Pier, J. R.

    2004-04-01

    Newberg et al., Yanny et al., Ibata et al., Rocha-Pinto et al., and Martin et al. have reported overdensities of stars that form a ring with a galactocentric distance (Rgal) of <~18 kpc. Martin et al. and Frinchaboy et al. have found star clusters associated with these overdensities; Martin et al. found what seems to be the central overdensity in Canis Major, so we shall refer to it as the CMa ring. The stars in the CMa ring have a small velocity dispersion and [Fe/H] of about -0.4 and -1.6, respectively. Zinn et al. found a small RR Lyrae overdensity in the more populous southern arc of the CMa ring. We do not find any overdensity of RR Lyrae stars in a 65 deg2 field that covers a more tenuous part of the ring in the anticenter. Existing evidence suggests that the halo component of the CMa ring has a horizontal-branch (HB) morphology that does not favor RR Lyrae stars; the evidence from the associated clusters suggests that it may be richer in blue HB stars. Our RR Lyrae sample in the anticenter contains three groups (each containing three stars that have a high probability of physical association). These groups account for half of the RR Lyrae stars with 17 kpc<=Rgal<=28 kpc in this field; all of these RR Lyrae stars are of Oosterhoff I type. It is suggested that they may be globular cluster remnants.

  15. A pulsational approach to the luminosity of RR Lyrae variables

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    Castellani, V.; de Santis, R.

    1994-08-01

    We show that the temperature scale of Butler, Dickens, & Epps (1978) for RR Lyrae pulsators appears tightly correlated with the two pulsational parameters, amplitude and period of the pulsation. Application of these 'pulsational' temperatures to the well-studied Galactic globular clusters M3 and M15 gives for these clusters a reddening E(B - V) = 0.01 and 0.08, respectively. Moreover, we show that pulsational parameters should give rather severe constraints on the visual magnitude of the pulsators. Calibration of a similar relation to pulsator magnitudes as given by Baade-Wesselink (BW) analyses supports this suggestion, though producing Mnu values in systematic disagreement with current evolutionary computations. We discuss the problem, showing that BW results can be reconciled with the current evolutionary scenario only assuming a value of the original He as low as Y = 0.19 plus a systematic error in the temperature scale. Conversely, one may save the evolutionary scenario with Y = 0.23 by assuming a systematic error in BW magnitudes.

  16. The chemical compositions of RR Lyrae type c variable stars

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    Govea, Jose; Gomez, Thomas; Sneden, Christopher; Preston, George W. E-mail: chris@verdi.as.utexas.edu

    2014-02-20

    We present a detailed chemical abundance study of eight RR Lyrae variable stars of subclass c (RRc). The target RRc stars chosen for study exhibit 'Blazhko-effect' period and amplitude modulations to their pulsational cycles. Data for this study were gathered with the echelle spectrograph of the 100 inch du Pont telescope at Las Campanas Observatory. Spectra were obtained throughout each star's pulsation cycle. Atmospheric parameters—effective temperature, surface gravity, microturbulent velocity, and metallicity—were derived at multiple phase points. We found metallicities and element abundance ratios to be constant within observational uncertainties over the pulsational cycles of all stars. Moreover, the α-element and Fe-group abundance ratios with respect to iron are consistent with other horizontal-branch members (RRab, blue and red non-variables). Finally, we have used the [Fe/H] values of these eight RRc stars to anchor the metallicity estimates of a large-sample RRc snapshot spectroscopic study being conducted with the same telescope and instrument combination employed here.

  17. New pulsational properties of eight `anomalous' RR Lyrae variables

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    Clementini, G.; Tosi, M.; Bragaglia, A.; Merighi, R.; Maceroni, C.

    1995-08-01

    CCD photometry in the V band is presented for seven field RR Lyrae stars selected from a sample of eight variables; these, according to data collected in the literature, are expected to be ab-type pulsators, to have short periods (and hence high metallicity), and to be located at a high z from the Galactic plane. New periods and epochs are derived for them. The new periods are only slightly shorter than the values published in the fourth edition of the General Catalogue of Variable Stars (GCVS4). In six cases our amplitude of the light variation is significantly smaller than that published in the GCVS4, and in at least three cases the actual pulsation appears to be in the first harmonic rather than in the fundamental mode. All the suggested c-type pulsators show variations in the amplitude and/or quite scattered light curves. Some possible explanations are given. From a spectrophotometric analysis of the sample, only DL Com is confirmed to pulsate in the fundamental mode, to have a short period, and to be located at a relatively high z. However, a single object cannot be taken as evidence for a significant metal-rich population at a large distance from the Galactic plane.

  18. Disentangling the Virgo Overdensity with RR Lyrae stars

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    Vivas, A. Katherina; Zinn, Robert; Farmer, John; Duffau, Sonia; Ping, Yiding

    2016-11-01

    We use a combination of spatial distribution and radial velocity to search for halo substructures in a sample of 412 RR Lyrae stars (RRLSs) that covers a region of ∼525 square degrees of the Virgo overdensity (VOD) and spans distances from the Sun from 4 to 75 kpc. With a friends-of-friends algorithm we identified six high-significance groups of RRLSs in phase space, which we associate mainly with the VOD and with the Sagittarius stream. Four other groups were also flagged as less significant overdensities. Three high-significance and three lower-significance groups have distances between ∼10 and 20 kpc, which places them in the distance range attributed by others to the VOD. The largest of these is the Virgo stellar stream at 19 kpc, which has 18 RRLSs, a factor of two increase over the number known previously. While these VOD groups are distinct according to our selection criteria, their overlap in position and distance and, in a few cases, similarity in radial velocity are suggestive that they may not all stem from separate accretion events. Even so, the VOD appears to be caused by more than one overdensity. The Sagittarius (Sgr) stream is a very obvious feature in the background of the VOD at a mean distance of 44 kpc. Two additional high-significance groups were detected at distances \\gt 40 {kpc}. Their radial velocities and locations differ from the expected path of the Sgr debris in this part of the sky, and they are likely to be remnants of other accretion events.

  19. La Silla quest RR Lyrae star survey: Region I

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    Zinn, R.; Miller, L.; Horowitz, B.; Baltay, C.; Ellman, N.; Hadjiyska, E.; Rabinowitz, D.; Vivas, A. K.

    2014-01-20

    A search for RR Lyrae stars (RRLSs) in ∼840 deg{sup 2} of the sky in right ascension 150°-210° and declination –10° to + 10° yielded 1013 type ab and 359 type c RRLS. This sample is used to study the density profile of the Galactic halo, halo substructures, and the Oosterhoff type of the halo over distances (d {sub ☉}) from ∼5 to ∼80 kpc. The halo is flattened toward the Galactic plane, and its density profile steepens in slope at galactocentric distances greater than ∼25 kpc. The RRLS in the stellar stream from the Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal (dSph) galaxy match well the model of Law and Majewski for the stars that were stripped 1.3-3.2 Gyr ago, but not for the ones stripped 3.2-5.0 Gyr ago. Over densities are found at the locations of the Virgo Overdensity and the Virgo Stellar Stream. Within 1° of 1220-1, which Jerjen et al. identify as a halo substructure at d {sub ☉} ∼ 24 kpc, there are four RRLS that are possibly members. Away from substructures, the RRLS are a mixture of Oosterhoff types I and II, but mostly OoI (∼73%). The accretion of galaxies resembling in RRLS content the most massive Milky Way satellites (LMC, SMC, For, Sgr) may explain this preponderance of OoI. Six new RRLS and three new anomalous Cepheids were found in the Sextans dSph galaxy.

  20. Characterizing RR Lyraes using SDSS, Single-Epoch Spectroscopy

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    Long, Stacy Scott; Wilhelm, Ronald J.; De Lee, Nathan M.

    2017-01-01

    Starting with Data Release-7, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has made available the single-epoch spectra (SES) that were previously combined to produce the final composite spectra available for stars and galaxies. These SES can be used to probe time-variability through spectral line strength variations. RR Lyrae stars (RRL) have typically been identified using periodic variations in their light curves. Today, using the SDSS-SES it is possible to, in some cases, identify RRL from changes in the line strengths of the Ca-IIK, H-$\\beta$, H-$\\gamma$, and H-$\\delta$ lines. Similarly, it is possible to construct composite spectra that are free of phase-blending, by grouping SES that have similar spectral line strengths, for an individual star. We have developed a method for comparing SES with synthetic spectra spanning a range of T = [5500,8500]K, log g = [1.0-4.0] and [Fe/H]=[-3.0-0.0] to produce temperatures, surface gravities and metallicities for all SES taken for a given star. Using this method we are able to search for variations in temperature that are 2-sigma beyond the computed uncertainty, indicating that spectral variation is occurring. We will show results using a sample of bright RRL stars of known pulsation phase and stars from SDSS-Stripe82 which have published light curves for several hundred RRLs. We will also present a temperature-phase diagram that shows stars with consistent phases can be produced allowing us to construct composite spectra that are of the same phase for a given star. This is crucially important to the accurate determination of metal abundance for stars in the SDSS spectral foot-print. We will also show details of the compiled Catalina Surveys for stars with SDSS spectroscopy.

  1. PROBING THE M33 HALO USING RR LYRAE STARS

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    Pritzl, Barton J.; Olszewski, Edward W.; Saha, Abhijit; Venn, Kim A.; Skillman, Evan D. E-mail: eolszewski@as.arizona.edu E-mail: kvenn@uvic.ca

    2011-12-15

    We present the discovery of RR Lyrae (RRL) variable stars in two fields of M33 to the southeast of its center using Gemini North observations. In the outermost field (45' to the southeast of the M33 center; projected distance of 10.8 kpc; deprojected distance of about 19 kpc; about 5 V-band disk scale lengths) we detected two RRLs, consisting of one RRab star and one RRc star. An additional variable was found in this field that is a possible Cepheid. The mean g'-band magnitude for the two RRL stars is 25.60 {+-} 0.04 mag. In the other field (25' to the southeast of the M33 center; projected distance of 5.6 kpc; deprojected distance of about 10 kpc; about 3 V-band disk scale lengths) we found 12 RRL stars, all of which are RRab stars. We also detected two candidate Cepheid variables in this field. The mean magnitude for the RRL stars in this field is 25.64 {+-} 0.14 mag. We found a distance modulus of ((m - M){sub 0}) = 24.69 {+-} 0.17 mag from the RRab stars in the field 25' from M33. The mean periods of the RRab stars in both fields (0.630 {+-} 0.002 days, 45' southeast; 0.628 {+-} 0.055 days, 25' southeast) are much longer than found for previously detected RRL stars in the inner regions of M33. This finding argues for a low metallicity for the RRab stars in the field 25' from M33 ([Fe/H] =-1.84 {+-} 0.30 dex). Given these properties, we conclude that the RRLs we have detected belong to the halo of M33 and thus that there is an old component in the outer regions of M33.

  2. The RR Lyrae Variable Stars in the Globular Cluster M15

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    Silbermann, Nancy Ann

    1994-01-01

    The globular cluster M15 is a canonical Oosterhoff type 2 globular cluster. The RR Lyrae variable stars within M15 have previously been used to determine the age of the cluster as well as the absolute magnitude of the variables. These previous studies have relied on photographic photometry. With the recent advances in electronic cameras (CCD's), it is now possible to obtain higher quality photometry in a much shorter time. These new cameras challenge observers to make new analyses of RR Lyrae stars in globular clusters. To that end, new CCD photometry is presented of RR Lyrae variable stars in the globular cluster M15. This photometry, mainly in V and R, with some additional B and I, is used to construct lightcurves of 44 RR Lyraes and 1 Cepheid (v1) in M15. One new RR Lyrae star was discovered and is tentatively named v113. Using the new (V-R) colors and Kurucz's stellar models, the blue and red edges of the instability strip are found to be at log Teff = 3.875 and log Teff approximately equal to 3.81, respectively. The transition line between the fundamental and first overtone mode pulsators is found to be at log Teff = 3.839. There is no overlap in (V-R) between the fundamental and first overtone mode variables. From pulsation theory and these observations, the absolute magnitude of the RR Lyrae stars in M15 is MV = +0.33 +/- 0.12, for an RR Lyrae mass of 0.75 M(solar mass). With MV = +0.33, the age of M15 is 12.6 x 109 years. However, due to the still present uncertainties in RR Lyrae mass and the Teff scale calibration, the absolute magnitude of the M15 RR Lyrae stars still remains significantly uncertain. We have also investigated the period changes of 49 RR Lyrae variable stars in the globular cluster M15 using observation spanning almost a century. Some of the variables have been too sparsely observed over that time interval for reliable period changes to be determined. Others, which have been well observed, show a wide range of period change behavior. We

  3. PERIOD CHANGE SIMILARITIES AMONG THE RR LYRAE VARIABLES IN OOSTERHOFF I AND OOSTERHOFF II GLOBULAR SYSTEMS

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    Kunder, Andrea; Walker, Alistair; De Propris, Roberto; Stetson, Peter B.; Bono, Giuseppe; Di Cecco, Alessandra; Nemec, James M.; Monelli, Matteo; Cassisi, Santi; Andreuzzi, Gloria; Dall'Ora, Massimo; Zoccali, Manuela

    2011-01-15

    We present period change rates (dP/dt) for 42 RR Lyrae variables in the globular cluster IC 4499. Despite clear evidence of these period increases or decreases, the observed period change rates are an order of magnitude larger than predicted from theoretical models of this cluster. We find that there is a preference for increasing periods, a phenomenon observed in most RR Lyrae stars in Milky Way globular clusters. The period change rates as a function of position in the period-amplitude plane are used to examine possible evolutionary effects in OoI clusters, OoII clusters, field RR Lyrae stars, and the mixed-population cluster {omega} Centauri. It is found that there is no correlation between the period change rate and the typical definition of Oosterhoff groups. If the RR Lyrae period changes correspond with evolutionary effects, this would be in contrast to the hypothesis that RR Lyrae variables in OoII systems are evolved horizontal-branch stars that spent their zero-age horizontal-branch phase on the blue side of the instability strip. This may suggest that age may not be the primary explanation for the Oosterhoff types.

  4. The effect of Livermore OPAL opacities on the evolutionary masses of RR Lyrae stars

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    Yi, Sukyoung; Lee, Young-Wook; Demarque, Pierre

    1993-01-01

    We have investigated the effect of the new Livermore OPAL opacities on the evolution of horizontal-branch (HB) stars. This work was motivated by the recent stellar pulsation calculations using the new Livermore opacities, which suggest that the masses of double-mode RR Lyrae stars are 0.1-0.2 solar mass larger than those based on earlier opacities. Unlike the pulsation calculations, we find that the effect of opacity change on the evolution of HB stars is not significant. In particular, the effect of the mean masses of RR Lyrae stars is very small, showing a decrease of only 0.01-0.02 solar mass compared to the models based on old Cox-Stewart opacities. Consequently, with the new Livermore OPAL opacities, both the stellar pulsation and evolution models now predict approximately the same masses for the RR Lyrae stars. Our evolutionary models suggest that the mean masses of the RR Lyrae stars are about 0.76 and about 0.71 solar mass for M15 (Oosterhoff group II) and M3 (group I), respectively. If (alpha/Fe) = 0.4, these values are decreased by about 0.03 solar mass. Variations of the mean masses of RR Lyrae stars with HB morphology and metallicity are also presented.

  5. No evidence of a strong magnetic field in the Blazhko star RR Lyrae

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    Chadid, M.; Wade, G. A.; Shorlin, S. L. S.; Landstreet, J. D.

    2004-01-01

    In this paper we report a new series of high-precision (median σB˜ 80 G) longitudinal magnetic field measurements of RR Lyrae, the brightest Blazhko star, obtained with the MuSiCoS spectropolarimeter over a period of almost 4 years from 1999-2002. These data provide no evidence whatsoever for a strong magnetic field in the photosphere of RR Lyrae, a result consistent with Preston's (\\cite{Preston67}) results, but inconsistent with apparent magnetic field detections by Babcock (\\cite{Babcock58}) and Romanov et al. (\\cite{Romanov87}, \\cite{Romanov94}). Following discussion of these disparate results, we conclude that RR Lyrae is a {bona fide} non-magnetic star, a conclusion which leads to the general falsification of models of the Blazkho effect requiring strong photospheric magnetic fields. Furthermore, due to the 4 year baseline of our observations, we can also dismiss the hypothesis that RR Lyrae undergoes a 4-year ``magnetic cycle''. Therefore the origin of the observed 4-year modulation of RR Lyrae remains unexplained, and we stress the need for additional theoretical efforts to come to a better understanding of this phenomenon. Based on observations obtained with the MuSiCoS spectropolarimeter attached to the 2 m Bernard-Lyot Telescope of the Pic du Midi Observatory, France.

  6. RR Lyrae variables in M33: two new fields and an analysis of the galaxy's population

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    Tanakul, Nahathai; Yang, Soung-Chul; Sarajedini, Ata

    2017-06-01

    We present a re-analysis of M33 RR Lyrae variables in four different fields: two inner disc fields and two outer disc fields. These are located at 8.5, 8.7, 36 and 46 arcmin from the centre of M33, respectively. We identify 48 new RR Lyrae variable stars and refine the light-curve properties of 51 previously identified variables. From the light curves, we calculate reddenings and metallicities for each star. Using data in this paper and previously published material, we are able to construct a radial density profile for the RR Lyrae stars in M33. This profile, when plotted in log space, has a slope of ˜-2.0 ± 0.15 which agrees with the radial distribution of halo stars in the Milky Way and M31. This suggests that the majority of M33 RR Lyrae variables observed so far belong to the halo. We also examine the RR Lyrae specific frequency and absolute magnitude relation in M33 and find good agreement with previous studies.

  7. CCD Photometry of Candidate RR Lyrae Stars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

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    Wu, C.; Qiu, Y. L.; Deng, J. S.; Hu, J. Y.; Zhao, Y. H.

    2005-10-01

    We present unfiltered CCD photometry of a sample of 71 candidate RR Lyrae stars during 2003 and 2004, out of 148 candidate stars that were selected from Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) commissioning data by Ivezić and coworkers. We obtain light curves of 69 candidate stars and present a catalog of their positions, amplitudes, periods, types, and mean magnitudes. We confirm that the 69 stars are true RR Lyrae variables based on periods and light curves, for the first time for 41 of them. We identify 57 type ab, 11 type c, and 1 type d (double-mode) in our sample. The double-mode RR Lyrae star shows properties similar to globular cluster stars and are unlike field stars of the Galactic halo in the Petersen diagram. We also find one RR Lyrae star that is related to Pal 5 and recover another. In our sample, only two candidate stars do not have a reasonable light curve. We conclude that the ratio of contamination in our sample is less than ~8%, which shows that the criteria used by Ivezić and coworkers to select RR Lyrae stars from the SDSS two-epoch data are reliable.

  8. The effect of Livermore OPAL opacities on the evolutionary masses of RR Lyrae stars

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    Yi, Sukyoung; Lee, Young-Wook; Demarque, Pierre

    1993-01-01

    We have investigated the effect of the new Livermore OPAL opacities on the evolution of horizontal-branch (HB) stars. This work was motivated by the recent stellar pulsation calculations using the new Livermore opacities, which suggest that the masses of double-mode RR Lyrae stars are 0.1-0.2 solar mass larger than those based on earlier opacities. Unlike the pulsation calculations, we find that the effect of opacity change on the evolution of HB stars is not significant. In particular, the effect of the mean masses of RR Lyrae stars is very small, showing a decrease of only 0.01-0.02 solar mass compared to the models based on old Cox-Stewart opacities. Consequently, with the new Livermore OPAL opacities, both the stellar pulsation and evolution models now predict approximately the same masses for the RR Lyrae stars. Our evolutionary models suggest that the mean masses of the RR Lyrae stars are about 0.76 and about 0.71 solar mass for M15 (Oosterhoff group II) and M3 (group I), respectively. If (alpha/Fe) = 0.4, these values are decreased by about 0.03 solar mass. Variations of the mean masses of RR Lyrae stars with HB morphology and metallicity are also presented.

  9. RR Lyrae stars and color-magnitude diagram of the globular cluster NGC 6388

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    Silbermann, N. A.; Smith, Horace A.; Bolte, Michael; Hazen, Martha L.

    1994-01-01

    We present new V, B-V, and V, V-R color-magnitude diagrams for the bulge globular cluster NGC 6388. These diagrams indicate that NGC 6388 is a metal-rich globular cluster with color-magnitude morphology similar to that of 47 Tucanae. We have conducted a search for new variable stars close to NGC 6388, finding three new RR Lyrae stars. The membership of these and previously discovered RR Lyrae stars near NGC 6388 is discussed. There is reason for believing that some of these variables are nonmembers. Others, however, may belong to the cluster and may be similar to the RR Lyrae star V9 in 47 Tuc.

  10. RR Lyrae Search and Stellar Populations Study in Canis Major: Preliminary Results

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    Mateu, C. E.; Vivas, A. K.; Zinn, R.; Miller, L.

    2006-01-01

    We present preliminary results of a RR Lyrae star search and stellar populations study performed in the Canis Major overdensity, spanning an area of 8.35 sq deg. The observations were made in R and V bands, with the QUEST camera installed in the 1-m Jürgen Stock Telescope at the Venezuela National Observatory. The resulting Hess diagram shows a possible, but weak, red giant branch and no obvious horizontal branch, red clump or main sequence turnoff. After a multi-epoch photometric search, 6 RR Lyrae stars were confirmed with further observations obtained at the 1.0-m and 1.3-m telescopes of the SMARTS consortium at CTIO. From these confirmed RR Lyrae stars, five of them have heliocentric distances between 5 and 7 kpc. Confirmation of their physical association with the Canis Major system awaits for a study of their radial velocities.

  11. RR Lyrae star distance scale and kinematics from inner bulge to 50 kpc

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    Dambis, Andrei; Berdnikov, Leonid; Grebel, Eva; Kniazev, Alexey; Katkov, Igor; Dagne, Tesfaye

    2017-09-01

    We use the currently most complete sample of ˜ 3500 type ab RR Lyraes in our Galaxy with available radial-velocity and [Fe/H] measurements to perform a statisticalparallax analysis for a subsample of ˜ 600 type ab RR Lyraes located within 5 kpc from the Sun to refine the parameters of optical and WISE W1-band period-metallicityluminosity relations and adjust our preliminary distances. The new zero point implies the rescaled estimates for the solar Galactocentric distance (RG = 7.99 ± 0.37 kpc) and the LMC distance modulus (DMLMC = 18.39 ±0.09). We use the kinematic data for the entire sample to explore the dependence of the halo and thick-disk RR Lyrae velocity ellipsoids on Galactocentric distance from the inner bulge out to R ˜ 50 kpc.

  12. VizieR Online Data Catalog: RR Lyrae in SDSS Stripe 82 (Suveges+, 2012)

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    Suveges, M.; Sesar, B.; Varadi, M.; Mowlavi, N.; Becker, A. C.; Ivezic, Z.; Beck, M.; Nienartowicz, K.; Rimoldini, L.; Dubath, P.; Bartholdi, P.; Eyer, L.

    2013-05-01

    We propose a robust principal component analysis framework for the exploitation of multiband photometric measurements in large surveys. Period search results are improved using the time-series of the first principal component due to its optimized signal-to-noise ratio. The presence of correlated excess variations in the multivariate time-series enables the detection of weaker variability. Furthermore, the direction of the largest variance differs for certain types of variable stars. This can be used as an efficient attribute for classification. The application of the method to a subsample of Sloan Digital Sky Survey Stripe 82 data yielded 132 high-amplitude delta Scuti variables. We also found 129 new RR Lyrae variables, complementary to the catalogue of Sesar et al., extending the halo area mapped by Stripe 82 RR Lyrae stars towards the Galactic bulge. The sample also comprises 25 multiperiodic or Blazhko RR Lyrae stars. (8 data files).

  13. EXPLORING THE SAGITTARIUS STREAM WITH SEKBO SURVEY RR LYRAE STARS

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    Prior, Sayuri L.; Da Costa, G. S.; Keller, Stefan C.

    2009-10-20

    A sample of RR Lyrae (RRL) variables from the Southern Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt Object survey in regions overlapping the expected position of debris from the interaction of the Sagittarius (Sgr) dwarf galaxy with the Milky Way (R.A. approx 20 and 21.5 hr; distance = 16-21 kpc) has been followed up spectroscopically and photometrically. The 21 photometrically confirmed type ab RRLs in this region have ([Fe/H]) = -1.79 +- 0.08 on our system, consistent with the abundances found for RRLs in a different portion of the Sgr tidal debris stream. The distribution of velocities in the Galactic standard of rest frame (V {sub GSR}) of the 26 RRLs in the region is not consistent with a smooth halo population. Upon comparison with the Sgr disruption models of Law et al., a prominent group of five stars having highly negative radial velocities (V {sub GSR} approx-175 km s{sup -1}) is consistent with predictions for old trailing debris when the Galactic halo potential is modeled as oblate. In contrast, the prolate model does not predict any significant number of Sgr stars at the locations of the observed sample. The observations also require that the recent trailing debris stream has a broader spread perpendicular to the Sgr plane than predicted by the models. We have also investigated the possible association of the Virgo Stellar Stream (VSS) with Sgr debris by comparing radial velocities for RRLs in the region with the same models, finding similarities in the velocity-position trends. As suggested by our earlier work, the stars in the VSS region with large negative V {sub GSR} values are likely to be old leading Sgr debris, but we find that while old trailing Sgr debris may well make a contribution at positive V {sub GSR} values, it is unlikely to fully account for the VSS feature. Overall we find that further modeling is needed, as trailing arm data generally favor oblate models while leading arm data favor prolate models, with no single potential fitting all the observed data.

  14. Detailed chemical abundances of distant RR Lyrae stars in the Virgo Stellar Stream

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    Duffau, S.; Sbordone, L.; Vivas, A. K.; Hansen, C. J.; Zoccali, M.; Catelan, M.; Minniti, D.; Grebel, E. K.

    2016-05-01

    We present the first detailed chemical abundances for distant RR Lyrae stars members of the Virgo Stellar Stream (VSS), derived from X- Shooter medium-resolution spectra. Sixteen elements from carbon to barium have been measured in six VSS RR Lyrae stars, sampling all main nucleosynthetic channels. For the first time we will be able to compare in detail the chemical evolution of the VSS progenitor with those of Local Group dwarf spheroidal galaxies (LG dSph) as well as the one of the smooth halo.

  15. Gaia's Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars and luminosity calibrations based on Tycho-Gaia Astrometric Solution

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    Clementini, Gisella; Eyer, Laurent; Muraveva, Tatiana; Garofalo, Alessia; Ripepi, Vincenzo; Marconi, Marcella; Sarro, Luis; Palmer, Max; Luri, Xavier; Molinaro, Roberto; Rimoldini, Lorenzo; Szabados, Laszlo; Anderson, Richard I.; Musella, Ilaria

    2017-09-01

    Gaia Data Release 1 contains parallaxes for more than 700 Galactic Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars, computed as part of the Tycho-Gaia Astrometric Solution (TGAS). We have used TGAS parallaxes, along with literature (V, I, J, Ks, W1) photometry and spectroscopy, to calibrate the zero point of the period-luminosity and period-Wesenheit relations of classical and type II Cepheids, and the near-infrared period-luminosity, period-luminosity-metallicity and optical luminosity-metallicity relations of RR Lyrae stars. In this contribution we briefly summarise results obtained by fitting these basic relations adopting different techniques that operate either in parallax or distance (absolute magnitude) space.

  16. VizieR Online Data Catalog: ugriz colors of RR Lyrae stars in SDSS Stripe 82 (Ngeow+, 2017)

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    Ngeow, C.-C.; Kanbur, S. M.; Bhardwaj, A.; Schrecengost, Z.; Singh, H. P.

    2017-07-01

    The ugriz band photometric light-curve data for RR Lyraes in the SDSS Stripe 82 region was adopted from Sesar+ (2010, J/ApJ/708/717), who found 483 RR Lyrae based on observations that spanned from 1998 September to 2007 November. Median numbers of data points per light curve are 55 and 56 in uz bands and gri bands, respectively. This set of RR Lyraes includes 379 fundamental mode RRab stars and 104 first overtone RRc stars. In addition to the light-curve data, Sesar+ (2010, J/ApJ/708/717) also provided the ugriz band template light curves for RR Lyraes. We adopted these template light curves to derive the amplitudes and colors at maximum and minimum light for each RR Lyrae in the sample. (1 data file).

  17. Harmonizing the RR Lyrae and Clump Distance Scales-Stretching the Short Distance Scale to Intermediate Ranges?

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    Popowski, P.

    2000-01-31

    I explore the consequences of making the RR Lyrae and clump giant distance scales consistent in the solar neighborhood, Galactic bulge and Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). I employ two major assumptions: (1) that the absolute magnitude -metallicity, M{sub V}(RR) - [Fe/H], relation for RR Lyrae stars is universal, and (2) that absolute I-magnitudes of clump giants, M{sub I}(RC), in Baade's Window can be inferred from the local Hipparcos calibration of clump giants' magnitudes. A comparison between the solar neighborhood and Baade's Window sets M{sub V}(RR) at [Fe/H] = -1.6 in the range (0.59 {+-} 0.05, 0.70 {+-} 0.05), somewhat brighter than the statistical parallax solution. A comparison between Baade's Window and the LMC sets the M{sub I}{sup LMC}(RC) in the range (-0.33 {+-} 0.09, -0.53 {+-} 0.09). The distance modulus to the LMC is {mu}{sup LMC} {element_of} (18.24 {+-} 0.08, 18.44 {+-} 0.07). I argue that the currently available information slightly favors the short distance scale but is insufficient to select the correct solutions with high confidence.

  18. Gaia Data Release 1. The Cepheid and RR Lyrae star pipeline and its application to the south ecliptic pole region

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    Clementini, G.; Ripepi, V.; Leccia, S.; Mowlavi, N.; Lecoeur-Taibi, I.; Marconi, M.; Szabados, L.; Eyer, L.; Guy, L. P.; Rimoldini, L.; Jevardat de Fombelle, G.; Holl, B.; Busso, G.; Charnas, J.; Cuypers, J.; De Angeli, F.; De Ridder, J.; Debosscher, J.; Evans, D. W.; Klagyivik, P.; Musella, I.; Nienartowicz, K.; Ordóñez, D.; Regibo, S.; Riello, M.; Sarro, L. M.; Süveges, M.

    2016-11-01

    Context. The European Space Agency spacecraft Gaia is expected to observe about 10 000 Galactic Cepheids and over 100 000 Milky Way RR Lyrae stars (a large fraction of which will be new discoveries), during the five-year nominal lifetime spent scanning the whole sky to a faint limit of G = 20.7 mag, sampling their light variation on average about 70 times. Aims: We present an overview of the Specific Objects Study (SOS) pipeline developed within the Coordination Unit 7 (CU7) of the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC), the coordination unit charged with the processing and analysis of variable sources observed by Gaia, to validate and fully characterise Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars observed by the spacecraft. The algorithms developed to classify and extract information such as the pulsation period, mode of pulsation, mean magnitude, peak-to-peak amplitude of the light variation, subclassification in type, multiplicity, secondary periodicities, and light curve Fourier decomposition parameters, as well as physical parameters such as mass, metallicity, reddening, and age (for classical Cepheids) are briefly described. Methods: The full chain of the CU7 pipeline was run on the time series photometry collected by Gaia during 28 days of ecliptic pole scanning law (EPSL) and over a year of nominal scanning law (NSL), starting from the general Variability Detection, general Characterization, proceeding through the global Classification and ending with the detailed checks and typecasting of the SOS for Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars (SOS Cep&RRL). We describe in more detail how the SOS Cep&RRL pipeline was specifically tailored to analyse Gaia's G-band photometric time series with a south ecliptic pole (SEP) footprint, which covers an external region of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), and to produce results for confirmed RR Lyrae stars and Cepheids to be published in Gaia Data Release 1 (Gaia DR1). Results: G-band time series photometry and characterisation by the

  19. RR Lyrae variable stars in M31-M33 super-halo

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    Tanakul, Nahathai; Sarajedini, Ata

    2017-01-01

    RR Lyrae variable stars can serve as powerful probes of their host stellar populations. Information such as distance, metallicity, reddening, and age can be gleaned from their pulsation properties. Therefore, studying them in the nearest spiral galaxies M31 and M33 will yield important information about the early history of these galaxies. The main goals of this study are: 1) To investigate the Oosterhoff type of RR Lyrae stars in M31 and M33 and compare them with the Milky Way to better understand the formation of these galaxies. 2) To investigate the early formation history of these two galaxies through knowledge of their RR Lyrae stars. In order to achieve these goals, we have analyzed 10 fields in M31 and M33 (6 fields in M31 and 4 fields in M33) using archival imaging from the Hubble Space Telescope. Published data for M31, M33, and several M31 dwarf spheroidal galaxies are also used to study the global properties of RR Lyrae in these systems. The results are then compared with those in the Milky Way galaxy.

  20. A HIGH-VELOCITY BULGE RR LYRAE VARIABLE ON A HALO-LIKE ORBIT

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    Kunder, Andrea; Storm, J.; Rich, R. M.; Hawkins, K.; Poleski, R.; Johnson, C. I.; Shen, J.; Li, Z.-Y.; Cordero, M. J.; Nataf, D. M.; Bono, G.; Walker, A. R.; Koch, A.; De Propris, R.; Udalski, A.; Szymanski, M. K.; Soszynski, I.; Pietrzynski, G.; Ulaczyk, K.; Wyrzykowski, Ł.; and others

    2015-07-20

    We report on the RR Lyrae variable star, MACHO 176.18833.411, located toward the Galactic bulge and observed within the data from the ongoing Bulge RR Lyrae Radial Velocity Assay, which has the unusual radial velocity of −372 ± 8 km s{sup −1} and true space velocity of −482 ± 22 km s{sup −1} relative to the Galactic rest frame. Located less than 1 kpc from the Galactic center and toward a field at (l, b) = (3, −2.5), this pulsating star has properties suggesting it belongs to the bulge RR Lyrae star population, yet a velocity indicating it is abnormal, at least with respect to bulge giants and red clump stars. We show that this star is most likely a halo interloper and therefore suggest that halo contamination is not insignificant when studying metal-poor stars found within the bulge area, even for stars within 1 kpc of the Galactic center. We discuss the possibility that MACHO 176.18833.411 is on the extreme edge of the bulge RR Lyrae radial velocity distribution, and also consider a more exotic scenario in which it is a runaway star moving through the Galaxy.

  1. The double mode RR Lyrae stars in the globular cluster IC 4499.

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    Clement, C. M.; Nemec, J. M.

    The southern globular cluster IC 4499 has the highest frequency of RR Lyrae stars of any globular cluster in the Galaxy. These variables were studied by Clement, Dickens, & Bingham (1979). An inspection of their light curves shows a great deal of scatter among the long period RRc stars. Thus the cluster is a prime candidate for an investigation of double-mode pulsation.

  2. A new Phi_31-period-metallicity relation for RR Lyrae stars

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    Martinez-Vazquez, C. E.; Monelli, M.; Bono, G.; Stetson, P. B.; Gallart, C.; Bernard, E. J.; Fiorentino, G.; Dall'Ora, M.

    2016-05-01

    We present a new calibration of the 31-period-metallicity relation based on cluster instead of field RR Lyrae stars. The novel approach relies on mean Fourier decomposition parameters of their optical light curves, mean periods and metal abundances rooted on a solid metallicity scale. The key advantage when compared with similar relations in the literature is that individual cluster samples cover a broad range in periods, and therefore the opportunity to fully characterize, at fixed metal content, their pulsational behaviour. To accomplish this goal, we used data for seven globular clusters hosting at least 20 RR Lyrae stars and covering a broad range in metallicity (from -2.3 to -1.1 dex). To further extend the metallicity range, we also included field RR Lyrae stars with a good sampling of the light curve (ASAS, Catalina), and for which iron measurements based on high-resolution spectra are available. We applied the new calibration to 167 fundamental RR Lyrae in the Sculptor dSph and we found a considerable spread in metallicity, thus confirming the fast early chemical evolution of this galaxy (Martinez-Vazquez et al. 2015).

  3. Characterization of the VVV Survey RR Lyrae Population across the Southern Galactic Plane

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    Minniti, Dante; Dékány, Istvan; Majaess, Daniel; Palma, Tali; Pullen, Joyce; Rejkuba, Marina; Alonso-García, Javier; Catelan, Marcio; Contreras Ramos, Rodrigo; Gonzalez, Oscar A.; Hempel, Maren; Irwin, Mike; Lucas, Philip W.; Saito, Roberto K.; Tissera, Patricia; Valenti, Elena; Zoccali, Manuela

    2017-04-01

    Deep near-IR images from the VISTA Variables in the Vía Láctea (VVV) Survey were used to search for RR Lyrae stars in the Southern Galactic plane. A sizable sample of 404 RR Lyrae of type ab stars was identified across a thin slice of the fourth Galactic quadrant (295° < ℓ < 350°, ‑2.°24 < b < ‑1.°05). The sample’s distance distribution exhibits a maximum density that occurs at the bulge tangent point, which implies that this primarily Oosterhoff type I population of RRab stars does not trace the bar delineated by their red clump counterparts. The bulge RR Lyrae population does not extend beyond ℓ ∼ 340°, and the sample’s spatial distribution presents evidence of density enhancements and substructure that warrants further investigation. Indeed, the sample may be employed to evaluate Galactic evolution models, and is particularly lucrative since half of the discovered RR Lyrae are within reach of Gaia astrometric observations.

  4. The MACHO Project LMC Variable Star Inventory: Observations of the Pulsation of LMC RR Lyrae Stars

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    Peterson, B. A.; Axelrod, T.; Freeman, K.; Quinn, P.; Rodgers, A.; Alcock, C.; Cook, K.; Allsman, R.; Bennett, D.; Perlmutter, S.; Griest, K.; Marshall, S.; Pratt, M.; Stubbs, C.; Sutherland, W.

    1994-12-01

    The MACHO database of photometry of the LMC has been examined for the field RR Lyrae star population. In this initial sample some 8000 stars are identified with the brightness, colors and periods of cluster variables. Bailey type ab (fundamental pulsators) and c (first harmonic pulsators) are identified with a global period ratio of P(1H)/P(F)=0.601 which falls wthin the range of Galactic field and cluster ratios. For the first time, RR Lyrae stars pulsating in the second harmonic are clearly identifiable with a period ratio of P(2H)/P(F)=0.490. These period ratios are consistent with standard evolutionary models of horizontal branch stars near 0.6 solar mass. There is low amplitude structure in the period distribution of the type ab stars bearing significantly on the origin of the Oosterhof dichotomy in Galactic RR Lyrae stars. There is little evidence in the LMC of the lacuna of Galactic stars with periods around 0.60 days and indeed there is no real indication of the Galactic Oosterhof types as predominant in this oldest LMC population. It is clear that the LMC RR Lyrae stars offer strong constraints on the morphology of the blue horizontal branch in the LMC and new insights into the kinematic and chemical correlations among subgroups within the Galactic halo.

  5. Lighthouses in the fog: Locating the faintest Milky Way satellites with RR Lyrae stars

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    Sesar, B.

    2016-05-01

    Almost every known low-luminosity Milky Way dwarf spheroidal (dSph) satellite galaxy contains at least one RR Lyrae star. Assuming that a fraction of distant (60 < dhelio < 100 kpc) Galactic halo RR Lyrae stars are members of yet to be discovered low-luminosity dSph galaxies, we perform a guided search for these low-luminosity dSph galaxies. In order to detect the presence of dSph galaxies, we combine stars selected from more than 123 sight- lines centered on RR Lyrae stars identified by the Palomar Transient Factory. We find that this method is sensitive enough to detect the presence of Segue 1- like galaxies (MV = -1.5+0.6-0.8, rh = 30 pc) even if only ~20 sightlines were occupied by such dSph galaxies. Yet, when our method is applied to the SDSS DR10 imaging catalog, no signal is detected. An application of our method to sightlines occupied by pairs of close (< 200 pc) horizontal branch stars, also did not yield a detection. Thus, we place upper limits on the number of low- luminosity dSph galaxies with half-light radii from 30 pc to 120 pc, and in the probed volume of the halo. Stronger constraints on the luminosity function may be obtained by applying our method to sightlines centered on RR Lyrae stars selected from the Pan-STARRS1 survey, and eventually, from LSST.

  6. Observing globular cluster RR Lyraes with the BYU West Mountain Observatory

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    Jeffery, E. J.; Joner, M. D.; Walton, R. S.

    2016-05-01

    We have utilized the 0.9-meter telescope of the Brigham Young University West Mountain Observatory to secure data on six northern hemi- sphere globular clusters. Here we present observations of RR Lyrae stars located in these clusters. We compare light curves produced using both DAOPHOT and ISIS software packages. Light curve fitting is done with FITLC.

  7. THE SWIFT UVOT STARS SURVEY. II. RR LYRAE STARS IN M3 AND M15

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    Siegel, Michael H.; Porterfield, Blair L.; Balzer, Benjamin G.; Hagen, Lea M. Z. E-mail: blp14@psu.edu E-mail: lea.zernow.hagen@gmail.com

    2015-10-15

    We present the first results of a near-ultraviolet (NUV) survey of RR Lyrae stars from the Ultraviolet Optical Telescope (UVOT) on board the Swift Gamma-ray Burst Mission. It is well-established that RR Lyrae stars have large amplitudes in the far- and near-ultraviolet. We have used UVOT’s unique wide-field NUV imaging capability to perform the first systematic NUV survey of variable stars in the Galactic globular clusters M3 and M15. We identify 280 variable stars, comprised of 275 RR Lyrae, 2 anomalous Cepheids, 1 classical Cepheid, 1 SX Phoenicis star, and 1 possible long-period or irregular variable. Only two of these are new discoveries. We compare our results to previous investigations and find excellent agreement in the periods with significantly larger amplitudes in the NUV. We map out, for the first time, an NUV Bailey diagram from globular clusters, showing the usual loci for fundamental mode RRab and first overtone RRc pulsators. We show the unique sensitivity of NUV photometry to both the temperatures and the surface gravities of RR Lyrae stars. Finally, we show evidence of an NUV period–metallicity–luminosity relationship. Future investigations will further examine the dependence of NUV pulsation parameters on metallicity and Oosterhoff classification.

  8. Period changes of 7 bright RR Lyrae variables included in the BAV standard program.

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    Wunder, E.

    1995-11-01

    On the basis of 1578 times of maxima historical and present period changes of the RR Lyrae stars SW And, SW Aqr, AA Aql, X Ari, RS Boo, RR Cet and XZ Cyg are analysed. In tables the period jumps and the quadratic terms of the elements are quantified and timed; elements are given to describe the historical O-C-curves; instant elements are listed to support nowadays observations.

  9. FSR 1716: A New Milky Way Globular Cluster Confirmed Using VVV RR Lyrae Stars

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    Minniti, Dante; Palma, Tali; Dékány, Istvan; Hempel, Maren; Rejkuba, Marina; Pullen, Joyce; Alonso-García, Javier; Barbá, Rodolfo; Barbuy, Beatriz; Bica, Eduardo; Bonatto, Charles; Borissova, Jura; Catelan, Marcio; Carballo-Bello, Julio A.; Chene, Andre Nicolas; Clariá, Juan José; Cohen, Roger E.; Contreras Ramos, Rodrigo; Dias, Bruno; Emerson, Jim; Froebrich, Dirk; Buckner, Anne S. M.; Geisler, Douglas; Gonzalez, Oscar A.; Gran, Felipe; Hajdu, Gergely; Irwin, Mike; Ivanov, Valentin D.; Kurtev, Radostin; Lucas, Philip W.; Majaess, Daniel; Mauro, Francesco; Moni-Bidin, Christian; Navarrete, Camila; Ramírez Alegría, Sebastian; Saito, Roberto K.; Valenti, Elena; Zoccali, Manuela

    2017-03-01

    We use deep multi-epoch near-IR images of the VISTA Variables in the Vía Láctea (VVV) Survey to search for RR Lyrae stars toward the Southern Galactic plane. Here, we report the discovery of a group of RR Lyrae stars close together in VVV tile d025. Inspection of the VVV images and PSF photometry reveals that most of these stars are likely to belong to a globular cluster that matches the position of the previously known star cluster FSR 1716. The stellar density map of the field yields a >100σ detection for this candidate globular cluster that is centered at equatorial coordinates R.A. J2000 = 16:10:30.0, decl. J2000 = -53:44:56 and galactic coordinates l = 329.77812, b = -1.59227. The color-magnitude diagram of this object reveals a well-populated red giant branch, with a prominent red clump at K s = 13.35 ± 0.05, and J - K s = 1.30 ± 0.05. We present the cluster RR Lyrae positions, magnitudes, colors, periods, and amplitudes. The presence of RR Lyrae indicates an old globular cluster, with an age >10 Gyr. We classify this object as an Oosterhoff type I globular cluster, based on the mean period of its RR Lyrae type ab, < P> =0.540 days, and argue that this is a relatively metal-poor cluster with [Fe/H] = -1.5 ± 0.4 dex. The mean extinction and reddening for this cluster are {A}{Ks}=0.38+/- 0.02 and E(J - K s ) = 0.72 ± 0.02 mag, respectively, as measured from the RR Lyrae colors and the near-IR color-magnitude diagram. We also measure the cluster distance using the RR Lyrae type ab stars. The cluster mean distance modulus is (m - M)0 = 14.38 ± 0.03 mag, implying a distance D = 7.5 ± 0.2 kpc and a Galactocentric distance R G = 4.3 kpc.

  10. THE DETERMINATION OF REDDENING FROM INTRINSIC VR COLORS OF RR LYRAE STARS

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    Kunder, Andrea; Chaboyer, Brian; Layden, Andrew E-mail: Brian.Chaboyer@dartmouth.edu

    2010-02-15

    New R-band observations of 21 local field RR Lyrae variable stars are used to explore the reliability of minimum light (V - R) colors as a tool for measuring interstellar reddening. For each star, R-band intensity mean magnitudes and light amplitudes are presented. Corresponding V-band light curves from the literature are supplemented with the new photometry, and (V - R) colors at minimum light are determined for a subset of these stars as well as for other stars in the literature. Two different definitions of minimum light color are examined, one which uses a Fourier decomposition to the V and R light curves to find (V - R) at minimum V-band light, (V - R) {sup F} {sub min}, and the other which uses the average color between the phase interval 0.5-0.8, (V - R){sup {phi}}{sup (0.5-0.8)} {sub min}. From 31 stars with a wide range of metallicities and pulsation periods, the mean dereddened RR Lyrae color at minimum light is (V - R) {sup F} {sub min,0} = 0.28 {+-} 0.02 mag and (V - R){sup {phi}}{sup (0.5-0.8)} {sub min,0} = 0.27 {+-} 0.02 mag. As was found by Guldenschuh et al. using (V - I) colors, any dependence of the star's minimum light color on metallicity or pulsation amplitude is too weak to be formally detected. We find that the intrinsic (V - R) of Galactic bulge RR Lyrae stars are similar to those found by their local counterparts and hence that bulge RR0 Lyrae stars do not have anomalous colors as compared to the local RR Lyrae stars.

  11. Updated census of RR Lyrae stars in the globular cluster ω Centauri (NGC 5139)

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    Navarrete, C.; Contreras Ramos, R.; Catelan, M.; Clement, C. M.; Gran, F.; Alonso-García, J.; Angeloni, R.; Hempel, M.; Dékány, I.; Minniti, D.

    2015-05-01

    Aims: ω Centauri (NGC 5139) contains many variable stars of different types and, in particular, more than one hundred RR Lyrae stars. This enabled gathering a homogeneous sample (in terms of instrument, image quality, and time coverage) of high-quality near-infrared (NIR) RR Lyrae light curves by performing an extensive time-series campaign aimed at this object. We have conducted a variability survey of ω Cen in the NIR, using ESO's 4.1 m Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA). This is the first paper of a series describing our results. Methods: ω Cen was observed using VIRCAM mounted on VISTA. A total of 42 epochs in J and 100 epochs in KS were obtained, distributed over a total timespan of 352 days. Point-spread function photometry was performed using DAOPHOT in the inner and DoPhot in the outer regions of the cluster. Periods of the known variable stars were improved when necessary using an ANOVA analysis. Results: We collected an unprecedented homogeneous and complete NIR catalog of RR Lyrae stars in the field of ω Cen, allowing us to study for the first time all the RR Lyrae stars associated with the cluster, except for four stars that are located far away from the cluster center. We derived membership status, subclassifications between RRab and RRc subtypes, periods, amplitudes, and mean magnitudes for all the stars in our sample. Additionally, four new RR Lyrae stars were discovered, two of which are very likely cluster members. We also discuss here the distribution of ω Cen stars in the Bailey (period-amplitude) diagram. We provide reference lines in this plane for both Oosterhoff Type I (OoI) and Oosterhoff Type II (OoII) components in J and KS. Conclusions: We clarify the status of many (candidate) RR Lyrae stars that have been reported as unclear in previous studies. This includes stars with anomalous positions in the color-magnitude diagram, uncertain periods or/and variability types, and possible field interlopers. We conclude

  12. The globular cluster Omega Centauri - The origin of the mysterious correlation between the RR Lyrae luminosity and Fe/H

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    Lee, Young-Wook

    1991-01-01

    The observed correlation between the RR Lyrae luminosity and Fe/H for all Omega Cen RR Lyrae stars for which Fe/H has been determined by the delta-S method is considered, and emphasis is placed on the lack of luminosity variation among the variables in Omega Cen. Model calculations are shown to suggest that the observed 'flat' correlation between the RR Lyrae luminosity and Fe/H for stars having Fe/H forbidden line less than -1.4 can be reproduced if the HB stars in Omega Cen obey the nonmonotonic behavior of the HB morphology with decreasing Fe/H similar to that observed in the Galactic globular cluster system. This is considered to be a natural consequence of recent HB evolutionary models suggesting that the RR Lyrae mean luminosity depends on HB morphology as well as metallicity.

  13. HST/ACS Observations of RR Lyrae Stars in Six Ultra-Deep Fields of M31

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    Jeffery, E. J.; Smith, E.; Brown, T. M.; Sweigart, A. V.; Kalirai, J. S.; Ferguson, H. C.; Guhathakurta, P.; Renzini, A.; Rich, R. M.

    2010-01-01

    We present HST/ACS observations of RR Lyrae variable stars in six ultra deep fields of the Andromeda galaxy (M31), including parts of the halo, disk, and giant stellar stream. Past work on the RR Lyrae stars in M31 has focused on various aspects of the stellar populations that make up the galaxy s halo, including their distances and metallicities. This study builds upon this previous work by increasing the spatial coverage (something that has been lacking in previous studies) and by searching for these variable stars in constituents of the galaxy not yet explored. Besides the 55 RR Lyrae stars we found in our initial field located 11kpc from the galactic nucleus, we find additional RR Lyrae stars in four of the remaining five ultra deep fields as follows: 21 in the disk, 24 in the giant stellar stream, 3 in the halo field 21kpc from the galactic nucleus, and 5 in one of the halo fields at 35kpc. No RR Lyrae were found in the second halo field at 35kpc. The RR Lyrae populations of these fields appear to mostly be of Oosterhoff I type, although the 11kpc field appears to be intermediate or mixed. We will discuss the properties of these stars including period and reddening distributions. We calculate metallicities and distances for the stars in each of these fields using different methods and compare the results, to an extent that has not yet been done. We compare these methods not just on RR Lyrae in our M31 fields, but also on a data set of Milky Way field RR Lyrae stars.

  14. Near-field cosmology with RR Lyrae variable stars: A first view of substructure in the southern sky

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    Duffau, S.; Vivas, A. K.; Navarrete, C.; Catelan, M.; Hajdu, G.; Torrealba, G.; Cortes, C.; Belokurov, V.; Koposov, S.; Drake, A. J.

    2016-05-01

    We present an update of a spectroscopic follow-up survey at low- resolution of a large number of RR Lyrae halo overdensity candidates found in the southern sky. The substructure candidates were identified in the RR Lyrae catalog of Torrealba et al. (2015) using Catalina Real-time Transient Survey (CRTS) data. Radial velocities and mean metallicities have been estimated for target stars in almost half of the original overdensities to assess their potential membership to coherent halo features.

  15. HST/ACS OBSERVATIONS OF RR LYRAE STARS IN SIX ULTRA-DEEP FIELDS OF M31

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    Jeffery, E. J.; Smith, E.; Brown, T. M.; Kalirai, J. S.; Ferguson, H. C.; Sweigart, A. V.; Rich, R. M.

    2011-05-15

    We present HST/ACS observations of RR Lyrae variable stars in six ultra-deep fields of the Andromeda galaxy (M31), including parts of the halo, disk, and giant stellar stream. Past work on the RR Lyrae stars in M31 has focused on various aspects of the stellar populations that make up the galaxy's halo, including their distances and metallicities. This study builds upon this previous work by increasing the spatial coverage (something that has been lacking in previous studies) and by searching for these variable stars in constituents of the galaxy not yet explored. Besides the 55 RR Lyrae stars we found in our initial field located 11 kpc from the galactic nucleus, we find additional RR Lyrae stars in four of the remaining five ultra-deep fields as follows: 21 in the disk, 24 in the giant stellar stream, three in the halo field 21 kpc from the galactic nucleus, and five in one of the halo fields at 35 kpc. No RR Lyrae stars were found in the second halo field at 35 kpc. The RR Lyrae populations of these fields appear to be mostly of Oosterhoff I type, although the 11 kpc field appears to be intermediate or mixed. We will discuss the properties of these stars including period and reddening distributions. We calculate metallicities and distances for the stars in each of these fields using different methods and compare the results, to an extent that has not yet been done. We compare these methods not just on RR Lyrae stars in our M31 fields, but also on a data set of Milky Way field RR Lyrae stars.

  16. DISTANCE TO THE SAGITTARIUS DWARF GALAXY USING MACHO PROJECT RR LYRAE STARS

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    Kunder, Andrea; Chaboyer, Brian E-mail: brian.chaboyer@dartmouth.edu

    2009-05-15

    We derive the distance to the northern extension of the Sagittarius (Sgr) dwarf spheroidal galaxy from 203 Sgr RR0 Lyrae stars found in the MACHO database. Their distances are determined differentially with respect to 288 Galactic bulge RR0 Lyrae stars also found in the MACHO data. We find a distance modulus difference of 2.41 mag at l = 5{sup 0} and b = -8{sup 0} and that the extension of the Sgr galaxy toward the galactic plane is inclined toward us. Assuming R {sub GC} = 8 kpc, this implies the distance to these stars is (m - M){sub 0} = 16.97 {+-} 0.07 mag, which corresponds to D = 24.8 {+-} 0.8 kpc. Although this estimate is smaller than previous determinations for this galaxy and agrees with previous suggestions that Sgr's body is truly closer to us, this estimate is larger than studies at comparable galactic latitudes.

  17. Search for double-mode RR Lyrae stars in Omega Centauri

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    Nemec, J.M.; Nemec, A.F.L.; Norris, J.

    1986-08-01

    Using Martin's (1939) extensive photometry of variable stars in the globular cluster Omega Centauri (NGC 5139 = C1323-472), the brightness variations of 55 RR Lyrae stars have been thoroughly analyzed in a search for multiply periodic stars. Despite the fact that there are at least six short-period ab type Blazhko variables in Omega Cen, in the period interval 0.35 to 0.50 days, there appear to be no doubly periodic RR Lyrae stars of the kind previously found in the globular clusters M3, M15, M68, and IC 4499, and in the Draco dwarf galaxy. One possible reason for the absence of such stars in Omega Cen is that the horizontal-branch stars might be rotating relatively faster than similar stars in systems known to have produced RRd stars. This might also explain the apparent absence of RRd stars in M5 (Nemec and Clement, 1986). Other possibilities are discussed. 61 references.

  18. On the Sandage period shift effect among field RR Lyrae stars

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    Lee, Young-Wook

    1990-01-01

    The origin of the disagreement between the results of the synthetic horizontal branch (HB) model of Lee et al. (1990) and the Sandage (1990) analysis of Lub's (1977) data on a sample of field RR Lyrae stars is investigated, extending the original synthetic HB calculations of Lee et al. to all HB types over the metallicity range of the Galactic halo. It is shown that the period shifts of the RR Lyrae stars in globular clusters depend strongly on their HB type and metallicity. Results suggest that the disagreement between the slopes, Delta logP(Teff)/Delta Fe/H, obtained by Lee et al. and the ones obtained by Sandage can be explained by the fact that Lub's sample may have contained many highly evolved stars in the metallicity range of Fe/H between -2.0 and -1.6, since Lee's analysis did not include these stars.

  19. On the Sandage period shift effect among field RR Lyrae stars

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    Lee, Y. Victoria Univ. )

    1990-11-01

    The origin of the disagreement between the results of the synthetic horizontal branch (HB) model of Lee et al. (1990) and the Sandage (1990) analysis of Lub's (1977) data on a sample of field RR Lyrae stars is investigated, extending the original synthetic HB calculations of Lee et al. to all HB types over the metallicity range of the Galactic halo. It is shown that the period shifts of the RR Lyrae stars in globular clusters depend strongly on their HB type and metallicity. Results suggest that the disagreement between the slopes, Delta logP(Teff)/Delta Fe/H, obtained by Lee et al. and the ones obtained by Sandage can be explained by the fact that Lub's sample may have contained many highly evolved stars in the metallicity range of Fe/H between -2.0 and -1.6, since Lee's analysis did not include these stars. 48 refs.

  20. KIC 2831097 - a 2-yr-orbital-period RR Lyrae binary candidate

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    Sódor, Á.; Skarka, M.; Liška, J.; Bognár, Zs.

    2017-02-01

    We report the discovery of a new Kepler first-overtone RR Lyrae pulsator, KIC 2831097. The pulsation shows large, 0.1-d amplitude, systematic phase variations that can be interpreted as light traveltime effect caused by orbital motion in a binary system, superimposed on a linear pulsation-period decrease. The assumed eccentric (e = 0.47) orbit with the period of ≈2 yr is the shortest among the non-eclipsing RR Lyrae binary candidates. The binary model gives the lowest estimate for the mass of the companion of 8.4 M⊙, that places it among black hole candidates. Beside the first-overtone pulsation, numerous additional non-radial pulsation frequencies were also identified. We detected an ≈47-d Blazhko-like irregular light-curve modulation.

  1. Serendipitous Discovery of RR Lyrae Stars in the Leo V Ultra-faint Galaxy

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    Medina, Gustavo E.; Muñoz, Ricardo R.; Vivas, A. Katherina; Förster, Francisco; Carlin, Jeffrey L.; Martinez, Jorge; Galbany, Lluis; González-Gaitán, Santiago; Hamuy, Mario; de Jaeger, Thomas; Maureira, Juan Carlos; San Martín, Jaime

    2017-08-01

    During the analysis of RR Lyrae stars (RRLs) discovered in the High Cadence Transient Survey (HiTS) taken with the Dark Energy Camera at the 4 m telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, we found a group of three very distant, fundamental mode pulsator RR Lyrae (type ab). The location of these stars agrees with them belonging to the Leo V ultra-faint satellite galaxy, for which no variable stars have been reported to date. The heliocentric distance derived for Leo V based on these stars is 173 ± 5 kpc. The pulsational properties (amplitudes and periods) of these stars locate them within the locus of the Oosterhoff II group, similar to most other ultra-faint galaxies with known RRLs. This serendipitous discovery shows that distant RRLs may be used to search for unknown faint stellar systems in the outskirts of the Milky Way.

  2. THE IMPACT OF CONTAMINATED RR LYRAE/GLOBULAR CLUSTER PHOTOMETRY ON THE DISTANCE SCALE

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    Majaess, D.; Turner, D.; Lane, D.; Gieren, W.

    2012-06-10

    RR Lyrae variables and the stellar constituents of globular clusters are employed to establish the cosmic distance scale and age of the universe. However, photometry for RR Lyrae variables in the globular clusters M3, M15, M54, M92, NGC 2419, and NGC 6441 exhibit a dependence on the clustercentric distance. For example, variables and stars positioned near the crowded high-surface brightness cores of the clusters may suffer from photometric contamination, which invariably affects a suite of inferred parameters (e.g., distance, color excess, absolute magnitude, etc.). The impetus for this study is to mitigate the propagation of systematic uncertainties by increasing awareness of the pernicious impact of contaminated and radial-dependent photometry.

  3. RR Lyrae Variable Stars: Pulsational Constraints Relevant to the Oosterhoff Controversy

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    Bono, Giuseppe; Caputo, Filippina; Castellani, Vittorio; Marconi, Marcella

    1995-08-01

    A solution to the old Oosterhoff controversy is proposed on the basis of a new theoretical pulsational scenario concerning RR Lyrae cluster variables (Bono and coworkers). We show that the observed constancy of the lowest pulsation period in both Oosterhoff type I and Oosterhoff type II prototypes (M3, M15) can be easily reproduced only by assuming the canonical evolutionary horizontal-branch luminosity levels of these Galactic globular clusters and therefore by rejecting the Sandage period-shift effect (SPSE).

  4. The absolute magnitudes of RR Lyraes from HIPPARCOS parallaxes and proper motions

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    Fernley, J.; Barnes, T. G.; Skillen, I.; Hawley, S. L.; Hanley, C. J.; Evans, D. W.; Solano, E.; Garrido, R.

    1998-02-01

    We have used HIPPARCOS proper motions and the method of Statistical Parallax to estimate the absolute magnitude of RR Lyrae stars. In addition we used the HIPPARCOS parallax of RR Lyrae itself to determine it's absolute magnitude. These two results are in excellent agreement with each other and give a zero-point for the RR Lyrae M_v,[Fe/H] relation of 0.77+/-0.15 at [Fe/H]=-1.53. This zero-point is in good agreement with that obtained recently by several groups using Baade-Wesselink methods which, averaged over the results from the different groups, gives M_v = 0.73+/-0.14 at [Fe/H]=-1.53. Taking the HIPPARCOS based zero-point and a value of 0.18+/-0.03 for the slope of the M_v,[Fe/H] relation from the literature we find firstly, the distance modulus of the LMC is 18.26+/-0.15 and secondly, the mean age of the Globular Clusters is 17.4+/-3.0 GYrs. These values are compared with recent estimates based on other "standard candles" that have also been calibrated with HIPPARCOS data. It is clear that, in addition to astrophysical problems, there are also problems in the application of HIPPARCOS data that are not yet fully understood. Table 1, which contains the basic data for the RR Lyraes, is available only at CDS. It may be retrieved via anonymous FTP at cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via the Web at http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/Abstract.html

  5. Observations of RR Lyrae with the ANS satellite

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    Bonnell, J.; Wu, C.-C.; Bell, R. A.; Hutchinson, J. L.

    1982-01-01

    Photometric observations of RR Lyr in the ultraviolet have been obtained using the Astronomical Netherlands Satellite. The observations are compared with theoretical light curves calculated using synthetic spectra and angular diameters determined as a function of phase for RR Lyr by Manduca et al. from photometry at longer wavelengths. A good agreement is found. A bump in the observed light curves in the phase range 0.6 to 0.8 supports the existence of a shock as predicted by Hutchinson, Hill, and Lillie.

  6. CCD Photometry of RR Lyrae Stars in M5 as a Test for the Pulsational Scenario

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    Brocato, E.; Castellani, V.; Ripepi, V.

    1996-02-01

    In this paper we present a new CCD based investigation of RR Lyrae pulsators in the Oo. I globular cluster M5. We confirm the variability of 11 Gerashchenko (1987) objects, adding the evidence for further 15 variables in the central region of the cluster. BV light curves for 15 RR Lyrae are presented. With the addition of further 11 light curves by Storm et al. [PASP, 103, 1264 (1991)] one is dealing with a sample of 26 well-studied cluster pulsators. The data for these stars have been combined with similar data for RR Lyrae in clusters M3, M 15, and M68 to allow a comparison with the theoretical scenario recently presented by Bono & Stellingwerf [ApJS, 93, 233 (1994)]. On this basis, we discuss the distribution of stars in the period amplitude diagram, disclosing a substantial reduction of Sandage's period shift. We suggest that theoretical constraints concerning periods and amplitudes could allow information on masses and luminosity of the pulsators to be derived directly from the Bailey diagram. Static temperatures have been derived for all stars in the sample, and we discuss the dependence on the temperature of the observed pulsational properties.

  7. The Identification of RR Lyrae and δ Scutti Stars from Variable Galaxy Evolution Explorer Ultraviolet Sources

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    Kinman, T. D.; Brown, Warren R.

    2014-12-01

    We identify the RR Lyrae and δ Scuti stars in three catalogs of Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) variable sources. The NUV amplitude of RR Lyrae stars is about twice that in V, so we find a larger percentage of low-amplitude variables than catalogs such as Abbas et al. Interestingly, the (NUV - V)0 color is sensitive to metallicity and can be used to distinguish between variables of the same period but differing [Fe/H]. This color is also more sensitive to T eff than optical colors and can be used to identify the red edge of the instability gap. We find 8 δ Scuti stars, 17 RRc stars, 1 RRd star, and 84 RRab stars in the GALEX variable catalogs of Welsh et al. and Wheatley et al. We also classify 6 δ Scuti stars, 5 RRc stars, and 18 RRab stars among the 55 variable GALEX sources identified as "stars" or RR Lyrae stars in the catalog of Gezari et al. We provide ephemerides and light curves for the 26 variables that were not previously known.

  8. Probing Kinematic Substructures in the Virgo Overdensity using RR Lyrae from Recent Surveys

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    Farmer, John; Vivas, A. Katherina

    2015-01-01

    The Virgo Overdensity is one of the most intriguing features of the galactic halo, as it covers a large portion of the sky and seems to contain several kinematic substructures. It has been suggested that the remnants of several merger events coexist in this region. RR Lyrae stars are an excellent tracer for disentangling the different components of this overdensity, since they are excellent standard candles; by using both positions and pulsation-corrected radial velocities, we can identify distinct groups in phase space. In the last year, several surveys for RR Lyraes covering the Virgo region have become publicly available. We present analysis of ~300 spectra for ~200 stars in the Virgo overdensity region. This is a significant increase in the known sample of these stars in the region, spanning a significantly larger area of the sky than previous studies. Photometry for these data are taken primarily from the La Silla and Venezuela QUEST variability surveys with spectra provided by SDSS Data Release 10. Radial velocities for type ab RR Lyrae stars are corrected using the new set of template radial velocity curves for Balmer and metallic lines given by Sesar (2012). We combine data from QUEST, the Catalina Sky Survey, LINEAR, and spectroscopic observations from Duffau (2014) to give our full sample. A preliminary analysis reveals confirmation for several known stellar streams.

  9. Period-doubling bifurcation and high-order resonances in RR Lyrae hydrodynamical models

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    Kolláth, Z.; Molnár, L.; Szabó, R.

    2011-06-01

    We investigated period doubling, a well-known phenomenon in dynamical systems, for the first time in RR Lyrae models. These studies provide theoretical background for the recent discovery of period doubling in some Blazhko RR Lyrae stars with the Kepler space telescope. Since period doubling has been observed only in Blazhko-modulated stars so far, the phenomenon can help in understanding the modulation as well. Utilizing the Florida-Budapest turbulent convective hydrodynamical code, we have identified the phenomenon in both radiative and convective models. A period-doubling cascade was also followed up to an eight-period solution, confirming that destabilization of the limit cycle is indeed the underlying phenomenon. Floquet stability roots were calculated to investigate the possible causes and occurrences of the phenomenon. A two-dimensional diagnostic diagram was constructed to illustrate the various resonances between the fundamental mode and the different overtones. Combining the two tools, we confirmed that the period-doubling instability is caused by a 9:2 resonance between the ninth overtone and the fundamental mode. Destabilization of the limit cycle by a resonance of a high-order mode is possible because the overtone is a strange mode. The resonance is found to be strong enough to shift the period of overtone by up to 10 per cent. Our investigations suggest that a more complex interplay of radial (and presumably non-radial) modes could happen in RR Lyrae stars that might have connections with the Blazhko effect as well.

  10. RR Lyrae stars as a tracer of multiple stellar populations in globular clusters

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    Jang, Sohee; Lee, Young-Wook

    2017-01-01

    In the multiple stellar population paradigm, we suggest that the observed period-shift of RR Lyrae variables between the two Oosterhoff groups is due to the “population-shift” within the instability strip (IS) with increasing metallicity. In the metal-poor group II globular clusters (GCs), the IS is populated by second generation stars with enhanced helium and CNO abundances, while the RR Lyrae stars in the metal-rich group I GCs are produced mostly by first-generation stars without these enhancements. When these models are extended to all metallicity regimes, the observed Oosterhoff dichotomies in the inner and outer halo GCs can be naturally reproduced. In order to achieve this, however, specific star formation histories are required for the inner and outer halos, which is consistent with the dual origin of the Milky Way halo. We further show that two sequences of RR Lyrae stars recently discovered in the Milky Way bulge can also be reproduced by our multiple population models.

  11. Searching for the Progenitor Galaxy of Omega Centauri Using RR Lyrae Spectra

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    Carignano, Natalia; Vivas, Anna Katherina; Catelan, Marcio; Torrealba, Gabriel; Fernandez Trincado, Jose Gregorio

    2017-01-01

    Radial velocities of 32 RR Lyrae stars from the Catalina Real-time Transient Survey in the neighborhood of Omega Centauri were measured from low-resolution spectra taken by the Goodman Spectrograph on SOAR, Cerro Pachón, Chile. An over-density of stars with the same velocity as the cluster would imply that these stars were once part of ω Cen but have since been tidally stripped, supporting the hypothesis that ω Cen is the remain of a nucleated dwarf galaxy. This study is the most complete of any one similar, covering an area of 100 sq. degrees around the cluster and using RR Lyrae stars known to have similar distance to the cluster. Statistical tests comparing the distribution of RR Lyrae velocities to the expected distribution of velocities of halo stars show no over-density of stars at the velocity of ω Cen or any other velocity, discarding the presence of any substructure in this part of the sky.

  12. A machine learned classifier for RR Lyrae in the VVV survey

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    Elorrieta, Felipe; Eyheramendy, Susana; Jordán, Andrés; Dékány, István; Catelan, Márcio; Angeloni, Rodolfo; Alonso-García, Javier; Contreras-Ramos, Rodrigo; Gran, Felipe; Hajdu, Gergely; Espinoza, Néstor; Saito, Roberto K.; Minniti, Dante

    2016-11-01

    Variable stars of RR Lyrae type are a prime tool with which to obtain distances to old stellar populations in the Milky Way. One of the main aims of the Vista Variables in the Via Lactea (VVV) near-infrared survey is to use them to map the structure of the Galactic Bulge. Owing to the large number of expected sources, this requires an automated mechanism for selecting RR Lyrae, and particularly those of the more easily recognized type ab (i.e., fundamental-mode pulsators), from the 106-107 variables expected in the VVV survey area. In this work we describe a supervised machine-learned classifier constructed for assigning a score to a Ks-band VVV light curve that indicates its likelihood of being ab-type RR Lyrae. We describe the key steps in the construction of the classifier, which were the choice of features, training set, selection of aperture, and family of classifiers. We find that the AdaBoost family of classifiers give consistently the best performance for our problem, and obtain a classifier based on the AdaBoost algorithm that achieves a harmonic mean between false positives and false negatives of ≈7% for typical VVV light-curve sets. This performance is estimated using cross-validation and through the comparison to two independent datasets that were classified by human experts.

  13. The identification of RR Lyrae and δ Scutti stars from variable galaxy evolution explorer ultraviolet sources

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    Kinman, T. D.; Brown, Warren R.

    2014-12-01

    We identify the RR Lyrae and δ Scuti stars in three catalogs of Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) variable sources. The NUV amplitude of RR Lyrae stars is about twice that in V, so we find a larger percentage of low-amplitude variables than catalogs such as Abbas et al. Interestingly, the (NUV – V){sub 0} color is sensitive to metallicity and can be used to distinguish between variables of the same period but differing [Fe/H]. This color is also more sensitive to T {sub eff} than optical colors and can be used to identify the red edge of the instability gap. We find 8 δ Scuti stars, 17 RRc stars, 1 RRd star, and 84 RRab stars in the GALEX variable catalogs of Welsh et al. and Wheatley et al. We also classify 6 δ Scuti stars, 5 RRc stars, and 18 RRab stars among the 55 variable GALEX sources identified as 'stars' or RR Lyrae stars in the catalog of Gezari et al. We provide ephemerides and light curves for the 26 variables that were not previously known.

  14. Antarctica photometry of the Blazhko RR Lyrae star S Arae

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    Zalian, C.; Chadid, M.; Vernin, J.; Abe, L.; Agabi, A.

    2016-02-01

    We pursue the study of S Arae, an RRab Lyrae Blazho star, using unique, uninterrupted and accurate optical photometric data acquired from Antarctica at Dome C by PAIX - Photometer AntarctIca eXtraction - during 150 d. The PAIX data were analysed using both Period04 and PDM13. Besides a main pulsation period of 0.452 d and a modulation period of 47.264 d, three other significant frequencies were found. Multiplet patterns, up to the ninth order, were also extracted, showing a clear asymmetric structure. Following these results, a new approximation of the main-frequency harmonics amplitude decrease is suggested, replacing the usual exponential fit by a hyperbolic one. The physical properties of the Blazhko star, namely metallicity, temperature, mass, were obtained using a new approach based on the study of these parameters for each Blazhko phase. Finally, the PAIX data reveal a residual scatter that occurs during a small phase interval, 10 per cent of the pulsation period, corresponding to the phase of the main shock passage across the atmosphere. The position of the so-called main bump, corresponding to the shock resulting from the infalling atmosphere and the expanding photosphere, varies from one cycle to another and, moreover, around this main bump, two other bumps appear and vanish at different phases during a Blazhko cycle. Following these observations, we discuss the relation between the bump topology and the Blazhko period and give new insights for future Blazhko theoretical investigations.

  15. Revisiting CoRoT RR Lyrae stars: detection of period doubling and temporal variation of additional frequencies

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    Szabó, R.; Benkő, J. M.; Paparó, M.; Chapellier, E.; Poretti, E.; Baglin, A.; Weiss, W. W.; Kolenberg, K.; Guggenberger, E.; Le Borgne, J.-F.

    2014-10-01

    Context. High-precision, space-based photometric missions like CoRoT and Kepler have revealed new and surprising phenomena in classical variable stars. Such discoveries were the period doubling in RR Lyrae stars and the frequent occurrence of additional periodicities some of which can be explained by radial overtone modes, but others are discordant with the radial eigenfrequency spectrum. Aims: We search for signs of period doubling in CoRoT RR Lyrae stars. The occurrence of this dynamical effect in modulated RR Lyrae stars might help us to gain more information about the mysterious Blazhko effect. The temporal variability of the additional frequencies in representatives of all subtypes of RR Lyrae stars is also investigated. Methods: We preprocess CoRoT light curves by applying trend and jump correction and outlier removal. Standard Fourier technique is used to analyze the frequency content of our targets and follow the time-dependent phenomena. Results: The most comprehensive collection of CoRoT RR Lyrae stars, including new discoveries is presented and analyzed. We found alternating maxima and in some cases half-integer frequencies in four CoRoT Blazhko RR Lyrae stars, as clear signs of the presence of period doubling. This reinforces that period doubling is an important ingredient for understanding the Blazhko effect - a premise we derived previously from the Kepler RR Lyrae sample. As expected, period doubling is detectable only for short time intervals in most modulated RRab stars. Our results show that the temporal variability of the additional frequencies in all RR Lyrae subtypes is ubiquitous. The ephemeral nature and the highly variable amplitude of these variations suggest a complex underlying dynamics of and an intricate interplay between radial and possibly nonradial modes in RR Lyrae stars. The omnipresence of additional modes in all types of RR Lyrae - except in non-modulated RRab stars - implies that asteroseismology of these objects should be

  16. CCD Photometry of the Globular Cluster ω Centauri. I. Metallicity of RR Lyrae Stars from CABY Photometry

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    Rey, Soo-Chang; Lee, Young-Wook; Joo, Jong-Myung; Walker, Alistair; Baird, Scott

    2000-04-01

    We present new measurements of the metallicity of 131 RR Lyrae stars in the globular cluster ω Centauri, using the hk index of the Caby photometric system. The hk method has distinct advantages over ΔS and other techniques in determining the metallicity of RR Lyrae stars and has allowed us to obtain the most complete and homogeneous metallicity data to date for the RR Lyrae stars in this cluster. For RR Lyrae stars in common with the ΔS observations of Butler, Dickens, & Epps and Gratton, Tornambe, & Ortolani, we have found that our metallicities, [Fe/H]hk, deviate systematically from their ΔS metallicity, while our [Fe/H]hk for well-observed, field RRab stars are consistent with previous spectroscopic measurements. We conclude that this is because of the larger errors associated with the previous ΔS observations for this cluster. The MV(RR)-[Fe/H] and period shift-[Fe/H] relations obtained from our new data are consistent with the evolutionary models predicted by Y.-W. Lee, confirming that the luminosity of RR Lyrae stars depends on evolutionary status as well as metallicity. Using the period-amplitude diagram, we have also identified highly evolved RRab stars in the range -1.9<=[Fe/H]<-1.5, as predicted from the synthetic horizontal-branch models.

  17. WEAK GALACTIC HALO-DWARF SPHEROIDAL CONNECTION FROM RR LYRAE STARS

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    Fiorentino, Giuliana; Bono, Giuseppe; Monelli, Matteo; Gallart, Carme; Martínez-Vásquez, Clara E.; Tolstoy, Eline; Salaris, Maurizio; Bernard, Edouard J.

    2015-01-01

    We discuss the role that dwarf galaxies may have played in the formation of the Galactic halo (Halo) using RR Lyrae stars (RRL) as tracers of their ancient stellar component. The comparison is performed using two observables (periods, luminosity amplitudes) that are reddening and distance independent. Fundamental mode RRL in 6 dwarf spheroidals (dSphs) and 11 ultra faint dwarf galaxies (∼1300) show a Gaussian period distribution well peaked around a mean period of (Pab) = 0.610 ± 0.001 days (σ = 0.03). The Halo RRL (∼15,000) are characterized by a broader period distribution. The fundamental mode RRL in all the dSphs apart from Sagittarius are completely lacking in High Amplitude Short Period (HASP) variables, defined as those having P ≲ 0.48 days and A{sub V} ≥ 0.75 mag. Such variables are not uncommon in the Halo and among the globular clusters and massive dwarf irregulars. To further interpret this evidence, we considered 18 globulars covering a broad range in metallicity (–2.3 ≲ [Fe/H] ≲ –1.1) and hosting more than 35 RRL each. The metallicity turns out to be the main parameter, since only globulars more metal-rich than [Fe/H] ∼ –1.5 host RRL in the HASP region. This finding suggests that dSphs similar to the surviving ones do not appear to be the major building-blocks of the Halo. Leading physical arguments suggest an extreme upper limit of ∼50% to their contribution. On the other hand, massive dwarfs hosting an old population with a broad metallicity distribution (Large Magellanic Cloud, Sagittarius) may have played a primary role in the formation of the Halo.

  18. Weak Galactic halo-Fornax dSph connection from RR Lyrae stars

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    Fiorentino, G.; Monelli, M.; Stetson, P. B.; Bono, G.; Gallart, C.; Martínez-Vázquez, C. E.; Bernard, E. J.; Massari, D.; Braga, V. F.; Dall'Ora, M.

    2017-03-01

    Aims: For the first time accurate pulsation properties of the ancient variable stars of the Fornax dwarf spheroidal galaxy (dSph) are discussed in the broad context of galaxy formation and evolution. Methods: Homogeneous multi-band BVI optical photometry of spanning twenty years has allowed us to identify and characterize more than 1400 RR Lyrae stars (RRLs) in this galaxy. Results: Roughly 70% are new discoveries. We investigate the period-amplitude distribution and find that Fornax shows a lack of high amplitude (AV ⪆ 0.75 mag) short period fundamental-mode RRLs (P ≲ 0.48 d, HASPs). These objects occur in stellar populations more metal-rich than [Fe/H] -1.5 and they are common in the Galactic halo (hereafter Halo) and in globulars. This evidence suggests that old Fornax stars (older than 10 Gyr) are relatively metal poor. A detailed statistical analysis of the role of the present-day Fornax dSph in reproducing the Halo period distribution shows that it can only account for up to 20% of the Halo when combined with RRLs in massive dwarf galaxies (Sagittarius dSph, Large Magellanic Cloud). This finding indicates that Fornax-like systems played a smaller role than massive dwarfs in building up the Halo. Conclusions: We also discuss the occurrence of HASPs in connection with the luminosity and the early chemical composition of nearby dwarf galaxies. We find that, independently of their individual star formation histories, bright (MV ≲ -13.5 mag) galaxies have HASPs, whereas faint ones (MV ⪆ -11 mag) do not. Interestingly enough, Fornax belongs to a luminosity range (-11 < MV ≲ -13.5 mag) in which the occurrence of HASPs appears to be correlated with the early star formation and chemical enrichment of the host galaxy.

  19. GEOS RR Lyrae Survey: Blazhko Period Measurement of Three RRab Stars - CX Lyrae, NU Aurigae, and VY Coronae Borealis

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    de Ponthiere, P.; Le Borgne, J.-F.; Fumagalli, F.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Krajci, T.; Llapasset, J.-M.; Menzies, K.; Nobile, M.; Sabo, R.

    2012-01-01

    We present the results of collaborative observations of three RR Lyrae stars (CX Lyr, NU Aur, and VY CrB) which have a strong Blazhko effect. This work has been initiated and performed in the framework of the GEOS RR Lyr Survey (Groupe Européen d'Observations Stellaires). From the measured light curves, we have determined the times and the magnitudes at maximum. The times of maxima have been compared to ephemerides to obtain the (O-C) values and from a period analysis of these (O-C) values, the Blazhko period is derived. The Blazhko periods of NU Aur (114.8 days) and VY CrB (32.3 days) are reported here for the first time and a more accurate period for CX Lyr (68.3 days) has been obtained. The three stars are subject to strong Blazhko effect, but this effect has different characteristics for each of them. When we compare the variations of magnitude at maximum and variations of (O-C) values with respect to the Blazhko phase, these variations are in phase, in opposition, or even in quadrature.

  20. Absolute Magnitudes and Colors of RR Lyrae Stars in DECam Passbands from Photometry of the Globular Cluster M5

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    Vivas, A. Katherina; Saha, Abhijit; Olsen, Knut; Blum, Robert; Olszewski, Edward W.; Claver, Jennifer; Valdes, Francisco; Axelrod, Tim; Kaleida, Catherine; Kunder, Andrea; Narayan, Gautham; Matheson, Thomas; Walker, Alistair

    2017-09-01

    We characterize the absolute magnitudes and colors of RR Lyrae stars in the globular cluster M5 in the ugriz filter system of the Dark Energy Camera (DECam). We provide empirical period-luminosity (P-L) relationships in all five bands based on 47 RR Lyrae stars of the type ab and 14 stars of the type c. The P-L relationships were found to be better constrained for the fundamental-mode RR Lyrae stars in the riz passbands, with dispersions of 0.03, 0.02 and 0.02 mag, respectively. The dispersion of the color at minimum light was found to be small, supporting the use of this parameter as a means to obtain accurate interstellar extinctions along the line of sight up to the distance of the RR Lyrae star. We found a trend of color at minimum light with a pulsational period that, if taken into account, brings the dispersion in color at minimum light to ≤slant 0.016 mag for the (r-i), (i-z), and (r-z) colors. These calibrations will be very useful for using RR Lyrae stars from DECam observations as both standard candles for distance determinations and color standards for reddening measurements.

  1. Finest light curve details, physical parameters, and period fluctuations of CoRoT RR Lyrae stars

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    Benkő, J. M.; Szabó, R.; Derekas, A.; Sódor, Á.

    2016-12-01

    The CoRoT satellite supplied the scientific community with a huge data base of variable stars. Among them the RR Lyrae stars have intensively been discussed in numerous papers in the last few years, but the latest runs have not been checked to find RR Lyrae stars up to now. Our main goal was to fill this gap and complete the CoRoT RR Lyrae sample. We found nine unstudied RR Lyrae stars. Seven of them are new discoveries. We identified three new Blazhko stars. The Blazhko effect shows non-strictly repetitive nature for all stars. The frequency spectrum of the Blazhko star CoRoT 104948132 contains second overtone frequency with the highest known period ratio. The harmonic amplitude and phase declines with the harmonic order were studied for non-Blazhko stars. We found a period dependent but similar shape amplitude decline for all stars. We discovered significant random period fluctuation for one of the two oversampled target, CM Ori. After a successful transformation of the CoRoT band parameters to the Johnson V values we estimated the basic physical properties such as mass, luminosity, metallicity. The sample can be divided into two subgroups with respect to the metallicity but otherwise the physical parameters are in the canonical range of RR Lyrae stars.

  2. AH Cam: A metal-rich RR Lyrae star with the shortest known Blazhko period

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    Smith, Horace A.; Matthews, Jaymie M.; Lee, Kevin M.; Williams, Jeffrey; Silbermann, N. A.; Bolte, Michael

    1994-01-01

    Analysis of 746 new V-band observations of the RR Lyrae star AH Cam obtained during 1989 - 1992 clearly show that its light curve cannot be described by a single period. In fact, at first glance, the Fourier spectrum of the photometry resembles that of a double-mode pulsator, with peaks at a fundamental period of 0.3686 d and an apparent secondary period of 0.2628 d. Nevertheless, the dual-mode solution is a poor fit to the data. Rather, we believe that AH Cam is a single-mode RR Lyrae star undergoing the Blazhko effect: periodic modulation of the amplitude and shape of its light curve. What was originally taken to be the period of the second mode is instead the 1-cycle/d alias of a modulation sidelobe in the Fourier spectrum. The data are well described by a modulation period of just under 11 d, which is the shortest Blazhko period reported to date in the literature and confirms the earlier suggestion by Goranskii. A low-resolution spectrum of AH Cam indicates that it is relatively metal rich, with delta-S less than or = 2. Its high metallicity and short modulation period may provide a critical test of at least one theory for the Blazhko effect. Moskalik's internal resonance model makes specific predictions of the growth rate of the fundamental model vs fundamental period. AH Cam falls outside the regime of other known Blazhko variables and resonance model predictions, but these are appropriate for metal-poor RR Lyrae stars. If the theory matches the behavior of AH Cam for a metal-rich stellar model, this would bolster the resonance hypothesis.

  3. KELT RR Lyrae Variable Stars Observed by NKU Schneider and Michigan State Observatories

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    De Lee, Nathan M.; Brueneman, Stacy; Hicks, Logan; Russell, Neil; Kinemuchi, Karen; Pepper, Joshua; Rodriguez, Joseph; Paegert, Martin; Smith, Horace A.

    2017-01-01

    In this poster we will discuss our ongoing program to use extant light curves from the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT) survey to find and characterize RR Lyrae (RRL) stars in the disk and inner halo of the Milky Way. RRL stars are of particular interest because they are standard candles and can be used to map out structure in the galaxy. The periods and shape of RRL light curves also contain information about their Oosterhoff type, which can probe galactic formation history, and metallicity respectively. Although there have been several large photometric surveys for RR Lyrae in the nearby galaxy (OGLE, NSVS, ASAS, and MACHO to name a few), they have each been limited in either sky coverage or number of epochs. The KELT survey represents a new generation of surveys that has many epochs over a large portion of the sky. KELT samples over 70% of the entire sky, and has a long-time-baseline of up to 11 years with a very high cadence rate of less than 20 minutes. This translates to upwards of 11,000 epochs per light curve with completeness out to 3 kpc from the Sun. This poster will present follow-up multi-color photometry taken of RR Lyrae candidate stars found in the KELT survey. These stars were observed using an 11inch telescope at the NKU Schneider Observatory. We also have archival photometry of these stars from the Michigan State Observatory. We will discuss photometric accuracies, cadence, and initial analysis of these stars. We will also discuss the capabilities of our new observatory as well as future follow-up and analysis plans.

  4. The RR Lyrae Period-Luminosity Relation in IRAC Channels 1 and 2

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    Durbin, Meredith; Scowcroft, Victoria; Freedman, Wendy L.; Madore, Barry F.; Monson, Andrew; Seibert, Mark; Rich, Jeffrey

    2014-06-01

    We present new period-luminosity relations for RR Lyrae variables in the globular cluster ω Centauri derived from time-resolved IRAC data, the slopes of which are in reasonable agreement with those derived from WISE data by Madore et al (2013), Klein et al (2014), and Dambis et al (2014). We also present an investigation into the correlation of the PL residuals with individual metallicities from Rey et al (2000) and Sollima et al (2006). We find no compelling evidence for a metallicity correlation in the residuals, based on a spread of up to 1.19 dex in [Fe/H].

  5. Metal-rich or misclassified? The case of four RR Lyrae stars

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    Molnar, L.; Juhasz, A. L.; Plachy, E.; Szabo, R.

    2016-06-01

    We analysed the light curve of four, apparently extremely metal-rich fundamenta-mode RR Lyrae stars. We identified two stars, MT Tel and ASAS J091803-3022.6 as RRc (first-overtone) pulsators that were misclassified as RRab ones in the ASAS survey. In the case of the other two stars, V397 Gem and ASAS J075127-4136.3, we could not decide conclusively, as they are outliers in the period-Fourier-coefficient space from the loci of both classes, but their photometric metallicities also favour the RRc classification.

  6. KIC 2831097 A short orbital-period candidate RR Lyrae binary

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    Sódor, Ádám; Skarka, Marek; Liška, Jir̆í; Bognár, Zsófia

    2017-09-01

    KIC 2831097 was discovered to be a first-overtone RR Lyrae pulsator based on 4-year Kepler photometry (Sódor et al. 2017, MNRAS, 465, L1). The data show strong, 0.1 d amplitude systematic phase variations that can be explained by light travel-time effect caused by an about 2-year period orbital motion in a binary system, superimposed on a linear pulsation-period decrease. To verify the binary hypothesis, several well-timed radial-velocity observations will be sufficient.

  7. Convection in pulsating stars. I - Nonlinear hydrodynamics. II - RR Lyrae convection and stability

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    Stellingwerf, R. F.

    1982-11-01

    A nonlinear, nonlocal, time-dependent treatment of convection suitable for use in models of cool giant stars is presented. Local conservation equations plus a diffusive transport equation are used to derive the convective hydrodynamic equations for the case in which turbulent pressure, energy, and viscosity cannot be ignored. The effects of convective overshooting, superadiabatic gradients, convection/pulsation interaction, and time dependence enter this treatment in a natural way. Methods of treating turbulent viscosity and acoustic losses are discussed. Also, an efficient computational scheme for computing the derivatives needed for an implicit hydrodynamic code is outlined. Application to RR Lyrae star envelopes will be presented in a companion paper.

  8. Observing Globular Cluster RR Lyraes with the BYU West Mountain Observator

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    Jeffery, Elizabeth; Joner, Michael D.

    2016-01-01

    We have utilized the 0.9-meter telescope of the Brigham Young University West Mountain Observatory to secure data on six northern hemisphere globular clusters. Here we present observations of RR Lyrae stars located in these clusters, including light curves. We compare light curves produced using both DAOPHOT and ISIS software packages. Light curve fitting is done with FITLC. We acknowledge continued support from the Brigham Young University College of Physical and Mathematical sciences for operation of the West Mountain Observatory. Some of the observations included in this presentation were secured within the term of NSF grant AST-0618209.

  9. Observing Globular Cluster RR Lyrae Variables with the BYU West Mountain Observatory

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    Jeffery, E. J.; Joner, M. D.

    2016-06-01

    We have utilized the 0.9-meter telescope of the Brigham Young University West Mountain Observatory to secure data on six northern hemisphere globular clusters. Here we present representative observations of RR Lyrae stars located in these clusters, including light curves. We compare light curves produced using both DAOPHOT and ISIS software packages. Light curve fitting is done with FITLC. We find that for well-separated stars, DAOPHOT and ISIS provide comparable results. However, for stars within the cluster core, ISIS provides superior results. These improved techniques will allow us to better measure the properties of cluster variable stars.

  10. ON THE MODULATION OF RR LYRAE STARS IN THE GLOBULAR CLUSTER M3

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    Jurcsik, J.; Smitola, P.; Nuspl, J.; Hajdu, G.

    2014-12-10

    New, extended time-series photometry of M3 RR Lyrae stars has revealed that 4 of the 10 double-mode stars show large-amplitude Blazhko modulation of both radial modes. The first, detailed analysis of the peculiar behavior of the unique, Blazhko RRd stars is given. While the P1/P0 period ratio is normal, and the overtone mode is dominant in the other RRd stars of the cluster, the period ratio is anomalous and the fundamental mode has a larger (or similar) mean amplitude than the overtone has in Blazhko RRd stars. The modulations of the fundamental and overtone modes are synchronized only in one of the Blazhko RRd stars. No evidence of any connection between the modulations of the modes in the other three stars is found. The Blazhko modulation accounts, at least partly, for the previously reported amplitude and period changes of these stars. Contrary to the ∼50% Blazhko statistics of RRab and RRd stars, Blazhko modulation occurs only in 10% of the overtone variables in M3. Four of the five Blazhko RRc stars are bright, evolved objects, and one has a period and brightness similar to those of Blazhko RRd stars. The regions of the instability strip with high and low occurrence rates of the Blazhko modulation overlap with the regions populated by first- and second-generation stars according to theoretical and observational studies, raising up the possibility that the Blazhko modulation occurs preferentially in first-generation RR Lyrae stars.

  11. CTIO REU/PIA Observations: Lyman-Alpha Blob Candidates and RR Lyrae Variables

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    Kaleida, Catherine C.; Students, REU/PIA; van der Bliek, Nicole S.; Kunder, Andrea; Layden, Andrew C.; Hegel, Paul R.; Anderson, Tyler S.

    2012-02-01

    We request 8 nights on the CTIO 1.0-m as part of the upcoming 2012 CTIO REU/PIA program. The main focus of this proposal will be to provide direct, hands-on observational experience to 8 undergraduate students in observational techniques, astronomical data reduction, and multi-wavelength photometry. In order to expose the students to a variety of astronomical observations, we will observe RR Lyrae variable stars and Lyman Alpha Blob (LAB) candidates. The RR Lyrae variable star observations are in collaboration with the Bowling Green State University Variable Star Project (BGSUVSP). The variable stars will be observed in several colors to refine their calibration as distance indicators, determine extinction and place constraints on stellar models. LAB candidates were chosen from space-based UV data from Swift/UVOT of 50 fields of quasi-stellar objects (QSOs) in the redshift range 0.556

  12. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Field RR Lyrae stars (Liska+, 2016)

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    Liska, J.; Skarka, M.; Zejda, M.; Mikulasek, Z.; de Villiers, S. N.

    2016-05-01

    Differential photometry for VX Her in 'table1.dat' file. New photometric measurements for VX Her were performed at Masaryk University Observatory, Brno, Czech Republic during 13 nights (April-August 2014) with 0.6-m (24-inch) Newtonian telescope, CCD G2-0402, in BVRI bands. CCD images were calibrated in a standard way (dark frame and flat field corrections). The C-Munipack software (Motl 2009) was used for this processing as well as for differential photometry. TYC 1510-269-1 and TYC 1510-149-1 were used as comparison and check stars, respectively. Differential photometry for AT Ser and SS Leo is in 'table2.dat' file. New photometric measurements for these two stars were obtained using 1-inch refractor (a photographic lens Sonnar 4/135mm, lens focal ratio/focal length) and ATIK 16IC CCD camera with green photometric filter with similar throughput as the Johnson V filter. Exposures were 30s and each five frames were combined to a single image to achieve a better signal-to-noise ratio. The time resolution of a such combined frame is about 170s. The comparison stars were HD 142799 for AT Ser and HD 100763 for SS Leo. List with candidates for binaries with RR Lyrae component - RRLyrBinCan database (version 2016 May 5) is in 'table3.dat' file. 'table4.dat' file contains false-positives binary candidates among RR Lyrae stars. 'table5.dat' and 'table6.dat' files contain used maxima timings given in GEOS RR Lyr database, or newly determined in this study. (7 data files).

  13. Ground-Based BVRI Time-Series Follow-Up Observations for the RR Lyrae stars in Kepler Field

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    Jeon, Young-Beom; Ngeow, Chow-Choong; Nemec, James M.

    2015-09-01

    Time series observations for the 41 RR Lyrae stars in Kepler's fields were carried out in 2010 to 2013 using a number of meter class (or smaller) telescopes. These telescopes include the 1-m and 41-cm telescopes of Lulin Observatory (LOT and SLT respectively, Taiwan), the 81-cm telescope of Tenagra-II Observatory (TNG, Arizona, USA), the 1-m telescope at the Mt. Lemmon Optical Astronomy Observatory (LOAO, Arizona, USA), the 1.8-m and 15-cm telescopes at the Bohyunsan Optical Astronomy Observatory (BOAO, Korea), and the 61-cm telescope at the Sobaeksan Optical Astronomy Observatory (SOAO, Korea). All of these telescopes were equipped with commercial available CCD imagers, and the observations were done in standard BVRI filters. Photometric calibration of the RR Lyrae light curves was done with standard stars listed in Landolt standard stars [1]. Observations of selected Landolt standard stars (centered on SA 107-456 & SA 110-232) in Johnson-Kron-Cousins BVRI filters, spanning three distinct airmasses, were done with the 81-cm Tenagra II telescope on 25 June 2011. Raw imaging data were reduced with IRAF in the same manner as in the case of the RR Lyrae, and astrometric calibrated with astrometry.net [2]. We calibrated BVRI magnitudes for 40 RR Lyrae stars.

  14. The Araucaria Project: Precise distances to Local Group galaxies from near-infrared photometry of RR Lyrae stars

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    Karczmarek, Paulina

    2017-09-01

    We present results of the Araucaria Project's investigation of RR Lyrae stars as distance indicators in nearby galaxies. With an aid of near-infrared period-luminositymetallicity relations available in the literature we determined distance moduli to five Local Group galaxies with the uncertainty of about 5%.

  15. Machine-learned Identification of RR Lyrae Stars from Sparse, Multi-band Data: The PS1 Sample

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    Sesar, Branimir; Hernitschek, Nina; Mitrović, Sandra; Ivezić, Željko; Rix, Hans-Walter; Cohen, Judith G.; Bernard, Edouard J.; Grebel, Eva K.; Martin, Nicolas F.; Schlafly, Edward F.; Burgett, William S.; Draper, Peter W.; Flewelling, Heather; Kaiser, Nick; Kudritzki, Rolf P.; Magnier, Eugene A.; Metcalfe, Nigel; Tonry, John L.; Waters, Christopher

    2017-05-01

    RR Lyrae stars may be the best practical tracers of Galactic halo (sub-)structure and kinematics. The PanSTARRS1 (PS1) 3π survey offers multi-band, multi-epoch, precise photometry across much of the sky, but a robust identification of RR Lyrae stars in this data set poses a challenge, given PS1's sparse, asynchronous multi-band light curves (≲ 12 epochs in each of five bands, taken over a 4.5 year period). We present a novel template fitting technique that uses well-defined and physically motivated multi-band light curves of RR Lyrae stars, and demonstrate that we get accurate period estimates, precise to 2 s in > 80 % of cases. We augment these light-curve fits with other features from photometric time-series and provide them to progressively more detailed machine-learned classification models. From these models, we are able to select the widest (three-fourths of the sky) and deepest (reaching 120 kpc) sample of RR Lyrae stars to date. The PS1 sample of ˜45,000 RRab stars is pure (90%) and complete (80% at 80 kpc) at high galactic latitudes. It also provides distances that are precise to 3%, measured with newly derived period-luminosity relations for optical/near-infrared PS1 bands. With the addition of proper motions from Gaia and radial velocity measurements from multi-object spectroscopic surveys, we expect the PS1 sample of RR Lyrae stars to become the premier source for studying the structure, kinematics, and the gravitational potential of the Galactic halo. The techniques presented in this study should translate well to other sparse, multi-band data sets, such as those produced by the Dark Energy Survey and the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Galactic plane sub-survey.

  16. An RR Lyrae survey with the Lick astrograph. V - A survey of three fields at intermediate latitudes towards the galactic anticenter

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    Kinman, T. D.; Mahaffey, C. T.; Wirtanen, C. A.

    1982-02-01

    Photometric data, positions, and finding charts are given for 62 variables in three astrograph fields covering 84 square degrees at galactic latitudes - 18°, +26°, and +36° towards the anticenter. These variables have mean photographic magnitudes in the range 11.2 < mpg < 17.9. Nineteen of these are RR Lyrae stars of the type ab RR Lyrae of type c (15.2 < mpg < 16.6). Periods are given for 51 of the variables including all the RR Lyrae stars. Photoelectric observations are given for all the RR Lyrae stars and their B - V colors at minimum light are used in a discussion of the extinctions in these fields. Spectroscopic observations of 26 of the variables (predominantly the RR Lyrae stars) are described in an accompanying paper by Butler, Kemper, Kraft, and Suntzeff (1982). It is found that the RR Lyrae stars in these anticenter fields and at the north galactic pole show a significant deficiency of very metal-poor members (with [Fe/H] < - 1.6) if compared with samples of globular clusters or a sample of nearby subdwarfs, and the reasons are discussed. Despite this disadvantage, the absolute brightness of the RR Lyrae stars and their characteristic light variations which enable them to be recognized with a high degree of completeness at great distances, continue to make them important tracers of the structure of the galactic halo.

  17. VizieR Online Data Catalog: RR Lyrae population in the Phoenix dwarf galaxy (Ordonez+, 2014)

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    Ordonez, A. J.; Yang, S.-C.; Sarajedini, A.

    2017-06-01

    The HST/WFPC2 images of the two target fields around Phoenix used in this study were retrieved from the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes. The original observing campaign (PI: A. Aparicio; GO-8706) was intended to study the spatial structure and the stellar age and metallicity distribution of this dwarf galaxy. Therefore, it provides deep time-series photometry with fairly good quality for detecting legitimate RR Lyrae variable candidates. Images were taken in both the F555W and F814W filters. A total of two fields were observed: one centered on Phoenix itself, and the other on the outskirts of the galaxy 2.7' from the centered field. The total observed field of view with these observations is equal to 11.4 arcmin2 on the sky. (3 data files).

  18. Study of the period changes in SW Dor, an RR Lyrae type star with Blazhko effect

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    Berdnikov, L. N.; Kniazev, A. Y.; Dambis, A. K.; Kravtsov, V. V.; Sefako, R.

    2016-09-01

    In 2012-2014 we acquired 1569 CCD BVIc frames for the RR Lyrae type variable SW Dor with the 76-cm telescope of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and 1-m telescopes of Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope network (LCOGT). Our observations showed a large scatter in the resulting phased light curve, especially near maximum brightness, which allowed us to reveal the Blazhko effect with a period of ˜80.9d. To study the pulsation period changes, we used all the available observations including the 1299 magnitude estimates from the digitized plate library of Harvard University (the DASCH project), which allowed us to construct the O-C diagram spanning a 125-year long time interval and discover for the first time at least three abrupt changes of the pulsation period.

  19. State-of-the-Art Metal Abundances For Field RR Lyrae Variables

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    Carretta, E.; Clementini, G.; Merighi, R.; Gratton, R. G.; Mould, J. R.; McCarthy, J. K.

    1996-04-01

    We present abundance analysis for 10 field ab-type RR Lyraes, using high S/N (>200), moderately high resolution ( ~ 18000) CCD spectra to obtain accurate metallicities. A new temperature scale was determined and non-LTE effects were fully taken into account. The derived metal abundances of the program stars span the range -2.50 < [Fe/H] < +0.17. We used our new [Fe/H] abundances, as well as values from Butler and coworkers (corrected to our system), to obtain a revised calibration of the Delta S index (Preston 1959): $[Fe/H] = -0.194(+/- 0.011)Delta S - 0.08 (+/- 0.18) $ Our new metallicity scale is then stretched on both low and high metallicity ends with respect to Butler's (1975) calibration.

  20. Ca II K line - A new metallicity indicator for RR Lyrae stars

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    Clementini, G.; Tosi, M.; Merighi, R. )

    1991-06-01

    CCD spectra, which cover wavelengths between 3900 and 4400 A at a dispersion of 43 A/mm, are obtained for 26 field RR Lyrae variables of Bailey type ab to verify Preston's delta-S calibration scale. The width of the Ca II K line is found to correlate very well with the direct Fe/H values, particularly when Fe/H = 0.53 W-prime(K) - 3.08, where W-prime(K) is the width of the K line corrected for interstellar contribution. The K line equivalent is shown to be a reliable method for deriving the Fe/H abundance from low resolution spectra taken from these stars. 47 refs.

  1. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Equivalent width of 21 RR Lyrae stars (Pancino+, 2015)

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    Pancino, E.; Britavskiy, N.; Romano, D.; Cacciari, C.; Mucciarelli, A.; Clementini, G.

    2015-02-01

    Equivalent widths and atomic data of the absorption lines used in the abundance analysis, for each separate exposure at different phases. Observations of 15 RR Lyrae stars (DR And, X Ari, TW Boo, RZ Cam, RX Cet, U Com, RV CrB, SW CVn, UZ CVn, AE Dra, SZ Gem, VX Her, DH Hya, TU UMa, and RV UMa) and one BL Her star (UY Eri) were carried out with SARG@TNG, operated on the island of La Palma, Spain, during two separate runs in 2009 March and between September and November. Eight stars (SW Aqr, TW Cap, DH Hya, V Ind, SS Leo, V716 Oph, BK Tuc, and UV Vir) were observed with UVES@VLT, between 2009 April and August in service mode. (3 data files).

  2. The occurrence of binary evolution pulsators in classical instability strip of RR Lyrae and Cepheid variables

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    Karczmarek, P.; Wiktorowicz, G.; Iłkiewicz, K.; Smolec, R.; Stępień, K.; Pietrzyński, G.; Gieren, W.; Belczynski, K.

    2017-04-01

    Single star evolution does not allow extremely low-mass stars to cross the classical instability strip (IS) during the Hubble time. However, within binary evolution framework low-mass stars can appear inside the IS once the mass transfer (MT) is taken into account. Triggered by a discovery of low-mass (0.26 M⊙) RR Lyrae-like variable in a binary system, OGLE-BLG-RRLYR-02792, we investigate the occurrence of similar binary components in the IS, which set up a new class of low-mass pulsators. They are referred to as binary evolution pulsators (BEPs) to underline the interaction between components, which is crucial for substantial mass-loss prior to the IS entrance. We simulate a population of 500 000 metal-rich binaries and report that 28 143 components of binary systems experience severe MT (losing up to 90 per cent of mass), followed by at least one IS crossing in luminosity range of RR Lyrae (RRL) or Cepheid variables. A half of these systems enter the IS before the age of 4 Gyr. BEPs display a variety of physical and orbital parameters, with the most important being the BEP mass in range 0.2-0.8 M⊙, and the orbital period in range 10-2 500 d. Based on the light curve only, BEPs can be misclassified as genuine classical pulsators, and as such they would contaminate genuine RRL and classical Cepheid variables at levels of 0.8 and 5 per cent, respectively. We state that the majority of BEPs will remain undetected and we discuss relevant detection limitations.

  3. Nonradial Mode Instability in Static and Radially Pulsating Models of RR Lyrae Stars

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    Van Hoolst, T.; Dziembowski, W. A.; Kawaler, S. D.

    Anomalous behaviours such as amplitude modulation or two mode excitation among classical pulsating stars remains unexplained. The possible role of nonradial mode excitation has already been suggested (Kovacs 1993, Van Hoolst & Waelkens 1995) but no calculations for realistic models have been done. As a first step toward clarifying the problem, we investigate linear nonadiabatic properties of nonradial modes in centrally condensed stars. We begin with an outline of the method of calculation of the nonadiabatic oscillations in full and realistic models of such stars. The method is then applied to a static model which corresponds to a RR Lyrae star in the mid of the instability strip. We find a large number of unstable low degree modes in the vicinity of unstable radial modes. The growth rates of such modes, however, are considerably lower than those of the radial. We also recover an old result (Dziembowski 1977, Osaki 1977) that at higher degrees there are modes trapped in the envelope with growth rates similar to that of radial modes. Subsequently, we consider monomode radial pulsation of this model. We assume that the excited mode saturates the linear instability of all modes and we study the destabilizing effect of the 1:1 resonance between the radial mode and nearby nonradial modes of low degrees. The instability depends on the radial mode amplitude, the frequency difference, and the damping rate of the nonradial mode. We find that at the pulsation amplitudes typical for RR Lyrae stars the resonant excitation of some nonradial oscillation is almost certain and that the excitation of the l=1 mode is most likely. References: Dziembowski, W.D., 1977, Acta Astron. 27, 95 Kovacs, G., 1993, in: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, eds.: J.R. Buchler and H.E. Kanrup, p.70 Osaki, Y., 1977, Publ. Astron. Soc. Japan 29, 235 Van Hoolst, T, Waelkens, C, 1995, Astron. Astrophys. 295, 361

  4. Evidence for an old Galactic bulge from RR Lyrae stars in Baade's window - Implications for the formation of the Galaxy and the age of the universe

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    Lee, Young-Wook

    1992-01-01

    Recent abundance measurements of RR Lyrae variables in the Baade's window field of the Galactic nuclear bulge are examined, and the observed metallicity distributions of the RR Lyraes in different Galactic radial zones are compared with those predicted for the HB population models. It is shown that the observed systematic variation with Galactocentric distance is only explained if the age of the stellar population increases, in the mean, with decreasing R(G). Thus, the oldest stellar population, the RR Lyraes in the Galactic nuclear bulge, is indeed older than that in the halo.

  5. Evidence for an old Galactic bulge from RR Lyrae stars in Baade's window - Implications for the formation of the Galaxy and the age of the universe

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    Lee, Young-Wook

    1992-01-01

    Recent abundance measurements of RR Lyrae variables in the Baade's window field of the Galactic nuclear bulge are examined, and the observed metallicity distributions of the RR Lyraes in different Galactic radial zones are compared with those predicted for the HB population models. It is shown that the observed systematic variation with Galactocentric distance is only explained if the age of the stellar population increases, in the mean, with decreasing R(G). Thus, the oldest stellar population, the RR Lyraes in the Galactic nuclear bulge, is indeed older than that in the halo.

  6. Lyra

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    Murdin, P.

    2000-11-01

    (the Lyre; abbrev. Lyr, gen. Lyrae; area 286 sq. deg.) A northern constellation which lies between Hercules and Cygnus, and culminates at midnight in early July. It is an ancient constellation pattern, which was associated with an eagle or vulture in the Indian subcontinent and Arab countries, and with the mythical lyre invented by Hermes and given by Apollo to Orpheus in ancient Greece. Its brig...

  7. Pushing the Limits, Episode 2: K2 Observations of Extragalactic RR Lyrae Stars in the Dwarf Galaxy Leo IV

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    Molnár, L.; Pál, A.; Plachy, E.; Ripepi, V.; Moretti, M. I.; Szabó, R.; Kiss, L. L.

    2015-10-01

    We present the first observations of extragalactic pulsating stars in the K2 ecliptic survey of the Kepler space telescope. The variability of all three RR Lyrae stars in the dwarf spheroidal galaxy Leo IV was successfully detected, at a brightness of Kp ≈ 21.5 mag, from data collected during Campaign 1. We identified one modulated star and another likely Blazhko candidate with periods of 29.8 ± 0.9 days and more than 80 days, respectively. EPIC 210282473 represents the first star beyond the Magellanic Clouds for which the Blazhko period and cycle-to-cycle variations in the modulation were unambiguously measured. The photometric [Fe/H] indices of the stars agree with earlier results that Leo IV is a very metal-poor galaxy. Two out of the three stars blend with brighter background galaxies in the K2 frames. We demonstrate that image subtraction can be reliably used to extract photometry from faint confused sources, which will be crucial not only for the K2 mission but also for future space photometric missions.

  8. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Abundances of 8 RR Lyrae subclass C variable stars (Govea+, 2014)

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    Govea, J.; Gomez, T.; Preston, G. W.; Sneden, C.

    2016-02-01

    We chose 10 candidate RR Lyrae variable stars of subclass c (RRc) stars for spectroscopic observation. Many of these stars were first identified as RRc variables by the All Sky Automated Survey (ASAS) of Pojmanski 2003 (cat. II/264). The target star list included ASAS 144154-0324.7 and ASAS 204440-2402.7. But our spectroscopic study suggest that these two stars are probably W UMa binaries instead of RR Lyrae stars Our spectra were obtained with the echelle spectrograph of the du Pont 2.5m telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory. Four observing runs during 2009-2010 were partly devoted to this project. The spectrograph was used with the 1.5*4'' entrance slit, which translates to a resolving power of R=λ/Δλ~27000 at the MgI b lines near 5180Å. The total continuous wavelength coverage of the spectra was 3500-9000Å. (6 data files).

  9. The distance to the Galactic centre based on Population II Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars

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    Groenewegen, M. A. T.; Udalski, A.; Bono, G.

    2008-04-01

    Context: The distance to the Galactic centre (GC) is important for determining the distance scale in the Universe. The value derived by Eisenhauer et al. (2005) of 7.62 ± 0.32 kpc based on the orbit of one star around the central black hole is shorter than most other distance estimates based on a variety of different methods. Aims: To establish an independent distance to the GC with high accuracy, Population-ii Cepheids were used that have been discovered in the ogle-ii and ogle-iii surveys. Methods: Thirty-nine Population-ii Cepheids were monitored with the SOFI infrared camera on 4 nights spanning 14 days, typically obtaining between 5 and 11 epochs of data. Light curves were fitted using the known periods from the OGLE data to determine the mean K-band magnitude with an accuracy of 0.01-0.02 mag. It so happens that 37 RR Lyrae stars are in the field-of-view of the observations, and mean K-band magnitudes are derived for this sample as well. Results: After correction for reddening, the period-luminosity relation of Population-ii Cepheids in the K-band is determined, and the derived slope of -2.24 ± 0.14 is consistent with the value derived by Matsunaga et al. (2006, MNRAS, 370, 1979). Fixing the slope to their more accurate value results in a zero point and implies a distance modulus to the GC of 14.51 ± 0.12, with an additional systematic uncertainty of 0.07 mag. Similarly, from the RR Lyrae K-band period-luminosity relation, we derive a value of 14.48 ± 0.17 (random) ± 0.07 (syst.). The two independent determinations are averaged to find 14.50 ± 0.10 (random) ± 0.07(syst.), or 7.94 ± 0.37 ± 0.26 kpc. The absolute magnitude scale of the adopted period-luminosity relations is tied to an LMC distance modulus of 18.50 ± 0.07. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, Chile (ESO Programme 079.B-0107).

  10. Testing iSpec for the determination of atmospheric parameters and abundances of δ Cephei and RR Lyrae

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    Blanco-Cuaresma, S.; Anderson, R. I.; Eyer, L.; Mowlavi, N.

    2017-03-01

    Classical Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars are radially pulsating stars where the spectral type varies according to pulsation phase. Several studies used synthesis and the equivalent width method to determine the variations of effective temperature, surface gravity and metallicity for classical Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars (Luck and Andrievsky 2004; Kovtyukh et al. 2005; Andrievsky et al 2005; Luck et al 2008; Takeda et al. 2013; Fossati et al. 2014). We evaluated the applicability of iSpec (Blanco-Cuaresma et al. 2014 - http://www.blancocuaresma.com/s/), which has been extensively used with non-pulsating FGK stars, and derived atmospheric parameters as a function of phase for δ Cephei and RR Lyrae (the two prototypes stars for each class). The results showed that when we apply a non-adapted traditional spectroscopic method to pulsating stars, derived gravities do not seem to follow a physically logical evolution. Nevertheless, metallicity is globally stable and effective temperature variations globally agree with expectations from the radius variations indicated by the radial velocity variability. Max/min values and average results agree with the literature. In terms of broadening parameters, macroturbulent and projected rotation velocities are very difficult to disentangle even if their profiles are not exactly the same. Individual chemical abundances as function of phase are stable as it was expected (the chemical composition of the star should not vary). We plan to use this information to identify absorption lines that are reliable and stable (less affected by blending) during the whole pulsating cycle. This new line selection may help to improve the determination of atmospheric parameters and it could allow us to be more confident in the study of other less known Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars.

  11. Photometric and radial-velocity time series of RR Lyrae stars in M3: analysis of single-mode variables

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    Jurcsik, J.; Smitola, P.; Hajdu, G.; Sódor, Á.; Nuspl, J.; Kolenberg, K.; Fűrész, G.; Balázs, L. G.; Pilachowski, C.; Saha, A.; Moór, A.; Kun, E.; Pál, A.; Bakos, J.; Kelemen, J.; Kovács, T.; Kriskovics, L.; Sárneczky, K.; Szalai, T.; Szing, A.; Vida, K.

    2017-06-01

    We present the first simultaneous photometric and spectroscopic investigation of a large set of RR Lyrae variables in a globular cluster. The radial-velocity (RV) data presented comprise the largest sample of RVs of RR Lyrae stars ever obtained. The target is M3; BVIC time series of 111 and b flux data of further 64 RRab stars and RV data of 79 RR Lyrae stars are published. Blazhko modulation of the light curves of 47 per cent of the RRab stars is detected. The mean value of the centre-of-mass velocities of RR Lyrae stars is -146.8 km s-1 with 4.52 km s-1 standard deviation, which is in good agreement with the results obtained for the red giants of the cluster. The Φ21RV phase difference of the RV curves of RRab stars is found to be uniformly constant both for the M3 and for Galactic field RRab stars; no period or metallicity dependence of the Φ21RV is detected. The Baade-Wesselink distances of 26 non-Blazhko variables with the best phase-coverage RV curves are determined; the corresponding distance of the cluster, 10 480 ± 210 pc, agrees with the previous literature information. A quadratic formula for the Apuls - AV relation of RRab stars is given, which is valid for both OoI and OoII variables. We also show that (V - I)0 of RRab stars measured at light minimum is period dependent; there is at least 0.1 mag difference between the colours at minimum light of the shortest and longest period variables.

  12. VizieR Online Data Catalog: RR Lyrae as tracers in the Virgo overdensity region (Vivas+, 2016)

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    Vivas, A. K.; Zinn, R.; Farmer, J.; Duffau, S.; Ping, Y.

    2017-02-01

    In addition to the SDSS spectra, several RR Lyrae stars (RRLSs) were observed by our team with the 4.1m Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR; 3500-6160Å) (Cerro Pachon, Chile) and the 3.5m Wisconsin Indiana Yale and NOAO (WIYN; 4000-6800Å at 4.6Å resolution) (Kitt Peak, USA) telescopes. Six RRLSs were observed with SOAR in 2014 February and March. 26 additional RRLSs were observed with WIYN in 2011 January. (4 data files).

  13. The distance to IC 4499 from K-band photometry of 32 RR Lyrae stars

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    Storm, J.

    2004-03-01

    Single epoch K-band photometry of 32 RR Lyrae stars in the young galactic globular cluster IC 4499 is presented. The mean magnitudes have been estimated using the K-band template light-curves of Jones et al. (\\cite{Jones96}). We derive an independent estimate of the distance and reddening for the cluster based on the new < MK>-\\log P-[Fe/H] relation from Bono et al. (\\cite{Bono03}) which has a zero-point in agreement with the canonical LMC distance of (m-M)0 = 18.5. For an assumed metallicity of [Fe/H] =-1.65±0.1 we find (m-M)0 = 16.47 ±0.04 ±0.06 (random and systematic errors respectively) and E(B-V)=0.24±0.03 in good agreement with the findings of Walker & Nemec (\\cite{WN96}) based on optical data. The distance estimate is very robust to uncertainties in the reddening estimate but naturally depends directly on the adopted zero-point of the < MK>-log P-[Fe/H] relation. Based on data from the European Southern Observatory.

  14. NO EXCESS OF RR LYRAE STARS IN THE CANIS MAJOR OVERDENSITY

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    Mateu, Cecilia; Vivas, A. Katherina; Abad, Carlos; Zinn, Robert; Miller, Lissa R. E-mail: vivas@cida.ve E-mail: robert.zinn@yale.edu

    2009-05-15

    Our multi-epoch survey of {approx}20 deg{sup 2} of the Canis Major (CMa) overdensity has detected only 10 RR Lyrae stars (RRLS). We show that this number is consistent with the number expected from the Galactic halo and thick disk populations alone, leaving no excess that can be attributed to the dwarf spheroidal (dSph) galaxy that some authors have proposed as the origin of the CMa overdensity. If this galaxy resembles the dSph satellites of the Milky Way (MW) and of M31 and has the putative M{sub V} {approx} -14.5, our survey should have detected several tens of RRLS. Even if M{sub V} {approx}< -12, the expected excess is {approx}>10, which is not observed. Either the old stellar population of this galaxy has unique properties or, as others have argued before, the CMa overdensity is produced by the thin and thick disk and spiral arm populations of the MW and not by a collision with a dSph satellite galaxy.

  15. Standard Galactic Field RR Lyrae. I. Optical to Mid-infrared Phased Photometry

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    Monson, Andrew J.; Beaton, Rachael L.; Scowcroft, Victoria; Freedman, Wendy L.; Madore, Barry F.; Rich, Jeffrey A.; Seibert, Mark; Kollmeier, Juna A.; Clementini, Gisella

    2017-03-01

    We present a multi-wavelength compilation of new and previously published photometry for 55 Galactic field RR Lyrae variables. Individual studies, spanning a time baseline of up to 30 years, are self-consistently phased to produce light curves in 10 photometric bands covering the wavelength range from 0.4 to 4.5 microns. Data smoothing via the GLOESS technique is described and applied to generate high-fidelity light curves, from which mean magnitudes, amplitudes, rise times, and times of minimum and maximum light are derived. 60,000 observations were acquired using the new robotic Three-hundred MilliMeter Telescope (TMMT), which was first deployed at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, CA, and is now permanently installed and operating at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. We provide a full description of the TMMT hardware, software, and data reduction pipeline. Archival photometry contributed approximately 31,000 observations. Photometric data are given in the standard Johnson UBV, Kron-Cousins {R}C{I}C, 2MASS JHK, and Spitzer [3.6] and [4.5] bandpasses.

  16. VizieR Online Data Catalog: RR Lyrae in 15 Galactic globular clusters (Dambis+, 2014)

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    Dambis, A. K.; Rastorguev, A. S.; Zabolotskikh, M. V.

    2014-11-01

    Last year, the WISE All-Sky Data Release (Cutri et al., 2012, Cat. II/328) was made public, mapping the entire sky in four mid-infrared bands W1, W2, W3 and W4 with the effective wavelengths of 3.368, 4.618, 12.082 and 22.194um, respectively. We cross-correlated the WISE single-exposure data base with the Catalogue of Galactic globular-cluster variables by Clement et al. (2001AJ....122.2587C), the Catalogue of Accurate Equatorial Coordinates for Variable Stars in Globular Clusters by Samus et al. (2009PASP..121.1378S, Cat. J/PASP/121/1378) and the catalogue of Sawyer Hogg (1973PDDO....3....6S, Cat. V/97) (for ω Cen, NGC 6723 and NGC 6934) to compute (via Fourier fits) the intensity-mean average W1- and W2-band magnitudes, and , for a total of 357 and 272 RR Lyrae type variables in 15 and 9 Galactic globular clusters, respectively. (1 data file).

  17. The visual surface brightness relation and the absolute magnitudes of RR Lyrae stars. I - Theory

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    Manduca, A.; Bell, R. A.

    1981-11-01

    A theoretical relation analogous to the Barnes-Evans relation between stellar surface brightness and V-R color is derived which is applicable to the temperatures and gravities appropriate to RR Lyrae stars. Values of the visual surface brightness and V-R colors are calculated for model stellar atmospheres with effective temperatures between 6000 and 8000 K, log surface gravities from 2.2 to 3.5, and A/H anbundance ratios from -0.5 to -3.0. The resulting relation is found to be in reasonable agreement with the empirical relation of Barnes, Evans and Moffet (1978), with, however, small sensitivities to gravity and metal abundance. The relation may be used to derive stellar angular diameters from (V,R) photometry and to derive radii, distances, and absolute magnitudes for variable stars when combined with a radial velocity curve. The accuracies of the radii and distances (within 10%) and absolute magnitudes (within 0.25 magnitudes) compare favorably with those of the Baade-Wesselink method currently in use.

  18. TU Comae Berenices: Blazhko RR Lyrae Star in a Potential Binary System

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    de Ponthière, P.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Menzies, K.; Sabo, R.

    2016-06-01

    We present the results of a photometry campaign of TU Com performed over a five-year time span. The analysis showed that the possible Blazhko period of 75 days published by the General Catalogue of Variable Stars is not correct. We identified two Blazhko periods of 43.6 and 45.5 days. This finding is based on measurement of 124 light maxima. A spectral analysis of the complete light curve confirmed these two periods. Besides the Blazhko amplitude and phase modulations, another long term periodic phase variation has been identified. This long term periodic variation affects the times of maximum light only and can be attributed to a light-travel time effect due to orbital motion of a binary system. The orbital parameters have been estimated by a nonlinear least-square fit applied to the set of (O-C) values. The Levenberg-Marquart algorithm has been used to perform the nonlinear least-square fit. The tentative orbital parameters include an orbital period of 1676 days, a minimal semi-major axis of 1.55 AU and a small eccentricity of 0.22. The orbital parameter estimation also used 33 (O-C) values obtained from the SWASP survey database. Spectroscopic radial velocity measurements are needed to confirm this binarity. If confirmed, TU Com would be the first Blazhko RR Lyrae star detected in a binary system.

  19. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Standard Galactic field RR Lyrae. I. Photometry (Monson+, 2017)

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    Monson, A. J.; Beaton, R. L.; Scowcroft, V.; Freedman, W. L.; Madore, B. F.; Rich, J. A.; Seibert, M.; Kollmeier, J. A.; Clementini, G.

    2017-06-01

    The Three-hundred MilliMeter Telescope (TMMT) is a fully robotic, 300mm telescope at Las Campanas Observatory (LCO), for which the nightly operation and data processing have been completely automated. Over the course of two years data were collected on 179 individual nights for our sample of the 55 RR Lyrae in the B, V, and IC broadband filters. Of these nights, 76 were under photometric conditions and calibrated directly. The 103 nonphotometric nights were roughly calibrated by using the default transformation equations, but only provide differential photometry relative to the calibrated frames. This resulted in 59698 final individual observations. Individual data points have a typical photometric precision of 0.02mag. The statistical error falls rapidly with hundreds of observations, with the zero-point uncertainties being the largest source of uncertainty in the final reported mean magnitude. To compare the results of our TMMT campaign to previous studies of these RR Lyrae (RRL) and to fill gaps in our TMMT phase coverage, we have compiled available broadband data from literature published over the past 30 years and spanning our full wavelength coverage (0.4 to 4.5μm) from the optical to mid-infrared. We have homogenized these diverse data sets to the following filter systems: Johnson UBV, Kron-Cousins RI, 2MASS J,H,Ks, and Spitzer [3.6], [4.5]. The All Sky Automated Survey (ASAS; http://www.astrouw.edu.pl/asas/) is a long-term project monitoring all stars brighter than V~14mag. The program covers both hemispheres, with telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile and Haleakala on Maui, both of which provide simultaneous I and V photometry. The GEOS RR Lyr Survey (http://www.ast.obs-mip.fr/users/leborgne/dbRR/grrs.html) is a long-term program utilizing TAROT (http://tarot.obs-hp.fr/) at Calern Observatory (Nice University, France). Annual data releases from this project add times for maximum light for program stars over the last year of observations. In

  20. First stars. XIII. Two extremely metal-poor RR Lyrae stars

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    Hansen, C. J.; Nordström, B.; Bonifacio, P.; Spite, M.; Andersen, J.; Beers, T. C.; Cayrel, R.; Spite, F.; Molaro, P.; Barbuy, B.; Depagne, E.; François, P.; Hill, V.; Plez, B.; Sivarani, T.

    2011-03-01

    Context. The chemical composition of extremely metal-poor stars (EMP stars; [Fe/H] < ~ -3) is a unique tracer of early nucleosynthesis in the Galaxy. As such stars are rare, we wish to find classes of luminous stars which can be studied at high spectral resolution. Aims: We aim to determine the detailed chemical composition of the two EMP stars CS 30317-056 and CS 22881-039, originally thought to be red horizontal-branch (RHB) stars, and compare it to earlier results for EMP stars as well as to nucleosynthesis yields from various supernova (SN) models. In the analysis, we discovered that our targets are in fact the two most metal-poor RR Lyrae stars known. Methods: Our detailed abundance analysis, taking into account the variability of the stars, is based on VLT/UVES spectra (R ≃ 43 000) and 1D LTE OSMARCS model atmospheres and synthetic spectra. For comparison with SN models we also estimate NLTE corrections for a number of elements. Results: We derive LTE abundances for the 16 elements O, Na, Mg, Al, Si, S, Ca, Sc, Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Sr and Ba, in good agreement with earlier values for EMP dwarf, giant and RHB stars. Li and C are not detected in either star. NLTE abundance corrections are newly calculated for O and Mg and taken from the literature for other elements. The resulting abundance pattern is best matched by model yields for supernova explosions with high energy and/or significant asphericity effects. Conclusions: Our results indicate that, except for Li and C, the surface composition of EMP RR Lyr stars is not significantly affected by mass loss, mixing or diffusion processes; hence, EMP RR Lyr stars should also be useful tracers of the chemical evolution of the early Galactic halo. The observed abundance ratios indicate that these stars were born from an ISM polluted by energetic, massive (25-40 M⊙) and /or aspherical supernovae, but the NLTE corrections for Sc and certain other elements do play a role in the choice of model. Based on

  1. Period–color and Amplitude–color Relations at Maximum and Minimum Light for RR Lyrae Stars in the SDSS Stripe 82 Region

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    Ngeow, Chow-Choong; Kanbur, Shashi M.; Bhardwaj, Anupam; Schrecengost, Zachariah; Singh, Harinder P.

    2017-01-01

    Investigation of period–color (PC) and amplitude–color (AC) relations at the maximum and minimum light can be used to probe the interaction of the hydrogen ionization front (HIF) with the photosphere and the radiation hydrodynamics of the outer envelopes of Cepheids and RR Lyraes. For example, theoretical calculations indicated that such interactions would occur at minimum light for RR Lyrae and result in a flatter PC relation. In the past, the PC and AC relations have been investigated by using either the (V ‑ R)MACHO or (V ‑ I) colors. In this work, we extend previous work to other bands by analyzing the RR Lyraes in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Stripe 82 Region. Multi-epoch data are available for RR Lyraes located within the footprint of the Stripe 82 Region in five (ugriz) bands. We present the PC and AC relations at maximum and minimum light in four colors: (u ‑ g)0, (g ‑ r)0, (r ‑ i)0, and (i ‑ z)0, after they are corrected for extinction. We found that the PC and AC relations for this sample of RR Lyraes show a complex nature in the form of flat, linear or quadratic relations. Furthermore, the PC relations at minimum light for fundamental mode RR Lyrae stars are separated according to the Oosterhoff type, especially in the (g ‑ r)0 and (r ‑ i)0 colors. If only considering the results from linear regressions, our results are quantitatively consistent with the theory of HIF-photosphere interaction for both fundamental and first overtone RR Lyraes.

  2. Peculiar double-periodic pulsation in RR Lyrae stars of the OGLE collection - II. Short-period stars with a dominant radial fundamental mode

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    Prudil, Z.; Smolec, R.; Skarka, M.; Netzel, H.

    2017-03-01

    We report the discovery of a new group of double-periodic stars in the OGLE Galactic bulge photometry. In 38 stars identified as fundamental-mode RR Lyrae and four classified as first-overtone RR Lyrae, we detected an additional shorter periodicity. The periods of the dominant variability in the newly discovered group are 0.28 < PD < 0.41 d. Period ratios (0.68-0.72) are smaller than the period ratios of the Galactic bulge RRd stars. The typical amplitude ratio (of the additional to the dominant periodicity) is 20 per cent for the stars identified as fundamental-mode RR Lyrae and 50 per cent for stars classified as first-overtone RR Lyrae. 10 stars from our sample exhibit equidistant peaks in the frequency spectrum, which suggests the Blazhko-type modulation of the main pulsation frequency and/or additional periodicity. The Fourier coefficients R21 and R31 are some of the lowest among fundamental-mode RR Lyrae stars, but among the highest for the first-overtone pulsators. For the phase Fourier coefficients φ21 and φ31, our stars lie between RRab and RRc stars. The stars discussed were compared with radial linear pulsation models. Their position in the Petersen diagram cannot be reproduced by assuming that two radial modes are excited and their physical parameters are like those characteristic of RR Lyrae stars. The non-radial-mode scenario also faces difficulties. We conclude that the dominant variability is most likely due to pulsation in the radial fundamental mode, which applies to stars classified as first-overtone mode pulsators. At this point, we cannot explain the nature of the additional periodicity. Even more, the classification of the stars as RR Lyrae should be treated as tentative.

  3. RR Lyrae in XSTPS: The Halo Density Profile in the North Galactic Cap

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    Faccioli, L.; Smith, M. C.; Yuan, H.-B.; Zhang, H.-H.; Liu, X.-W.; Zhao, H.-B.; Yao, J.-S.

    2014-06-01

    We present a catalog of RR Lyrae stars (RRLs) observed by the Xuyi Schmidt Telescope Photometric Survey (XSTPS). The area we consider is located in the north Galactic cap, covering ≈376.75 deg2 at α ≈ 150° and δ ≈ 27° down to a magnitude limit of i ≈ 19. Using the variability information afforded by the multi-epoch nature of our XSTPS data, combined with colors from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, we are able to identify candidate RRLs. We find 318 candidates, derive distances to them, and estimate the detection efficiency. The majority of our candidates have more than 12 observations, and for these we are able to calculate periods. These also allow us to estimate our contamination level, which we predict is between 30% and 40%. Finally, we use the sample to probe the halo density profile in the 9-49 kpc range and find that it can be well fitted by a double power law. We find good agreement between this model and the models derived for the south Galactic cap using the Watkins et al. and Sesar et al. RRL data sets, after accounting for possible contamination in our data set from Sagittarius stream members. We consider non-spherical double power-law models of the halo density profile and again find agreement with literature data sets, although we have limited power to constrain the flattening due to our small survey area. Much tighter constraints will be placed by current and future wide-area surveys, most notably ESA's astrometric Gaia mission. Our analysis demonstrates that surveys with a limited number of epochs can effectively be mined for RRLs. Our complete sample is provided as accompanying online material; as an example the first few entries of each electronic table are shown in the text.

  4. ON A NEW THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK FOR RR LYRAE STARS. I. THE METALLICITY DEPENDENCE

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    Marconi, M.; Coppola, G.; Musella, I.; Ripepi, V.; Bono, G.; Braga, V.; Buonanno, R.; Pietrinferni, A.; Castellani, M.; Stellingwerf, R. F. E-mail: giuseppe.bono@roma2.infn.it E-mail: adriano@oa-teramo.inaf.it E-mail: rfs@swcp.com

    2015-07-20

    We present new nonlinear, time-dependent convective hydrodynamical models of RR Lyrae stars computed assuming a constant helium-to-metal enrichment ratio and a broad range in metal abundances (Z = 0.0001–0.02). The stellar masses and luminosities adopted to construct the pulsation models were fixed according to detailed central He-burning horizontal-branch evolutionary models. The pulsation models cover a broad range in stellar luminosity and effective temperatures and the modal stability is investigated for both fundamental (FU) and first overtone polsators (FOs). We predict the topology of the instability strip (IS) as a function of the metal content and new analytical relations for the edges of the IS in the observational plane. Moreover, a new analytical relation to constrain the pulsation mass of double pulsators as a function of the period ratio and the metal content is provided. We derive new Period–Radius–Metallicity relations for FU and FO pulsators. They agree quite well with similar empirical and theoretical relations in the literature. From the predicted bolometric light curves, transformed into optical (UBVRI) and near-infrared (NIR; JHK) bands, we compute the intensity-averaged mean magnitudes along the entire pulsation cycle and in turn new and homogenous metal-dependent (RIJHK) Period–Luminosity relations. Moreover, we compute new dual and triple-band optical, optical–NIR, and NIR Period–Wesenheit–Metallicity relations. Interestingly, we find that the optical Period-W(V, B–V) is independent of the metal content and that the accuracy of individual distances is a balance between the adopted diagnostics and the precision of photometric and spectroscopic data sets.

  5. Metallic line doubling in the spectra of the variable RR Lyrae star

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    Sefyani, F. L.; Benhida, A.; Benkhaldoun, Z.; De France, T.; Gillet, D.; Mathias, P.; Lazrek, M.; Eljariri, Y.; Chafouai, K.; Daassou, A.

    2017-06-01

    We present the observation of line doubling absorption in the spectra of the RR Lyrae variable star on the metal lines of FeII (λ = 4923.921Å) as well as of D1 and D2 lines of sodium. For the emission, we observed the lines of hydrogen Hα and Hβ with a very high intensity and the two lines of HeI (λ = 5875.66 Å and λ = 6678.15Å). This transmission/helium I remission [1, 2] is directly related to the intensity of the shock wave through the atmosphere of the star during the phase of maximum Blazhko cycle [3]. During the expansion phase of the photosphere of the star and during the passage of the shock wave we witnessed a disappearance of the absorption lines of neutral FeI (λ = 4934.006Å and λ = 4920.503Å) and their reappearance in phase 1.00. These observations were made with a spectrograph resolution scale of about 12,000 installed on the C14 telescope at the Oukaimeden observatory (J43) during the different star pulsation cycle. We noticed that some of them almost coincide with the maximum Blazhko cycle. The doubling line were interpreted by Schwarzschild [4] on the basis of a two-layer atmosphere. This interpretation could measure the speed of the shock wave derived from the difference between the two red and blue spectral components on Hα hydrogen lines, D3 helium, D1 and D2 lines of sodium and FeII during the observed doubling of lines. At phase 1.00, the shock wave reached the maximum speed of 160 km.s-1 confirming the hypersonic regime occur during this maximum Blazhko cycle.

  6. Spectroscopy of Bright Quest RR Lyrae Stars: Velocity Substructures Toward Virgo

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    Vivas, A. Katherina; Jaffé, Yara L.; Zinn, Robert; Winnick, Rebeccah; Duffau, Sonia; Mateu, Cecilia

    2008-10-01

    Using a sample of 43 bright (V < 16.1, distance <13 kpc) RR Lyrae stars (RRLS) from the QUasar Equatorial Survey with spectroscopic radial velocities and metallicities, we find that several separate halo substructures contribute to the Virgo overdensity (VOD). While there is little evidence of a halo substructure in the spatial distribution of these stars, their distribution in radial velocity reveals two moving groups. These results are reinforced when the sample is combined with a sample of blue horizontal branch stars that were identified in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the combined sample provides evidence for one additional moving group. These groups correspond to peaks in the radial velocity distribution of a sample of F-type main-sequence stars that was recently observed in the same direction by the Sloan Extension for Galactic Understanding and Exploration (SEGUE), although in one case the RRLS and F star groups may not lie at the same distance. One of the new substructures has a very narrow range in metallicity, which is more consistent with it being the debris from a destroyed globular cluster than from a dwarf galaxy. A small concentration of stars have radial velocities that are similar to the Virgo Stellar Stream that was identified previously in a fainter sample of RRLS. Our results suggest that this feature extends to distances as short as ~12 kpc, compared to its previous detection at ~19 kpc. None of the new groups and only one star in the sample have velocities that are consistent with membership in the leading tidal stream from the Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy, which some authors have suggested is the origin of the VOD.

  7. Chemical abundances in a high-velocity RR Lyrae star near the bulge

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    Hansen, C. J.; Rich, R. M.; Koch, A.; Xu, S.; Kunder, A.; Ludwig, H.-G.

    2016-05-01

    Low-mass variable high-velocity stars are interesting study cases for many aspects of Galactic structure and evolution. Until recently, the only known high- or hyper-velocity stars were young stars thought to originate from the Galactic center. Wide-area surveys such as APOGEE and BRAVA have found several low-mass stars in the bulge with Galactic rest-frame velocities higher than 350 km s-1. In this study we present the first abundance analysis of a low-mass RR Lyrae star that is located close to the Galactic bulge, with a space motion of ~-400 km s-1. Using medium-resolution spectra, we derived abundances (including upper limits) of 11 elements. These allowed us to chemically tag the star and discuss its origin, although our derived abundances and metallicity, at [Fe/H] =-0.9 dex, do not point toward one unambiguous answer. Based on the chemical tagging, we cannot exclude that it originated in the bulge. However, its retrograde orbit and the derived abundances combined suggest that the star was accelerated from the outskirts of the inner (or even outer) halo during many-body interactions. Other possible origins include the bulge itself, or the star might have been stripped from a stellar cluster or the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy when it merged with the Milky Way. The data presented herein were obtained at the W. M. Keck Observatory, which is operated as a scientific partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Observatory was made possible by the generous financial support of the W. M. Keck Foundation.

  8. RR Lyrae in XSTPS: The halo density profile in the north galactic cap

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    Faccioli, L.; Smith, M. C.; Yuan, H.-B.; Liu, X.-W.; Zhang, H.-H.; Zhao, H.-B.; Yao, J.-S. E-mail: msmith@shao.ac.cn

    2014-06-20

    We present a catalog of RR Lyrae stars (RRLs) observed by the Xuyi Schmidt Telescope Photometric Survey (XSTPS). The area we consider is located in the north Galactic cap, covering ≈376.75 deg{sup 2} at α ≈ 150° and δ ≈ 27° down to a magnitude limit of i ≈ 19. Using the variability information afforded by the multi-epoch nature of our XSTPS data, combined with colors from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, we are able to identify candidate RRLs. We find 318 candidates, derive distances to them, and estimate the detection efficiency. The majority of our candidates have more than 12 observations, and for these we are able to calculate periods. These also allow us to estimate our contamination level, which we predict is between 30% and 40%. Finally, we use the sample to probe the halo density profile in the 9-49 kpc range and find that it can be well fitted by a double power law. We find good agreement between this model and the models derived for the south Galactic cap using the Watkins et al. and Sesar et al. RRL data sets, after accounting for possible contamination in our data set from Sagittarius stream members. We consider non-spherical double power-law models of the halo density profile and again find agreement with literature data sets, although we have limited power to constrain the flattening due to our small survey area. Much tighter constraints will be placed by current and future wide-area surveys, most notably ESA's astrometric Gaia mission. Our analysis demonstrates that surveys with a limited number of epochs can effectively be mined for RRLs. Our complete sample is provided as accompanying online material; as an example the first few entries of each electronic table are shown in the text.

  9. Nonlinear stellar pulsation. 2: Radiative models of RR-Lyrae stars

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    Feuchtinger, M. U.; Dorfi, E. A.

    1994-11-01

    We employ an implicit adaptive grid technique to investigate radiative full amplitude models of RR-Lyrae stars. To give an insight into the adoptive method we present a sequence of pulsating envelopes corresponding to a horizontal path through the instability strip. The stellar mass, luminosity and chemical composition are fixed at 0.578 solar mass, 64.3 solar luminosity and (X,Y,Z) = (0.7,0.299,0.001) respectively and the effective temperature is varied from 6000 to 7100 K. Simultaneously with the nonlinear pulsating envelope we are able to model the stellar atmosphere as demonstrated for one particular set of stellar parameters. Recent tables from the opacity project (Seaton et al. 1994) are used for the opacity and the equation of state is taken from Wuchterl (1990). Time-dependent grey radiative transfer is included by solving the moment equations of the transfer equation and we use a variable Eddington factor to close the moment system. Employing an adaptive grid algorithm the numerical scheme is second order in time and space (time centered and monotonic second order advection), and an artificial tensor viscosity is implemented to handle shock waves. In this article we demonstrate that our adaptive numerical method is an efficient state of the art approach to nonlinear radial stellar pulsations. The adaptive grid can be tailored to resolve the driving regions of the star and track them continuously throughout the whole pulsation cycle. As a consequence we are able to calculate accurate light- and radial velocity curves with shapes comparable to observations and without numerical perturbations. The model including the stellar atmosphere exhibits periodical variations of the atmospheric structure accompanied by strong shock waves leading to velocity amplitudes of about 170 km/s at the outer boundary of the model.

  10. PROBING THE OUTER GALACTIC HALO WITH RR LYRAE FROM THE CATALINA SURVEYS

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    Drake, A. J.; Djorgovski, S. G.; Graham, M. J.; Mahabal, A.; Donalek, C.; Williams, R.; Catelan, M.; Torrealba, G.; Belokurov, V.; Koposov, S. E.; Prieto, J. L.; Larson, S.; Christensen, E.; Beshore, E.

    2013-01-20

    We present analysis of 12,227 type-ab RR Lyraes (RRLs) found among the 200 million public light curves in Catalina Surveys Data Release 1. These stars span the largest volume of the Milky Way ever surveyed with RRLs, covering {approx}20,000 deg{sup 2} of the sky (0 Degree-Sign < {alpha} < 360 Degree-Sign , -22 Degree-Sign < {delta} < 65 Degree-Sign ) to heliocentric distances of up to 60 kpc. Each of the RRLs is observed between 60 and 419 times over a six-year period. Using period finding and Fourier fitting techniques we determine periods and apparent magnitudes for each source. We find that the periods are generally accurate to {sigma} = 0.002% in comparison to 2842 previously known RRLs and 100 RRLs observed in overlapping survey fields. We photometrically calibrate the light curves using 445 Landolt standard stars and show that the resulting magnitudes are accurate to {approx}0.05 mag using Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) data for {approx}1000 blue horizontal branch stars and 7788 RRLs. By combining Catalina photometry with SDSS spectroscopy, we analyze the radial velocity and metallicity distributions for >1500 of the RRLs. Using the accurate distances derived for the RRLs, we show the paths of the Sagittarius tidal streams crossing the sky at heliocentric distances from 20 to 60 kpc. By selecting samples of Galactic halo RRLs, we compare their velocity, metallicity, and distance with predictions from a recent detailed N-body model of the Sagittarius system. We find that there are some significant differences between the distances and structures predicted and our observations.

  11. METAL ABUNDANCES, RADIAL VELOCITIES, AND OTHER PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS FOR THE RR LYRAE STARS IN THE KEPLER FIELD

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    Nemec, James M.; Cohen, Judith G.; Sesar, Branimir; Ripepi, Vincenzo; Derekas, Aliz; Moskalik, Pawel; Chadid, Merieme; Bruntt, Hans E-mail: jmn@isr.bc.ca E-mail: bsesar@astro.caltech.edu E-mail: derekas@konkoly.hu E-mail: chadid@marseille.fr

    2013-08-20

    Spectroscopic iron-to-hydrogen ratios, radial velocities, atmospheric parameters, and new photometric analyses are presented for 41 RR Lyrae stars (and one probable high-amplitude {delta} Sct star) located in the field-of-view of the Kepler space telescope. Thirty-seven of the RR Lyrae stars are fundamental-mode pulsators (i.e., RRab stars) of which sixteen exhibit the Blazhko effect. Four of the stars are multiperiodic RRc pulsators oscillating primarily in the first-overtone mode. Spectroscopic [Fe/H] values for the 34 stars for which we were able to derive estimates range from -2.54 {+-} 0.13 (NR Lyr) to -0.05 {+-} 0.13 dex (V784 Cyg), and for the 19 Kepler-field non-Blazhko stars studied by Nemec et al. the abundances agree will with their photometric [Fe/H] values. Four non-Blazhko RR Lyrae stars that they identified as metal-rich (KIC 6100702, V2470 Cyg, V782 Cyg and V784 Cyg) are confirmed as such, and four additional stars (V839 Cyg, KIC 5520878, KIC 8832417, KIC 3868420) are also shown here to be metal-rich. Five of the non-Blazhko RRab stars are found to be more metal-rich than [Fe/H] {approx}-0.9 dex while all of the 16 Blazhko stars are more metal-poor than this value. New P-{phi}{sub 31}{sup s}-[Fe/H] relationships are derived based on {approx}970 days of quasi-continuous high-precision Q0-Q11 long- and short-cadence Kepler photometry. With the exception of some Blazhko stars, the spectroscopic and photometric [Fe/H] values are in good agreement. Several stars with unique photometric characteristics are identified, including a Blazhko variable with the smallest known amplitude and frequency modulations (V838 Cyg)

  12. Hypersonic shock wave evidence in RR Lyrae stars. First detection of neutral line disappearance in S Arae

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    Chadid, M.; Vernin, J.; Gillet, D.

    2008-11-01

    Context: We carried out a new high resolution spectroscopic analysis of S Arae, one of the largest amplitude RR Lyrae star, to constrain the dynamical structure of the outermost layers of RR Lyrae stars. Aims: New high precision spectroscopic observations of S Arae were obtained using UVES at VLT-UT2 and FEROS at ESO-1.52 telescopes, during the rise of the S Arae light curve, over an entire pulsation period and covering a large wavelength range, from 376 to 1000 nm. Methods: We used the first line moment method to measure the radial velocity and to establish the radial velocity curves. The atmosphere stratification was done by the line identification method derived from the Kurucz atmosphere models. Results: For the first time, we show the existence of hypersonic shock waves in the photosphere of RR Lyrae stars. Our spectroscopic results reveal a new mechanism: the neutral line disappearance phenomenon. All neutral metallic absorption lines, over the whole spectrum, undergo a total line disappearance during the hump, while the ionized lines show line doubling connected by the two-step Schwarzschild's mechanism. Thus, a hypersonic shock wave propagating through the photosphere around the maximum light phase results in the line disappearance. The shock energy is high enough to ionize the atoms, forming the layer crossed by the shock wave. The shock at first recedes, then becomes stationary and finally advances with a very high Mach number crossing the high atmosphere of the star. We stress the need for additional theoretical efforts to come to a better understanding of hypersonic shock wave and dynamic pulsational motion relationship. Based on observations obtained at the European Southern Observatory in Chile in the programs P67.D-0321(B) and P67.D-0321(A). Tables 1 and 2 are only available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  13. GSC 03529-02286, GSC 02008-00283 und GSC 07165-03037 - Drei neue RR-Lyrae-Sterne

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    Bernhard, Klaus; Srdoc, Gregor; Huemmerich, Stefan

    2013-03-01

    During an extended investigation of candidate variable stars from the SuperWASP database (cf. e.g. Bernhard and Srdoc, 2011), three new RR Lyrae stars have been discovered. The following elements have been derived: GSC 03529-02286 (Type RRc): HJD (Max) = 2454327.472 (4) + E* 0.277202 (2) GSC 02008-00283 (Type RRc): HJD (Max) = 2453567.669 (2) + E* 0.349129 (2) GSC 07165-03037 (Type RRab): HJD (Max) = 2453901.869 (2) + E* 0.561553 (2) Klaus Bernhard and Stefan Huemmerich are member of the BAV.

  14. VizieR Online Data Catalog: I light curves of RR Lyrae from OGLE II (Bernhard+, 2009)

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    Bernhard, K.; Wils, P.

    2010-05-01

    We present the discovery of ten RR Lyrae variables. They were found in a search for new variables in the OGLE II Photometric Database (Szymanski 2005AcA....55...43S, Udalski et al. 1997AcA....47..319U). Suitable parameters (e.g. Isig>0.1, e_Imed

  15. Near-Field Cosmology with RR Lyrae Variable Stars: A First View of Substructure in the Southern Sky

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    Navarrete, C.; Duffau, S.; Vivas, A. K.; Catelan, M.; Hajdu, G.; Torrealba, G.; Cortés, C.; Belokurov, V.; Koposov, S.; Drake, A. J.

    2016-08-01

    We present the current status of the spectroscopic follow-up of a large number of RR Lyrae (RRL) halo overdensity candidates recently found by Torrealba et al. (2015) using southern-hemisphere data from the Catalina Real-time Transient Survey (CRTS). Characterizing the individual RRL stars in these overdensities is crucial to confirm them as real halo substructures. Low-resolution spectra have been obtained for RRL stars in 11 different overdensities, using the SOAR and Magellan telescopes. Radial velocities and metallicities have been derived so far for 123 and 99 RRL stars, respectively.

  16. Observing RR Lyrae Variables in the M3 Globular Cluster with the BYU West Mountain Observatory (Abstract)

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    Joner, M. D.

    2016-06-01

    (Abstract only) We have utilized the 0.9-meter telescope of the Brigham Young University West Mountain Observatory to secure data on the northern hemisphere globular cluster NGC 5272 (M3). We made 216 observations in the V filter spaced between March and August 2012. We present light curves of the M3 RR Lyrae stars using different techniques. We compare light curves produced using DAOPHOT and ISIS software packages for stars in both the halo and core regions of this globular cluster. The light curve fitting is done using FITLC.

  17. Finding, characterizing and classifying variable sources in multi-epoch sky surveys: QSOs and RR Lyraes in PS1 3Pi

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    Hernitschek, N.; Schlafly, E. F.; Sesar, B.; Rix, H.-W.; Hogg, D. W.; Ivezic, Z.; Grebel, E. K.

    2016-05-01

    We develop a new approach for quantifying statistical properties of non-simultaneous, sparse, multi-color light curves through light-curve structure functions. Using PS1 data on SDSS Stripe 82 as "ground truth", a Random Forest Classifier identifies QSOs and RR Lyrae stars based on their variability and mean PS1 and WISE colors. We find that, aside from the Galactic plane, QSO and RR Lyrae samples of purity 75% and completeness 92% can be selected. On this completeness and purity basis we have identified a QSO candidate sample of a million objects, including many at low latitudes. We have assembled an unprecedentedly large and deep sample of 150 000 likely RR Lyrae candidates, with distances from 10 kpc to 120 kpc. We provide a catalog of 2.6 x 107 likely variable point sources. This work illustrates the power of time- domain surveys to identify variable objects and opens up enormous follow-up possibilities.

  18. On the RR Lyrae Stars in Globulars. IV. ω Centauri Optical UBVRI Photometry

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    Braga, V. F.; Stetson, P. B.; Bono, G.; Dall'Ora, M.; Ferraro, I.; Fiorentino, G.; Freyhammer, L. M.; Iannicola, G.; Marengo, M.; Neeley, J.; Valenti, E.; Buonanno, R.; Calamida, A.; Castellani, M.; da Silva, R.; Degl'Innocenti, S.; Di Cecco, A.; Fabrizio, M.; Freedman, W. L.; Giuffrida, G.; Lub, J.; Madore, B. F.; Marconi, M.; Marinoni, S.; Matsunaga, N.; Monelli, M.; Persson, S. E.; Piersimoni, A. M.; Pietrinferni, A.; Prada-Moroni, P.; Pulone, L.; Stellingwerf, R.; Tognelli, E.; Walker, A. R.

    2016-12-01

    New accurate and homogeneous optical UBVRI photometry has been obtained for variable stars in the Galactic globular cluster ω Cen (NGC 5139). We secured 8202 CCD images covering a time interval of 24 years and a sky area of 84 × 48 arcmin. The current data were complemented with data available in the literature and provided new, homogeneous pulsation parameters (mean magnitudes, luminosity amplitudes, periods) for 187 candidate ω Cen RR Lyrae (RRLs). Among them we have 101 RRc (first overtone) and 85 RRab (fundamental) variables, and a single candidate RRd (double-mode) variable. Candidate Blazhko RRLs show periods and colors that are intermediate between the RRc and RRab variables, suggesting that they are transitional objects. A comparison of the period distribution and the Bailey diagram indicates that RRLs in ω Cen show a long-period tail not present in typical Oosterhoff II (OoII) globulars. The RRLs in dwarf spheroidals and in ultra-faint dwarfs have properties between Oosterhoff intermediate and OoII clusters. Metallicity plays a key role in shaping the above evidence. These findings do not support the hypothesis that ω Cen is the core remnant of a spoiled dwarf galaxy. Using optical period-Wesenheit relations that are reddening-free and minimally dependent on metallicity we find a mean distance to ω Cen of 13.71 ± 0.08 ± 0.01 mag (semi-empirical and theoretical calibrations). Finally, we invert the I-band period-luminosity-metallicity relation to estimate individual RRLs’ metal abundances. The metallicity distribution agrees quite well with spectroscopic and photometric metallicity estimates available in the literature. Based in part on proprietary data and on data obtained from the ESO Science Archive Facility under multiple requests by the authors; and in part upon data distributed by the NOAO Science Archive. NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) under cooperative agreement with the National

  19. Variaciones seculares de período en las RR Lyrae de ω~Centauri

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    Marraco, H. G.; Milesi, G. E.

    Utilizando 689 observaciones de 35 estrellas RR Lyrae del cúmulo globular ω Centauri hemos obtenido nuevas determinaciones de sus períodos y sus correspondientes variaciones seculares. Las observaciones fueron obtenidas de la literatura con la excepción de un grupo 66 determinaciones que se presentan por vez primera aquí. Utilizando el parámetro testigo σ descripto en Marraco & Muzzio (Publ. Astron. Soc. Pacific 92, 700, 1980), hemos realizado un ajuste bidimensional en P y β (donde β es la variación secular del período). Con este fin la totalidad de las 689 observaciones fueron llevadas a un sistema fotométrico común. Para esto se realizó un cuidadoso análisis de los numerosos errores en la identificación de las estrellas de las series de comparación. Los resultados de los ajustes bidimensionales fueron analizados utilizando técnicas de procesamiento de imágenes. Con este fin el parámetro de ajuste σ fue representado como función de P y β. En las imágenes resultantes se buscaron los mínimos y al menor de ellos se lo aceptó como período instantáneo verdadero y su variación secular β. La determinación precisa de cada parámetro se realizó mediante ajuste de gaussianas y se determinaron sus errores. A modo de ejemplo la variable #8 fue analizada en una matriz de 501 × 501 elementos representando el parámetro σ para valores comprendidos entre 0,521034 < P < 0,521534 dias y -150×10-10 < β < +150×10-10 dias/dia. El mejor período instantáneo (correspondiente a la época DJ=2.426.908) y su variación secular son P = 0,5212859±0,0000001 días y β 14,012±,010×10-10 días/día respectivamente. Con estos valores el parámetro testigo resulta σ= 0,127 . Si no se tiene en cuenta la variación secular del período y se busca aquél de mejor ajuste para β = 0, se obtiene P = 0,5212960 días, pero entonces el parámetro de ajuste resulta tan alto como σ = 0,23 .

  20. First Antarctica light curve. PAIX monitoring of the Blazhko RR Lyrae star: S Arae

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    Chadid, M.; Vernin, J.; Mekarnia, D.; Chapellier, E.; Trinquet, H.; Bono, G.

    2010-06-01

    Context. In the context of long and continuous time-series photometry and after the MOST, CoRoT, KEPLER space missions and large geographic longitude ground-based networks, a new method is offered by the polar location helping to cope with the problem associated with the Earth's day-night cycle. Aims: We present the first long time -series photometry from Dome Charlie in the heart of Antarctica and analyze ~4400 photometric measurements of RR Lyrae star S Arae obtained in July and August 2007. Methods: The 40-cm telescope and Photometer AntarctIca eXtinction named PAIX were used for long photometric measurements with high time resolution and a duty cycle of 65%. The Fourier technique was used for the frequency analysis. New high-precision spectroscopic observations of S Arae were also collected using HARPS over one pulsation cycle of S Arae. Results: We confirm the known radial fundamental period of 0.452 day. The high order of its harmonics shows the nonlinear nature of the radial mode. The Blazhko modulation is directly detected in the spectrum and shows a value around 48 d. Together with the Blazhko frequency we also detected triplet structure components up to 15th order showing a nonlinear behavior of the Blazhko modulation. Thus, we conclude that S Arae is a bona fide Blazhko star. The data reveal that there are irregular changes in the S Arae atmosphere during the Blazhko cycle. A residual scatter phenomenon is detected and is more intense where the nonlinear effects are strongest. Therefore, the connection between temporal hydrodynamic phenomena and such modulation has to be taken into account in Blazhko models. Conclusions: High-precision CCD photometry with a very good time resolution can be undertaken at Dome Charlie in Antarctica, and it helps to complete astrophysical measurement time-series. Based on spectroscopic observations as well, obtained at the European Southern Observatory in Chile in the programs P79.D-0462.Tables 1-3 are only available in

  1. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Properties of 70 RR Lyrae stars in the LMC bar (Muraveva+, 2015)

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    Muraveva, T.; Palmer, M.; Clementini, G.; Luri, X.; Cioni, M.-R. L.; Moretti, M. I.; Marconi, M.; Ripepi, V.; Rubele, S.

    2017-09-01

    In order to derive mean Ks magnitudes for the RR Lyrae stars sample we used data from the VMC survey (Cioni et al. 2011A&A...527A.116C). Started in 2009, the VMC survey covers a total area of 116 deg2 in the LMC with 68 contiguous tiles. The survey is obtaining YJKs photometry. The Ks-band photometry is taken in time-series mode over 12 (or more) separate epochs and each single epoch reaches a limiting Ks magnitude ~19.3 mag with a signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) ~5 (see Figure 1 of Moretti et al. 2014, J/MNRAS/437/2702). On the bright side, VMC is limited by saturation at Ks~11.4 mag. The majority of RR Lyrae stars in our sample are located within the VMC tile LMC 5_5. Observations of the tile LMC 5_5 were performed in 15 epochs taken in the period from 2010 October 30, to 2012 January 11. (1 data file).

  2. Discovering Cepheid and RR Lyrae Stars: Pan-STARRS Science Archive @ STScI and Robotically Controlled Telescopes

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    Johnson, Elizabeth; Strolger, Louis-Gregory; Engle, Scott G.; Anderson, Richard I.; Rest, Armin; Calamida, Annalisa; Dosovitz Fox, Ori; Laney, David

    2017-01-01

    Cepheid and RR Lyrae stars are an integral part of the cosmic distance ladder and are also useful for studying galactic structure and stellar ages. This project aims to greatly expand the number of known periodic variables in our galaxy by identifying candidates in the PanSTARRS-1 3pi catalog, and carrying out systematically targeted characterization with robotically controlled telescopes. Candidate targets are selected from available detection tables based on color and variability indices and are then fully vetted using robotic telescopes: the RCT 1.3 meter (Kitt Peak National Observatory) and RATIR 1.5 meter (Mexico). Here we present work to develop a full, semi-automated prescription for candidate selection, targeted follow-up photometry, cataloging, and classification, which allows the review of approximately 25 variable candidates every two weeks. We make comparisons of our sample selection and purity from a similar study based on Pan-STARRS data (Hernitschek et al. 2016), as well as candidates identified in Gaia DR1. The goal, through continued observation and analysis, is to identify at least 10,000 new variables, hundreds of which will be new Cepheid and RR Lyrae stars.

  3. Common Origin of Two RR Lyrae Populations and the Double Red Clump in the Milky Way Bulge

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    Lee, Young-Wook; Jang, Sohee

    2016-12-01

    A recent survey looking toward the Milky Way bulge has discovered two sequences of RR Lyrae stars on the period-amplitude diagram with a maximum period-shift of {{Δ }}{log} P ≈ 0.015 between the two populations. Here we show, from our synthetic horizontal-branch models, that this period-shift is most likely due to the small difference in helium abundance (ΔY = 0.012) between the first- and second-generation stars (G1 and G2), as is the case in our models for the inner halo globular clusters with similar metallicity ([Fe/H] ≈ -1.1). We further show that the observed double red clump (RC) in the bulge is naturally reproduced when these models are extended to solar metallicity following ΔY/ΔZ ≈ 6 for G2, as would be expected from the chemical evolution models. Therefore, the two populations of RR Lyrae stars and the double RC observed in the bulge appear to be different manifestations of the same multiple population phenomenon in the metal-poor and metal-rich regimes, respectively.

  4. On the reliability of the semi-empirical RR Lyrae period-V-band luminosity-blue amplitude relation

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    De Santis, R.; Cassisi, S.

    2002-10-01

    We investigate the accuracy and reliability of the semi-empirical period-V-band luminosity-blue amplitude (PLA) relationship for ab-type RR Lyrae stars originally obtained by Castellani and De Santis in the mid-1990s. We infer that the zero-point of this relationship depends on the metallicity, by studying a sample of both field and cluster variables. We also show that the use of this relationship can still be useful for those stellar systems showing an intrinsic metallicity spread, since in this case the metallicity has a negligible effect on the final distance modulus estimate. We compare the adopted semi-empirical relationship with the fully empirical one recently provided by Kovács & Walker. When the zero-point of the latter relation is fixed consistently with the former one, the two equations are equivalent. By applying the semi-empirical period-V-band luminosity-blue amplitude relation, as well as the technique proposed recently by Cassisi, De Santis & Piersimoni, to the globular cluster ω Cen, we show that the empirical slope of the relationship between the mass of the fundamental RR Lyrae pulsators and their metallicity is in fair agreement with the one predicted by updated evolutionary models for horizontal branch stars.

  5. OGLE-ing the Magellanic System: Photometric Metallicity from Fundamental Mode RR Lyrae Stars

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    Skowron, D. M.; Soszyński, I.; Udalski, A.; Szymański, M. K.; Pietrukowicz, P.; Skowron, J.; Poleski, R.; Wyrzykowski, Ł.; Ulaczyk, K.; Kozłowski, S.; Mróz, P.; Pawlak, M.

    2016-09-01

    In an era of extensive photometric observations, the catalogs of RR Lyr type variable stars number tens of thousands of objects. The relation between the iron abundance [Fe/H] and the Fourier parameters of the stars light curve allows us to investigate mean metallicities and metallicity gradients in various stellar environments, independently of time-consuming spectroscopic observations. In this paper we use almost 6500 V- and I-band light curves of fundamental mode RR Lyr stars from the OGLE-IV survey to provide a relation between the V- and I-band phase parameter ϕ31 used to estimate [Fe/H]. The relation depends on metallicity, which limits its applicability. We apply this relation to metallicity formulae developed for the Johnson V- and the Kepler Kp-band to obtain the relation between [Fe/H] and ϕ31 for the I-band photometry. Last, we apply the new relation of Nemec to the OGLE-IV fundamental mode RR Lyr stars data and construct a metallicity map of the Magellanic Clouds. Median [Fe/H] is -1.39±0.44 dex for the LMC and -1.77±0.48 dex for the SMC, on the Jurcsik metallicity scale. We also find a metallicity gradient within the LMC with a slope of -0.029±0.002 dex/kpc in the inner 5 kpc and -0.030±0.003 dex/kpc beyond 8 kpc, and no gradient in-between (-0.019±0.002 dex/kpc integrally). We do not observe a metallicity gradient in the SMC, although we show that the metal-rich RRab stars are more concentrated toward the SMC center than the metal-poor.

  6. The Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment: Analysis of the Bulge RR Lyrae Population from the OGLE-III Data

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    Pietrukowicz, P.; Udalski, A.; Soszyński, I.; Nataf, D. M.; Wyrzykowski, Ł.; Poleski, R.; Kozłowski, S.; Szymański, M. K.; Kubiak, M.; Pietrzyński, G.; Ulaczyk, K.

    2012-05-01

    We have analyzed the data on 16,836 RR Lyrae (RR Lyr) variables observed toward the Galactic bulge during the third phase of the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE-III), which took place in 2001-2009. Using these standard candles, we show that the ratio of total-to-selective extinction toward the bulge is given by RI = AI /E(V - I) = 1.080 ± 0.007 and is independent of color. We demonstrate that the bulge RR Lyr stars form a metal-uniform population, slightly elongated in its inner part. The photometrically derived metallicity distribution is sharply peaked at [Fe/H] = -1.02 ± 0.18, with a dispersion of 0.25 dex. In the inner regions (|l| < 3°, |b| < 4°) the RR Lyr tend to follow the barred distribution of the bulge red clump giants. The distance to the Milky Way center inferred from the bulge RR Lyr is R 0 = 8.54 ± 0.42 kpc. We report a break in the mean density distribution at a distance of ~0.5 kpc from the center indicating its likely flattening. Using the OGLE-III data, we assess that (4-7) × 104 type ab RR Lyr variables should be detected toward the bulge area of the ongoing near-IR VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea (VVV) survey, where the uncertainty partially results from the unknown RR Lyr spatial density distribution within 0.2 kpc from the Galactic center.

  7. THE OPTICAL GRAVITATIONAL LENSING EXPERIMENT: ANALYSIS OF THE BULGE RR LYRAE POPULATION FROM THE OGLE-III DATA

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    Pietrukowicz, P.; Udalski, A.; Soszynski, I.; Wyrzykowski, L.; Poleski, R.; Kozlowski, S.; Szymanski, M. K.; Kubiak, M.; Pietrzynski, G.; Ulaczyk, K.; Nataf, D. M.

    2012-05-10

    We have analyzed the data on 16,836 RR Lyrae (RR Lyr) variables observed toward the Galactic bulge during the third phase of the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE-III), which took place in 2001-2009. Using these standard candles, we show that the ratio of total-to-selective extinction toward the bulge is given by R{sub I} = A{sub I} /E(V - I) = 1.080 {+-} 0.007 and is independent of color. We demonstrate that the bulge RR Lyr stars form a metal-uniform population, slightly elongated in its inner part. The photometrically derived metallicity distribution is sharply peaked at [Fe/H] = -1.02 {+-} 0.18, with a dispersion of 0.25 dex. In the inner regions (|l| < 3 Degree-Sign , |b| < 4 Degree-Sign ) the RR Lyr tend to follow the barred distribution of the bulge red clump giants. The distance to the Milky Way center inferred from the bulge RR Lyr is R{sub 0} = 8.54 {+-} 0.42 kpc. We report a break in the mean density distribution at a distance of {approx}0.5 kpc from the center indicating its likely flattening. Using the OGLE-III data, we assess that (4-7) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 4} type ab RR Lyr variables should be detected toward the bulge area of the ongoing near-IR VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea (VVV) survey, where the uncertainty partially results from the unknown RR Lyr spatial density distribution within 0.2 kpc from the Galactic center.

  8. EXPLORING THE VARIABLE SKY WITH LINEAR. II. HALO STRUCTURE AND SUBSTRUCTURE TRACED BY RR LYRAE STARS TO 30 kpc

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    Sesar, Branimir; Ivezic, Zeljko; Morgan, Dylan M.; Becker, Andrew C.; Stuart, J. Scott; Sharma, Sanjib; Palaversa, Lovro; Juric, Mario; Wozniak, Przemyslaw; Oluseyi, Hakeem

    2013-08-01

    We present a sample of {approx}5000 RR Lyrae stars selected from the recalibrated LINEAR data set and detected at heliocentric distances between 5 kpc and 30 kpc over {approx}8000 deg{sup 2} of sky. The coordinates and light curve properties, such as period and Oosterhoff type, are made publicly available. We analyze in detail the light curve properties and Galactic distribution of the subset of {approx}4000 type ab RR Lyrae (RRab) stars, including a search for new halo substructures and the number density distribution as a function of Oosterhoff type. We find evidence for the Oosterhoff dichotomy among field RR Lyrae stars, with the ratio of the type II and I subsamples of about 1:4, but with a weaker separation than for globular cluster stars. The wide sky coverage and depth of this sample allow unique constraints for the number density distribution of halo RRab stars as a function of galactocentric distance: it can be described as an oblate ellipsoid with an axis ratio q = 0.63 and with either a single or a double power law with a power-law index in the range -2 to -3. Consistent with previous studies, we find that the Oosterhoff type II subsample has a steeper number density profile than the Oosterhoff type I subsample. Using the group-finding algorithm EnLink, we detected seven candidate halo groups, only one of which is statistically spurious. Three of these groups are near globular clusters (M53/NGC 5053, M3, M13), and one is near a known halo substructure (Virgo Stellar Stream); the remaining three groups do not seem to be near any known halo substructures or globular clusters and seem to have a higher ratio of Oosterhoff type II to Oosterhoff type I RRab stars than what is found in the halo. The extended morphology and the position (outside the tidal radius) of some of the groups near globular clusters are suggestive of tidal streams possibly originating from globular clusters. Spectroscopic follow-up of detected halo groups is encouraged.

  9. Pulsations and Period Changes of the Non-Blazhko RR Lyrae Variable Y Oct Observed from Dome A, Antarctica

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    Huang, Zhihua; Fu, Jianning; Zong, Weikai; Wang, Lingzhi; Macri, Lucas M.; Wang, Lifan; Ashley, Michael C. B.; Cui, Xiangqun; Feng, Long-Long; Gong, Xuefei; Lawrence, Jon S.; Liu, Qiang; Luong-Van, Daniel; Pennypacker, Carl R.; Yang, Huigen; Yuan, Xiangyan; York, Donald; Xu, Zhou; Zhu, Zhenxi; Zhu, Zonghong

    2015-01-01

    During the operation of the Chinese Small Telescope Array (CSTAR) in Dome A of Antarctica in the years 2008, 2009, and 2010, large amounts of photometric data have been obtained for variable stars in the CSTAR field. We present here the study of one of six RR Lyrae variables, Y Oct, observed with CSTAR in Dome A, Antarctica. Photometric data in the i band were obtained in 2008 and 2010, with a duty cycle (defined as the fraction of time representing scientifically available data to CSTAR observation time) of about 44% and 52%, respectively. In 2009, photometric data in the g and r bands were gathered for this star, with a duty cycle of 65% and 60%, respectively. Fourier analysis of the data in the three bands only shows the fundamental frequency and its harmonics, which is characteristic of the non-Blazhko RR Lyrae variables. Values of the fundamental frequency and the amplitudes, as well as the total pulsation amplitude, are obtained from the data in the three bands separately. The amplitude of the fundamental frequency and the total pulsation amplitude in the g band are the largest, and those in the i band the smallest. Two-hundred fifty-one times of maximum are obtained from the three seasons of data, which are analyzed together with 38 maximum times provided in the GEOS RR Lyrae database. A period change rate of -0.96 ± 0.07 days Myr-1 is then obtained, which is a surprisingly large negative value. Based on relations available in the literature, the following physical parameters are derived: [Fe/H] = -1.41 ± 0.14, MV = 0.696 ± 0.014 mag, V-K = 1.182 ± 0.028 mag, log {{T}eff} = 3.802 ± 0.003 K, log g = 2.705 ± 0.004, log L/{{L}⊙ } = 1.625 ± 0.013, and log M/{{M}⊙ } = -0.240 ± 0.019.

  10. Pulsations and period changes of the non-Blazhko RR lyrae variable Y oct observed from Dome A, Antarctica

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    Zhihua, Huang; Jianning, Fu; Weikai, Zong; Lingzhi, Wang; Zonghong, Zhu; M, Macri Lucas; Lifan, Wang; Ashley, Michael C. B.; S, Lawrence Jon; Daniel, Luong-Van; Xiangqun, Cui; Long-Long, Feng; Xuefei, Gong; Qiang, Liu; Huigen, Yang; Xiangyan, Yuan; Xu, Zhou; Zhenxi, Zhu; R, Pennypacker Carl; G, York Donald

    2015-01-01

    During the operation of the Chinese Small Telescope Array (CSTAR) in Dome A of Antarctica in the years 2008, 2009, and 2010, large amounts of photometric data have been obtained for variable stars in the CSTAR field. We present here the study of one of six RR Lyrae variables, Y Oct, observed with CSTAR in Dome A, Antarctica. Photometric data in the i band were obtained in 2008 and 2010, with a duty cycle (defined as the fraction of time representing scientifically available data to CSTAR observation time) of about 44% and 52%, respectively. In 2009, photometric data in the g and r bands were gathered for this star, with a duty cycle of 65% and 60%, respectively. Fourier analysis of the data in the three bands only shows the fundamental frequency and its harmonics, which is characteristic of the non-Blazhko RR Lyrae variables. Values of the fundamental frequency and the amplitudes, as well as the total pulsation amplitude, are obtained from the data in the three bands separately. The amplitude of the fundamental frequency and the total pulsation amplitude in the g band are the largest, and those in the i band the smallest. Two-hundred fifty-one times of maximum are obtained from the three seasons of data, which are analyzed together with 38 maximum times provided in the GEOS RR Lyrae database. A period change rate of −0.96 ± 0.07 days Myr{sup −1} is then obtained, which is a surprisingly large negative value. Based on relations available in the literature, the following physical parameters are derived: [Fe/H] = −1.41 ± 0.14, M{sub V} = 0.696 ± 0.014 mag, V−K = 1.182 ± 0.028 mag, logT{sub eff} = 3.802 ± 0.003 K, logg = 2.705 ± 0.004, logL/L{sub ⊙} = 1.625 ± 0.013, and logM/M{sub ⊙} = −0.240 ± 0.019.

  11. Metal Abundances, Radial Velocities, and Other Physical Characteristics for the RR Lyrae Stars in The Kepler Field

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    Nemec, James M.; Cohen, Judith G.; Ripepi, Vincenzo; Derekas, Aliz; Moskalik, Pawel; Sesar, Branimir; Chadid, Merieme; Bruntt, Hans

    2013-08-01

    Spectroscopic iron-to-hydrogen ratios, radial velocities, atmospheric parameters, and new photometric analyses are presented for 41 RR Lyrae stars (and one probable high-amplitude δ Sct star) located in the field-of-view of the Kepler space telescope. Thirty-seven of the RR Lyrae stars are fundamental-mode pulsators (i.e., RRab stars) of which sixteen exhibit the Blazhko effect. Four of the stars are multiperiodic RRc pulsators oscillating primarily in the first-overtone mode. Spectroscopic [Fe/H] values for the 34 stars for which we were able to derive estimates range from -2.54 ± 0.13 (NR Lyr) to -0.05 ± 0.13 dex (V784 Cyg), and for the 19 Kepler-field non-Blazhko stars studied by Nemec et al. the abundances agree will with their photometric [Fe/H] values. Four non-Blazhko RR Lyrae stars that they identified as metal-rich (KIC 6100702, V2470 Cyg, V782 Cyg and V784 Cyg) are confirmed as such, and four additional stars (V839 Cyg, KIC 5520878, KIC 8832417, KIC 3868420) are also shown here to be metal-rich. Five of the non-Blazhko RRab stars are found to be more metal-rich than [Fe/H] ~-0.9 dex while all of the 16 Blazhko stars are more metal-poor than this value. New P-\\phi _31^s-[Fe/H] relationships are derived based on ~970 days of quasi-continuous high-precision Q0-Q11 long- and short-cadence Kepler photometry. With the exception of some Blazhko stars, the spectroscopic and photometric [Fe/H] values are in good agreement. Several stars with unique photometric characteristics are identified, including a Blazhko variable with the smallest known amplitude and frequency modulations (V838 Cyg). Based in part on observations made at the W.M. Keck Observatory, which is operated as a scientific partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Keck Observatory was made possible by the generous financial support of the W.M. Keck Foundation. Also, based in part on

  12. Variability of the period of the star du Monocerotis, an RR Lyrae variable with the Blazhko effect

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    Berdnikov, L. N.; Kniazev, A. Yu.; Dambis, A. K.; Kravtsov, V. V.; Pastukhova, E. N.

    2017-07-01

    In 2012-2014 we obtained 3641 CCD frames of the fields of the RR Lyrae (AB subtype, P = 0.583 days) variable DU Mon with BV I c filters using the 76-cm telescope of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the 1-m telescopes of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT). Our observations confirmed the presence of the Blazhko effect that we suspected previously and allowed its period to be determined, {P_{Bl}} = 60_ \\cdot ^d52 ± 0_ \\cdot ^d03. Using all of the available observations, we constructed an O-C diagram spanning a time interval of 86 years that revealed at least one abrupt change in the pulsation period (a decrease by 15.26 s).

  13. ANCIENT STARS BEYOND THE LOCAL GROUP: RR LYRAE VARIABLES AND BLUE HORIZONTAL BRANCH STARS IN SCULPTOR GROUP DWARF GALAXIES

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    Da Costa, G. S.; Jerjen, H.; Rejkuba, M.; Grebel, E. K.

    2010-01-10

    We have used Hubble Space Telescope Advanced Camera for Surveys images to generate color-magnitude diagrams that reach below the magnitude of the horizontal branch in the Sculptor Group dwarf galaxies ESO294-010 and ESO410-005. In both diagrams, blue horizontal branch stars are unambiguously present, a signature of the existence of an ancient stellar population whose age is comparable to that of the Galactic halo globular clusters. The result is reinforced by the discovery of numerous RR Lyrae variables in both galaxies. The occurrence of these stars is the first direct confirmation of the existence of ancient stellar populations beyond the Local Group and indicates that star formation can occur at the earliest epochs even in low-density environments.

  14. Fundamental parameters of RR Lyrae stars from multicolour photometry and Kurucz atmospheric models - II. Adaptation to double-mode stars

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    Barcza, S.; Benkő, J. M.

    2012-02-01

    Our photometric-hydrodynamic method is generalized to determine the fundamental parameters of multiperiodic radially pulsating stars. We report 302 UBV(RI)C Johnson-Kron-Cousins observations of GSC 4868-0831. Using these and the published photometric data of V372 Ser, we determine the metallicity, reddening, distance, mass, radius, equilibrium luminosity and effective temperature. The results underline the necessity of using multicolour photometry, including an ultraviolet band, to classify the subgroups of RR Lyrae stars properly. Our U observations might reveal that GSC 4868-0831 is a subgiant star pulsating in two radial modes and that V372 Ser is a giant star with the size and mass of an RRd star.

  15. Cyclic variations in O-C diagrams of field RR Lyrae stars as a result of LiTE

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    Liška, J.; Skarka, M.; Zejda, M.; Mikulášek, Z.; de Villiers, S. N.

    2016-07-01

    This paper presents an extensive overview of known and proposed RR Lyrae stars in binaries. The aim is to revise and extend the list with new Galactic field systems. We utilized maxima timings for 11 RRab type stars with suspicious behaviour from the GEOS data base, and determined maxima timings from data of sky surveys and our own observations. This significantly extended the number of suitable maxima timings. We modelled the proposed Light Time Effect (LiTE) in O-C diagrams to determine orbital parameters for these systems. In contrast to recent studies, our analysis focused on decades-long periods instead of periods in the order of years. Secondary components were found to be predominantly low-mass objects. However, for RZ Cet and AT Ser the mass of the suspected companion of more than one solar mass suggests that it is a massive white dwarf, a neutron star or even a black hole. We found that the semimajor axes of the proposed orbits are between 1 and 20 au. Because the studied stars belong to the closest RR Lyraes, maximal angular distances between components during orbit should at least be between 1 and 13 mas and this improves the chance to detect both stars using current telescopes. However, our interpretation of the O-C diagrams as a consequence of the LiTE should be considered as preliminary without reliable spectroscopic measurements. On the other hand, our models give a prediction of the period and radial velocity evolution which should be sufficient for plausible proof of binarity.

  16. MID-INFRARED PERIOD-LUMINOSITY RELATIONS OF RR LYRAE STARS DERIVED FROM THE WISE PRELIMINARY DATA RELEASE

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    Klein, Christopher R.; Bloom, Joshua S.; Richards, Joseph W.; Butler, Nathaniel R. E-mail: jwrichar@stat.berkeley.edu E-mail: jbloom@astro.berkeley.edu

    2011-09-10

    Interstellar dust presents a significant challenge to extending parallax-determined distances of optically observed pulsational variables to larger volumes. Distance ladder work at mid-infrared wavebands, where dust effects are negligible and metallicity correlations are minimized, has been largely focused on few-epoch Cepheid studies. Here we present the first determination of mid-infrared period-luminosity (PL) relations of RR Lyrae stars from phase-resolved imaging using the preliminary data release of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). We present a novel statistical framework to predict posterior distances of 76 well observed RR Lyrae that uses the optically constructed prior distance moduli while simultaneously imposing a power-law PL relation to WISE-determined mean magnitudes. We find that the absolute magnitude in the bluest WISE filter is M{sub W1} = (- 0.421 {+-} 0.014) - (1.681 {+-} 0.147)log{sub 10}(P/0.50118 day), with no evidence for a correlation with metallicity. Combining the results from the three bluest WISE filters, we find that a typical star in our sample has a distance measurement uncertainty of 0.97% (statistical) plus 1.17% (systematic). We do not fundamentalize the periods of RRc stars to improve their fit to the relations. Taking the Hipparcos-derived mean V-band magnitudes, we use the distance posteriors to determine a new optical metallicity-luminosity relation. The results of this analysis will soon be tested by Hubble Space Telescope parallax measurements and, eventually, with the GAIA astrometric mission.

  17. CU Comae: A New Field Double-Mode RR Lyrae Variable, the Most Metal-poor Discovered to Date

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    Clementini, G.; Di Tomaso, S.; Di Fabrizio, L.; Bragaglia, A.; Merighi, R.; Tosi, M.; Carretta, E.; Gratton, R. G.; Ivans, I. I.; Kinard, A.; Marconi, M.; Smith, H. A.; Wilhelm, R.; Woodruff, T.; Sneden, C.

    2000-10-01

    We report the discovery of a new double-mode RR Lyrae variable (RRd) in the field of our Galaxy: CU Comae. CU Com is the sixth such RRd identified to date and is the most metal-poor RRd ever detected. Based on BVI CCD photometry spanning 11 years of observations, we find that CU Com has periods P0=0.5441641 days (+/-0.0000049) and P1=0.4057605 days (+/-0.0000018). The amplitude of the primary (first overtone) period of CU Com is about twice the amplitude of the secondary (fundamental) period. The combination of the fundamental period of pulsation P0 and the period ratio of P1/P0=0.7457 places the variable on the metal-poor side of the Petersen diagram, in the region occupied by M68 and M15 RRd's. A mass of 0.83 Msolar is estimated for CU Com using an updated theoretical calibration of the Petersen diagram. High-resolution spectroscopy (R=30,000) covering the full pulsation cycle of CU Com was obtained with the 2.7 m telescope of the McDonald Observatory and has been used to build up the radial velocity curve of the variable. An abundance analysis performed on the four spectra taken near minimum light (0.54<φ<0.71) confirms the metal-poor nature of CU Com, for which we derive [Fe/H]=-2.38+/-0.20. This value places this new RRd at the extreme metal-poor edge of the metallicity distribution of the RR Lyrae variables in our Galaxy. Based on data obtained with the 1.52 m telescope of the Bologna Observatory in Loiano, the Southwestern University 40 cm telescope, and the 2.7 m telescope of the McDonald Observatory.

  18. RR Lyrae Luminosity Differences between Oosterhoff Group I and II Cluster Systems and the Origin of the Oosterhoff Dichotomy

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    Lee, Jae-Woo; Carney, Bruce W.

    1999-09-01

    We present a comparative study of the Oosterhoff II cluster M2 and the Oosterhoff I cluster M3. Both have similar metallicities, [Fe/H]=-1.62 for M2 and -1.66 for M3, but very different horizontal-branch (HB) morphologies (B-R)/(B+V+R)=0.92 for M2 and 0.08 for M3. A period shift analysis and main-sequence fitting show that RRab variables in M2 are about 0.2 mag brighter than those in M3. Comparisons of the M2 period shift with Oosterhoff I clusters NGC 3201 and NGC 7006 also yield similar results, while a comparison between M2 and the Oosterhoff II cluster NGC 5986 reveals that the RR Lyrae luminosities are very similar. The luminosity difference is thought to be due to the evolutionary effect described in 1990 by Lee, Demarque, & Zinn: the M2 RRab variables have evolved away from the zero-age horizontal branch (ZAHB), while most M3 RRab variables lie near the ZAHB. A comparison of the mean period change rates of two clusters supports this hypothesis. Our relative age estimation using the difference in color between the base of giant branch and turn-off point shows that M2 is about 2 Gyr older than M3. Our result strongly suggests that the Oosterhoff dichotomy is due to age differences between Oosterhoff group I and II. This is consistent with the idea that the global second parameter is age. We discuss the kinematic differences between Oosterhoff group I and II clusters. Our result shows that the Oosterhoff group I clusters have zero or retrograde rotation with =-68+/-56 km s^-1 and sigma_los=131+/-28 km s^-1, while the Oosterhoff group II clusters have prograde rotation with =+94+/-47 km s^-1 and sigma_los=115+/-29 km s^-1, confirming a similar conclusion of van den Bergh. The difference in kinematics and ages between Oosterhoff group I and II clusters suggests that they may have different origins: The Oosterhoff II clusters were formed very early in the proto-Galaxy while the Oosterhoff I clusters were formed at different locations and at a later

  19. Finding, Characterizing, and Classifying Variable Sources in Multi-epoch Sky Surveys: QSOs and RR Lyrae in PS1 3π data

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    Hernitschek, Nina; Schlafly, Edward F.; Sesar, Branimir; Rix, Hans-Walter; Hogg, David W.; Ivezić, Željko; Grebel, Eva K.; Bell, Eric F.; Martin, Nicolas F.; Burgett, W. S.; Flewelling, H.; Hodapp, K. W.; Kaiser, N.; Magnier, E. A.; Metcalfe, N.; Wainscoat, R. J.; Waters, C.

    2016-01-01

    In area and depth, the Pan-STARRS1 (PS1) 3π survey is unique among many-epoch, multi-band surveys and has enormous potential for the all-sky identification of variable sources. PS1 has observed the sky typically seven times in each of its five bands (grizy) over 3.5 years, but unlike SDSS, not simultaneously across the bands. Here we develop a new approach for quantifying statistical properties of non-simultaneous, sparse, multi-color light curves through light curve structure functions, effectively turning PS1 into a ∼35-epoch survey. We use this approach to estimate variability amplitudes and timescales (ωr, τ) for all point sources brighter than rP1 = 21.5 mag in the survey. With PS1 data on SDSS Stripe 82 as “ground truth,” we use a Random Forest Classifier to identify QSOs and RR Lyrae based on their variability and their mean PS1 and WISE colors. We find that, aside from the Galactic plane, QSO and RR Lyrae samples of purity ∼75% and completeness ∼92% can be selected. On this basis we have identified a sample of ∼1,000,000 QSO candidates, as well as an unprecedentedly large and deep sample of ∼150,000 RR Lyrae candidates with distances from ∼10 to ∼120 kpc. Within the Draco dwarf spheroidal, we demonstrate a distance precision of 6% for RR Lyrae candidates. We provide a catalog of all likely variable point sources and likely QSOs in PS1, a total of 25.8 × 106 sources.

  20. A new velocity curve of the RR Lyrae star TU Ursae Majoris - Evidence for duplicity

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    Saha, A.; White, R.E. Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD Steward Observatory, Tucson, AZ )

    1990-02-01

    Spectra taken at the coude focus of the 5-m Hale telescope were reduced to obtain a velocity curve for the field RR Lyr star TU UMa. The observations were aimed at detecting differences (if any) in the velocity curves obtained from weak metal lines shortward of the Balmer jump, as opposed to those from similar lines longward of the Balmer jump, so that velocity gradients deep in the atmosphere could be studied. The mean velocity from this velocity curve is different from those measured at earlier epochs. This suggests that TU UMa is a binary system in which the visible component is the RR Lyr star. Fluctuations in times of light maxima are interpreted here as time delays due to light travel time as the RR Lyr component moves in its orbit. 35 refs.

  1. Hubble Space Telescope Fine Guidance Sensor Parallaxes of Galactic RR Lyrae Stars

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    Benedict, G. Fritz; McArthur, B. E.

    2011-04-01

    We present new absolute trigonometric parallaxes and proper motions for seven Pop II variable stars: the five RR Lyr stars; RZ Cep, XZ Cyg, SU Dra, RR Lyr, UV Oct; and two W Vir Pop II Cepheids; VY Pyx and kappa Pav. We obtain these results with astrometric data from Fine Guidance Sensor 1r, a white-light interferometer on Hubble Space Telescope. We measure absolute parallaxes with an average precision, 6.6%. Using these parallaxes we compute absolute magnitudes in V and K bandpasses corrected for interstellar extinction and Lutz-Kelker-Hanson bias. Considering only the RR Lyr stars, we use these absolute magnitudes to construct a K-band Leavitt Law (Period-Luminosity relation) and a Galactic Mv-[Fe/H] relation. We employ these relations to determine independent distances to the LMC and several globular clusters. For the LMC our K-band distance modulus from RR Lyr stars agrees within the errors with a previous value derived by us from Galactic Cepheids, uncorrected for metallicity. These results are based on observations made through grants GO-11211 and GO-11789 administered through the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS5-26555.

  2. Spectroscopic determinations of surface gravities of giant stars, and ultraviolet observations of RR Lyrae and X Arietis

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    Bonnell, J.T.

    1987-01-01

    The surface gravities of four K giant stars, including the well-known standard stars Arcturus (..cap alpha.. Boo) and Aldebaran (..cap alpha.. Tau) were determined from an analysis of the molecular dissociation equilibrium of OH. High-resolution FTS spectra of the infrared ground-state vibration-rotation lines of the OH ..delta..v = 1 and ..delta.. v = 2 sequences were used in the analysis. The oxygen abundances were derived from the (O I) lines at 6300 and 6363 A. The surface gravities of 5 further G and K giants were determined from an analysis of the molecular equilibrium of MgH, the magnesium abundances being derived from visible and near-infrared high-excitation-potential MgI lines. Ultraviolet observations of RR Lyrae and X Arietis obtained with the Astronomical Netherlands Satellite (ANS) and the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellite are also discussed. These observations are compared with light curves derived using model atmospheres and synthetic spectrum calculations in conjunction with angular diameters determined by Manduca et al. (1981) from photometry at longer wavelengths. A good agreement is found.

  3. Spectroscopic determinations of surface gravities of giant stars, and ultraviolet observations of RR Lyrae and X ARIETIS

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    Bonnell, Jeremiah Tighe

    The surface gravities of four giant K stars, including the well known standard stars Arcturus (alpha Boo) and Aldebaran (alpha Tau) are determined from an analysis of the molecular dissociation equilibrium of OH. High resolution FTS spectra of the infrared ground state vibration-rotation lines of the OH delta v = 1 and delta v = 2 sequences were used in the analysis. The oxygen abundances were derived from the (OI) line at 6300 and 6363 A. Lifetimes for the OH delta v = 2 sequence lines are derived based on the electric dipole moment function and rotationless Einstein A values. Masses for the stars based on the derived gravities, measured parallaxes, and angular diameters are discussed. The surface gravities of 5 more G and K giants were determined from an analysis of the molecular equilibrium of MgH, the magnesium abundances being derived from visible and near infrared high excitation potential MgI lines. The MgH/MgI gravities are compared to surface gravities derived based on an analysis of the ionization equilibrium of iron. It is found that the implied giant star masses are not significantly subsolar. Ultraviolet observations of RR Lyrae and X Arietis obtained with the Astronomical Netherlands Satellite (ANS) and the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellite are also discussed. These observations are compared with light curves derived using model atmospheres and synthetic spectrum calculations in conjunction with angular diameters determined from photometry at longer wavelengths. A good agreement was found.

  4. The Araucaria Project: The Distance to the Carina Dwarf Galaxy from Infrared Photometry of RR Lyrae Stars

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    Karczmarek, Paulina; Pietrzyński, Grzegorz; Gieren, Wolfgang; Suchomska, Ksenia; Konorski, Piotr; Górski, Marek; Pilecki, Bogumił; Graczyk, Dariusz; Wielgórski, Piotr

    2015-09-01

    We obtained single-phase near-infrared (NIR) magnitudes in the J- and K-band for a sample of 33 RR Lyrae (RRL) stars in the Carina dSph galaxy. Applying different theoretical and empirical calibrations of the NIR period-luminosity-metallicity relation for RRL stars, we find consistent results and obtain a true, reddening-corrected distance modulus of 20.118 ± 0.017 (statistical) ± 0.11 (systematic) mag. This value is in excellent agreement with the results obtained in the context of the Araucaria Project from NIR photometry of red clump stars (20.165 ± 0.015) and the tip of red giant branch (20.09 ± 0.03 ± 0.12 mag in the J band, 20.14 ± 0.04 ± 0.14 mag in the K band), as well as with most independent distance determinations to this galaxy. The NIR RRL method proved to be a reliable tool for accurate distance determination at the 5% level or better, particularly for galaxies and globular clusters that lack young standard candles, like Cepheids. Based on data collected with the VLT/HAWK-I instrument at ESO Paranal Observatory, Chile, as a part of a program 082.D-0123(B).

  5. RR Lyrae stars in the SDSS Stripe 82 region: period-color and amplitude-color relations

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    Ngeow, C.-C.; Kanbur, S.; Bhardwaj, A.; Singh, H.

    2016-05-01

    Investigation of period-color (PC) and amplitude-color (AC) relations at the maximum and minimum light for RR Lyrae (RRL) stars can be used to probe the interaction of the hydrogen ionization front with photosphere at the atmosphere for this type of pulsating variables. For example, theoretical calculation indicated that such interaction would occur at the minimum light for RRL stars and caused a flat PC relation. In the past, the PC and AC relations have been investigated by using either the (V - R) or (V - I) colors. Here, we extend previous works to multi-bands by analyzing the RRL stars in SDSS (Sloan Digitized Sky Survey) Stripe 82 region, at which multi-epoch data are available for RRL stars located within the footprint of Stripe 82 region in ugriz bands. We present the PC and AC relations in four colors after correcting for extinction. We found that the structure of PC and AC relations for this sample of RRL stars is more complicated than a linear regression fit.

  6. The first Baade-Wesselink analysis of Blazhko RR Lyrae stars: discrepancies between photometrically and spectroscopically determined radius variations

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    Jurcsik, J.; Hajdu, G.

    2017-09-01

    The simultaneous photometric and spectroscopic observations of the RR Lyrae variables in the globular cluster, M3, published in Jurcsik et al. (2017, Paper I) made it possible to perform Baade-Wesselink (BW) analysis of a large sample of Blazhko stars for the first time. The BW distances of Blazhko stars turned out to be unreliable, as significantly different distances were obtained for the stars of the Blazhko sample and also for the same star in different modulation phases. Even the results of small modulation-amplitude Blazhko stars may be doubtful. This result warns that the application of the BW method to Blazhko stars is not trustworthy. Keeping the distance fixed for each Blazhko star in each modulation phase, a significant difference between the spectroscopic and the photometric radius (Rsp, Rph) variations is detected. The phase and amplitude variations of Rsp follow the changes of the light curve during the Blazhko cycle but the Rph curve seems to be not (or only marginally) affected by the modulation. The asynchronous behaviour of Rsp and Rph supports the interpretation of the Blazhko effect as a depth-dependent phenomenon, as the spectroscopic radius variation reflects the radial displacement of the line-forming region high in the atmosphere, while the photospheric radius variation is derived from the information of the observed visual-band light emitted mostly by the lower photosphere. The stability of Rph may be interpreted as a strong argument against the non-radial-mode explanation of the Blazhko phenomenon.

  7. The Milky Way's Circular Velocity Curve and Its Constraint on the Galactic Mass with RR Lyrae Stars

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    Ablimit, Iminhaji; Zhao, Gang

    2017-09-01

    We present a sample of 1148 ab-type RR Lyrae (RRLab) variables identified from Catalina Surveys Data Release 1, combined with SDSS DR8 and LAMOST DR4 spectral data. We first use a large sample of 860 Galactic halo RRLab stars and derive the circular velocity distributions for the stellar halo. With the precise distances and carefully determined radial velocities (the center-of-mass radial velocities) and by considering the pulsation of the RRLab stars in our sample, we can obtain a reliable and comparable stellar halo circular velocity curve. We follow two different prescriptions for the velocity anisotropy parameter β in the Jeans equation to study the circular velocity curve and mass profile. Additionally, we test two different solar peculiar motions in our calculation. The best result we obtained with the adopted solar peculiar motion 1 of (U, V, W) = (11.1, 12, 7.2) km s‑1 is that the enclosed mass of the Milky Way within 50 kpc is (3.75 ± 1.33) × 1011 M ⊙ based on β = 0 and the circular velocity 180 ± 31.92 (km s‑1) at 50 kpc. This result is consistent with dynamical model results, and it is also comparable to the results of previous similar works.

  8. THE ARAUCARIA PROJECT: THE DISTANCE TO THE CARINA DWARF GALAXY FROM INFRARED PHOTOMETRY OF RR LYRAE STARS

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    Karczmarek, Paulina; Pietrzynski, Grzegorz; Suchomska, Ksenia; Konorski, Piotr; Górski, Marek; Pilecki, Bogumił; Wielgórski, Piotr; Gieren, Wolfgang; Graczyk, Dariusz E-mail: ksenia@astrouw.edu.pl E-mail: pilecki@astrouw.edu.pl E-mail: pietrzyn@astrouw.edu.pl E-mail: mgorski@astrouw.edu.pl

    2015-09-15

    We obtained single-phase near-infrared (NIR) magnitudes in the J- and K-band for a sample of 33 RR Lyrae (RRL) stars in the Carina dSph galaxy. Applying different theoretical and empirical calibrations of the NIR period–luminosity–metallicity relation for RRL stars, we find consistent results and obtain a true, reddening-corrected distance modulus of 20.118 ± 0.017 (statistical) ± 0.11 (systematic) mag. This value is in excellent agreement with the results obtained in the context of the Araucaria Project from NIR photometry of red clump stars (20.165 ± 0.015) and the tip of red giant branch (20.09 ± 0.03 ± 0.12 mag in the J band, 20.14 ± 0.04 ± 0.14 mag in the K band), as well as with most independent distance determinations to this galaxy. The NIR RRL method proved to be a reliable tool for accurate distance determination at the 5% level or better, particularly for galaxies and globular clusters that lack young standard candles, like Cepheids.

  9. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Double-mode RR Lyrae stars in LINEAR (Poleski+, 2014)

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    Poleski, R.

    2014-11-01

    The LINEAR survey operated between 1998 and 2009 using two 1m telescopes. Each of the mosaic cameras had a 2deg2 field of view with a 2.25" pixel scale. Observations were collected without a filter and sometimes in nonphotometric conditions. On average, 250 epochs were collected per field, and the number rises to 500 for targets close to the ecliptic plane. Such a dataset is suitable for a search for periodic variable stars. The catalog of such objects was presented by Palaversa et al. (2013AJ....146..101P, Cat. J/AJ/146/101). It includes more than 7000 stars, most of which are RR Lyr pulsators. There are 2923 RRab and 990 RRc stars. We performed the search for other radial modes in RR Lyr type stars. (2 data files).

  10. The early chemical enrichment histories of two Sculptor group dwarf galaxies as revealed by RR lyrae variables

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    Yang, Soung-Chul; Kim, Sang Chul; Kyeong, Jaemann; Wagner-Kaiser, Rachel; Sarajedini, Ata

    2014-03-20

    We present the results of our analysis of the RR Lyrae (RRL) variable stars detected in two transition-type dwarf galaxies (dTrans), ESO294-G010 and ESO410-G005 in the Sculptor group, which is known to be one of the closest neighboring galaxy groups to our Local Group. Using deep archival images from the Advanced Camera for Surveys on board the Hubble Space Telescope, we have identified a sample of RRL candidates in both dTrans galaxies (219 RRab (RR0) and 13 RRc (RR1) variables in ESO294-G010; 225 RRab and 44 RRc stars in ESO410-G005). The metallicities of the individual RRab stars are calculated via the period-amplitude-[Fe/H] relation derived by Alcock et al. This yields mean metallicities of ([Fe/H]){sub ESO294} = –1.77 ± 0.03 and ([Fe/H]){sub ESO410} = –1.64 ± 0.03. The RRL metallicity distribution functions (MDFs) are investigated further via simple chemical evolution models; these reveal the relics of the early chemical enrichment processes for these two dTrans galaxies. In the case of both galaxies, the shapes of the RRL MDFs are well described by pre-enrichment models. This suggests two possible channels for the early chemical evolution for these Sculptor group dTrans galaxies: (1) the ancient stellar populations of our target dwarf galaxies might have formed from the star forming gas which was already enriched through 'prompt initial enrichment' or an 'initial nucleosynthetic spike' from the very first massive stars, or (2) this pre-enrichment state might have been achieved by the end products from more evolved systems of their nearest neighbor, NGC 55. We also study the environmental effects of the formation and evolution of our target dTrans galaxies by comparing their properties with those of 79 volume limited (D {sub ☉} < 2 Mpc) dwarf galaxy samples in terms of the luminosity-metallicity relation and the H I gas content. The presence of these RRL stars strongly supports the idea that although the Sculptor Group galaxies have a considerably

  11. Kinematic structure in the Galactic halo at the North Galactic Pole: RR Lyrae and blue horizontal branch stars show different kinematics

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    Kinman, T. D.; Cacciari, C.; Bragaglia, A.; Buzzoni, A.; Spagna, A.

    2007-03-01

    Radial velocities and proper motions (derived from the GSC-II data base) are given for 38 RR Lyrae (RRL) stars and 79 blue horizontal branch (BHB) stars in a ~200 deg2 area around the North Galactic Pole (NGP). Both heliocentric (UVW) and galactocentric (VR, Vφ, Vz) space motions are derived for these stars using a homogeneous distance scale consistent with (m - M)0 = 18.52 for the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). An analysis of the 26 RRL and 52 BHB stars whose height (Z) above the plane is less than 8 kpc shows that this halo sample is not homogeneous. Our BHB sample (like that of Sirko et al.) has a zero galactic rotation (Vφ) and roughly isotropic velocity dispersions. The RRL sample shows a definite retrograde rotation (Vφ = -95 +/- 29 kms-1) and non-isotropic velocity dispersions. The combined BHB and RRL sample has a retrograde galactic rotation (V) that is similar to that found by Majewski for his sample of subdwarfs in Selected Area (SA) 57. The velocity dispersion of the RRL stars that have a positive W motion is significantly smaller than the dispersion of those `streaming down' with a negative W. Also, the ratio of RRL to BHB stars is smaller for the sample that has positive W. Our halo sample occupies 10.4 kpc3 at a mean height of 5 kpc above the Galactic plane. In this volume, one component (rich in RRL stars) shows retrograde rotation and the streaming motion that we associate with the accretion process. The other component (traced by the BHB stars) shows essentially no rotation and less evidence of streaming. These two components have horizontal branch (HB) morphologies that suggest that they may be the field star equivalents of the young and old halo globular clusters, respectively. Clearly, it is quite desirable to use more than one tracer in any kinematic analysis of the halo.

  12. Evidence for Distinct Components of the Galactic Stellar Halo from 838 RR Lyrae Stars Discovered in the LONEOS-I Survey

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    Miceli, A; Rest, A; Stubbs, C W; Hawley, S L; Cook, K H; Magnier, E A; Krisciunas, K; Bowell, E; Koehn, B

    2007-02-23

    We present 838 ab-type RR Lyrae stars from the Lowell Observatory Near Earth Objects Survey Phase I (LONEOS-I). These objects cover 1430 deg{sup 2} and span distances ranging from 3-30kpc from the Galactic Center. Object selection is based on phased, photometric data with 28-50 epochs. We use this large sample to explore the bulk properties of the stellar halo, including the spatial distribution. The period-amplitude distribution of this sample shows that the majority of these RR Lyrae stars resemble Oosterhoff type I, but there is a significant fraction (26%) which have longer periods and appear to be Oosterhoff type II. We find that the radial distributions of these two populations have significantly different profiles ({rho}{sub OoI} {approx} R{sup -2.26{+-}0.07} and {rho}{sub OoII} {approx} R{sup -2.88{+-}0.11}). This suggests that the stellar halo was formed by at least two distinct accretion processes and supports dual-halo models.

  13. The Carnegie-Chicago Hubble Program. II. The Distance to IC 1613: The Tip of the Red Giant Branch and RR Lyrae Period-luminosity Relations

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    Hatt, Dylan; Beaton, Rachael L.; Freedman, Wendy L.; Madore, Barry F.; Jang, In-Sung; Hoyt, Taylor J.; Lee, Myung Gyoon; Monson, Andrew J.; Rich, Jeffrey A.; Scowcroft, Victoria; Seibert, Mark

    2017-08-01

    IC 1613 is an isolated dwarf galaxy within the Local Group. Low foreground and internal extinction, low metallicity, and low crowding make it an invaluable testbed for the calibration of the local distance ladder. We present new, high-fidelity distance estimates to IC 1613 via its Tip of the Red Giant Branch (TRGB) and its RR Lyrae (RRL) variables as part of the Carnegie-Chicago Hubble Program, which seeks an alternate local route to H 0 using Population II stars. We have measured a TRGB magnitude {I}{ACS}{TRGB}=20.35+/- {0.01}{stat}+/- {0.01}{sys} mag using wide-field observations obtained from the IMACS camera on the Magellan-Baade telescope. We have further constructed optical and near-infrared RRL light curves using archival BI- and new H-band observations from the ACS/WFC and WFC3/IR instruments on board the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). In advance of future Gaia data releases, we set provisional values for the TRGB luminosity via the Large Magellanic Cloud and Galactic RRL zero-points via HST parallaxes. We find corresponding true distance moduli {μ }0{TRGB}=24.30+/- {0.03}{stat}+/- {0.05}{sys} {mag} and < {μ }0{RRL}> =24.28+/- {0.04}{stat+{sys}} mag. We compare our results to a body of recent publications on IC 1613 and find no statistically significant difference between the distances derived from Population I and II stars. Based in part on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555. These observations are associated with programs #10505 and #13691. Additional observations are credited to the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington for the use of Magellan-Baade IMACS. Presented as part of a dissertation to the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The University of Chicago, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree.

  14. CoRoT light curves of Blazhko RR Lyrae stars. Evidence of a strong correlation between phase and amplitude modulations of CoRoT ID 0105288363

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    Chadid, M.; Perini, C.; Bono, G.; Auvergne, M.; Baglin, A.; Weiss, W. W.; Deboscher, J.

    2011-03-01

    Context. The CoRoT - Convection Rotation and planetary Transits - space mission provides a unique opportunity to monitor RR Lyrae stars with excellent time-sampling, unprecedented photometric precision, and a long time base of 150 days. Aims: The pulsation characteristics of RR Lyrae stars rely on robust physics, but we still lack a firm quantitative understanding of the physical mechanisms driving the Blazhko modulation and the long-term changes in their pulsation behavior. We use the high-precision space data of an unknown RR Lyrae star CoRoT ID 0105288363 observed during a second long run centered on the Galaxy - LRc02 -, to improve our understanding of the pulsation properties of RR Lyrae stars. Methods: The CoRoT data were corrected using a jump and trend filtering code. We applied different period-finding techniques including Period04, MuFrAn, PDM, and SigSpec. Amplitude and phase modulation were investigated using an analytical function method as well as traditional O-C diagrams. Results: For the first time, we detect significant cycle-to-cycle changes in the Blazhko modulation, which appear to be analogous to those predicted by Stothers - owing to the suppression of turbulent convection - to explain this phenomenon. We discuss the clear correlations between the phase and the amplitude of the bump, and the skewness and acuteness of the light curve during different Blazhko cycles. We find that these quantities are strongly anticorrelated with the fundamental pulsation period. This provides a strong support to the slow convective cycle model suggested by Stothers. We also detect a long-term modulation period in the maximum brightness spectrum. A more extended coverage of the long-term modulation is required to constrain its period. Seventh-order side peaks of the pulsation multiplet structure are also visible with the left-side peak amplitudes being higher than those of the right. This has never previously been detected. Future theoretical investigations are

  15. Blazhko effect in the Galactic bulge fundamental mode RR Lyrae stars - I. Incidence rate and differences between modulated and non-modulated stars

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    Prudil, Z.; Skarka, M.

    2017-04-01

    We present the first paper of a series focused on the Blazhko effect in RR Lyrae type stars pulsating in the fundamental mode that are located in the Galactic bulge. A comprehensive overview of the incidence rate and light-curve characteristics of the Blazhko stars is given. We analysed 8282 stars having the best quality data in the OGLE-IV survey, and found that at least 40.3 per cent of the stars show modulation of their light curves. The number of Blazhko stars we identified is 3341, which is the largest sample ever studied, implying that these are the most relevant statistical results currently available. Using combined data sets with OGLE-III observations, we found that 50 per cent of the stars that show unresolved peaks close to the main component in OGLE-IV are actually Blazhko stars with extremely long periods. Blazhko stars with modulation occur preferentially among RR Lyrae stars with shorter pulsation periods in the Galactic bulge. Fourier amplitude and phase coefficients based on the mean light curves appear to be substantially lower for Blazhko stars than for stars with an unmodulated light curve on average. We derived new relations for the compatibility parameter Dm in the I passband and relations that allow for differentiating modulated and non-modulated stars easily based on R31, ϕ21 and ϕ31. Photometric metallicities, intrinsic colours and absolute magnitudes computed using empirical relations are the same for Blazhko and non-modulated stars in the Galactic bulge, suggesting there is no correlation between the occurrence of the Blazhko effect and these parameters.

  16. Exact solutions of bulk viscous with string cloud attached to strange quark matter for higher dimensional FRW universe in Lyra geometry

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    Çağlar, Halife; Aygün, Sezgin

    2016-03-25

    In this study, we have investigated bulk viscous with strange quark matter attached to the string cloud for higher dimensional Friedman-Robertson-Walker (FRW) universe in Lyra geometry. By using varying deceleration parameter and conservation equations we have solved Einstein Field Equations (EFE’s) and obtained generalized exact solutions for our model. Also we have found that string is not survived for bulk viscous with strange quark matter attached to the string cloud in framework higher dimensional FRW universe in Lyra geometry. This result agrees with Kiran and Reddy, Krori et al, Sahoo and Mishra and Mohanty et al. in four and five dimensions.

  17. Exact solutions of bulk viscous with string cloud attached to strange quark matter for higher dimensional FRW universe in Lyra geometry

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    Ćaǧlar, Halife; Aygün, Sezgin

    2016-03-01

    In this study, we have investigated bulk viscous with strange quark matter attached to the string cloud for higher dimensional Friedman-Robertson-Walker (FRW) universe in Lyra geometry. By using varying deceleration parameter and conservation equations we have solved Einstein Field Equations (EFE's) and obtained generalized exact solutions for our model. Also we have found that string is not survived for bulk viscous with strange quark matter attached to the string cloud in framework higher dimensional FRW universe in Lyra geometry. This result agrees with Kiran and Reddy, Krori et al, Sahoo and Mishra and Mohanty et al. in four and five dimensions.

  18. Pulsating star products from the Palomar Transient Factory: Ultra-long period Cepheids in M31 and RR Lyrae in Kepler field

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    Ngeow, Chow-Choong

    2017-09-01

    The Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) and its successor, the intermediate PTF (iPTF), are wide-field synoptic sky surveys aimed to detect transients. Even though the main science goal for PTF/iPTF is to detect various types of transients, the synoptic nature of the surveys can also be used for the study of variable stars. In this proceedings contribution, I will first give a brief introduction to PTF/iPTF, followed by the two pulsating stars studies using the PTF/iPTF data: the Ultra-Long Period Cepheids (ULPC) in M31 and the RR Lyrae in the Kepler field. For the formal study, we searched the M31's ULPC using PTF imaging data, and follow up the candidates with other telescopes. Our finding revealed that there are only two ULPC in M31. I will give a brief implication of our finding in distance scale studies. For the latter study, I will present our work on the derivation of metallicity-light curve relation in native PTF/iPTF R-band using the RRab stars in the Kepler field.

  19. The >100 kpc Distant Spur of the Sagittarius Stream and the Outer Virgo Overdensity, as Seen in PS1 RR Lyrae Stars

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    Sesar, Branimir; Hernitschek, Nina; Dierickx, Marion I. P.; Fardal, Mark A.; Rix, Hans-Walter

    2017-07-01

    We report the detection of spatially distinct stellar density features near the apocenters of the Sagittarius (Sgr) stream’s main leading and trailing arm. These features are clearly visible in a high-fidelity stellar halo map that is based on RR Lyrae from Pan-STARRS1: there is a plume of stars 10 kpc beyond the apocenter of the leading arm, and there is a “spur” extending to 130 kpc, almost 30 kpc beyond the previously detected apocenter of the trailing arm. Such an apocenter substructure is qualitatively expected in any Sgr stream model, as stars stripped from the progenitor at different pericenter passages become spatially separated there. The morphology of these new Sgr stream substructures could provide much-needed new clues and constraints for modeling the Sgr system, including the level of dynamical friction that Sgr has experienced. We also report the discovery of a new, presumably unrelated halo substructure at 80 kpc from the Sun and 10° from the Sgr orbital plane, which we dub the outer Virgo overdensity.

  20. An optimized method to identify RR Lyrae stars in the SDSS×Pan-STARRS1 overlapping area using a bayesian generative technique

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    Abbas, Mohamad; Grebel, Eva K.; Martin, N. F.; Kaiser, N.; Burgett, W. S.; Huber, M. E.; Waters, C.

    2014-07-01

    We present a method for selecting RR Lyrae (RRL) stars (or other types of variable stars) in the absence of a large number of multi-epoch data and light curve analyses. Our method uses color and variability selection cuts that are defined by applying a Gaussian Mixture Bayesian Generative Method (GMM) on 636 pre-identified RRL stars instead of applying the commonly used rectangular cuts. Specifically, our method selects 8115 RRL candidates (heliocentric distances < 70 kpc) using GMM color cuts from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and GMM variability cuts from the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System 1 3π survey (PS1). Comparing our method with the Stripe 82 catalog of RRL stars shows that the efficiency and completeness levels of our method are ∼77% and ∼52%, respectively. Most contaminants are either non-variable main-sequence stars or stars in eclipsing systems. The method described here efficiently recovers known stellar halo substructures. It is expected that the current completeness and efficiency levels will further improve with the additional PS1 epochs (∼3 epochs per filter) that will be observed before the conclusion of the survey. A comparison between our efficiency and completeness levels using the GMM method to the efficiency and completeness levels using rectangular cuts that are commonly used yielded a significant increase in the efficiency level from ∼13% to ∼77% and an insignificant change in the completeness levels. Hence, we favor using the GMM technique in future studies. Although we develop it over the SDSS×PS1 footprint, the technique presented here would work well on any multi-band, multi-epoch survey for which the number of epochs is limited.

  1. An Optimized Method to Identify RR Lyrae Stars in the SDSS×Pan-STARRS1 Overlapping Area Using a Bayesian Generative Technique

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    Abbas, Mohamad; Grebel, Eva K.; Martin, N. F.; Kaiser, N.; Burgett, W. S.; Huber, M. E.; Waters, C.

    2014-07-01

    We present a method for selecting RR Lyrae (RRL) stars (or other types of variable stars) in the absence of a large number of multi-epoch data and light curve analyses. Our method uses color and variability selection cuts that are defined by applying a Gaussian Mixture Bayesian Generative Method (GMM) on 636 pre-identified RRL stars instead of applying the commonly used rectangular cuts. Specifically, our method selects 8115 RRL candidates (heliocentric distances < 70 kpc) using GMM color cuts from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and GMM variability cuts from the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System 1 3π survey (PS1). Comparing our method with the Stripe 82 catalog of RRL stars shows that the efficiency and completeness levels of our method are ~77% and ~52%, respectively. Most contaminants are either non-variable main-sequence stars or stars in eclipsing systems. The method described here efficiently recovers known stellar halo substructures. It is expected that the current completeness and efficiency levels will further improve with the additional PS1 epochs (~3 epochs per filter) that will be observed before the conclusion of the survey. A comparison between our efficiency and completeness levels using the GMM method to the efficiency and completeness levels using rectangular cuts that are commonly used yielded a significant increase in the efficiency level from ~13% to ~77% and an insignificant change in the completeness levels. Hence, we favor using the GMM technique in future studies. Although we develop it over the SDSS×PS1 footprint, the technique presented here would work well on any multi-band, multi-epoch survey for which the number of epochs is limited.

  2. Constraints on the Distance Moduli, Helium and Metal Abundances, and Ages of Globular Clusters from their RR Lyrae and Non-variable Horizontal-branch Stars. I. M3, M15, and M92

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    VandenBerg, Don A.; Denissenkov, P. A.; Catelan, Márcio

    2016-08-01

    Up-to-date isochrones, zero-age horizontal-branch (ZAHB) loci, and evolutionary tracks for core He-burning stars are applied to the color-magnitude diagrams of M3, M15, and M92, focusing in particular on their RR Lyrae populations. Periods for the ab- and c-type variables are calculated using the latest theoretical calibrations of {log} {P}{ab} and {log} {P}c as a function of luminosity, mass, effective temperature ({T}{{eff}}), and metallicity. Our models are generally able to reproduce the measured periods to well within the uncertainties implied by the stellar properties on which pulsation periods depend, as well as the mean periods and cluster-to-cluster differences in < {P}{ab}> and < {P}c> , on the assumption of well-supported values of E(B-V), {(m-M)}V, and [Fe/H]. While many of RR Lyrae in M3 lie close to the same ZAHB that fits the faintest horizontal-branch (HB) stars at bluer or redder colors, the M92 variables are all significantly evolved stars from ZAHB locations on the blue side of the instability strip. M15 appears to contain a similar population of HB stars as M92, along with additional helium-enhanced populations not present in the latter which comprise most of its RR Lyrae stars. The large number of variables in M15 and the similarity of the observed values of < {P}{ab}> and < {P}c> in M15 and M92 can be explained by HB models that allow for variations in Y. Similar ages (˜12.5 Gyr) are found for all three clusters, making them significantly younger than the field halo subgiant HD 140283. Our analysis suggests a preference for stellar models that take diffusive processes into account.

  3. Bias Properties of Extragalactic Distance Indicators. XI. Methods to Correct for Observational Selection Bias for RR Lyrae Absolute Magnitudes from Trigonometric Parallaxes Expected from the Full-Sky Astrometric Mapping Explorer Satellite

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    Sandage, Allan; Saha, A.

    2002-04-01

    A short history is given of the development of the correction for observation selection bias inherent in the calibration of absolute magnitudes using trigonometric parallaxes. The developments have been due to Eddington, Jeffreys, Trumpler & Weaver, Wallerstein, Ljunggren & Oja, West, Lutz & Kelker, after whom the bias is named, Turon Lacarrieu & Crézé, Hanson, Smith, and many others. As a tutorial to gain an intuitive understanding of several complicated trigonometric bias problems, we study a toy bias model of a parallax catalog that incorporates assumed parallax measuring errors of various severities. The two effects of bias errors on the derived absolute magnitudes are (1) the Lutz-Kelker correction itself, which depends on the relative parallax error δπ/π and the spatial distribution, and (2) a Malmquist-like ``incompleteness'' correction of opposite sign due to various apparent magnitude cutoffs as they are progressively imposed on the catalog. We calculate the bias properties using simulations involving 3×106 stars of fixed absolute magnitude using Mv=+0.6 to imitate RR Lyrae variables in the mean. These stars are spread over a spherical volume bounded by a radius 50,000 pc with different spatial density distributions. The bias is demonstrated by first using a fixed rms parallax uncertainty per star of 50 μas and then using a variable rms accuracy that ranges from 50 μas at apparent magnitude V=9 to 500 μas at V=15 according to the specifications for the Full-Sky Astrometric Mapping Explorer (FAME) satellite to be launched in 2004. The effects of imposing magnitude limits and limits on the ``observer's'' error, δπ/π, are displayed. We contrast the method of calculating mean absolute magnitude directly from the parallaxes where bias corrections are mandatory, with an inverse method using maximum likelihood that is free of the Lutz-Kelker bias, although a Malmquist bias is present. Simulations show the power of the inverse method. Nevertheless, we

  4. On the Distance of the Globular Cluster M4 (NGC 6121) Using RR Lyrae Stars. II. Mid-infrared Period-luminosity Relations.

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    Neeley, J. R.; Marengo, M.; Bono, G.; Braga, V. F.; Dall'Ora, M.; Stetson, P. B.; Buonanno, R.; Ferraro, I.; Freedman, W. L.; Iannicola, G.; Madore, B. F.; Matsunaga, N.; Monson, A.; Persson, S. E.; Scowcroft, V.; Seibert, M.

    2015-07-01

    New mid-infrared (MIR) period-luminosity (PL) relations are presented for RR Lyræ variables in the globular cluster M4 (NGC 6121). Accurate photometry was obtained for 37 RR Lyræ variables using observations from the Infrared Array Camera on board the Spitzer Space Telescope. The dispersion of M4's PL relations is 0.056, and the uncertainty in the slope is 0.11 mag. Additionally, we established calibrated PL relations at 3.6 and 4.5 μm using published Hubble Space Telescope geometric parallaxes of five Galactic RR Lyræ stars. The resulting band-averaged distance modulus for M4 is μ =11.399+/- 0.007({stat}) ± 0.080({syst}) ± 0.015({cal})+/- 0.020({ext}). The systematic uncertainty will be greatly reduced when parallaxes of more stars become available from the GAIA mission. Optical and infrared period-color (PC) relations are also presented, and the lack of an MIR PC relation suggests that RR Lyræ stars are not affected by CO absorption in the 4.5 μm band.

  5. VVV SURVEY NEAR-INFRARED PHOTOMETRY OF KNOWN BULGE RR LYRAE STARS: THE DISTANCE TO THE GALACTIC CENTER AND ABSENCE OF A BARRED DISTRIBUTION OF THE METAL-POOR POPULATION

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    Dékány, I.; Minniti, D.; Catelan, M.; Zoccali, M.; Hempel, M.; Saito, R. K.

    2013-10-20

    We have combined optical and near-infrared data of known RR Lyrae (RRL) stars in the bulge in order to study the spatial distribution of its metal-poor component by measuring precise reddening values and distances of 7663 fundamental-mode RRL stars with high-quality photometry. We obtain a distance to the Galactic center of R {sub 0} = 8.33 ± 0.05 ± 0.14 kpc. We find that the spatial distribution of the RRL stars differs from the structures traced by the predominantly metal-rich red clump (RC) stars. Unlike the RC stars, the RRL stars do not trace a strong bar, but have a more spheroidal, centrally concentrated distribution, showing only a slight elongation in its very center. We find a hint of bimodality in the density distribution at high southern latitudes (b < –5°), which needs to be confirmed by extending the areal coverage of the current census. The different spatial distributions of the metal-rich and metal-poor stellar populations suggest that the Milky Way has a composite bulge.

  6. AMPLITUDE FINE STRUCTURE IN THE CEPHEID P-L RELATION. I. AMPLITUDE DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE RR LYRAE INSTABILITY STRIP MAPPED USING THE ACCESSIBILITY RESTRICTION IMPOSED BY THE HORIZONTAL BRANCH

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    Sandage, Allan

    2010-10-10

    The largest amplitude light curves for both RR Lyrae (RRL) variables and classical Cepheids with periods less than 10 days and greater than 20 days occur at the blue edge of the respective instability strips. It is shown that the equation for the decrease in amplitude with penetration into the strip from the blue edge, and hence the amplitude fine structure within the strip, is the same for RRL and the Cepheids despite their metallicity differences. However, the manifestation of this identity is different between the two classes of variables because the sampling of the RRL strip is restricted by the discrete strip positions of the horizontal branch, a restriction that is absent for the Cepheids in stellar aggregates with a variety of ages. To show the similarity of the strip amplitude fine structure for RRL and Cepheids, we make a grid of lines of constant amplitude in the H-R diagram of the strip using amplitude data for classical Cepheids in the Galaxy, LMC, and SMC. The model implicit in the grid, that also contains lines of constant period, is used to predict the correlations between period, amplitude, and color for the two Oosterhoff RRL groups in globular clusters. The good agreement of the predictions with the observations using the classical Cepheid amplitude fine structure also for the RRL shows one aspect of the unity of the pulsation processes between the two classes of variables.

  7. ON THE DISTANCE OF THE GLOBULAR CLUSTER M4 (NGC 6121) USING RR LYRAE STARS. I. OPTICAL AND NEAR-INFRARED PERIOD-LUMINOSITY AND PERIOD-WESENHEIT RELATIONS

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    Braga, V. F.; Bono, G.; Buonanno, R.; Dall'Ora, M.; Coppola, G.; Marconi, M.; Stetson, P. B.; Ferraro, I.; Iannicola, G.; Marengo, M.; Neeley, J.; Persson, S. E.; Freedman, W.; Madore, B. F.; Monson, A.; Rich, J.; Scowcroft, V.; Seibert, M.; Matsunaga, N.

    2015-02-01

    We present new distance determinations to the nearby globular M4 (NGC 6121) based on accurate optical and near-infrared (NIR) mean magnitudes for fundamental (FU) and first overtone (FO) RR Lyrae variables (RRLs), and new empirical optical and NIR period-luminosity (PL) and period-Wesenheit (PW) relations. We have found that optical-NIR and NIR PL and PW relations are affected by smaller standard deviations than optical relations. The difference is the consequence of a steady decrease in the intrinsic spread of cluster RRL apparent magnitudes at fixed period as longer wavelengths are considered. The weighted mean visual apparent magnitude of 44 cluster RRLs is =13.329 ± 0.001 (standard error of the mean) ±0.177 (weighted standard deviation) mag. Distances were estimated using RR Lyr itself to fix the zero-point of the empirical PL and PW relations. Using the entire sample (FU+FO) we found weighted mean true distance moduli of 11.35 ± 0.03 ± 0.05 mag and 11.32 ± 0.02 ± 0.07 mag. Distances were also evaluated using predicted metallicity dependent PLZ and PWZ relations. We found weighted mean true distance moduli of 11.283 ± 0.010 ± 0.018 mag (NIR PLZ) and 11.272 ± 0.005 ± 0.019 mag (optical-NIR and NIR PWZ). The above weighted mean true distance moduli agree within 1σ. The same result is found from distances based on PWZ relations in which the color index is independent of the adopted magnitude (11.272 ± 0.004 ± 0.013 mag). These distances agree quite well with the geometric distance provided by Kaluzny et al. based on three eclipsing binaries. The available evidence indicates that this approach can provide distances to globulars hosting RRLs with a precision better than 2%-3%.

  8. On the Distance of the Globular Cluster M4 (NGC 6121) Using RR Lyrae Stars. I. Optical and Near-infrared Period-Luminosity and Period-Wesenheit Relations

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    Braga, V. F.; Dall'Ora, M.; Bono, G.; Stetson, P. B.; Ferraro, I.; Iannicola, G.; Marengo, M.; Neeley, J.; Persson, S. E.; Buonanno, R.; Coppola, G.; Freedman, W.; Madore, B. F.; Marconi, M.; Matsunaga, N.; Monson, A.; Rich, J.; Scowcroft, V.; Seibert, M.

    2015-02-01

    We present new distance determinations to the nearby globular M4 (NGC 6121) based on accurate optical and near-infrared (NIR) mean magnitudes for fundamental (FU) and first overtone (FO) RR Lyrae variables (RRLs), and new empirical optical and NIR period-luminosity (PL) and period-Wesenheit (PW) relations. We have found that optical-NIR and NIR PL and PW relations are affected by smaller standard deviations than optical relations. The difference is the consequence of a steady decrease in the intrinsic spread of cluster RRL apparent magnitudes at fixed period as longer wavelengths are considered. The weighted mean visual apparent magnitude of 44 cluster RRLs is =13.329 ± 0.001 (standard error of the mean) ±0.177 (weighted standard deviation) mag. Distances were estimated using RR Lyr itself to fix the zero-point of the empirical PL and PW relations. Using the entire sample (FU+FO) we found weighted mean true distance moduli of 11.35 ± 0.03 ± 0.05 mag and 11.32 ± 0.02 ± 0.07 mag. Distances were also evaluated using predicted metallicity dependent PLZ and PWZ relations. We found weighted mean true distance moduli of 11.283 ± 0.010 ± 0.018 mag (NIR PLZ) and 11.272 ± 0.005 ± 0.019 mag (optical-NIR and NIR PWZ). The above weighted mean true distance moduli agree within 1σ. The same result is found from distances based on PWZ relations in which the color index is independent of the adopted magnitude (11.272 ± 0.004 ± 0.013 mag). These distances agree quite well with the geometric distance provided by Kaluzny et al. based on three eclipsing binaries. The available evidence indicates that this approach can provide distances to globulars hosting RRLs with a precision better than 2%-3%.

  9. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Kinematics of RR Lyr and HB stars in NGP (Kinman+, 2007)

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    Kinman, T. D.; Cacciari, C.; Bragaglia, A.; Buzzoni, A.; Spagna, A.

    2007-11-01

    Radial velocities and proper motions (derived from the GSC-II data base) are given for 38 RR Lyrae (RRL) stars and 79 blue horizontal branch (BHB) stars in a ~200deg2 area around the North Galactic Pole (NGP). Both heliocentric (UVW) and galactocentric (VR, Vphi, Vz) space motions are derived for these stars using a homogeneous distance scale consistent with (m-M)0=18.52 for the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). (4 data files).

  10. The Distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud

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    Popowski, P

    2000-01-31

    The author demonstrates that the two unexpected results in the local Universe: anomalous intrinsic (V--I){sub 0} colors of RR Lyrae stars and clump giants in the Galactic center, and very short distances to Magellanic Clouds inferred from clump giants, can be at least partially resolved with a modified coefficient of selective extinction A{sub V}/E(V--I). With this modification, the author found a new clump-giant distance modulus to the Large Magellanic Cloud, {mu}{sub LMC} = 18.27 {+-} 0.07, which is 0.09 larger than the Udalski (1998b) result. When distance estimates from the red clump, RR Lyrae stars and the eclipsing binary HV2274 are combined, one obtains {mu}{sub LMC} = 18.31 {+-} 0.04 (internal).

  11. RW Arietis, an Eclipsing RR Lyrae Star?

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    Odell, Andrew P.; Sreedhar, Y. Harsha

    2016-08-01

    RW Arietis is an RRc star which has long been thought to undergo eclipses. We set out to answer the question posed in the title by utilizing extensive datasets, both archival and original, but found nothing, thus effectively answering in the negative. Instead we present the highest quality light curve to date, the first radial velocity curve, and the first successful ephemeris. The pulsation period changed abruptly in 2012, and seems to have changed at least twice before that.

  12. Variables en la región central del cúmulo globular NGC 3201: descomposición de Fourier de las curvas de luz de las RR Lyrae y análisis de la relación período-luminosidad de las SX Phoenicis

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    Ahumada, J. A.; Arellano Ferro, A.; Calderón, J. H.; Kains, N.

    2015-08-01

    We present CCD time-series observations of the central region of the globular cluster NGC 3201, collected from CASLEO in March 2013, with the aim of performing the Fourier decomposition of the light curves of the RR Lyrae variables. This procedure, applied to the RRab-type stars, gave a mean value [Fe/H], for the cluster metallicity, and 5.00 0.22 kpc, for the cluster distance. The values found from two RRc stars are consistent with those derived previously. Because of differential reddening across the cluster field, individual reddenings for the RRab stars were estimated from their curves, resulting in an average value . An investigation of the light curves of stars in the blue straggler region led to the discovery of three new SX Phoenicis variables. The period-luminosity relation of the SX Phoenicis was used for an independent determination of the distance to the cluster and of the individual reddenings of these variables.

  13. VARIABLE STARS IN LARGE MAGELLANIC CLOUD GLOBULAR CLUSTERS. I. NGC 1466

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    Kuehn, Charles A.; Smith, Horace A.; De Lee, Nathan; Catelan, Marcio; Pritzl, Barton J.; Borissova, Jura E-mail: smith@pa.msu.edu E-mail: mcatelan@astro.puc.cl E-mail: jura.borissova@uv.cl

    2011-10-15

    This is the first in a series of papers studying the variable stars in Large Magellanic Cloud globular clusters. The primary goal of this series is to better understand how the RR Lyrae stars in Oosterhoff-intermediate systems compare to those in Oosterhoff I/II systems. In this paper, we present the results of our new time-series BV photometric study of NGC 1466. A total of 62 variables were identified in the cluster, of which 16 are new discoveries. The variables include 30 RRab stars, 11 RRc stars, 8 RRd stars, 1 candidate RR Lyrae, 2 long-period variables, 1 potential anomalous Cepheid, and 9 variables of undetermined classification. We present photometric parameters for these variables. For the RR Lyrae stars physical properties derived from Fourier analysis of their light curves are presented. The RR Lyrae stars were used to determine a reddening-corrected distance modulus of (m - M){sub 0} = 18.43 {+-} 0.15. We discuss several different indicators of Oosterhoff type and find NGC 1466 to be an Oosterhoff-intermediate object.

  14. Clouds, Streams and Bridges. Redrawing the blueprint of the Magellanic System with Gaia DR1

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    Belokurov, Vasily; Erkal, Denis; Deason, Alis J.; Koposov, Sergey E.; De Angeli, Francesca; Evans, Dafydd Wyn; Fraternali, Filippo; Mackey, Dougal

    2017-04-01

    We present the discovery of stellar tidal tails around the Large and the Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC, respectively) in the Gaia DR1 data. In between the Clouds, their tidal arms are stretched towards each other to form an almost continuous stellar bridge. Our analysis relies on the exquisite quality of the Gaia's photometric catalogue to build detailed star-count maps of the Clouds. We demonstrate that the Gaia DR1 data can be used to detect variable stars across the whole sky, and, in particular, RR Lyrae stars in and around the LMC and the SMC. Additionally, we use a combination of Gaia and GALEX to follow the distribution of Young Main Sequence stars in the Magellanic System. Viewed by Gaia, the Clouds show unmistakable signs of interaction. Around the LMC, clumps of RR Lyrae are observable as far as ˜20°, in agreement with the most recent map of Mira-like stars reported in Deason et al. The SMC's outer stellar density contours show a characteristic S-shape, symptomatic of the onset of tidal stripping. Beyond several degrees from the centre of the dwarf, the Gaia RR Lyrae stars trace the Cloud's trailing arm, extending towards the LMC. This stellar tidal tail mapped with RR Lyrae is not aligned with the gaseous Magellanic Bridge, and is shifted by some ˜5° from the Young Main Sequence bridge. We use the offset between the bridges to put constraints on the density of the hot gaseous corona of the Milky Way.

  15. Clouds, Streams and Bridges. Redrawing the blueprint of the Magellanic System with Gaia DR1

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    Belokurov, Vasily; Erkal, Denis; Deason, Alis J.; Koposov, Sergey E.; De Angeli, Francesca; Wyn Evans, Dafydd; Fraternali, Filippo; Mackey, Dougal

    2016-12-01

    We present the discovery of stellar tidal tails around the Large and the Small Magellanic Clouds in the Gaia DR1 data. In between the Clouds, their tidal arms are stretched towards each other to form an almost continuous stellar bridge. Our analysis relies on the exquisite quality of the Gaia's photometric catalogue to build detailed star-count maps of the Clouds. We demonstrate that the Gaia DR1 data can be used to detect variable stars across the whole sky, and in particular, RR Lyrae stars in and around the LMC and the SMC. Additionally, we use a combination of Gaia and Galex to follow the distribution of Young Main Sequence stars in the Magellanic System. Viewed by Gaia, the Clouds show unmistakable signs of interaction. Around the LMC, clumps of RR Lyrae are observable as far as ˜20°, in agreement with the most recent map of Mira-like stars reported in Deason et al. (2016). The SMC's outer stellar density contours show a characteristic S-shape, symptomatic of the on-set of tidal stripping. Beyond several degrees from the center of the dwarf, the Gaia RR Lyrae stars trace the Cloud's trailing arm, extending towards the LMC. This stellar tidal tail mapped with RR Lyrae is not aligned with the gaseous Magellanic Bridge, and is shifted by some ˜5° from the Young Main Sequence bridge. We use the offset between the bridges to put constraints on the density of the hot gaseous corona of the Milky Way.

  16. Variable stars in large Magellanic cloud globular clusters. III. Reticulum

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    Kuehn, Charles A.; Dame, Kyra; Smith, Horace A.; De Lee, Nathan E-mail: damekyra@msu.edu E-mail: nathan.delee@vanderbilt.edu; and others

    2013-06-01

    This is the third in a series of papers studying the variable stars in old globular clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The primary goal of this series is to look at how the characteristics and behavior of RR Lyrae stars in Oosterhoff-intermediate systems compare to those of their counterparts in Oosterhoff-I/II systems. In this paper we present the results of our new time-series BVI photometric study of the globular cluster Reticulum. We found a total of 32 variables stars (22 RRab, 4 RRc, and 6 RRd stars) in our field of view. We present photometric parameters and light curves for these stars. We also present physical properties, derived from Fourier analysis of light curves, for some of the RR Lyrae stars. We discuss the Oosterhoff classification of Reticulum and use our results to re-derive the distance modulus and age of the cluster.

  17. NEW OPTICAL REDDENING MAPS OF THE LARGE AND SMALL MAGELLANIC CLOUDS

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    Haschke, Raoul; Grebel, Eva K.; Duffau, Sonia

    2011-05-15

    We present new reddening maps of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) and Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) based on the data of the third phase of the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE III). We have used two different methods to derive optical reddening maps. We adopt a theoretical mean unreddened color for the red clump (RC) in the SMC and LMC, respectively. We subdivide the photometric data for both Clouds into subfields and calculate the difference between the observed RC position and the theoretical value for each field, which provides us with the reddening value in (V - I). Furthermore, reddening values are obtained for 13490 LMC RR Lyrae ab and 1529 SMC RR Lyrae ab stars covering the whole OGLE III region of the Magellanic Clouds (MCs). The observed colors (V - I) of the RR Lyrae stars are compared with the color from the absolute magnitudes. The absolute magnitude of each RR Lyrae star is computed using its period and metallicity derived from Fourier decomposition of its light curve. In general, we find a low and uniform reddening distribution in both MCs. The RC method indicates a mean reddening of the LMC of E(V - I) = 0.09 {+-} 0.07 mag, while for the SMC E(V - I) = 0.04 {+-} 0.06 mag is obtained. With RR Lyrae stars a median value of E(V - I) = 0.11 {+-} 0.06 mag for the LMC and E(V - I) = 0.07 {+-} 0.06 mag for the SMC is found. The LMC shows very low reddening in the bar region, whereas the reddening in the star-forming leading edge and 30 Doradus is considerably higher. In the SMC, three pronounced regions with higher reddening are visible. Two are located along the bar, while the highest reddening is found in the star-forming wing of the SMC. In general, the regions with higher reddening are in good spatial agreement with infrared reddening maps as well as with reddening estimations of other studies. The position-dependent reddening values from the RC method are available via the German Astrophysical Virtual Observatory interface.

  18. The Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment. The OGLE-III Catalog of Variable Stars. IX. RR Lyr Stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud

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    Soszyński, I.; Udalski, A.; Szymański, M. K.; Kubiak, J.; Pietrzyński, G.; Wyrzykowski, Ł.; Ulaczyk, K.; Poleski, R.

    2010-09-01

    The ninth part of the OGLE-III Catalog of Variable Stars (OIII-CVS) comprises RR Lyr stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). Our sample consists of 2475 variable stars, of which 1933 pulsate in the fundamental mode (RRab), 175 are the first overtone pulsators (RRc), 258 oscillate simultaneously in both modes (RRd) and 109 stars are suspected second-overtone pulsators (RRe). 30 objects are Galactic RR Lyr stars seen in the foreground of the SMC. We discuss some statistical features of the sample. Period distributions show distinct differences between SMC and LMC populations of RR Lyr variable stars, with the SMC stars having on average longer periods. The mean periods for RRab, RRc and RRe stars are 0.596, 0.366 and 0.293 days, respectively. The mean apparent magnitudes of RRab stars are equal to 19.70 mag in the V-band and 19.12 mag in the I-band. Spatial distribution of RRLyr stars shows that the halo of the SMC is roughly round in the sky, however the density map reveals two maxima near the center of the SMC. For each object the multi-epoch V- and I-band photometry collected over 8 or 13 years of observations and finding charts are available to the astronomical community from the OGLE Internet archive.

  19. Spinorial Field and Lyra Geometry

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    Casana, R.; de Melo, C. A. M.; Pimentel, B. M.

    2006-10-01

    The Dirac field is studied in a Lyra space-time background by means of the classical Schwinger Variational Principle. We obtain the equations of motion, establish the conservation laws, and get a scale relation relating the energy-momentum and spin tensors. Such scale relation is an intrinsic property for matter fields in Lyra background.

  20. VARIABLE STARS IN LARGE MAGELLANIC CLOUD GLOBULAR CLUSTERS. II. NGC 1786

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    Kuehn, Charles A.; Smith, Horace A.; De Lee, Nathan; Catelan, Marcio; Pritzl, Barton J.; Borissova, Jura E-mail: smith@pa.msu.edu E-mail: mcatelan@astro.puc.cl E-mail: jura.borissova@uv.cl

    2012-12-01

    This is the second in a series of papers studying the variable stars in Large Magellanic Cloud globular clusters. The primary goal of this series is to study how RR Lyrae stars in Oosterhoff-intermediate systems compare to their counterparts in Oosterhoff I/II systems. In this paper, we present the results of our new time-series B-V photometric study of the globular cluster NGC 1786. A total of 65 variable stars were identified in our field of view. These variables include 53 RR Lyraes (27 RRab, 18 RRc, and 8 RRd), 3 classical Cepheids, 1 Type II Cepheid, 1 Anomalous Cepheid, 2 eclipsing binaries, 3 Delta Scuti/SX Phoenicis variables, and 2 variables of undetermined type. Photometric parameters for these variables are presented. We present physical properties for some of the RR Lyrae stars, derived from Fourier analysis of their light curves. We discuss several different indicators of Oosterhoff type which indicate that the Oosterhoff classification of NGC 1786 is not as clear cut as what is seen in most globular clusters.

  1. LYRA Mid-Term Periodicities

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    Wauters, L.; Dominique, M.; Dammasch, I. E.

    2016-08-01

    The spectra of the PROBA2/LYRA data, similarly to every other solar time series, show predominant periodicities that can be of solar or instrumental origin. In this article, we compare the main periodicities characterizing the LYRA spectrum to those found in the sunspot number, in the 10.7 cm flux, in an X-ray flare index, and in the sunspot area evolution. We focused on the 2010 to 2014 time range, for which the LYRA data are available, although we also briefly address the evolution of the main periodicities in the longer range. The mid-term periodicities at {˜} 28, {˜} 44, {˜} 54, {˜} 59, {˜} 100, {˜} 110, and {˜} 150 days appear as highly significant in several analyzed datasets. The consistency of distinct periodicities between datasets provides characteristics for the global Sun. This consistency also strengthens the reliability of LYRA data.

  2. The RR Lyrae variables in the globular cluster M68

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    Clement, Christine M.; Ferance, Stephen; Simon, Norman R.

    1993-01-01

    New observations, made with the Helen Sawyer Hogg telescope at Las Campanas, have been analyzed in a search for double-mode pulsators (RRd stars) in the metal-poor globular cluster, Messier 68. Of the 30 stars studied, nine have been identified as RRd stars; V33, which exhibited the characteristics of an RRd star in 1950, now appears to be an RRc star. Reliable periods and period ratios have been determined for six of the RRd stars. Masses for these RRd stars, calculated from fitting formulas given by Kovacs et al. (1991), range from 0.75 to 0.90 solar mass, depending on the assumed luminosity and metal abundance. These masses are in the same range as those for the RRd stars in M 15, whose RRd sample resembles that of M68 very closely. Fourier parameters determined for the light curves of the M68 variables show that the RRc stars in the two clusters are also very similar. In particular, on the plot of phase parameter phi sub 31 with period, the M15 and M68 RRc samples are virtually indistinguishable. A comparison of the new M68 observations with observations made 40 yr ago shows that the periods of some of the stars have changed, but the 40 yr interval is too short for detecting period changes caused by evolutionary effects.

  3. Is the Large Magellanic Cloud Microlensing Due to an Intervening Dwarf Galaxy?

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    Alcock, C.; Allsman, R. A.; Alves, D. R.; Axelrod, T. S.; Becker, A. C.; Bennett, D. P.; Cook, K. H.; Freeman, K. C.; Griest, K.; Lehner, M. J.; Marshall, S. L.; Minniti, D.; Peterson, B. A.; Pratt, M. R.; Quinn, P. J.; Rodgers, A. W.; Rorabeck, A.; Stubbs, C. W.; Sutherland, W.; Tomaney, A. B.; Vandehei, T.; Welch, D. L.

    1997-11-01

    The recent suggestion that the microlensing events observed toward the Large Magellanic Cloud are due to an intervening Sgr-like dwarf galaxy is examined. A search for foreground RR Lyrae in the MACHO photometry database yields 20 stars whose distance distribution follow the expected halo density profile. Cepheid and red giant branch clump stars in the MACHO database are consistent with membership in the LMC. There is also no evidence in the literature for a distinct kinematic population, for intervening gas, or for the turnoff of such a hypothetical galaxy. We conclude that if the lenses are in a foreground galaxy, it must be a particularly dark galaxy.

  4. Variable Stars in Large Magellanic Cloud Globular Clusters. III. Reticulum

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    Kuehn, Charles A.; Dame, Kyra; Smith, Horace A.; Catelan, Márcio; Jeon, Young-Beom; Nemec, James M.; Walker, Alistair R.; Kunder, Andrea; Pritzl, Barton J.; De Lee, Nathan; Borissova, Jura

    2013-06-01

    This is the third in a series of papers studying the variable stars in old globular clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The primary goal of this series is to look at how the characteristics and behavior of RR Lyrae stars in Oosterhoff-intermediate systems compare to those of their counterparts in Oosterhoff-I/II systems. In this paper we present the results of our new time-series BVI photometric study of the globular cluster Reticulum. We found a total of 32 variables stars (22 RRab, 4 RRc, and 6 RRd stars) in our field of view. We present photometric parameters and light curves for these stars. We also present physical properties, derived from Fourier analysis of light curves, for some of the RR Lyrae stars. We discuss the Oosterhoff classification of Reticulum and use our results to re-derive the distance modulus and age of the cluster. Based on observations taken with the SMARTS 1.3 m telescope operated by the SMARTS Consortium and observations taken at the Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) telescope, which is a joint project of the Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, e Inovação (MCTI) da República Federativa do Brasil, the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and Michigan State University (MSU).

  5. Variable Stars in Large Magellanic Cloud Globular Clusters. II. NGC 1786

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    Kuehn, Charles A.; Smith, Horace A.; Catelan, Márcio; Pritzl, Barton J.; De Lee, Nathan; Borissova, Jura

    2012-12-01

    This is the second in a series of papers studying the variable stars in Large Magellanic Cloud globular clusters. The primary goal of this series is to study how RR Lyrae stars in Oosterhoff-intermediate systems compare to their counterparts in Oosterhoff I/II systems. In this paper, we present the results of our new time-series B-V photometric study of the globular cluster NGC 1786. A total of 65 variable stars were identified in our field of view. These variables include 53 RR Lyraes (27 RRab, 18 RRc, and 8 RRd), 3 classical Cepheids, 1 Type II Cepheid, 1 Anomalous Cepheid, 2 eclipsing binaries, 3 Delta Scuti/SX Phoenicis variables, and 2 variables of undetermined type. Photometric parameters for these variables are presented. We present physical properties for some of the RR Lyrae stars, derived from Fourier analysis of their light curves. We discuss several different indicators of Oosterhoff type which indicate that the Oosterhoff classification of NGC 1786 is not as clear cut as what is seen in most globular clusters. Based on observations taken with the SMARTS 1.3 m telescope operated by the SMARTS Consortium and observations taken at the Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) telescope, which is a joint project of the Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, e Inovação (MCTI) da República Federativa do Brasil, the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and Michigan State University (MSU).

  6. PULSATION PERIOD VARIATIONS IN THE RRc LYRAE STAR KIC 5520878

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    Hippke, Michael; Learned, John G.; Zee, A.; Edmondson, William H.; Lindner, John F.; Kia, Behnam; Ditto, William L.; Stevens, Ian R. E-mail: jgl@phys.hawaii.edu E-mail: w.h.edmondson@bham.ac.uk E-mail: wditto@hawaii.edu E-mail: irs@star.sr.bham.ac.uk

    2015-01-01

    Learned et al. proposed that a sufficiently advanced extra-terrestrial civilization may tickle Cepheid and RR Lyrae variable stars with a neutrino beam at the right time, thus causing them to trigger early and jogging the otherwise very regular phase of their expansion and contraction. This would turn these stars into beacons to transmit information throughout the galaxy and beyond. The idea is to search for signs of phase modulation (in the regime of short pulse duration) and patterns, which could be indicative of intentional, omnidirectional signaling. We have performed such a search among variable stars using photometric data from the Kepler space telescope. In the RRc Lyrae star KIC 5520878, we have found two such regimes of long and short pulse durations. The sequence of period lengths, expressed as time series data, is strongly autocorrelated, with correlation coefficients of prime numbers being significantly higher (p = 99.8%). Our analysis of this candidate star shows that the prime number oddity originates from two simultaneous pulsation periods and is likely of natural origin. Simple physical models elucidate the frequency content and asymmetries of the KIC 5520878 light curve. Despite this SETI null result, we encourage testing of other archival and future time-series photometry for signs of modulated stars. This can be done as a by-product to the standard analysis, and can even be partly automated.

  7. Pulsation Period Variations in the RRc Lyrae Star KIC 5520878

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    Hippke, Michael; Learned, John G.; Zee, A.; Edmondson, William H.; Lindner, John F.; Kia, Behnam; Ditto, William L.; Stevens, Ian R.

    2015-01-01

    Learned et al. proposed that a sufficiently advanced extra-terrestrial civilization may tickle Cepheid and RR Lyrae variable stars with a neutrino beam at the right time, thus causing them to trigger early and jogging the otherwise very regular phase of their expansion and contraction. This would turn these stars into beacons to transmit information throughout the galaxy and beyond. The idea is to search for signs of phase modulation (in the regime of short pulse duration) and patterns, which could be indicative of intentional, omnidirectional signaling. We have performed such a search among variable stars using photometric data from the Kepler space telescope. In the RRc Lyrae star KIC 5520878, we have found two such regimes of long and short pulse durations. The sequence of period lengths, expressed as time series data, is strongly autocorrelated, with correlation coefficients of prime numbers being significantly higher (p = 99.8%). Our analysis of this candidate star shows that the prime number oddity originates from two simultaneous pulsation periods and is likely of natural origin. Simple physical models elucidate the frequency content and asymmetries of the KIC 5520878 light curve. Despite this SETI null result, we encourage testing of other archival and future time-series photometry for signs of modulated stars. This can be done as a by-product to the standard analysis, and can even be partly automated.

  8. The Star Formation History of the Large Magellanic Cloud

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    Grebel, E. K.; Brandner, W.

    1997-05-01

    We present a movie of the star formation history of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) based on its stellar content. We use the present-day spatial distribution of blue and red supergiants, Cepheids, clusters and associations, and RR Lyrae stars to study the age structure and to identify areas of pronounced star formation as a function of time and position. Age estimates for different stellar populations are based on theoretical isochrones, evolutionary models, and recent calibrations of SWB types of clusters. De-reddening of the individual stars and clusters results in a large-scale extinction map for the LMC. We discuss our results in terms of internal/external trigger mechanisms of star formation and different star formation modes.

  9. High Amplitude (delta)-Scutis in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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    Garg, A; Cook, K H; Nikolaev, S; Huber, M E; Rest, A; Becker, A C; Challis, P; Clocchiatti, A; Miknaitis, G; Minniti, D; Morelli, L; Olsen, K; Prieto, J L; Suntzeff, N B; Welch, D L; Wood-Vasey, W M

    2010-01-25

    The authors present 2323 High-Amplitude {delta}-Scutis (HADS) candidates discovered in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) by the SuperMACHO survey (Rest et al. 2005). Frequency analyses of these candidates reveal that several are multimode pulsators, including 119 whose largest amplitude of pulsation is in the fundamental (F) mode and 19 whose largest amplitude of pulsation is in the first overtone (FO) mode. Using Fourier decomposition of the HADS light curves, they find that the period-luminosity (PL) relation defined by the FO pulsators does not show a clear separation from the PL-relation defined by the F pulsators. This differs from other instability strip pulsators such as type c RR Lyrae. They also present evidence for a larger amplitude, subluminous population of HADS similar to that observed in Fornax (Poretti et al. 2008).

  10. HADS in the Large Magellanic Cloud: Initial findings from the SuperMACHO project

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    Garg, A

    2009-07-14

    The SuperMACHO Project is a five-year survey toward the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) aimed at understanding the nature of the populations of lenses responsible for the excess microlensing rates observed by the MACHO project. Survey observations were completed in 2006. A rich side-product of this survey is a catalog of variable sources down to a depth of VR 23, including many classes of pulsating variables such as {delta}-Scuti and RR Lyrae. Through their position in the Period-Luminosity diagram and their light curve characteristics we have identified 2323 high amplitude {delta}-Scuti (HADS) having high quality light curves. sing Fourier decomposition of the HADS light curves, we find that the period-luminosity (PL) relation defined by the firt-overtone (FO) pulsators does not show a clear separation from the PL-relation defined by the fundamental (F) pulsators. This differs from other instability strip pulsators such as type c RR Lyrae. We also present evidence for a larger amplitude, subluminous population of HADS similar to that observed in Fornax.

  11. Clouds

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    2010-09-14

    Clouds are common near the north polar caps throughout the spring and summer. The clouds typically cause a haze over the extensive dune fields. This image from NASA Mars Odyssey shows the edge of the cloud front.

  12. Multi-Filter Photometric Analysis of Three β Lyrae-type Eclipsing Binary Stars

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    Gardner, T.; Hahs, G.; Gokhale, V.

    2015-12-01

    We present light curve analysis of three variable stars, ASAS J105855+1722.2, NSVS 5066754, and NSVS 9091101. These objects are selected from a list of β- Lyrae candidates published by Hoffman et al. (2008). Light curves are generated using data collected at the the 31-inch NURO telescope at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona in three filters: Bessell B, V, and R. Additional observations were made using the 14-inch Meade telescope at the Truman State Observatory in Kirksville, Missouri using Baader R, G, and B filters. In this paper, we present the light curves for these three objects and generate a truncated eight-term Fourier fit to these light curves. We use the Fourier coefficients from this fit to confirm ASAS J105855+1722.2 and NSVS 5066754 as β Lyrae type systems, and NSVS 9091101 to possibly be a RR Lyrae-type system. We measure the O'Connell effect observed in two of these systems (ASAS J105855+1722.2 and NSVS 5066754), and quantify this effect by calculating the "Light Curve Asymmetry" (LCA) and the "O'Connell Effect Ratio" (OER).

  13. Massless DKP field in a Lyra manifold

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    Casana, R.; de Melo, C. A. M.; Pimentel, B. M.

    2007-02-01

    Massless scalar and vector fields are coupled to the Lyra geometry by means of the Duffin Kemmer Petiau (DKP) theory. Using the Schwinger variational principle, the equations of motion, conservation laws and gauge symmetry are implemented. We find that the scalar field couples to the anholonomic part of the torsion tensor, and the gauge symmetry of the electromagnetic field does not break by the coupling with torsion.

  14. Large Magellanic Cloud Near-infrared Synoptic Survey. IV. Leavitt Laws for Type II Cepheid Variables

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    Bhardwaj, Anupam; Macri, Lucas M.; Rejkuba, Marina; Kanbur, Shashi M.; Ngeow, Chow-Choong; Singh, Harinder P.

    2017-04-01

    We present time-series observations of Population II Cepheids in the Large Magellanic Cloud at near-infrared (JHK s ) wavelengths. Our sample consists of 81 variables with accurate periods and optical (VI) magnitudes from the OGLE survey, covering various subtypes of pulsators (BL Herculis, W Virginis, and RV Tauri). We generate light-curve templates using high-quality I-band data in the LMC from OGLE and K s -band data in the Galactic bulge from VISTA Variables in Via Láctea survey and use them to obtain robust mean magnitudes. We derive period–luminosity (P–L) relations in the near-infrared and Period–Wesenheit (P–W) relations by combining optical and near-infrared data. Our P–L and P–W relations are consistent with published work when excluding long-period RV Tauris. We find that Pop II Cepheids and RR Lyraes follow the same P–L relations in the LMC. Therefore, we use trigonometric parallax from the Gaia DR1 for VY Pyx and the Hubble Space Telescope parallaxes for k Pav and 5 RR Lyrae variables to obtain an absolute calibration of the Galactic K s -band P–L relation, resulting in a distance modulus to the LMC of {μ }{LMC}=18.54+/- 0.08 mag. We update the mean magnitudes of Pop II Cepheids in Galactic globular clusters using our light-curve templates and obtain distance estimates to those systems, anchored to a precise late-type eclipsing binary distance to the LMC. We find that the distances to these globular clusters based on Pop II Cepheids are consistent (within 2σ ) with estimates based on the {M}V-[{Fe}/{{H}}] relation for horizontal branch stars.

  15. The Mystery of V523 Lyrae (Abstract)

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    Simonsen, M.

    2016-12-01

    (Abstract only) In the course of vetting submissions to VSX, it was suggested by a user that V523 Lyrae might be a Z Cam star. Investigations led to quite a bit of confusion initially because V523 Lyr was addressed in two separate papers on Kepler observations of cataclysmic variables, with two different light curves and conclusions as to its nature and classification. Adding to the confusion was the fact that the principle author of one paper was also a co-author on the other paper.

  16. Ultraviolet light curves of beta Lyrae: Comparison of OAO A-2, IUE, and Voyager Observations

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    Kondo, Yoji; Mccluskey, George E.; Silvis, Jeffery M. S.; Polidan, Ronald S.; Mccluskey, Carolina P. S.; Eaton, Joel A.

    1994-01-01

    The six-band ultraviolet light curves of beta Lyrae obtained with the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO) A-2 in 1970 exhibited a very unusual behavior. The secondary minimum deepened at shorter wavelength, indicating that one was not observing light variations caused primarily by the eclipses of two stars having a roughly Planckian energy distribution. It was then suggested that the light variations were caused by a viewing angle effect of an optically thick, ellipsoidal circumbinary gas cloud. Since 1978 beta Lyrae has been observed with the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellite. We have constructed ultraviolet light curves from the IUE archival data for comparison with the OAO A-2 results. We find that they are in substantial agreement with each other. The Voyager ultraviolet spectrometer was also used to observe this binary during a period covered by IUE observations. The Voyager results agree with those of the two other satellite observatories at wavelengths longer than about 1350 A. However, in the wavelength region shorter than the Lyman-alpha line at 1216 A, the light curves at 1085 and 965 A show virtually no light variation except an apparent flaring near phase 0.7, which is also in evidence at longer wavelengths. We suggest that the optically thick circumbinary gas cloud, which envelops the two stars completely, assumes a roughly spherical shape when observed at these shorter wavelengths.

  17. Analysis of the IUE spectra of the strongly interacting binary beta Lyrae

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    Mccluskey, George E., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    The six-band ultraviolet light curves of beta Lyrae obtained with the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory A-2 in 1970 exhibited a very unusual behavior. The secondary minimum deepened at shorter wavelength, indicating that one was not observing light variations caused primarily by the eclipses of two stars having a roughly Planckian energy distribution. It was then suggested that the light variations were caused by a viewing angle effect of an optically-thick, ellipsoidal circumbinary gas cloud. Since 1978 beta Lyrae has been observed with the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellite. We have constructed ultraviolet light curves from the IUE archival data for comparison with the OAO-A2 results. We find that they are in substantial agreement with each other. The Voyager ultraviolet spectrometer was also used to observe this binary during a period covered by IUE observations. The Voyager results agree with those of the two other satellite observatories at wavelengths longer than about 1350 A. However, in the wavelength region shorter than the Lyman-alpha line at 1216 A, the light curves at 1085 A and 965 A show virtually no light variation except an apparent flaring near phase 0.7, which is also in evidence at longer wavelengths. We suggest that the optically-thick circumbinary gas cloud, which envelops the two stars completely, assumes a roughly spherical shape when observed at these shorter wavelengths.

  18. An unusually very bright dust light mass (?) observed in the vicinity (?) of á Lyrae

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    Stefanopoulos, G.

    2009-04-01

    There are not many written worldwide references regarding unusual phenomena such as dust, unusual lights or unexplained objects orbiting the earth or the solar and extra solar systems. Regarding the external space few references exist . Regarding the a Lyrae many scientists were involve in the eighties with the possible existence of a planet next to this star. Structure in the Dusty Debris around Vega, D. J. Wilner et al 2002 ApJ 569.Near-infrared observations of Vega, at 2006 Philip M. Hinz et al. refers to possible companion planet round this star .In constellations Lyrae and Eridani,some authors refer to possible initial formation of planets and they mention the presence of dust formations orbiting around those stars.(A. N. Heinze, Philip M. Hinz, Deep L' and M-band Imaging for Planets Around Vega and epsilon Eridani,The Astrophysical Journal 688 (2008) 583. This paper is concerned with an unexplained or perhaps portion of dust, in the constellation of Lyrae, which appears and have been observed only in conventional photographic plaque.For this observation , simple equipment and amateur instruments are use.In the night of April the 2002, during an amatory observation in variable stars, in the RR Lyrae, pictures were taken in the mentioned deep space area as a normal weekly study procedure. The instruments used are, telescope Meade 10΄΄, illuminate reticle guiding, 12mm, photo camera Nikon F -100, and lenses,70mm, f =1,8.The film used was a Kodak X-pro,BW 400 ASA.The equatorial mount was motorized. A total of six pictures with an exposure 5-10 min were taken. While developing the film, on the fifth photogram, a bright (object?) - dust light appear which seems to be in adhesion with the Vega star . On consecutive months more pictures were taken, with conventional and digital exposures, without any repetition of the event. What is provoke illumination of this dust portion to have been present in a simple photographic film? This simple observation study is

  19. An RR Lyrae period shift in terms of the Fourier parameter Phi sub 31

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    Clement, Christine M.; Jankulak, Michael; Simon, Norman R.

    1992-01-01

    The Fourier phase parameter Phi sub 31 has been determined for RRc stars in five globular clusters, NGC 6171, M5, M3, M53, and M15. The results indicate that the RRc stars in a given cluster show a sequence of Phi sub 31 increasing with period, and that the higher the cluster metallicity, the higher the sequence lies in a plot of Phi sub 31 with period. The Phi sub 31 values for the stars in NGC 6171 and M5 presented here are based on observations made with the University of Toronto 0.61 m telescope at Las Campanas, Chile, while those for M3, M53, and M15 are based on published data. A bootstrap procedure has been used to establish the uncertainties in the Fourier parameters. The physical significance of the relationship among Phi sub 31, period, and metallicity is not yet understood. It will need to be tested with hydrodynamic pulsation models computed with new opacities.

  20. VizieR Online Data Catalog: RR Lyraes in NGC 6101 (Fitzgerald+, 2012)

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    Fitzgerald, M.; Criss, J.; Lukaszewicz, T.; Frew, D. J.; Catelan, M.; Woodward, S.; Danaia, L.; McKinnon, D. H.

    2012-04-01

    V- and I-band observations of cluster NGC 6101 were taken over 31 nights between June 2010 and April 2011 using the Merope CCD camera attached to the robotically controlled 2-metre Faulkes Telescope South at Siding Spring Observatory, NSW, Australia. (2 data files).

  1. RR Lyrae Stars and the Instability Strip of 4 Globular Clusters: a Survey at Behlen Observatory

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    Young, Todd Scott

    This investigation reports on observations taken for 4 globular clusters (NGC 5466, NGC 6934, NGC 6426, and NGC 7006) with the 30-inch reflecting telescope at Behlen Observatory. These globular clusters had few previous observations collected using CCD photometry, the IRAF/DAOPHOT algorithms, and no observations through Cousins R and I filters. This was the first globular cluster investigation for Behlen Observatory. Observations concentrated on the central 2.8'×4.6' region (dictated by the size of the CCD chip) of each globular cluster. Behlen Observatory performed admirably with some limitations: a limiting magnitude of 17.5 in R for 300 second exposures; a mechanical error in the tracking of the telescope that prevented exposures much longer than 6 minutes; and a location and night sky that usually offered a seeing value not much better than 2 arcseconds. For the data reduction of the crowded fields, the IRAF/DAOPHOT algorithms displayed an inability to reduce the extremely crowded core of a globular cluster or stars located near bad pixels on the CCD chip. This inability often produced subtle photometric errors throughout the results that were difficult to recognize. For NGC 5466, this investigation determined a horizontal branch magnitude of 16.3 in R and confirmed an external reddening of approximately zero. Eleven of twelve previous variables within the field were detected with four period corrections, and one additional variable was found. One variable, V25, showed evidence of being another anomalous Cepheid for the cluster. For NGC 6934, this investigation determined a horizontal branch magnitude of 16.5 in R and recommends an external reddening of 0.06. Thirteen of thirty-nine previous variables within the field were detected with 2 period corrections, and 5 additional variables were found. NGC 6426 and NGC 7006 both produced unreliable results due to the proximity of the limiting magnitude to their horizontal branch magnitudes. Possible improvements for future globular cluster investigations are proposed and discussed.

  2. VizieR Online Data Catalog: XSTPS RR Lyrae in the north Galactic cap (Faccioli+, 2014)

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    Faccioli, L.; Smith, M. C.; Yuan, H.-B.; Zhang, H.-H.; Liu, X.-W.; Zhao, H.-B.; Yao, J.-S.

    2017-07-01

    XSTPS is a three-band photometric survey of the Milky Way anti-center carried out with the 1.2 m Schmidt telescope at the Xuyi station of the Purple Mountain Observatory in China (Zhang et al. 2013RAA....13..490Z) and completed in 2011 March (see Section 3 of Liu et al. 2014IAUS..298..310L). The survey covers an area of ~6000 deg2 in a region of the sky that, for the most part, is not covered by other large-scale surveys. It is expected to detect ~100 million stars in i, and the first data release is due imminently (H.-B. Yuan et al., in preparation); we used a preliminary version of the catalog for our study. The three bands employed in the survey are g, r, i, similar, but not identical, to the corresponding SDSS bands. (7 data files).

  3. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Positions and distances of RR Lyrae stars (Sesar+, 2014)

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    Sesar, B.; Banholzer, S. R.; Cohen, J. G.; Martin, N. F.; Grillmair, C. J.; Levitan, D.; Laher, R. R.; Ofek, E. O.; Surace, J. A.; Kulkarni, S. R.; Prince, T. A.; Rix, H.-W.

    2017-04-01

    RRab stars used in this work were selected by an automated classification algorithm that uses imaging data provided by the Palomar Transient Factory survey (PTF). The PTF (Law et al. 2009PASP..121.1395L; Rau et al. 2009PASP..121.1334R) is a synoptic survey designed to explore the transient sky. The project utilizes the 48-inch Samuel Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Mount Palomar. Each PTF image covers 7.26 deg2 with a pixel scale of 1.01''. The typical PTF cadence consists of two 60 s exposures separated by ~1 hr and repeated every one to five days. By 2013 June, PTF observed ~11000 deg2 of sky at least 25 times in the Mould-R filter (hereafter the R-band filter), and about 2200 deg2 in the SDSS g' filter. PTF photometry is calibrated to an accuracy of about 0.02 mag (Ofek et al. 2012PASP..124...62O, 2012PASP..124..854O) and light curves have relative precision of better than 10 mmag at the bright end, and about 0.2 mag at the survey limiting magnitude of R=20.6 mag. The relative photometry algorithm is described in Ofek et al. (2011, J/ApJ/740/65, see their Appendix A). (1 data file).

  4. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Synthetic photometry of RR Lyr (Marconi+, 2006)

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    Marconi, M.; Cignoni, M.; di Criscienzo, M.; Ripepi, V.; Castelli, F.; Musella, I.; Ruoppo, A.

    2007-05-01

    The luminosities and effective temperatures, as well as the whole bolometric light curves of non-linear convective RR Lyrae models with 0.0001<=Z<=0.006, are transformed into the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) photometric system. The obtained ugriz light curves, mean magnitudes and colours, pulsation amplitudes and colour-colour loops are shown and analytical relations connecting pulsational to intrinsic stellar parameters, similar to the ones currently used in the JohnsonCousins filters, are derived. Finally, the behaviour in the colour-colour planes is compared with available observations in the literature and possible systematic uncertainties affecting this comparison are discussed. (4 data files).

  5. LYRA, a webserver for lymphocyte receptor structural modeling.

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    Klausen, Michael Schantz; Anderson, Mads Valdemar; Jespersen, Martin Closter; Nielsen, Morten; Marcatili, Paolo

    2015-07-01

    The accurate structural modeling of B- and T-cell receptors is fundamental to gain a detailed insight in the mechanisms underlying immunity and in developing new drugs and therapies. The LYRA (LYmphocyte Receptor Automated modeling) web server (http://www.cbs.dtu.dk/services/LYRA/) implements a complete and automated method for building of B- and T-cell receptor structural models starting from their amino acid sequence alone. The webserver is freely available and easy to use for non-specialists. Upon submission, LYRA automatically generates alignments using ad hoc profiles, predicts the structural class of each hypervariable loop, selects the best templates in an automatic fashion, and provides within minutes a complete 3D model that can be downloaded or inspected online. Experienced users can manually select or exclude template structures according to case specific information. LYRA is based on the canonical structure method, that in the last 30 years has been successfully used to generate antibody models of high accuracy, and in our benchmarks this approach proves to achieve similarly good results on TCR modeling, with a benchmarked average RMSD accuracy of 1.29 and 1.48 Å for B- and T-cell receptors, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, LYRA is the first automated server for the prediction of TCR structure.

  6. VizieR Online Data Catalog: RR Lyr pulsational model (Bono+ 1997)

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    Bono, G.; Caputo, F.; Castellani, V.; Marconi, M.

    1996-06-01

    We present a theoretical investigation on periods and amplitudes of RR Lyrae pulsators by adopting stellar parameters which cover the range of theoretical evolutionary expectations. Extensive grids of nonlinear, nonlocal and time-dependent convective RR Lyrae envelope models have been computed to investigate the pulsational behavior in both fundamental and first overtone modes at selected luminosity levels and over an effective temperature range which covers the whole instability region. In order to avoid spurious evaluations of modal stability and pulsation amplitudes, the coupling between pulsation and convection was followed through a direct time integration of the leading equations until radial motions approached their limiting amplitude. Blue and red boundaries for pulsational instability into the HR diagram are presented for three different mass values M=0.75, 0.65 and 0.58M⊙, together with an atlas of full amplitude theoretical light curves for both fundamental and first overtone pulsators and for two different assumptions of stellar masses: M=0.75 and 0.65M⊙. (6 data files).

  7. Visual Astrometry Observations of the Binary Star Beta Lyrae

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    Collins, S. Jananne; Berlin, Kyle; Cardoza, Clare; Jordano, Chris; Waymire, Tatum; Shore, Doug; Baxter, John; Johnson, Robert; Carro, Joseph; Genet, Russell M.

    2012-04-01

    Students from Arroyo Grande High School and Cuesta College observed the separation and position angle of the binary star Beta Lyrae (WDS 18501+3322 ). The separation and position angle were found to be 46.7 arc seconds and 149.6° respectively. These values compared favorably to past observations.

  8. Electromagnetic Field in Lyra Manifold: A First Order Approach

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    Casana, R.; de Melo, C. A. M.; Pimentel, B. M.

    2005-12-01

    We discuss the coupling of the electromagnetic field with a curved and torsioned Lyra manifold using the Duffin-Kemmer-Petiau theory. We will show how to obtain the equations of motion and energy-momentum and spin density tensors by means of the Schwinger Variational Principle.

  9. The hot white dwarf in the cataclysmic variable MV Lyrae

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    Hoard, D. W.; Linnell, A. P.; Szkody, Paula; Fried, Robert E.; Sion, Edward M.; Hubeny, Ivan; Wolfe, M. A.

    2003-01-01

    We have obtained the first far-ultraviolet spectrum of the novalike cataclysmic variable MV Lyrae using the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer. We also obtained contemporaneous optical light curves and spectra. All data are from a deep faint accretion state of MV Lyr.

  10. The Clouds are breaking: tracing the Magellanic system with Gaia DR1 Mira variables

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    Deason, Alis J.; Belokurov, Vasily; Erkal, Denis; Koposov, Sergey E.; Mackey, Dougal

    2017-05-01

    We exploit the first data release from the Gaia mission to identify candidate Mira variables in the outskirts of the Magellanic Clouds. The repeated observations of sources during the initial phase of the Gaia mission is used to identify stars that show signs of variability. This variability information, combined with infrared photometry from Two Micron All Sky Survey and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, allows us to select a clean sample of giants in the periphery of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). We find evidence for Miras surrounding the LMC out to ˜20 deg in all directions, apart from the North-West quadrant. Our sample does not generally follow the gas distribution of the Magellanic system; Miras are notably absent in the gaseous bridge between the LMC and Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), but they are likely related to the stellar RR Lyrae bridge reported by Belokurov et al. (2016). The stellar stream discovered by Mackey et al. (2016) to the North of the LMC is almost perfectly delineated by our Mira variables, and likely extends further East towards the Galactic plane. The presence of an intermediate-age population in this stream advocates an LMC disc origin. We also find a significant excess of Miras to the East of the LMC; these more diffusely distributed stars are likely stripped SMC stars due to interactions with the LMC. Miras are also identified in regions of the sky away from the Clouds; we locate stars likely associated with known massive substructures, and also find potential associations with stripped SMC debris above the Galactic plane.

  11. Drosophila Lyra mutations are gain-of-function mutations of senseless

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    Nolo, R.; Abbott, L. A.; Bellen, H. J.

    2001-01-01

    The Lyra mutation was first described by Jerry Coyne in 1935. Lyra causes recessive pupal lethality and adult heterozygous Lyra mutants exhibit a dominant loss of the anterior and posterior wing margins. Unlike many mutations that cause loss of wing tissue (e.g., scalloped, Beadex, cut, and apterous-Xasta), Lyra wing discs do not exhibit increased necrotic or apoptotic cell death, nor do they show altered BrdU incorporation. However, during wing disc eversion, loss of the anterior and posterior wing margins is apparent. We have previously shown that senseless, a gene that is necessary and sufficient for peripheral nervous system (PNS) development, is allelic to Lyra. Here we show by several genetic criteria that Lyra alleles are neomorphic alleles of senseless that cause ectopic expression of SENSELESS in the wing pouch. Similarly, overexpression of SENSELESS in the wing disc causes loss of wing margin tissue, thereby mimicking the Lyra phenotype. Lyra mutants display aberrant expression of DELTA, VESTIGIAL, WINGLESS, and CUT. As in Lyra mutants, overexpression of SENSELESS in some areas of the wing pouch also leads to loss of WINGLESS and CUT. In summary, our data indicate that overexpression of SENSELESS causes a severe reduction in NOTCH signaling that in turn may lead to decreased transcription of several key genes required for wing development, leading to a failure in cell proliferation and loss of wing margin tissue.

  12. Drosophila Lyra mutations are gain-of-function mutations of senseless

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    Nolo, R.; Abbott, L. A.; Bellen, H. J.

    2001-01-01

    The Lyra mutation was first described by Jerry Coyne in 1935. Lyra causes recessive pupal lethality and adult heterozygous Lyra mutants exhibit a dominant loss of the anterior and posterior wing margins. Unlike many mutations that cause loss of wing tissue (e.g., scalloped, Beadex, cut, and apterous-Xasta), Lyra wing discs do not exhibit increased necrotic or apoptotic cell death, nor do they show altered BrdU incorporation. However, during wing disc eversion, loss of the anterior and posterior wing margins is apparent. We have previously shown that senseless, a gene that is necessary and sufficient for peripheral nervous system (PNS) development, is allelic to Lyra. Here we show by several genetic criteria that Lyra alleles are neomorphic alleles of senseless that cause ectopic expression of SENSELESS in the wing pouch. Similarly, overexpression of SENSELESS in the wing disc causes loss of wing margin tissue, thereby mimicking the Lyra phenotype. Lyra mutants display aberrant expression of DELTA, VESTIGIAL, WINGLESS, and CUT. As in Lyra mutants, overexpression of SENSELESS in some areas of the wing pouch also leads to loss of WINGLESS and CUT. In summary, our data indicate that overexpression of SENSELESS causes a severe reduction in NOTCH signaling that in turn may lead to decreased transcription of several key genes required for wing development, leading to a failure in cell proliferation and loss of wing margin tissue.

  13. OAO-2 observations of beta Lyrae and a provisional interpretation

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    Kondo, Y.; Mccluskey, G. E., Jr.; Houck, T. E.

    1972-01-01

    Six-color ultraviolet photoelectric observations of beta Lyrae obtained with OAO-2 are presented. These observations, made at 1380, 1500, 1920, 2460, 2980 and 3330 A, represent the first truly continual coverage of the light changes of beta Lyrae during one orbital revolution and were obtained in November 1970. The photometric data are supplemented by spectral scans in the wavelength intervals 3800-1800 A and 2000-1050 A; the latter interval was scanned at 10 A resolution once during every OAO-2 orbit, i.e., about 100 minutes. Anomalous features, such as asymmetries and short and long term variations, are present in the light curves. A tentative discussion of solutions of the light curves is given.

  14. Copernicus spectra of beta Lyrae. [in far UV

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    Hack, M.; Hutchings, J. B.; Kondo, Y.; Mccluskey, G. E.; Plavec, M.; Polidan, R. S.

    1974-01-01

    The observations reported were made in August and September 1973. The principal data were scans in the low resolution mode at phases nearly coincident with the two light minima. Shorter scans were obtained at the two quadrature phases. The data show that the secondary component of beta Lyrae is a hotter object than the visible B8 star. The velocity amplitude of the lines suggests that the secondary is the more massive object, by a factor of several times.

  15. The VMC Survey - XIII. Type II Cepheids in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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    Ripepi, V.; Moretti, M. I.; Marconi, M.; Clementini, G.; Cioni, M.-R. L.; de Grijs, R.; Emerson, J. P.; Groenewegen, M. A. T.; Ivanov, V. D.; Muraveva, T.; Piatti, A. E.; Subramanian, S.

    2015-01-01

    The VISTA (Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy) survey of the Magellanic Clouds System (VMC) is collecting deep Ks-band time-series photometry of the pulsating variable stars hosted in the system formed by the two Magellanic Clouds and the Bridge connecting them. In this paper, we have analysed a sample of 130 Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) Type II Cepheids (T2CEPs) found in tiles with complete or near-complete VMC observations for which identification and optical magnitudes were obtained from the OGLE III (Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment) survey. We present J and Ks light curves for all 130 pulsators, including 41 BL Her, 62 W Vir (12 pW Vir) and 27 RV Tau variables. We complement our near-infrared photometry with the V magnitudes from the OGLE III survey, allowing us to build a variety of period-luminosity (PL), period-luminosity-colour (PLC) and period-Wesenheit (PW) relationships, including any combination of the V, J, Ks filters and valid for BL Her and W Vir classes. These relationships were calibrated in terms of the LMC distance modulus, while an independent absolute calibration of the PL(Ks) and the PW(Ks, V) was derived on the basis of distances obtained from Hubble Space Telescope parallaxes and Baade-Wesselink technique. When applied to the LMC and to the Galactic globular clusters hosting T2CEPs, these relations seem to show that (1) the two Population II standard candles RR Lyrae and T2CEPs give results in excellent agreement with each other; (2) there is a discrepancy of ˜0.1 mag between Population II standard candles and classical Cepheids when the distances are gauged in a similar way for all the quoted pulsators. However, given the uncertainties, this discrepancy is within the formal 1σ uncertainties.

  16. Quantifying electrocardiogram RT-RR variability interactions.

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    Porta, A; Baselli, G; Caiani, E; Malliani, A; Lombardi, F; Cerutti, S

    1998-01-01

    A dynamic linear parametric model is designed to quantify the dependence of ventricular repolarisation duration variability on heart period changes and other immeasurable factors. The model analyses the beat-to-beat series of the RR duration and of the interval between R- and T-wave apexes (RT period). Directly from these two signals, a parametric identification procedure and spectral decomposition techniques allow RT variability to be divided into RR-related and RR-unrelated parts and allow the RT-RR transfer function to be calculated. RT variability is driven by RR changes at low frequency (LF, around 0.1 Hz) and high frequency (HF, at the respiratory rate), whereas, at very low frequencies, the RR-unrelated contribution to the total RT variability is remarkable. During tilt at LF the RR-related RT percentage power increases (p < 0.02), the RR-unrelated RT percentage power remains unchanged, the gain of the RT-RR relationship largely increases (p < 0.001), and the phase is not significantly modified. Both the RR-related and the RR-unrelated RT percentage powers at LF are not affected by controlled respiration, and an increase in the RT-RR gain at HF is observed (p < 0.02). The proposed analysis may help to describe the regulation of the ventricular repolarisation process and to extract indexes quantifying the coupling between heart period and ventricular repolarisation interval changes.

  17. Lichtkurve und Periode des RR-Lyrae-Sterns TV Trianguli und GSC 02297-00060, ein neuer Veraenderlicher im Feld

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    Groebel, Rainer

    2014-03-01

    Based on data from the SWASP database and on recent observations 21 maxima and 12 minima timings of the little studied star TV Tri could be derived. It is shown that since the discovery the period remains essentially constant. The light curve shows only slight variations with a hump in the ascending branch. An improved ephemeris HJD (max.) = 2447385.354(5) + 0.7057324(5) x E is given. It turned out that the nearby suspected variable NSV 15327 (GSC 2.3 NBXY006220, 1:33:24.96 +32:27:39.10) remained constant in the observation period. It could be shown that the star GSC 02297-00060 (1:32:54.08 +32:29:34.85) also present in the field, is a short period eclipsing variable with shallow eclipses of 0.1 mag amplitude with the ephemeris HJD (min.) = 2456220.5180(16) + 0.2556919(14) x E. Rainer Groebel is a member of the BAV.

  18. First detection of multi-shocks in RR Lyrae stars from Antarctica : A possible explanation of the Blazhko effect

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    Chadid, M.; Vernin, J.; Zalian, C.; Pouzenc, C.; Abe, L.; Agabi, A.; Aristidi, E.; Mékarnia, D.; Preston, G.; Liu, L.Y.; Trinquet, H.

    2014-11-01

    We present the first detection of multi-shocks propagating through the atmosphere of the Blazhko star S Arae using uninterrupted, accurate optical photometric data collected during one polar night, 150 days from Antarctica at Dome C, with the Photometer AntarctIca eXtinction (PAIX). We acquired 89,736 CCD frames during 323 pulsation cycles and 3 Blazhko cycles. We detected two new light curve properties in the PAIX light curve, jump and rump, which we associated with two new post-maximum shock waves Sh{sub PM1} and Sh{sub PM2}. jump, lump, rump, bump, and hump are induced by five shock waves, with different amplitudes and origins, Sh{sub PM1}, Sh{sub PM}, Sh{sub PM2}, Sh{sub PM3}, and the main shock Sh{sub H+He}. Correlations between the length of rise time and light amplitude and Sh{sub PM3} are monotonous during three Blazhko cycles, but the pulsation curve is double peaked. We discuss the physical mechanisms driving the modulation of these quantities. Finally, we hypothesize that the origin of the Blazhko effect is a dynamical interaction between a multi-shock structure and an outflowing wind in a coronal structure.

  19. First Detection of Multi-shocks in RR Lyrae Stars from Antarctica: A Possible Explanation of the Blazhko Effect

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    Chadid, M.; Vernin, J.; Preston, G.; Zalian, C.; Pouzenc, C.; Abe, L.; Agabi, A.; Aristidi, E.; Liu, L. Y.; Mékarnia, D.; Trinquet, H.

    2014-11-01

    We present the first detection of multi-shocks propagating through the atmosphere of the Blazhko star S Arae using uninterrupted, accurate optical photometric data collected during one polar night, 150 days from Antarctica at Dome C, with the Photometer AntarctIca eXtinction (PAIX). We acquired 89,736 CCD frames during 323 pulsation cycles and 3 Blazhko cycles. We detected two new light curve properties in the PAIX light curve, {jump} and {rump}, which we associated with two new post-maximum shock waves ShPM1 and ShPM2. {jump}, lump, {rump}, bump, and hump are induced by five shock waves, with different amplitudes and origins, ShPM1, ShPM, ShPM2, ShPM3, and the main shock ShH + He. Correlations between the length of rise time and light amplitude and ShPM3 are monotonous during three Blazhko cycles, but the pulsation curve is double peaked. We discuss the physical mechanisms driving the modulation of these quantities. Finally, we hypothesize that the origin of the Blazhko effect is a dynamical interaction between a multi-shock structure and an outflowing wind in a coronal structure. Based on observations collected from Antarctica at Dome C, using the PAIX telescope, during the polar night 2009.

  20. VizieR Online Data Catalog: QSOs and RR Lyrae in Pan-STARRS1 3π Data (Hernitschek+ 2016)

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    Hernitschek, N.; Schlafly, E. F.; Sesar, B.; Rix, H.-W.; Hogg, D. W.; Ivezic, Z.; Grebel, E. K.; Bell, E. F.; Martin, N. F.; Burgett, W. S.; Flewelling, H.; Hodapp, K. W.; Kaiser, N.; Magnier, E. A.; Metcalfe, N.; Wainscoat, R. J.; Waters, C.

    2016-04-01

    In area and depth, the Pan-STARRS1 (PS1) 3π survey is unique among many-epoch, multi-band surveys and has enormous potential for the all-sky identification of variable sources. PS1 has observed the sky typically seven times in each of its five bands (grizy) over 3.5 years, but unlike SDSS, not simultaneously across the bands. We developed a new approach for quantifying statistical properties of non-simultaneous, sparse, multi-color light curves through light curve structure functions, effectively turning PS1 into a {sim}35-epoch survey. We use this approach to estimate variability amplitudes and timescales for point sources brighter than rP1=21.5 mag in the survey. On this basis we provide a catalog of all likely variable point sources and likely QSOs in PS1. (2 data files).

  1. On the interpretation of the Sandage period-shift effect among globular-cluster RR Lyrae variables

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    Sweigart, Allen V.; Renzini, Alvio; Tornambe, Amedeo

    1987-01-01

    A new grid of canonical zero-age horizontal branch (ZAHB) models is constructed to study the Sandage period-shift effect, and a number of possible explanations for the discrepancy between the observed and predicted period shifts are explored. Various factors which determine the period shift in ZAHB models are discussed in detail, showing that possible uncertainties in the input physics used for computing the preceding red-giant evolution are unlikely to resolve the discrepancy. Some test calculations for the ZAHB phase are presented which suggest than an increase in the metal opacity at temperatures around a million K might substantially increase the predicted period shift. It is found that a nonsolar CNO to Fe ratio is not a plausible explanation of the period-shift discrepancy, and the effects of evolution off the ZAHB in the period-effective temperature diagram are discussed. It is shown that evolution can increase the predicted period shift but not to the extent required by the Sandage effect. The possibility that rotation might explain the discrepancy is considered and rejected.

  2. GEOMETRICAL CONSTRAINTS ON THE HOT SPOT IN BETA LYRAE

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    Lomax, Jamie R.; Hoffman, Jennifer L.; Elias II, Nicholas M.; Bastien, Fabienne A.; Holenstein, Bruce D. E-mail: Jennifer.Hoffman@du.edu E-mail: fabienne.a.bastien@vanderbilt.edu

    2012-05-01

    We present results from six years of recalibrated and new spectropolarimetric data taken with the University of Wisconsin's Half-Wave Spectropolarimeter and six years of new data taken with the photoelastic modulating polarimeter at the Flower and Cook Observatory of beta Lyrae. Combining these data with polarimetric data from the literature allows us to characterize the intrinsic BVRI polarized light curves. A repeatable discrepancy of 0.245 days (approximately 6 hr) between the secondary minima in the total light curve and the polarization curve in the V band, with similar behavior in the other bands, may represent the first direct evidence for an accretion hot spot on the disk edge.

  3. LYRA OBSERVATIONS OF TWO OSCILLATION MODES IN A SINGLE FLARE

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    Van Doorsselaere, T.; Goossens, M.; De Groof, A.; Berghmans, D.

    2011-10-20

    We analyze light curves from the LYRA irradiance experiment on board PROBA2 during the flare of 2010 February 8. We see both long- and short-period oscillations during the flare. The long-period oscillation is interpreted in terms of standing slow sausage modes; the short-period oscillation is thought to be a standing fast sausage mode. The simultaneous presence of two oscillation modes in the same flaring structure allows for new coronal seismological applications. The periods are used to find seismological estimates of the plasma-{beta} and the density contrast of the flaring loop. Also the wave mode number is estimated from the observed periods.

  4. Pre-flight calibration of LYRA, the solar VUV radiometer on board PROBA2

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    Benmoussa, A.; Dammasch, I. E.; Hochedez, J.-F.; Schühle, U.; Koller, S.; Stockman, Y.; Scholze, F.; Richter, M.; Kroth, U.; Laubis, C.; Dominique, M.; Kretzschmar, M.; Mekaoui, S.; Gissot, S.; Theissen, A.; Giordanengo, B.; Bolsee, D.; Hermans, C.; Gillotay, D.; Defise, J.-M.; Schmutz, W.

    2009-12-01

    Aims. LYRA, the Large Yield Radiometer, is a vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) solar radiometer, planned to be launched in November 2009 on the European Space Agency PROBA2, the Project for On-Board Autonomy spacecraft. Methods: The instrument was radiometrically calibrated in the radiometry laboratory of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) at the Berlin Electron Storage ring for SYnchroton radiation (BESSY II). The calibration was done using monochromatized synchrotron radiation at PTB's VUV and soft X-ray radiometry beamlines using reference detectors calibrated with the help of an electrical substitution radiometer as the primary detector standard. Results: A total relative uncertainty of the radiometric calibration of the LYRA instrument between 1% and 11% was achieved. LYRA will provide irradiance data of the Sun in four UV passbands and with high temporal resolution down to 10 ms. The present state of the LYRA pre-flight calibration is presented as well as the expected instrument performance.

  5. The period-luminosity and period-radius relations of Type II and anomalous Cepheids in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

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    Groenewegen, M. A. T.; Jurkovic, M. I.

    2017-07-01

    Context. Type II Cepheids (T2Cs) and anomalous Cepheids (ACs) are pulsating stars that follow separate period-luminosity relations. Aims: We study the period-luminosity (PL) and period-radius (PR) relations for T2Cs and ACs in the Magellanic Clouds. Methods: In an accompanying paper we determined the luminosities and effective temperatures for the 335 T2Cs and ACs in the LMC and SMC discovered in the OGLE-III survey, by constructing the spectral energy distribution (SED) and fitting this with model atmospheres and a dust radiative transfer model (in the case of dust excess). Building on these results we studied the PL and PR relations of these sources. Using existing pulsation models for RR Lyrae and classical Cepheids we derive the period-luminosity-mass-temperature-metallicity relations and then estimate the pulsation mass. Results: The PL relation for the T2Cs does not appear to depend on metallicity and is Mbol = + 0.12-1.78log P (for P < 50 days), excluding the dusty RV Tau stars. Relations for fundamental and first overtone LMC ACs are also presented. The PR relation for T2C also shows little or no dependence on metallicity or period. Our preferred relation combines SMC and LMC stars and all T2C subclasses and is log R = 0.846 + 0.521log P. Relations for fundamental and first overtone LMC ACs are also presented. The pulsation masses from the RR Lyrae and classical Cepheid pulsation models agree well for the short period T2Cs, the BL Her subtype, and ACs, and are consistent with estimates in the literature, i.e. MBLH 0.49M⊙ and MAC 1.3M⊙, respectively. The masses of the W Vir appear similar to the BL Her. The situation for the pWVir and RV Tau stars is less clear. For many RV Tau the masses are in conflict with the standard picture of (single-star) post-AGB evolution, where the masses are either too large (≳1 M⊙) or too small (≲0.4 M⊙). Full Table 3 is only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (http://130

  6. High temperature plasma in beta Lyrae, observed from Copernicus

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    Kondo, Y.; Hack, M.; Hutchings, J. B.; Mccluskey, G. E., Jr.; Plavec, M.; Polidan, R. S.

    1975-01-01

    High-resolution UV spectrophotometry of the complex close binary system beta Lyrae was performed with a telescope spectrometer on board Copernicus. Observations were made at phases 0.0, 0.25, 0.5, and 0.75 with resolutions of 0.2 A (far-UV) and 0.4 A (mid-UV). The far-UV spectrum is completely dominated by emission lines indicating the existence of a high-temperature plasma in this binary. The spectrum of this object is unlike that of any other object observed from Copernicus. It is believed that this high-temperature plasma results from dynamic mass transfer taking place in the binary. The current results are compared with OAO-2 observations and other observational results. The possibility that the secondary component is a collapsed object is also discussed; the Copernicus observations are consistent with the hypothesis that the spectroscopically invisible secondary component is a black hole.

  7. The Panchromatic View of the Magellanic Clouds from Classical Cepheids. I. Distance, Reddening, and Geometry of the Large Magellanic Cloud Disk

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    Inno, L.; Bono, G.; Matsunaga, N.; Fiorentino, G.; Marconi, M.; Lemasle, B.; da Silva, R.; Soszyński, I.; Udalski, A.; Romaniello, M.; Rix, H.-W.

    2016-12-01

    We present a detailed investigation of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) disk using classical Cepheids. Our analysis is based on optical (I, V OGLE-IV), near-infrared (NIR: J, H, {K}{{S}}) and mid-infrared (MIR: w1; WISE) mean magnitudes. By adopting new templates to estimate the NIR mean magnitudes from single-epoch measurements, we build the currently most accurate, largest, and homogeneous multi-band data set of LMC Cepheids. We determine Cepheid individual distances using optical and NIR Period-Wesenheit relations (PWRs), to measure the geometry of the LMC disk and its viewing angles. Cepheid distances based on optical PWRs are precise at 3%, but accurate to 7%, while the ones based on NIR PWRs are more accurate (to 3%), but less precise (2%-15%), given the higher photometric error on the observed magnitudes. We found an inclination of i = 25.05 ± 0.02 (stat.) ± 0.55 (syst.) deg, and a position angle of the lines of nodes P.A. = 150.76 ± 0.02 (stat.) ± 0.07 (syst.) deg. These values agree well with estimates based either on young (Red Supergiants) or on intermediate-age (Asymptotic Giant Branch, Red Clump) stellar tracers, but they significantly differ from evaluations based on old (RR Lyrae) stellar tracers. This indicates that young/intermediate and old stellar populations have different spatial distributions. Finally, by using the reddening-law fitting approach, we provide a reddening map of the LMC disk, which is 10 times more accurate and 2 times larger than similar maps in the literature. We also found an LMC true distance modulus of {μ }0,{LMC}=18.48+/- 0.10 (stat. and syst.) mag, in excellent agreement with the currently most accurate measurement.

  8. Variations in EUV Irradiance: Comparison between LYRA, ESP, and SWAP Integrated Flux

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    Yalim, Mehmet Sarp; Poedts, Stefaan

    The Sun Watcher Using Active Pixel System Detector and Image Processing (SWAP) telescope and Large Yield Radiometer (LYRA) are the two Sun observation instruments on-board PROBA2. SWAP extreme ultraviolet images, if presented in terms of the integrated flux over solar disk, in general, correlate well with LYRA channel 2-4 (zirconium filter) and channels QD and 18 of EVE/ESP on-board SDO between 2010 and 2013. Hence, SWAP can be considered as an additional radiometric channel. We compare in detail LYRA channel 2-4 and SWAP integrated flux in July 2010 and in particular during the solar eclipse that occurred on July 11, 2010. During this eclipse, the discrepancy between the two data channels can be explained to be related to the occultation of active region 11087 by the Moon. In the second half of July 2010, LYRA channel 2-4 and SWAP integrated flux deviate from each other, but these differences can also be explained in terms of features appearing on the solar disk such as coronal holes and active regions. By additionally comparing with timeline of EVE/ESP, we can preliminarily interpret these differences in terms of the difference between the broad bandpass of LYRA channel 2-4 and the, relatively speaking, narrower bandpass of SWAP.

  9. Clustering of local group distances: publication bias or correlated measurements? I. The large Magellanic cloud

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    De Grijs, Richard; Wicker, James E.; Bono, Giuseppe

    2014-05-01

    The distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) represents a key local rung of the extragalactic distance ladder yet the galaxy's distance modulus has long been an issue of contention, in particular in view of claims that most newly determined distance moduli cluster tightly—and with a small spread—around the 'canonical' distance modulus, (m – M){sub 0} = 18.50 mag. We compiled 233 separate LMC distance determinations published between 1990 and 2013. Our analysis of the individual distance moduli, as well as of their two-year means and standard deviations resulting from this largest data set of LMC distance moduli available to date, focuses specifically on Cepheid and RR Lyrae variable-star tracer populations, as well as on distance estimates based on features in the observational Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. We conclude that strong publication bias is unlikely to have been the main driver of the majority of published LMC distance moduli. However, for a given distance tracer, the body of publications leading to the tightly clustered distances is based on highly non-independent tracer samples and analysis methods, hence leading to significant correlations among the LMC distances reported in subsequent articles. Based on a careful, weighted combination, in a statistical sense, of the main stellar population tracers, we recommend that a slightly adjusted canonical distance modulus of (m – M){sub 0} = 18.49 ± 0.09 mag be used for all practical purposes that require a general distance scale without the need for accuracies of better than a few percent.

  10. Clustering of Local Group Distances: Publication Bias or Correlated Measurements? I. The Large Magellanic Cloud

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    de Grijs, Richard; Wicker, James E.; Bono, Giuseppe

    2014-05-01

    The distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) represents a key local rung of the extragalactic distance ladder yet the galaxy's distance modulus has long been an issue of contention, in particular in view of claims that most newly determined distance moduli cluster tightly—and with a small spread—around the "canonical" distance modulus, (m - M)0 = 18.50 mag. We compiled 233 separate LMC distance determinations published between 1990 and 2013. Our analysis of the individual distance moduli, as well as of their two-year means and standard deviations resulting from this largest data set of LMC distance moduli available to date, focuses specifically on Cepheid and RR Lyrae variable-star tracer populations, as well as on distance estimates based on features in the observational Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. We conclude that strong publication bias is unlikely to have been the main driver of the majority of published LMC distance moduli. However, for a given distance tracer, the body of publications leading to the tightly clustered distances is based on highly non-independent tracer samples and analysis methods, hence leading to significant correlations among the LMC distances reported in subsequent articles. Based on a careful, weighted combination, in a statistical sense, of the main stellar population tracers, we recommend that a slightly adjusted canonical distance modulus of (m - M)0 = 18.49 ± 0.09 mag be used for all practical purposes that require a general distance scale without the need for accuracies of better than a few percent.

  11. Degradation assessment of LYRA after 5 years on orbit - Technology Demonstration -

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    BenMoussa, A.; Giordanengo, B.; Gissot, S.; Dammasch, I. E.; Dominique, M.; Hochedez, J.-F.; Soltani, A.; Bourzgui, N.; Saito, T.; Schühle, U.; Gottwald, A.; Kroth, U.; Jones, A. R.

    2015-03-01

    We present a long-term assessment of the radiometric calibration and degradation of the Large Yield Radiometer (LYRA), which has been on orbit since 2009. LYRA is an ultraviolet (UV) solar radiometer and is the first space experiment using aboard a pioneering diamond detector technology. We show that LYRA has degraded after the commissioning phase but is still exploitable scientifically after almost 5 years on orbit thanks to its redundancy design and calibration strategy correcting for instrument degradation. We focus on the inflight detector's calibration and show that diamond photodetectors have not degraded while silicon reference photodiodes that are even less exposed to the Sun show an increase of their dark current and a decrease of their photoresponse.

  12. Random variations in the ultraviolet spectrum of Beta Lyrae

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    Bless, R. C.; Eaton, J. A.; Meade, M. R.

    1977-01-01

    Spectrophotometric scans of Beta Lyrae over the wavelength range from 1100 to 3700 A are analyzed which were obtained at different times with different resolutions by the OAO 2 satellite and from the ground. A model atmosphere with normal H and He abundances, an electron temperature of 11,000 K, and log g of 3.0 is found to fit the visual region of the spectrum well but to be a poor representation in the Balmer continuum. It is shown that a large complex emission feature dominates the spectrum from about 1700 to 2200 A, that there is a very pronounced strengthening of the spectrum just shortward of the 1550-A C IV feature at phase 0.69, and that the overall level of the spectrum shortward of 1400 A is quite high in comparison with the broad emission feature. A model is discussed in which the light from a disk-shaped secondary is highly concentrated toward the polar regions.

  13. Whether Lyra's Manifold Itself is aHidden Source of Dark Energy

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    Singh, Kangujam Priyokumar; Singh, Koijam Manihar; Mollah, Mahbubur Rahman

    2017-08-01

    In the course of investigation of some interesting cosmic string universes in the five dimensional Lyra manifold it is excitingly found that the geometry itself of Lyra manifold behaves as a new source of dark energy and this energy takes a form similar to that of quintessence in most of the cases, though in one case the dark energy comes out to be that of the cosmological constant type. The behaviour of the universes and their contribution to the process of evolution are examined. Further study of such type of universes will be very helpful in explaining the present accelerated expansion behaviour of the universe.

  14. Search Cloud

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  15. Observation of a Lyman-alpha flare with PROBA2/LYRA

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    Wauters, Laurence; Dominique, Marie; Dammasch, Ingolf; Kretzschmar, Matthieu

    2017-08-01

    Lyman-alpha (121.6 nm) is an optical thick line mostly formed in the chromosphere. Although one of the strongest lines of the solar spectrum, there are very few reports of solar flare signatures in Lyman-alpha and the few observations available differ significantly in shape, time duration and amplitude. Consequently, the fraction of non-thermal energy deposited during solar flares in this wavelength is still subject to discussion. The LYRA experiment is a radiometer on board the PROBA2 spacecraft launched in 2009. LYRA is composed of three identical units (one nominal, two backups), which each includes four distinct broadband channels, among which one covering Lyman-alpha. Despite the fact that the LYRA Lyman-alpha signal has degraded quickly at the beginning of the mission in the nominal channel, it observed about ten flares. Additionally, one more flare was observed in one of the backup channels. In this talk, we will analyse this particular flare profile and compare it to other instruments including Goes-15, EVE/MEGS-P, LYRA Zirconium channel.

  16. Long-term irradiance observation and short-term flare prediction with LYRA on PROBA2

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    Dammasch, Ingolf; Dominique, Marie; West, Matthew; Katsiyannis, Thanassis; Ryan, Daniel; Wauters, Laurence

    The solar radiometer LYRA on board the ESA micro-satellite PROBA2 has observed the Sun continuously since January 2010 in various spectral band passes, and has gained a considerable data base. Two of the LYRA channels cover the irradiance between soft X-ray and extreme ultraviolet. The variation of the sunspot number appears to show a strong similarity with the variation of these channels, when their long-range development is taken into account. The same holds for SXR levels observed by the GOES satellites. Due to LYRA's bandwidth and coverage of various active-region temperatures, its relatively smooth development may yield some information on the structure of the current solar cycle. On its websites, LYRA presents not only EUV and SXR time series in near real-time, but also information on flare parameters and long-term irradiance and sunspot levels. It will be demonstrated whether it is possible to aid space weather forecast with these statistical data, especially for the prediction of expected flare strength on a daily basis.

  17. In situ detections of Space Weather by the LYRA radiometer on board the PROBA2 satellite

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    Katsiyannis, Athanassios; Kruglanski, Michel; De Donder, Erwin; Dammasch, Ingolf; Dominique, Marie; Ben Moussa, Ali

    The Large Yield RAdiometer (LYRA) is an ultraviolet irradiance radiometer on-board ESA's PROBA2 micro-satellite. Since it's launch in 2009 it observes the Sun in four different passbands, chosen for their relevance to solar physics, aeronomy and space weather. Flying on an altitude of 735km, LYRA proved to be an excellent flare monitor and is involved in the analysis the atmospheric composition of the Earth. One of the most peculiar and intriguing results of LYRA is the detection of short, strong, bursts that do not directly correlate with solar coronal events, nor with pointing of the instrument to Earth's upper atmosphere, but correlate well with high K_{p} index on Earth's surface. As LYRA has the ability to observe in four different UV bandpasses, the comparison between the filters that allow the detection of this activity versus those that do not, reveals very interesting results as to the nature of those detections. This contribution will focus on the investigation and identification of this phenomenon and it will include crucial comparisons to other space-born instruments that do not detect the same effect.

  18. Components of positional information in the developing wing margin of the Lyra mutant of Drosophila.

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    Abbott, Lois A; Sprey, Th E

    1990-06-01

    A number of parameters characteristic of the wing margin precursor in imaginal discs of Drosophila are known: the zone of non-proliferating cells or ZNC (O'Brochta and Bryant 1985), aldehyde oxidase (AO) and other enzyme staining patterns (Sprey et al. 1982), E1C antigen localization in a narrow band along the margin (Piovant and Lena 1988). To test our hypothesis that such parameters, and others, act in concert to determine margin identity and the positional information that specifies the bristles and hairs appropriate to the anterior, posterior and distal margins, we have examined these parameters in the dominant mutant Lyra, in which much of the anterior and posterior margins is missing. After establishing that Lyra phenotype is already evident in the early pupal wing, we tested the known imaginal disc parameters and found that only Mab E1C (Piovant and Lena 1988) distribution differs from wild type, suggesting that E1C antigen may be a component of positional information. Sibatani's (1983) model for specification of positional information (PI) applied to wing discs predicts the Lyra adult wing shape as well as the reduced distribution of E1C antigen in Lyra wing discs. The model is based on the assumption that specification of positional information depends on interactions of multiple, independent factors. Clonal analysis with shaggy (Simpson et al. 1988 and Ripoll et al. 1988) indicates that factors in addition to E1C antigen contribute to margin PI in Lyra wings and should allow us to test the multi-component hypothesis further.

  19. Ion Cloud Modeling

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    1977-11-11

    FORM I -i TRIRUTON S2TEEN GOVT tCESeO NO.rr- enteredPINT’ CATLO NUMBE.R dfern e Reot -3 :z SUPLMNTR NOTE Lewi KE ORS(C inson eeeeNAe fneeeay ndien6f y ... y of the released gas is specified, the snowplow model for the expansion of a gas cloud determines the time-dependence of the radius R(t) of the...ito t/a and the diffusion is assumed to commence at t = tD For a gas with y = 5/3 which is appropriate for barium atom vapor, we show the resulting

  20. The LYRA-B space experiment: Goals and principles for its realization

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    Zakharov, A. I.; Mironov, A. V.; Prokhorov, M. E.; Biryukov, A. V.; Stekol'shchikov, O. Yu.; Tuchin, M. S.

    2013-03-01

    We describe goals and principles for the realization the Lyra-B space experiment onboard the International Space Station, which is currently being prepared at the Sternberg Astronomical Institute. The main goal of the experiment is to carry out a high-accuracy, multicolor all-sky survey of stars down to 16 m -17 m . The detailed structure of the expected observational data, their possible scientific use, and a number of technical problems are discussed.

  1. LYRA and SWAP, the two Solar Instruments on-board PROBA2

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    Dominique, M.; Berghmans, D.; Schmutz, W. K.; Dammasch, I.; De Groof, A.; Halain, J.; Hochedez, J.; Kretzschmar, M.; Seaton, D. B.

    2011-12-01

    PROBA2 (http://proba2.sidc.be) is an ESA micro-satellite that was launched in November 2009. Two instruments on-board, SWAP and LYRA, are devoted to solar observations. SWAP (PI: D. Berghmans) is an EUV imager observing the corona with a bandpass centered on 174 Å at a cadence of 1-2 min. Its high contrast images, large FOV and flexible off-pointing capabilities make SWAP particularly well suited for the study of coronal eruptions. LYRA (PI: M. Dominique) is a UV-EUV radiometer observing in four spectral channels, chosen for their relevance in solar physics and aeronomy. Its very fast acquisition cadence (up to 100 Hz) allows scientists to perform detailed analysis of solar flares. We discuss the characteristics of both instruments, review their performance and evolution, and highlight their complementarity to other missions. We also present the data products that can be downloaded from the mission website and give an overview of the various investigations for which SWAP and LYRA data are currently used (CMEs, flares, solar variability, and many others).

  2. Light-induced COP9 signalosome expression in the Indian false vampire bat Megaderma lyra.

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    Rajan, K Emmanuvel; Rajkumar, R; Liao, Chen-Chug; Ganesh, A; Marimuthu, G

    2010-01-01

    The COP9 signalosome (CSN) is a multi-subunit protein complex conserved in plants and animals. CSN subunits have been identified as light-mediated master regulators of eukaryotic circadian clocks from fungi to animals. The Indian false vampire bat Megaderma lyra is completely adapted to an anthropic biotope and behavioral studies have reported that M. lyra exhibits light-sampling behavior to assess environmental light. LC-MS-MS results for a 36 kDa protein were analyzed using the Sequest search engine, and COP9 signalosome subunit 5 (CSN5) was pinpointed as having the highest score with 6 matching peptides. To confirm the presence of CSN5, up-regulated cDNA was amplified, sequenced, and identified as CSN5. Furthermore, semi-quantitative RT-PCR analysis demonstrated that the level of induction of CSN5 was regulated by environmental light. We estimated the level of expression across a light-dark cycle and observed a higher level of expression at the end of the light phase. Similarly, when the animal was shifted from continuous dark to light, CSN5 expression was induced. Correspondingly, we detected the similar pattern of translated protein with JAB1 antibody. Knowledge about the circadian rhythm and its molecular mechanism in Chiroptera is very limited and this study suggests that CSN5 might be involved in the M. lyra light-signaling process.

  3. VARIABLE STARS IN THE LARGE MAGELLANIC CLOUD GLOBULAR CLUSTER NGC 2257. I. RESULTS BASED ON 2007-2008 B, V PHOTOMETRY

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    Nemec, James M.; Walker, Alistair; Jeon, Young-Beom E-mail: awalker@ctio.edu

    2009-11-15

    The variable stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud star cluster NGC 2257 are reinvestigated using photometry (to {approx}20th mag) of over 400 new B, V CCD images taken with the CTIO 0.9 m telescope on 14 nights in 2007 December and 2008 January. New period searches have been made using two independent algorithms (CLEAN, Period04); the resultant periods of most of the stars are consistent with the pulsation periods derived previously, and where there are discrepancies these have been resolved. For the B and V light curves, accurate Fourier coefficients and parameters are given. Six new variable stars have been discovered (V45-50), including a bright candidate long-period variable star showing secondary oscillations (V45) and two anomalously bright RRc stars (V48 and V50), which are shown to be brightened and reddened by nearby red giant stars. Also discovered among the previously known variable stars are three double-mode RR Lyrae stars (V8, V16, and V34) and several Blazhko variables. Archival Hubble Space Telescope images and the photometry by Johnson et al. have been used to define better the properties of the most crowded variable stars. The total number of cluster variable stars now stands at forty-seven: 23 RRab stars, four of which show Blazhko amplitude variations; 20 RRc stars, one showing clear Blazhko variations and another showing possible Blazhko variations; the three RRd stars, all having the dominant period {approx}0.36 day and period ratios P {sub 1}/P {sub 0} {approx}0.7450; and an LPV star located near the tip of the red giant branch. A comparison of the RRd stars with those in other environments shows them to be most similar to those in IC4499.

  4. VizieR Online Data Catalog: RR Lyrae variables in ESO294-G010 and ESO410-G005 (Yang+, 2014)

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    Yang, S.-C.; Wagner-Kaiser, R.; Sarajedini, A.; Kim, S. C.; Kyeong, J.

    2016-08-01

    The science images of ESO294-G010 and ESO410-G005 used in this study were taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys Wide Field Channel (ACS/WFC) on board Hubble Space Telescope (HST) as a part of GO-10503 (PI: Da Costa). ESO294-G010 (R.A.=00:26:33.40 (J2000), Decl.=-41:51:19.0 (J2000)) was observed on the HJD (+2453000) range 859.27358-861.13659 with the F606W filter, and on the HJD (+2453000) range 859.40613-861.00342 with the F814W filter. ESO410-G005 (R.A.=00:15:31.40 (J2000), Decl.=-32:10:47.0 (J2000)) was observed on the HJD (+2453000) range 861.40425-863.21702 with the F606W filter, and on the HJD (+2453000) range 861.53711-866.08158 with the filter F814W. The central regions of each galaxy were placed on one of WFC chips so that the imaging covers almost the entire visual extent of the targets. ESO294-G010 was imaged 12 times in the F606W and 24 times in the F814W filter with an exposure time of 1160s during the observing baseline of ~1.86days. The same number of exposures were obtained for the observations of ESO410-G005 with an exposure time of 1120s over the observing baseline of 4.55days. The basic properties of each of these RRL candidates are summarized in Tables 2 and 3. We have also uncovered a significant number of Luminous Variable (LV) candidates in both transition-type dwarf galaxies (22 in ESO294-G010; 19 in ESO410-G005). Their photometric and pulsation properties are summarized in Table4. (4 data files).

  5. RR-Interval variance of electrocardiogram for atrial fibrillation detection

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    Nuryani, N.; Solikhah, M.; Nugoho, A. S.; Afdala, A.; Anzihory, E.

    2016-11-01

    Atrial fibrillation is a serious heart problem originated from the upper chamber of the heart. The common indication of atrial fibrillation is irregularity of R peak-to-R-peak time interval, which is shortly called RR interval. The irregularity could be represented using variance or spread of RR interval. This article presents a system to detect atrial fibrillation using variances. Using clinical data of patients with atrial fibrillation attack, it is shown that the variance of electrocardiographic RR interval are higher during atrial fibrillation, compared to the normal one. Utilizing a simple detection technique and variances of RR intervals, we find a good performance of atrial fibrillation detection.

  6. Neptune Clouds

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    1999-10-14

    The bright cirrus-like clouds of Neptune change rapidly, often forming and dissipating over periods of several to tens of hours. In this sequence NASA Voyager 2 observed cloud evolution in the region around the Great Dark Spot GDS.

  7. Cloud Computing

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    Pete Beckman and Ian Foster

    2009-12-04

    Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham (WTTW). Chicago has become a world center of "cloud computing." Argonne experts Pete Beckman and Ian Foster explain what "cloud computing" is and how you probably already use it on a daily basis.

  8. The BUSS spectrum of Beta Lyrae. [Balloon-borne Ultraviolet Stellar Spectrograph

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    Hack, M.; Sahade, J.; De Jager, C.; Kondo, Y.

    1983-01-01

    The spectrum of Beta Lyrae from about 1975 to 3010 A taken with the Balloon-borne ultraviolet Stellar Spectrograph experiment in May 1976 at phase 0.61 P is analyzed. Results show the presence of N II semi-forbidden emission and provide evidence for about the same location, in the outer envelope of the system, of the layers responsible for the resonance Mg II doublet emissions and for the "narrow" H-alpha emission. In addition, three sets of absorption lines, P Cygni profiles of Fe III and broad Beals Type III emissions of Mg II, are found to be present.

  9. Bianchi type-I universe in Lyra manifold with quadratic equation of state

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    Şen, R.; Aygün, S.

    2017-02-01

    In this study, we have solved Einstein field equations for Bianchi type I universe model in Lyra manifold with quadratic equation of state (EoS) p = ap(t)2 - ρ(t). Where α ≠0 is an important constant. Cosmic pressure, density and displacement vector (β2) are related with α constant. In this study β2 is a decreasing function of time and behaves like a cosmological constant. These solutions agree with the studies of Halford, Pradhan and Singh, Aygün et al., Agarwal et al., Yadav and Haque as well as SN Ia observations.

  10. 20. BLUEPRINT, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY L.% MI. ...

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    20. BLUEPRINT, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY L.% MI. S of MS. 50 Proposed bridge, by Phoenis Bridge Co., Phoenixville, Pa. 218-foot turn span, with load bearing. 21 May 1914. Act. size: 16X35 in. Credit: Columbus and Greenville RR, Columbus, Ms. Sarcone Photography, Columbus, Ms. Sept 1978. - Bridges of the Upper Tombigbee River Valley, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS

  11. 14. ALABAMA, SUMTER CO., EPES RAILROAD BRIDGE Southern RR at ...

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    14. ALABAMA, SUMTER CO., EPES RAILROAD BRIDGE Southern RR at Epes Alabama Great Southern RR bridge. View from S. Copy of photo taken in 1922 by Jack Donnell, Columbus, Ms. Sarcone Photography, Columbus, Ms., Sep 1978. - Bridges of the Upper Tombigbee River Valley, Cochrane, Pickens County, AL

  12. 18. BLUEPRINT, RR BRIDGE Tombigbee R. MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY ...

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    18. BLUEPRINT, RR BRIDGE Tombigbee R. MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. S of MS 50 Detail: 'Georgia Pacific Rwy. -- Tombigbee River Bridge Elevation' with river profile, May 16, 1888. Credit: Columbus and Greenville Rr, Columbus, Ms. DWG = S-3-342. Sarcone Photography, Columbus, Ms Sep 1978. - Bridges of the Upper Tombigbee River Valley, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS

  13. Registration and Release of Syn1RR tall fescue

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    The Agricultural Research Service of the United States DepaRRment of Agriculture announces the release of the new tall fescue [Festuca arundinacea (syn., Lolium arundinaceum Darbyshire; Schedonorus phoenix (Scop.) Holub)] cultivar Syn1RR. Syn1RR is a rust tolerant tall fescue cultivar that exhibits...

  14. Proba2/Lyra: six years of EUV solar irradiance observation, from short to long timescales

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    Dominique, Marie; Dammasch, Ingolf; Wauters, Laurence; Katsiyannis, Athanassios

    2016-07-01

    With important questions such as the climate changes and the role of the Sun debated by the scientific community, it appears crucial to measure the evolution of the solar spectral irradiance. This is especially the case in the soft X-ray to UV range, which shows the highest variability and impacts the Earth's ionosphere on both long (background emission evolution) and short (e.g. flares) timescales. LYRA, the Large Yield Radiometer on-board PROBA2 has been observing the Sun for more than six years, making observations in four broadband channels in the EUV-to-MUV range, accumulating quasi-uninterrupted time series. However, maintaining instruments capable of high-quality measurements over years in the harsh space environment is an every-day challenge. We will provide an up-to-date overview of the instrument state and of its data products. We will then present how the LYRA data have been used to analyze the solar impact on the Earth upper atmosphere, addressing successively the effects on the long and short timescales.

  15. "Lyra" Space Stellar Survey and Establishing a Large Grid of Photometric Standards

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    Mironov, A.; Zakharov, A.; Prokhorov, M.

    2016-05-01

    The "Lyra" space experiment is currently being prepared in Russia. Its main goal is to perform high precision 10-color photometry for all V<16 mag stars. Observations will be made using a 500-mm diameter 3-m focal length Ritchey-Chretien telescope with an afocal lens corrector mounted on the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) and equipped with CCDs operated in the time delay and integration (drift, TDI) mode. One of the most important tasks of the "Lyra" mission is to create a dense all-sky grid of high-precision photometric standards. The total number of standards should be on the order of several million, and to achieve this goal, more than 300 million stars will be measured in the course of the mission. The photometric system must include standards in all ranges of magnitudes from the brightest stars down to 16th magnitude. Small random error will be achieved by providing sufficiently strong signal in all passbands and using highly accurate and stable detecting equipment. The random error of measured magnitudes is expected to be 0m.001-0m.003 and about 0m.01 for stars brighter than 14th magnitude and fainter stars, respectively. The system must be free from systematic errors, which are to be minimized by careful ground -based calibration and by maintaining this calibration throughout the mission.

  16. Interaction between respiratory and RR interval oscillations at low frequencies.

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    Aguirre, A; Wodicka, G R; Maayan, C; Shannon, D C

    1990-03-01

    Oscillations in RR interval between 0.02 and 1.00 cycles per second (Hz) have been related to the action of the autonomic nervous system. Respiration has been shown to influence RR interval at normal breathing frequencies between approximately 0.16 and 0.5 Hz in children and adults--a phenomenon known as respiratory sinus arrhythmia. In this study we investigated the effect of respiration on RR interval in a lower frequency range between 0.02 and 0.12 Hz. Low frequency oscillations in respiration were induced in healthy sleeping adult subjects via the administration of a bolus of CO2 during inhalation. Power spectra of RR interval and respiration were obtained before and after the CO2 pulse, and the frequency content in the low frequency range was quantitatively compared. An increase in the spectral energy in both respiration and RR interval was observed for the group. However, this increase was accounted for by six of 29 epochs. We conclude that respiration (tidal volume) can influence RR interval at frequencies below those usually associated with respiratory sinus arrhythmia. This influence may be mediated through a sympathetic reflex. This result is applicable to the measurement and interpretation of heart rate variability and to autonomic influences of low frequency fluctuations in RR interval.

  17. Drosophila cuticular proteins with the R&R Consensus: annotation and classification with a new tool for discriminating RR-1 and RR-2 sequences.

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    Karouzou, Maria V; Spyropoulos, Yannis; Iconomidou, Vassiliki A; Cornman, R S; Hamodrakas, Stavros J; Willis, Judith H

    2007-08-01

    The majority of cuticular protein sequences identified to date from a diversity of arthropods have a conserved region known as the Rebers and Riddiford Consensus (R&R Consensus). This consensus region has been used to query the whole genome sequence of Drosophila melanogaster. One hundred one putative cuticular proteins have been annotated. Of these, 29 had been annotated previously, and for several their authenticity as cuticular proteins had been verified by protein sequence data from isolated cuticles or by localization of their transcripts in epidermis when cuticle synthesis was occurring. The original names have been retained, and the 72 newly annotated proteins have been given names beginning with Cpr followed by the chromosomal band in which the gene is located. Proteins with the R&R Consensus can be split into three groups RR-1, RR-2 and RR-3, with some correlation to the type or region of the cuticle in which they occur. Previous classification was manual and subjective. We now have developed a tool using profile hidden Markov models that allows more objective classification. We describe the development and verification of the validity of this tool that is available at the cuticleDB website http://bioinformatics2.biol.uoa.gr/cuticleDB/index.jsp.

  18. Cloud Control

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    Weinstein, Margery

    2012-01-01

    Your learning curriculum needs a new technological platform, but you don't have the expertise or IT equipment to pull it off in-house. The answer is a learning system that exists online, "in the cloud," where learners can access it anywhere, anytime. For trainers, cloud-based coursework often means greater ease of instruction resulting in greater…

  19. Arctic Clouds

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    2013-04-19

    ...   View Larger Image Stratus clouds are common in the Arctic during the summer months, and are important modulators of ... from MISR's two most obliquely forward-viewing cameras. The cold, stable air causes the clouds to persist in stratified layers, and this ...

  20. Cloud Computing

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    2009-11-12

    Eucalyptus Systems • Provides an open-source application that can be used to implement a cloud computing environment on a datacenter • Trying to establish an...edgeplatform.html • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2): http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/ • Amazon Simple Storage Solution (S3): http://aws.amazon.com/s3/ • Eucalyptus

  1. Cloud Modeling

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    Tao, Wei-Kuo; Moncrieff, Mitchell; Einaud, Franco (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Numerical cloud models have been developed and applied extensively to study cloud-scale and mesoscale processes during the past four decades. The distinctive aspect of these cloud models is their ability to treat explicitly (or resolve) cloud-scale dynamics. This requires the cloud models to be formulated from the non-hydrostatic equations of motion that explicitly include the vertical acceleration terms since the vertical and horizontal scales of convection are similar. Such models are also necessary in order to allow gravity waves, such as those triggered by clouds, to be resolved explicitly. In contrast, the hydrostatic approximation, usually applied in global or regional models, does allow the presence of gravity waves. In addition, the availability of exponentially increasing computer capabilities has resulted in time integrations increasing from hours to days, domain grids boxes (points) increasing from less than 2000 to more than 2,500,000 grid points with 500 to 1000 m resolution, and 3-D models becoming increasingly prevalent. The cloud resolving model is now at a stage where it can provide reasonably accurate statistical information of the sub-grid, cloud-resolving processes poorly parameterized in climate models and numerical prediction models.

  2. Thin Clouds

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    2013-04-18

    ... their delicate appearance, thin, feathery clouds of ice crystals called cirrus may contribute to global warming. Some scientists ... minutes after MISR imaged the cloud from space. At the same time, another NASA high-altitude jet, the WB-57, flew right through the ...

  3. Cloud Control

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    Weinstein, Margery

    2012-01-01

    Your learning curriculum needs a new technological platform, but you don't have the expertise or IT equipment to pull it off in-house. The answer is a learning system that exists online, "in the cloud," where learners can access it anywhere, anytime. For trainers, cloud-based coursework often means greater ease of instruction resulting in greater…

  4. Cloud Control

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    Ramaswami, Rama; Raths, David; Schaffhauser, Dian; Skelly, Jennifer

    2011-01-01

    For many IT shops, the cloud offers an opportunity not only to improve operations but also to align themselves more closely with their schools' strategic goals. The cloud is not a plug-and-play proposition, however--it is a complex, evolving landscape that demands one's full attention. Security, privacy, contracts, and contingency planning are all…

  5. Cloud Cover

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    Schaffhauser, Dian

    2012-01-01

    This article features a major statewide initiative in North Carolina that is showing how a consortium model can minimize risks for districts and help them exploit the advantages of cloud computing. Edgecombe County Public Schools in Tarboro, North Carolina, intends to exploit a major cloud initiative being refined in the state and involving every…

  6. Cloud Control

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    Ramaswami, Rama; Raths, David; Schaffhauser, Dian; Skelly, Jennifer

    2011-01-01

    For many IT shops, the cloud offers an opportunity not only to improve operations but also to align themselves more closely with their schools' strategic goals. The cloud is not a plug-and-play proposition, however--it is a complex, evolving landscape that demands one's full attention. Security, privacy, contracts, and contingency planning are all…

  7. Cloud Cover

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    Schaffhauser, Dian

    2012-01-01

    This article features a major statewide initiative in North Carolina that is showing how a consortium model can minimize risks for districts and help them exploit the advantages of cloud computing. Edgecombe County Public Schools in Tarboro, North Carolina, intends to exploit a major cloud initiative being refined in the state and involving every…

  8. QT/RR and T-peak-to-end/RR curvatures and slopes in chronic heart failure: relation to sudden cardiac death.

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    Ramírez, Julia; Laguna, Pablo; Bayés de Luna, Antonio; Malik, Marek; Pueyo, Esther

    2014-01-01

    Previous studies investigated the QT/RR relationship by linear regressions of QT and RR intervals. However, the pattern of the QT/RR relationship is not necessarily linear. This study investigated the QT/RR and T-peak-to-end (Tpe)/RR curvatures and corresponding slopes in chronic heart failure (CHF) patients, and studied their differences between sudden cardiac death (SCD) victims and others. Holter ECG recordings of 650 CHF patients were analyzed. RR, QT and Tpe series were obtained and for each patient, the data of each subject were fitted with a non-linear regression function of the form: QT=χ+ϕ(1-RR(γ)), where γ is the QT/RR curvature. The same regression formula was applied to the Tpe interval series. The slopes (dimensionless units) were calculated at the averaged RR intervals and at RR of 1 second. The median (difference between 75th and 25th percentile) of the curvature parameter was 0.226 (2.39) for QT/RR and -0.002 (3.64) for Tpe/RR in the overall sample. For the QT/RR slope, these values were 0.170 (0.12) and 0.190 (0.10) when evaluated at RR=1 and at the averaged RR, respectively, while for the Tpe/RR slope the values were 0.016 (0.04) and 0.020 (0.04), respectively. The Tpe/RR slope showed high statistical significance for separation of SCD victims and others, particularly when evaluated at the averaged RR (median values of 0.040 vs 0.020, p=0.002), but also when evaluated at RR=1 second (0.026 vs 0.015, p=0.023). Patients with values of Tpe/RR slope above 0.042 had double incidence of SCD, for the case of the slope being evaluated at RR=1 second, and triple incidence for the case of the slope being evaluated at the averaged RR. The QT/RR slope and curvature, as well as the Tpe/RR curvature, were not different in SCD victims and in others. Non-linear regression models based on curvature and slope characteristics, individually obtained for each patient, were used to characterize the QT/RR and Tpe/RR relationships. Steeper Tpe/RR slopes, obtained

  9. Screaming Clouds

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    Fikke, Svein; Egill Kristjánsson, Jón; Nordli, Øyvind

    2017-04-01

    "Mother-of-pearl clouds" appear irregularly in the winter stratosphere at high northern latitudes, about 20-30 km above the surface of the Earth. The size range of the cloud particles is near that of visible light, which explains their extraordinary beautiful colours. We argue that the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch could well have been terrified when the sky all of a sudden turned "bloodish red" after sunset, when darkness was expected. Hence, there is a high probability that it was an event of mother-of-pearl clouds which was the background for Munch's experience in nature, and for his iconic Scream. Currently, the leading hypothesis for explaining the dramatic colours of the sky in Munch's famous painting is that the artist was captivated by colourful sunsets following the enormous Krakatoa eruption in 1883. After carefully considering the historical accounts of some of Munch's contemporaries, especially the physicist Carl Störmer, we suggest an alternative hypothesis, namely that Munch was inspired by spectacular occurrences of mother-of-pearl clouds. Such clouds, which have a wave-like structure akin to that seen in the Scream were first observed and described only a few years before the first version of this motive was released in 1892. Unlike clouds related to conventional weather systems in the troposphere, mother-of-pearl clouds appear in the stratosphere, where significantly different physical conditions prevail. This result in droplet sizes within the range of visible light, creating the spectacular colour patterns these clouds are famous for. Carl Störmer observed such clouds, and described them in minute details at the age of 16, but already with a profound interest in science. He later noted that "..these mother-of-pearl clouds was a vision of indescribable beauty!" The authors find it logical that the same vision could appear scaring in the sensible mind of a young artist unknown to such phenomena.

  10. The Complex QT/RR Relationship in Mice

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    Roussel, Julien; Champeroux, Pascal; Roy, Jérôme; Richard, Sylvain; Fauconnier, Jérémy; Le Guennec, Jean-Yves; Thireau, Jérôme

    2016-01-01

    The QT interval reflects the time between the depolarization of ventricles until their repolarization and is usually used as a predictive marker for the occurrence of arrhythmias. This parameter varies with the heart rate, expressed as the RR interval (time between two successive ventricular depolarizations). To calculate the QT independently of the RR, correction formulae are currently used. In mice, the QT-RR relationship as such has never been studied in conscious animals, and correction formulas are mainly empirical. In the present paper we studied how QT varies when the RR changes physiologically (comparison of nocturnal and diurnal periods) or after dosing mice with tachycardic agents (norepinephrine or nitroprusside). Our results show that there is significant variability of QT and RR in a given condition, resulting in the need to average at least 200 consecutive complexes to accurately compare the QT. Even following this method, no obvious shortening of the QT was observed with increased heart rate, regardless of whether or not this change occurs abruptly. In conclusion, the relationship between QT and RR in mice is weak, which renders the use of correction formulae inappropriate and misleading in this species. PMID:27138175

  11. The Complex QT/RR Relationship in Mice.

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    Roussel, Julien; Champeroux, Pascal; Roy, Jérôme; Richard, Sylvain; Fauconnier, Jérémy; Le Guennec, Jean-Yves; Thireau, Jérôme

    2016-05-03

    The QT interval reflects the time between the depolarization of ventricles until their repolarization and is usually used as a predictive marker for the occurrence of arrhythmias. This parameter varies with the heart rate, expressed as the RR interval (time between two successive ventricular depolarizations). To calculate the QT independently of the RR, correction formulae are currently used. In mice, the QT-RR relationship as such has never been studied in conscious animals, and correction formulas are mainly empirical. In the present paper we studied how QT varies when the RR changes physiologically (comparison of nocturnal and diurnal periods) or after dosing mice with tachycardic agents (norepinephrine or nitroprusside). Our results show that there is significant variability of QT and RR in a given condition, resulting in the need to average at least 200 consecutive complexes to accurately compare the QT. Even following this method, no obvious shortening of the QT was observed with increased heart rate, regardless of whether or not this change occurs abruptly. In conclusion, the relationship between QT and RR in mice is weak, which renders the use of correction formulae inappropriate and misleading in this species.

  12. Protein tyrosine phosphatase PTP-RR regulates corticosteroid sensitivity.

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    Kobayashi, Yoshiki; Ito, Kazuhiro; Kanda, Akira; Tomoda, Koich; Miller-Larsson, Anna; Barnes, Peter J; Mercado, Nicolas

    2016-03-24

    We have recently reported that protein phosphate 2A (PP2A) inactivation resulted in increased phosphorylation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) c-Jun N-terminal kinase 1 (JNK1) and glucocorticoid receptors (GR) at Ser(226), thereby reducing GR nuclear translocation and causing corticosteroid insensitivity in severe asthmatics. Protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) are also known to be critically involved in the regulation of MAPKs, such as JNK and therefore potentially associated with GR function. The aim of study was to elucidate the involvement of MAPK-PTPs (PTP-RR, PTP-N5 and PTP-N7), which can dephosphorylate MAPKs, in the regulation of corticosteroid sensitivity. Corticosteroid sensitivity, GR nuclear translocation, phosphorylation levels of GR-Ser(226), JNK1 and PP2A catalytic subunit (PP2AC)-Tyr(307) and protein expression levels and activities of PTP-RR and PP2AC were evaluated in U937 cells and/or peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). Knock-down effects of MAPK-PTPs using siRNA were also evaluated. Knock-down of PTP-RR, but not of PTP-N5 or PTP-N7 impaired corticosteroid sensitivity, induced GR-Ser(226) phosphorylation and reduced GR nuclear translocation. Under IL-2/IL-4-induced corticosteroid insensitivity, PTP-RR expression, activity and associations with JNK1 and GR were reduced but PTP-RR activity was restored by formoterol. Also in PBMCs from severe asthmatic patients, PTP-RR and JNK1 expression were reduced and GR-Ser(226) phosphorylation increased. Furthermore, PTP-RR was associated with PP2A. PTP-RR reduction enhanced PP2AC-Tyr(307) phosphorylation leading to impairment of PP2A expression and activity. We demonstrated that with corticosteroid insensitivity PTP-RR fails to reduce phosphorylation of JNK1 and GR-Ser(226), resulting in down-regulation of GR nuclear translocation. Reduced PTP-RR may represent a novel cause of corticosteroid insensitivity in severe asthmatics.

  13. Evidence for a temperature rise in the outer layers of alpha Lyrae, from Copernicus observations of Lyman-alpha

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    Praderie, F.; Simonneau, E.; Snow, T. P., Jr.

    1975-01-01

    Copernicus satellite observations of the Ly-alpha profiles in alpha Lyrae (Vega) are used to determine whether classical radiative-equilibrium LTE model atmospheres can fit the thermal structure in the outer layers of that star. Two plane-parallel LTE model photospheres of alpha Lyrae are considered: a line-blanketed radiative-equilibrium model with an effective temperature of 9650 K and log g of 4.05, and the same model with a temperature of 9500 K and log g of 4.0. The profiles of the Ly-alpha wings are computed, and it is found that classical LTE models are unable to predict either the observed violet wing or the red wing longwards of 1239 A, regardless of the line source function. It is concluded that the electron temperature must increase outwards over the surface value reached in radiative equilibrium.

  14. Dynamics of Bianchi type-VI0 holographic dark energy models in general relativity and Lyra's geometry

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    Katore, S. D.; Kapse, D. V.

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, we have studied the anisotropic and homogeneous Bianchi type-VI 0 Universe filled with dark matter and holographic dark energy components in the framework of general relativity and Lyra's geometry. The Einstein's field equations have been solved exactly by taking the expansion scalar ( 𝜃) in the model is proportional to the shear scalar ( σ). Some physical and kinematical properties of the models are also discussed.

  15. Complex Clouds

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    2013-04-16

    ...     View Larger Image The complex structure and beauty of polar clouds are highlighted by these images acquired ... MD. The MISR data were obtained from the NASA Langley Research Center Atmospheric Science Data Center in Hampton, VA. Image ...

  16. Polar Clouds

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    2012-02-27

    With the changing of seasons comes changes in weather. This image from NASA 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows clouds in the north polar region. The surface is just barely visible in part of the image.

  17. Deep Clouds

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    2008-05-27

    Bright puffs and ribbons of cloud drift lazily through Saturn's murky skies. In contrast to the bold red, orange and white clouds of Jupiter, Saturn's clouds are overlain by a thick layer of haze. The visible cloud tops on Saturn are deeper in its atmosphere due to the planet's cooler temperatures. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 18 degrees above the ringplane. Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were acquired with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 15, 2008 at a distance of approximately 1.5 million kilometers (906,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 84 kilometers (52 miles) per pixel. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA09910

  18. Curious Clouds

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    2006-06-13

    Saturn atmosphere produces beautiful and sometimes perplexing features. Is the bright feature below center a rare crossing of a feature from a zone to a belt, or is it an illusion created by different cloud layers at different levels?

  19. Cloud Formation

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    Graham, Mark Talmage

    2004-05-01

    Cloud formation is crucial to the heritage of modern physics, and there is a rich literature on this important topic. In 1927, Charles T.R. Wilson was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for applications of the cloud chamber.2 Wilson was inspired to study cloud formation after working at a meteorological observatory on top of the highest mountain in Scotland, Ben Nevis, and testified near the end of his life, "The whole of my scientific work undoubtedly developed from the experiments I was led to make by what I saw during my fortnight on Ben Nevis in September 1894."3 To form clouds, Wilson used the sudden expansion of humid air.4 Any structure the cloud may have is spoiled by turbulence in the sudden expansion, but in 1912 Wilson got ion tracks to show up by using strobe photography of the chamber immediately upon expansion.5 In the interim, Millikan's study in 1909 of the formation of cloud droplets around individual ions was the first in which the electron charge was isolated. This study led to his famous oil drop experiment.6 To Millikan, as to Wilson, meteorology and physics were professionally indistinct. With his meteorological physics expertise, in WWI Millikan commanded perhaps the first meteorological observation and forecasting team essential to military operation in history.7 But even during peacetime meteorology is so much of a concern to everyone that a regular news segment is dedicated to it. Weather is the universal conversation topic, and life on land could not exist as we know it without clouds. One wonders then, why cloud formation is never covered in physics texts.

  20. Eclipsing and density effects on the spectral behavior of Beta Lyrae binary system in the UV

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    Sanad, M. R.

    2010-01-01

    We analyze both long and short high resolution ultraviolet spectrum of Beta Lyrae eclipsing binary system observed with the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) between 1980 and 1989. The main spectral features are P Cygni profiles originating from different environments of Beta Lyrae. A set of 23 Mg II k&h spectral lines at 2800 Å, originating from the extended envelope [Hack, M., 1980. IAUS, 88, 271H], have been identified and measured to determine their fluxes and widths. We found that there is spectral variability for these physical parameters with phase, similar to that found for the light curve [Kondo, Y., McCluskey, G.E., Jeffery, M.M.S., Ronald, S.P., Carolina, P.S. McCluskey, Joel, A.E., 1994. ApJ, 421, 787], which we attribute to the eclipse effects [Ak, H., Chadima, P., Harmanec, P., Demircan, O., Yang, S., Koubský, P., Škoda, P., Šlechta, M., Wolf, M., Božić, H., 2007. A&A, 463, 233], in addition to the changes of density and temperature of the region from which these lines are coming, as a result of the variability of mass loss from the primary star to the secondary [Hoffman, J.L., Nordsieck, K.H., Fox, G.K., 1998. AJ, 115, 1576; Linnell, A.P., Hubeny, I., Harmanec, P., 1998. ApJ, 509, 379]. Also we present a study of Fe II spectral line at 2600 Å, originating from the atmosphere of the primary star [Hack, M., 1980. IAUS, 88, 271H]. We found spectral variability of line fluxes and line widths with phase similar to that found for Mg II k&h lines. Finally we present a study of Si IV spectral line at 1394 Å, originating from the extended envelope [Hack, M., 1980. IAUS, 88, 271H]. A set of 52 Si IV spectral line at 1394 Å have been identified and measured to determine their fluxes and widths. Also we found spectral variability of these physical parameters with phase similar to that found for Mg II k&h and Fe II spectral lines.

  1. Neptune's clouds

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    1999-01-01

    The bright cirrus-like clouds of Neptune change rapidly, often forming and dissipating over periods of several to tens of hours. In this sequence Voyager 2 observed cloud evolution in the region around the Great Dark Spot (GDS). The surprisingly rapid changes which occur separating each panel shows that in this region Neptune's weather is perhaps as dynamic and variable as that of the Earth. However, the scale is immense by our standards -- the Earth and the GDS are of similar size -- and in Neptune's frigid atmosphere, where temperatures are as low as 55 degrees Kelvin (-360 F), the cirrus clouds are composed of frozen methane rather than Earth's crystals of water ice. The Voyager Mission is conducted by JPL for NASA's Office of Space Science and Applications

  2. CLOUD CHEMISTRY.

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    SCHWARTZ,S.E.

    2001-03-01

    Clouds present substantial concentrations of liquid-phase water, which can potentially serve as a medium for dissolution and reaction of atmospheric gases. The important precursors of acid deposition, SO{sub 2} and nitrogen oxides NO and NO{sub 2} are only sparingly soluble in clouds without further oxidation to sulfuric and nitric acids. In the case of SO{sub 2} aqueous-phase reaction with hydrogen peroxide, and to lesser extent ozone, are identified as important processes leading to this oxidation, and methods have been described by which to evaluate the rates of these reactions. The limited solubility of the nitrogen oxides precludes significant aqueous-phase reaction of these species, but gas-phase reactions in clouds can be important especially at night.

  3. Our World: Cool Clouds

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    Learn how clouds are formed and watch an experiment to make a cloud using liquid nitrogen. Find out how scientists classify clouds according to their altitude and how clouds reflect and absorb ligh...

  4. Control of MR to RR Transition by Pulsed Energy Deposition

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    Yan, Hong; Adelgren, Russell; Elliott, Gregory; Knight, Doyle

    2003-11-01

    This paper presents a study of the effect of a single laser energy pulse on the transition from a Mach Reflection (MR) to a Regular Reflection (RR) in the Dual Solution Domain (DSD). The freestream Mach number is 3.45 and two oblique shock waves are formed by two symmetric 22 degree wedges. These conditions correspond to a point midway within the DSD. A steady MR was first obtained experimentally and numerically, then a single laser pulse was deposited above the horizontal center plane. For the steady MR, the simulation showed the variation of Mach stem height along the span due to side effects. The predicted spanwise averaged Mach stem height was 1.96 mm within 2 percent of the experimental value of 2 mm. The experiment showed that the Mach stem height decreased to 30 percent of its original height due to the interaction with the laser spot and then returned to its original height by 300 microsec. That the Mach stem returned to its original height was most likely due to freestream turbulence in the wind tunnel. The numerical simulation successfully predicted the reverse transition from a stable MR to a stable RR and the stable RR persisted across the span. This study showed the capability of a laser energy pulse to control the reverse transition of MR -> RR within the Dual Solution Domain.

  5. 21. Providence & Worchester RR: Freight house. Providence, Providence Co., ...

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    21. Providence & Worchester RR: Freight house. Providence, Providence Co., RI. Sec. 4119, mp 185.66 (See HAER no. RI-3 for further documentation on this site.) - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak route between CT & MA state lines, Providence, Providence County, RI

  6. 4. WILMINGTON & NORTHERN RR: REPAIR SHOPS. WILMINGTON, NEWCASTLE CO., ...

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    4. WILMINGTON & NORTHERN RR: REPAIR SHOPS. WILMINGTON, NEWCASTLE CO., DE. Sec. 1201, MP 27.50. (See HAER NO. DE-13 for further documentation on this site.) - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between Maryland/Delaware & Delaware/Pennsylvania State Lines, Wilmington, New Castle County, DE

  7. 3. WILMINGTON & NORTHERN RR: REPAIR SHOPS. WILMINGTON, NEWCASTLE CO., ...

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    3. WILMINGTON & NORTHERN RR: REPAIR SHOPS. WILMINGTON, NEWCASTLE CO., DE. Sec. 1201, MP 27.50. (See HAER NO. DE-13 for further documentation on this site.) - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between Maryland/Delaware & Delaware/Pennsylvania State Lines, Wilmington, New Castle County, DE

  8. 87. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New ...

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    87. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New Haven Shops Roundhouse. East New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. (Not on NEC). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

  9. 86. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New ...

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    86. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New Haven Shops Roundhouse. East New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. (Not on NEC). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

  10. 61. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: New Haven ...

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    61. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: New Haven Station. New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. Sec. 9108, MP 72.00. - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

  11. 82. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New ...

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    82. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New Haven Shops & Yards. East New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. (Not on NEC). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

  12. 84. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New ...

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    84. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New Haven Shops & Yards. East New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. (Not on NEC). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

  13. 80. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New ...

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    80. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New Haven Shops & Yards. East New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. (Not on NEC). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

  14. 88. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New ...

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    88. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New Haven Shops Roundhouse. East New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. (Not on NEC). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

  15. 79. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New ...

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    79. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New Haven Shops with Roundhouse in foreground. East New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. (Not on NEC). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

  16. 81. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New ...

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    81. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New Haven Shops & Yards. East New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. (Not on NEC). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

  17. 85. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New ...

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    85. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New Haven Shops Roundhouse. East New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. (Not on NEC). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

  18. 83. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New ...

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    83. New York, New Haven & Hartford RR: East New Haven Shops & Yards. East New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. (Not on NEC). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New York/Connecticut & Connecticut/Rhode Island State Lines, New Haven, New Haven County, CT

  19. 5. General view from Richmond Branch Reading RR bridge over ...

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    5. General view from Richmond Branch Reading RR bridge over Scotts Lane. Building 22 left foreground, showing portion of profile of Building 22A north elevation on south elevation of Building 22. View looking NE. - John & James Dobson Carpet Mill (West Parcel), 4041-4055 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

  20. 12. New York Connecting RR: Hell Gate Bridge. Queens, Queens ...

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    12. New York Connecting RR: Hell Gate Bridge. Queens, Queens Co., NY. Sec. 4207, MP 7.29. (See HAER No. NY-88 for further documentation on this site). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New Jersey/New York & New York/Connecticut State Lines, New York County, NY

  1. 10. New York Connecting RR viaduct approaching Hell Gate Bridge ...

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    10. New York Connecting RR viaduct approaching Hell Gate Bridge from S. Queens, Queens Co., NY. Sec. 4207, MP 7.29. - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New Jersey/New York & New York/Connecticut State Lines, New York County, NY

  2. 11. New York Connecting RR: Hell Gate Bridge. Queens, Queens ...

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    11. New York Connecting RR: Hell Gate Bridge. Queens, Queens Co., NY. Sec. 4207, MP 7.29. (See HAER No. NY-88 for further documentation on this site). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New Jersey/New York & New York/Connecticut State Lines, New York County, NY

  3. 13. New York Connecting RR: Hell Gate Bridge. Queens, Queens ...

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    13. New York Connecting RR: Hell Gate Bridge. Queens, Queens Co., NY. Sec. 4207, MP 7.29. (See HAER No. NY-88 for further documentation on this site). - Northeast Railroad Corridor, Amtrak Route between New Jersey/New York & New York/Connecticut State Lines, New York County, NY

  4. MONITORING H{alpha} EMISSION AND CONTINUUM OF UXORs: RR Tauri

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    Bedell, Megan; Villaume, Alexa; Weiss, Lauren; Sliski, David; Strelnitski, Vladimir; Walker, Gary; Williams, Jedediyah; Henden, Arne; Krajci, Tom

    2011-11-15

    The Maria Mitchell Observatory, in collaboration with the Astrokolkhoz Observatory, started a program of photometric monitoring of UX Ori-type stars (UXORs) with narrowband interference filters (IFs; augmented with the traditional broadband filters) aimed at separating the H{alpha} emission variations from those of the continuum. We present the method of separation and the first results for RR Tau obtained in two seasons, each roughly 100 days long (2010 Winter-Spring and 2010 Fall-2011 Spring). We confirm the conclusion from previous studies that the H{alpha} emission in this star is less variable than the continuum. Although some correlation between the two is not excluded, the amplitude of H{alpha} variations is much smaller (factors of 3-5) than that of the continuum. These results are compatible with Grinin's model of UXORs, which postulates the presence of small obscuring circumstellar clouds as the cause of the continuum fading, as well as the presence of a circumstellar reflection/emission nebula, larger than the star and the obscuring clouds, which is responsible for H{alpha} emission and the effect of the 'color reversal' in deep minima. However, the results of both our broadband and narrowband photometry indicate that the obscuration model may be insufficient to explain all of the observations. Disk accretion, the presence of stellar or (proto) planetary companion(s), as well as the intrinsic variations of the star, may contribute to the observed light variations. We argue, in particular, that the H{alpha} emission may be more closely correlated with the intrinsic variations of the star than with the much stronger observed variations caused by the cloud obscuration. If this hypothesis is correct, the close monitoring of H{alpha} emission with IFs, accessible to small-size telescopes, may become an important tool in studying the physical nature of the UXORs' central stars.

  5. Affect cues in vocalizations of the bat, Megaderma lyra, during agonistic interactions.

    PubMed

    Bastian, Anna; Schmidt, Sabine

    2008-07-01

    Some features of emotional prosody in human speech may be traced back to affect cues in mammalian vocalizations. The present study addresses the question whether affect intensity, as expressed by the intensity of behavioral displays, is encoded in vocal cues, i.e., changes in the structure of associated calls, in bats, a group evolutionarily remote from primates. A frame-by-frame video analysis of 109 dyadic agonistic interactions recorded in approach situations was performed to categorize displays into two intensity levels based on a cost-benefit estimate. M. lyra showed graded visual displays accompanied by specific calls and response calls of the second bat. A sound analysis revealed systematic changes of call sequence parameters with display level. At the high intensity level, total call duration, number of syllables within a call, and the number of calls within a sequence were increased, while intervals between call syllables were decreased for both call types. In addition, the latency of the response call was shorter, and its main syllable-type durations and fundamental frequency were increased. These systematic changes of vocal parameters with affect intensity correspond to prosodic changes in human speech, suggesting that emotion-related acoustic cues are a common feature of vocal communication in mammals.

  6. Phenomenological Parameters of the Prototype Eclipsing Binaries Algol, β Lyrae and W UMa

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    Tkachenko, Mariia G.; Andronov, Ivan L.; Chinarova, Lidia L.

    2016-12-01

    The phenomenological parameters of eclipsing binary stars, which are the prototypes of the EA, EB and EW systems are determined using the expert complex of computer programs, which realizes the NAV ("New Algol Variable") algorithm (Andronov 2010, 2012) and its possible modifications are discussed, as well as constrains for estimates of some physical parameters of the systems in a case of photometric observations only, such as the degree of eclipse, ratio of the mean surface brightnesses of the components. The half-duration of the eclipse is 0.0617(7), 0.1092(18) and 0.1015(7) for Algol, β Lyrae and W UMa, respectively. The brightness ratio is 6.8±1.0, 4.9±1.0 and 1.15±0.13. These results show that the eclipses have distinct begin and end not only in EA (as generally assumed), but also in EB and EW - type systems as well. The algorithm may be applied to classification and study of the newly discovered (or poorly studied) eclipsing variables based on own observations or that obtained using photometric surveys.

  7. On the ecology of the dragonet Callionymus lyra L. in the southern North Sea

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    Van Der Veer, H. W.; Creutzberg, F.; Dapper, R.; Duineveld, G. C. A.; Fonds, M.; Kuipers, B. R.; Van Noort, G. J.; Witte, J. I. J.

    The present paper evaluates data collected in the southern North Sea between 1972 and 1984 on geographical distribution, density, growth, mortality, biomass, production and food requirements of the dragonet Callionymus lyra L. Catches never exceeded 1500 individuals per 10 000 m 2 and the dragonet showed a clear pattern of abundance with highest densities in the coastal zone and decreasing numbers going offshore. Mortality rates appeared to be rather constant over the age groups with z = 0.55 y -1. The dragonet population mainly consisted of 1, 2 and 3-year-old individuals with a mean length at the end of the year of 7.5, 15 and 19 cm, respectively. Production values were at least 159 g AFDW·10 000 m -2·y -1. Predation pressure exerted by the dragonets amounted to at least 795 g AFDW·10 000 m -2·y -1. The correspondence between the von Bertalanffy growth curve in this study and that of 1948 ( CHANG, 1951) suggests absence of effects of eutrophication in the area on the growth of dragonets between 1948 and 1980s. The main difference with 1948 was the absence of large individuals, probably as a result of increased fishery in the area.

  8. Cloud Arcs

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    2013-04-19

    ... a sinking motion elsewhere, are very common, the degree of organization exhibited here is relatively rare, as the wind field at different altitudes usually disrupts such patterns. The degree of self organization of this cloud image, whereby three or four such circular events ...

  9. Cloud Front

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2006-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Context image for PIA02171 Cloud Front

    These clouds formed in the south polar region. The faintness of the cloud system likely indicates that these are mainly ice clouds, with relatively little dust content.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude -86.7N, Longitude 212.3E. 17 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  10. Cloud vortices

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    2015-11-02

    Cloud vortices off Heard Island, south Indian Ocean. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of sea ice off Heard Island on Nov 2, 2015 at 5:02 AM EST (09:20 UTC). Credit: NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

  11. EPA, DHA, cholesterol and phospholipid content in Pagrus pagrus (cultured and wild), Trachinus draco and Trigla lyra from Mediterranean Sea.

    PubMed

    Loukas, Vassilis; Dimizas, Christos; Sinanoglou, Vassilia J; Miniadis-Meimaroglou, Sofia

    2010-03-01

    EPA, DHA, cholesterol and phospholipid content were determined in the Trachinus draco, Trigla lyra and (wild and cultured) Pagrus pagrus muscles. The EPA and DHA levels - as determined by GC-GC/MS - in the cultured P. pagrus muscles (233.20 +/- 16.3 and 399.39 +/- 31.1 mg/100g of the wet tissue respectively) were found to be significantly higher compared to the ones in the wild P. pagrus, T. draco and T. lyra (26.31 +/- 2.26, 158.24 +/- 10.92 mg/100 g, 28.65 +/- 1.68, 155.97 +/- 2.63 mg/100 g 35.66 +/- 0.66 and 102.52 +/- 1.71 mg/100 g of the wet muscles respectively). The amounts of cholesterol (determined by GC on a capillary column) and phospholipids in the cultured P. pagrus muscles were significantly higher (149.3 mg/100 g and 0.80 g/100 g of the wet tissue respectively) compared to the ones in the wild P. pagrus (8.73 mg/100 g and 0.40 g/100 g), T. draco (41.72 mg/100 g and 0.59 g/100 g) and T. lyra muscles (38.63 mg/100 g and 0.40 g/100 g of the wet tissue respectively). The highest DHA/EPA and omega-3/omega-6 ratios were 6.00 and 5.93 in wild P. pagrus and T. draco muscles respectively, while the lowest in cultured P. pagrus (1.71 and 1.48 respectively). Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Total and partial cloud amount detection during summer 2005 at Westerland (Sylt, Germany)

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    Schade, N. H.; Macke, A.; Sandmann, H.; Stick, C.

    2009-02-01

    The detection of cloudiness is investigated by means of partial and total cloud amount estimations from pyrgeometer radiation measurements and visible all-sky imager observations. The measurements have been performed in Westerland, a seaside resort on the North Sea island of Sylt, Germany, during summer 2005. An improvement to previous studies on this subject resulting in the first time partial cloud amounts (PCAs), defined as cloud amounts without high clouds calculated from longwave downward radiation (LDR) according to the APCADA algorithm (Dürr and Philipona, 2004), are validated against both human observations from the National Meteorological Servive DWD at the nearby airport of Sylt and digital all-sky imaging. The aim is to establish the APCADA scheme at a coastal midlatitude site for longterm observations of cloud cover and to quantify errors resulting from the different methods of detecting cloudiness. Differences between the resulting total cloud amounts (TCAs), defined as cloud amount for all-cloud situations, derived from the camera images and from human observations are within ±1 octa in 72% and within ±2 octa in 85% of the cases. Compared to human observations, PCA measurements, according to APCADA, underestimate the observed cloud cover in 47% of all cases and the differences are within ±1 octa in 60% and ±2 octa in 74% of all cases. Since high cirrus clouds can not be derived from LDR, separate comparisons for all cases without high clouds have been performed showing an agreement within ±1(2) octa in 73(90)% for PCA and also for camera-derived TCA. For this coastal mid-latitude site under investigation, we find similar though slightly smaller agreements to human observations as reported by Dürr and Philipona (2004). Though limited to daytime, the cloud cover retrievals from the sky imager are not really affected by cirrus clouds and provide a more reliable cloud climatology for all-cloud conditions than APCADA.

  13. Southern Clouds

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2005-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Context image for PIA03026 Southern Clouds

    This image shows a system of clouds just off the margin of the South Polar cap. Taken during the summer season, these clouds contain both water-ice and dust.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 80.2S, Longitude 57.6E. 17 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  14. Linear Clouds

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2006-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Context image for PIA03667 Linear Clouds

    These clouds are located near the edge of the south polar region. The cloud tops are the puffy white features in the bottom half of the image.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude -80.1N, Longitude 52.1E. 17 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  15. Response of Haloalkaliphilic Archaeon Natronococcus Jeotgali RR17 to Hypergravity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Thombre, Rebecca S.; Bhalerao, Aniruddha R.; Shinde, Vinaya D.; Dhar, Sunil Kumar; Shouche, Yogesh S.

    2017-01-01

    The survival of archaeabacteria in extreme inhabitable environments on earth that challenge organismic survival is ubiquitously known. However, the studies related to the effect of hypergravity on the growth and proliferation of archaea are unprecedented. The survival of organisms in hypergravity and rocks in addition to resistance to cosmic radiations, pressure and other extremities is imperative to study the possibilities of microbial travel between planets and endurance in hyperaccelerative forces faced during ejection of rocks from planets. The current investigation highlights the growth of an extremophilic archaeon isolated from a rocky substrate in hypergravity environment. The haloalkaliphilic archaeon, Natronococcus jeotgali RR17 was isolated from an Indian laterite rock, submerged in the Arabian sea lining Coastal Maharashtra, India. The endolithic haloarchaeon was subjected to hypergravity from 56 - 893 X gusing acceleration generated by centrifugal rotation. The cells of N. jeotgali RR17 proliferated and demonstrated good growth in hypergravity (223 X g). This is the first report on isolation of endolithic haloarchaeon N. jeotgali RR17 from an Indian laterite rock and its ability to proliferate in hypergravity. The present study demonstrates the ability of microbial life to survive and proliferate in hypergravity. Thus the inability of organismic growth in hypergravity may no longer be a limitation for astrobiology studies related to habitability of substellar objects, brown dwarfs and other planetary bodies in the universe besides planet earth.

  16. Response of Haloalkaliphilic Archaeon Natronococcus Jeotgali RR17 to Hypergravity

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    Thombre, Rebecca S.; Bhalerao, Aniruddha R.; Shinde, Vinaya D.; Dhar, Sunil Kumar; Shouche, Yogesh S.

    2017-06-01

    The survival of archaeabacteria in extreme inhabitable environments on earth that challenge organismic survival is ubiquitously known. However, the studies related to the effect of hypergravity on the growth and proliferation of archaea are unprecedented. The survival of organisms in hypergravity and rocks in addition to resistance to cosmic radiations, pressure and other extremities is imperative to study the possibilities of microbial travel between planets and endurance in hyperaccelerative forces faced during ejection of rocks from planets. The current investigation highlights the growth of an extremophilic archaeon isolated from a rocky substrate in hypergravity environment. The haloalkaliphilic archaeon, Natronococcus jeotgali RR17 was isolated from an Indian laterite rock, submerged in the Arabian sea lining Coastal Maharashtra, India. The endolithic haloarchaeon was subjected to hypergravity from 56 - 893 X gusing acceleration generated by centrifugal rotation. The cells of N. jeotgali RR17 proliferated and demonstrated good growth in hypergravity (223 X g). This is the first report on isolation of endolithic haloarchaeon N. jeotgali RR17 from an Indian laterite rock and its ability to proliferate in hypergravity. The present study demonstrates the ability of microbial life to survive and proliferate in hypergravity. Thus the inability of organismic growth in hypergravity may no longer be a limitation for astrobiology studies related to habitability of substellar objects, brown dwarfs and other planetary bodies in the universe besides planet earth.

  17. Cloud Interactions

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2004-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    Released 1 July 2004 The atmosphere of Mars is a dynamic system. Water-ice clouds, fog, and hazes can make imaging the surface from space difficult. Dust storms can grow from local disturbances to global sizes, through which imaging is impossible. Seasonal temperature changes are the usual drivers in cloud and dust storm development and growth.

    Eons of atmospheric dust storm activity has left its mark on the surface of Mars. Dust carried aloft by the wind has settled out on every available surface; sand dunes have been created and moved by centuries of wind; and the effect of continual sand-blasting has modified many regions of Mars, creating yardangs and other unusual surface forms.

    This image was acquired during mid-spring near the North Pole. The linear water-ice clouds are now regional in extent and often interact with neighboring cloud system, as seen in this image. The bottom of the image shows how the interaction can destroy the linear nature. While the surface is still visible through most of the clouds, there is evidence that dust is also starting to enter the atmosphere.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 68.4, Longitude 258.8 East (101.2 West). 38 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration

  18. Estimating Cloud Cover

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Moseley, Christine

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this activity was to help students understand the percentage of cloud cover and make more accurate cloud cover observations. Students estimated the percentage of cloud cover represented by simulated clouds and assigned a cloud cover classification to those simulations. (Contains 2 notes and 3 tables.)

  19. Estimating Cloud Cover

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Moseley, Christine

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this activity was to help students understand the percentage of cloud cover and make more accurate cloud cover observations. Students estimated the percentage of cloud cover represented by simulated clouds and assigned a cloud cover classification to those simulations. (Contains 2 notes and 3 tables.)

  20. Preprocessing RR interval time series for heart rate variability analysis and estimates of standard deviation of RR intervals.

    PubMed

    Thuraisingham, R A

    2006-07-01

    Heart rate variability is concerned with the analysis of the fluctuations in the interval between heart beats known as RR intervals. The long time RR time series obtained suffer from non-stationarity and the presence of ectopic beats, which prevents extraction of useful statistical information. The paper describes a wavelet-based technique for trend removal and a nonlinear filter to remove ectopic beats. This attempts to correct the limitations observed in a recent advanced heart rate toolkit [J. Niskanen, M.P. Tarvainen, P.O. Ranta-aho P.A. Karjalainen, Software for advanced HRV analysis, Comput. Meth. Prog. Biomed.,76 (2004) 73-81] when preprocessing. The results are encouraging. The preprocessed data are then used to obtain the standard deviation of RR interval time series (SDRR) of 15 healthy patients and 15 patients suffering from congestive heart failure. The results demonstrate the importance of preprocessing. The analysis show that the SDRR values of congestive heart failure patients are depressed compared to the healthy group.

  1. Total and partial cloud amount detection during summermonths 2005 at Westerland (Sylt, Germany)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schade, N. H.; Macke, A.; Sandmann, H.; Stick, C.

    2008-07-01

    The detection of cloudiness is investigated by means of partial and total cloud amount estimations from pyrgeometer radiation measurements and all-sky imager observations. The measurements have been performed in Westerland, a seaside resort on the North Sea island of Sylt, Germany, during summer 2005. An improvement to previous studies on this subject results from the fact that for the first time partial cloud amount (PCA), defined as total cloud amounts without high clouds, calculations from longwave downward radiation (LDR) according to the APCADA-Algorithm (Dürr and Philipona, 2004) are validated against both human observations from the German Weather Service DWD at the nearby airport of Sylt and digital all-sky imaging. Differences between the resulting total cloud amounts (TCA's), defined as total cloud amount for all-cloud situations, derived from the camera images and from human observations are within ±1 octa in 72% and within ±2 octa in 85% of the cases. Compared to human observations PCA measurements according to APCADA underestimate the observed cloud cover in 47% of all cases and the differences are within ±1 octa in 60% and ±2 octa in 74% of all cases. Since high cirrus clouds can not be derived from LDR, separate comparisons for all cases without high clouds have been performed showing an agreement within ±1(2) octa in 73(90)% for PCA and also for camera derived TCA. For this coastal mid-latitude site under investigation we find similar though slightly smaller agreements to human observations as reported in Dürr and Philipona (2004). Though limited to day-time the cloud cover retrievals from the sky imager are not much affected by cirrus clouds and provide a more reliable cloud climatology for all-cloud conditions than APCADA.

  2. HST Snapshot Study of Variable Stars in Globular Clusters: Inner Region of NGC 6441

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Pritzl, Barton J.; Smith, Horace A.; Stetson, Peter B.; Catelan, Marcio; Sweigart, Allen V.; Layden, Andrew C.; Rich, R. Michael

    2003-01-01

    We present the results of a Hubble Space Telescope snapshot program to survey the inner region of the metal-rich globular cluster NGC 6441 for its variable stars. A total of 57 variable stars was found including 38 RR Lyrae stars, 6 Population II Cepheids, and 12 long period variables. Twenty-four of the RR Lyrae stars and all of the Population II Cepheids were previously undiscovered in ground-based surveys. Of the RR Lyrae stars observed in h s survey, 26 are pulsating in the fundamental mode with a mean period of 0.753 d and 12 are first-overtone mode pulsators with a mean period of 0.365 d. These values match up very well with those found in ground-based surveys. Combining all the available data for NGC 6441, we find mean periods of 0.759 d and 0.375 d for the RRab and RRc stars, respectively. We also find that the RR Lyrae in this survey are located in the same regions of a period-amplitude diagram as those found in ground-based surveys. The overall ratio of RRc to total RR Lyrae is 0.33. Although NGC 6441 is a metal-rich globular cluster and would, on that ground, be expected either to have few RR Lyrae stars, or to be an Oosterhoff type I system, its RR Lyrae more closely resemble those in Oosterhoff type II globular clusters. However, even compared to typical Oosterhoff type II systems, the mean period of its RRab stars is unusually long. We also derived I-band period-luminosity relations for the RR Lyrae stars. Of the six Population II Cepheids, five are of W Virginis type and one is a BL Herculis variable star. This makes NGC 6441, along with NGC 6388, the most metal-rich globular cluster known to contain these types of variable stars. Another variable, V118, may also be a Population II Cepheid given its long period and its separation in magnitude from the RR Lyrae stars. We examine the period-luminosity relation for these Population II Cepheids and compare it to those in other globular clusters and in the Large Magellanic Cloud. We argue that there does

  3. Molecular Cloud Chemistry and the Importance of Dielectronic Recombination

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    Bryans, P.; Kreckel, H.; Roueff, E.; Wakelam, V.; Savin, D. W.

    2009-03-01

    Dielectronic recombination (DR) of singly charged ions is a reaction pathway that is commonly neglected in chemical models of molecular clouds. In this study we include state-of-the-art DR data for He+, C+, N+, O+, Na+, and Mg+ in chemical models used to simulate dense molecular clouds, protostars, and diffuse molecular clouds. We also update the radiative recombination (RR) rate coefficients for H+, He+, C+, N+, O+, Na+, and Mg+ to the current state-of-the-art values. The new RR data have little effect on the models. However, the inclusion of DR results in significant differences in gas-grain models of dense, cold molecular clouds for the evolution of a number of surface and gas-phase species. We find differences of a factor of 2 in the abundance for 74 of the 655 species at times of 104-106 yr in this model when we include DR. Of these 74 species, 16 have at least a factor of 10 difference in abundance. We find the largest differences for species formed on the surface of dust grains. These differences are due primarily to the addition of C+ DR, which increases the neutral C abundance, thereby enhancing the accretion of C onto dust. These results may be important for the warm-up phase of molecular clouds when surface species are desorbed into the gas phase. We also note that no reliable state-of-the-art RR or DR data exist for Si+, P+, S+, Cl+, and Fe+. Modern calculations for these ions are needed to better constrain molecular cloud models.

  4. 77 FR 27085 - R.R. Donnelley, Inc., Bloomsburg, PA; Notice of Negative Determination on Reconsideration

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  5. Martian Clouds

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2004-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    Released 28 June 2004 The atmosphere of Mars is a dynamic system. Water-ice clouds, fog, and hazes can make imaging the surface from space difficult. Dust storms can grow from local disturbances to global sizes, through which imaging is impossible. Seasonal temperature changes are the usual drivers in cloud and dust storm development and growth.

    Eons of atmospheric dust storm activity has left its mark on the surface of Mars. Dust carried aloft by the wind has settled out on every available surface; sand dunes have been created and moved by centuries of wind; and the effect of continual sand-blasting has modified many regions of Mars, creating yardangs and other unusual surface forms.

    This image was acquired during early spring near the North Pole. The linear 'ripples' are transparent water-ice clouds. This linear form is typical for polar clouds. The black regions on the margins of this image are areas of saturation caused by the build up of scattered light from the bright polar material during the long image exposure.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 68.1, Longitude 147.9 East (212.1 West). 38 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS

  6. Martian Clouds

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2004-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    Released 28 June 2004 The atmosphere of Mars is a dynamic system. Water-ice clouds, fog, and hazes can make imaging the surface from space difficult. Dust storms can grow from local disturbances to global sizes, through which imaging is impossible. Seasonal temperature changes are the usual drivers in cloud and dust storm development and growth.

    Eons of atmospheric dust storm activity has left its mark on the surface of Mars. Dust carried aloft by the wind has settled out on every available surface; sand dunes have been created and moved by centuries of wind; and the effect of continual sand-blasting has modified many regions of Mars, creating yardangs and other unusual surface forms.

    This image was acquired during early spring near the North Pole. The linear 'ripples' are transparent water-ice clouds. This linear form is typical for polar clouds. The black regions on the margins of this image are areas of saturation caused by the build up of scattered light from the bright polar material during the long image exposure.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 68.1, Longitude 147.9 East (212.1 West). 38 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS

  7. Mapping Titan Cloud Coverage

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2010-09-21

    This graphic, constructed from data obtained by NASA Cassini spacecraft, shows the percentage of cloud coverage across the surface of Saturn moon Titan. The color scale from black to yellow signifies no cloud coverage to complete cloud coverage.

  8. Evidence for an analytic perception of multiharmonic sounds in the bat, Megaderma lyra, and its possible role for echo spectral analysis.

    PubMed

    Krumbholz, K; Schmidt, S

    2001-04-01

    For echolocation, the gleaning bat Megaderma lyra relies on short and broadband calls consisting of multiple harmonic components, each of which is downward frequency modulated. The harmonic components in M. lyra's calls have a relatively small frequency excursion and do not overlap spectrally. Broadband calls of other bat species, on the other hand, often consist of only a few harmonics which are modulated over broad and sometimes overlapping frequency ranges. A call consisting of narrow and nonoverlapping harmonic components may provide a less complete representation of target structure than a call which consists of broadly modulated components. However, a multiharmonic call may help the bats to perceive local spectral changes in the echo from shifts in the peak frequencies of single harmonics, and thereby to extract additional information about the target. To assess this hypothesis, the accuracy with which M. lyra can analyze frequency shifts of single partials in multiharmonic complex tones was investigated. A two-alternative, forced-choice behavioral task was used to measure M. lyra's frequency discrimination threshold for the third partial in complex tones whose spectral composition resembled that of the bat's sonar calls. The discrimination threshold for the third partial in a 21.5-kHz harmonic tone amounted to about 2% and was similar to the bat's pure-tone discrimination threshold at 64.5 kHz. Discrimination performance was essentially unaffected by random frequency changes of the other partials and by reducing stimulus duration from 50.5 to 1.5 ms. Both findings are in accordance with predictions made on the basis of the shape of M. Ivra's cochlear filters. The comparison between the observed frequency discrimination performance and a computational estimate of the expected frequency shift in the third harmonic of an echo reflected by a simple, two-front target showed that M. lyra's frequency resolution is sufficient for analyzing the target

  9. Crater Clouds

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    2006-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Context image for PIA06085 Crater Clouds

    The crater on the right side of this image is affecting the local wind regime. Note the bright line of clouds streaming off the north rim of the crater.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude -78.8N, Longitude 320.0E. 17 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  10. Cloud-Top Entrainment in Stratocumulus Clouds

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    Mellado, Juan Pedro

    2017-01-01

    Cloud entrainment, the mixing between cloudy and clear air at the boundary of clouds, constitutes one paradigm for the relevance of small scales in the Earth system: By regulating cloud lifetimes, meter- and submeter-scale processes at cloud boundaries can influence planetary-scale properties. Understanding cloud entrainment is difficult given the complexity and diversity of the associated phenomena, which include turbulence entrainment within a stratified medium, convective instabilities driven by radiative and evaporative cooling, shear instabilities, and cloud microphysics. Obtaining accurate data at the required small scales is also challenging, for both simulations and measurements. During the past few decades, however, high-resolution simulations and measurements have greatly advanced our understanding of the main mechanisms controlling cloud entrainment. This article reviews some of these advances, focusing on stratocumulus clouds, and indicates remaining challenges.

  11. The Hercules-Lyra association revisited. New age estimation and multiplicity study

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    Eisenbeiss, T.; Ammler-von Eiff, M.; Roell, T.; Mugrauer, M.; Adam, Ch.; Neuhäuser, R.; Schmidt, T. O. B.; Bedalov, A.

    2013-08-01

    Context. The Hercules-Lyra association, a purported nearby young moving group, contains a few tens of zero age main sequence stars of spectral types F to M. The existence and the properties of the Her-Lyr association are controversial and have been discussed in the literature. Aims: The present work reassesses the properties and the member list of the Her-Lyr association based on kinematics and age indicators. Many objects form multiple systems or have low-mass companions and so we need to properly account for multiplicity. Methods: We use our own new imaging observations and archival data to identify multiple systems. The colors and magnitudes of kinematic candidates are compared to isochrones. We derive further information on the age based on Li depletion, rotation, and coronal and chromospheric activity. A set of canonical members is identified to infer mean properties. Membership criteria are derived from the mean properties and used to discard non-members. Results: The candidates selected from the literature belong to 35 stellar systems, 42.9% of which are multiple. Four multiple systems (V538 Aur, DX Leo, V382 Ser, and HH Leo) are confirmed in this work by common proper motion. An orbital solution is presented for the binary system which forms a hierarchical triple with HH Leo. Indeed, a group of candidates displays signatures of youth. Seven canonical members are identified The distribution of Li equivalent widths of canonical Her-Lyr members is spread widely and is similar to that of the Pleiades and the UMa group. Gyrochronology gives an age of 257 ± 46 Myr which is roughly in between the ages of the Pleiades and the Ursa Major group. The measures of chromospheric and coronal activity support the young age. Four membership criteria are presented based on kinematics, lithium equivalent width, chromospheric activity, and gyrochronological age. In total, eleven stars are identified as certain members including co-moving objects plus additional 23 possible

  12. Automatic Cloud Bursting under FermiCloud

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    Wu, Hao; Shangping, Ren; Garzoglio, Gabriele; Timm, Steven; Bernabeu, Gerard; Kim, Hyun Woo; Chadwick, Keith; Jang, Haengjin; Noh, Seo-Young

    2013-01-01

    Cloud computing is changing the infrastructure upon which scientific computing depends from supercomputers and distributed computing clusters to a more elastic cloud-based structure. The service-oriented focus and elasticity of clouds can not only facilitate technology needs of emerging business but also shorten response time and reduce operational costs of traditional scientific applications. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) is currently in the process of building its own private cloud, FermiCloud, which allows the existing grid infrastructure to use dynamically provisioned resources on FermiCloud to accommodate increased but dynamic computation demand from scientists in the domains of High Energy Physics (HEP) and other research areas. Cloud infrastructure also allows to increase a private cloud’s resource capacity through “bursting” by borrowing or renting resources from other community or commercial clouds when needed. This paper introduces a joint project on building a cloud federation to support HEP applications between Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Korea Institution of Science and Technology Information, with technical contributions from the Illinois Institute of Technology. In particular, this paper presents two recent accomplishments of the joint project: (a) cloud bursting automation and (b) load balancer. Automatic cloud bursting allows computer resources to be dynamically reconfigured to meet users’ demands. The load balance algorithm which the cloud bursting depends on decides when and where new resources need to be allocated. Our preliminary prototyping and experiments have shown promising success, yet, they also have opened new challenges to be studied

  13. Yet Another Spectro-Interferometric Study of The Gas Distribution in The Enigmatic Semi-Detached Binary β Lyrae

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    Nemravová, J.; Mourard, D.; Harmanec, P.; Meilland, A.

    2015-12-01

    The majority of close binaries undergo episodes of mass transfer between their components, which completely change their further evolution. Simulations and observations agree that the mass transfer has two phases: i) short and rapid one, and ii) long and slow one. The bulk of the mass is likely exchanged during the rapid phase, but due to its shortness, systems undergoing this phase are rare, but they hold the key to understanding of the process. One system that is either undergoing the rapid mass transfer phase or is in a transient phase between the two phases is β Lyrae. Our goal is to map the distribution of circumstellar gas in the system. To achieve it, a series of spectro-interferometric observations acquired with the optical instrument VEGA/CHARA are investigated. Here we present our tools and preliminary results of our analysis.

  14. A Cosmological Model of the Early Universe Based on ECG with Variable Λ-Term in Lyra Geometry

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    Saadat, H.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we study interacting extended Chaplygin gas as dark matter and quintessence scalar field as dark energy with an effective Λ-term in Lyra manifold. As we know Chaplygin gas behaves as dark matter at the early universe while cosmological constant at the late time. Modified field equations are given and motivation of the phenomenological models discussed in details. Four different models based on the interaction term are investigated in this work. Then, we consider other models where Extended Chaplygin gas and quintessence field play role of dark matter and dark energy respectively with two different forms of interaction between the extended Chaplygin gas and quintessence scalar field for both constant and varying Λ. Concerning to the mathematical hardness of the problems we discuss results numerically and graphically. Obtained results give us hope that proposed models can work as good models for the early universe with later stage of evolution containing accelerated expansion.

  15. The Oort cloud

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    Marochnik, Leonid S.; Mukhin, Lev M.; Sagdeev, Roald Z.

    1991-01-01

    Views of the large-scale structure of the solar system, consisting of the Sun, the nine planets and their satellites, changed when Oort demonstrated that a gigantic cloud of comets (the Oort cloud) is located on the periphery of the solar system. The following subject areas are covered: (1) the Oort cloud's mass; (2) Hill's cloud mass; (3) angular momentum distribution in the solar system; and (4) the cometary cloud around other stars.

  16. Jovian clouds and haze

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    West, Robert A.; Baines, Kevin H.; Friedson, A. James; Banfield, Don; Ragent, Boris; Taylor, Fred W.

    Tropospheric clouds: thermochemical equilibrium theory and cloud microphysical theory, condensate cloud microphysics, tropospheric cloud and haze distribution - observations, results from the Galileo probe experiments, Galileo NIMS observations and results, Galileo SSE observations and results, recent analyses of ground-based and HST data; Tropospheric clouds and haze: optical and physical properties: partical composition, particle optical properties, size and shape, chromophores; Stratospheric haze: particle distribution, optical properties, size and shape, particle formation.

  17. Thermal analysis of the FSP-1RR irradiation test

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    Webb, R.H.; Lyon, W.F. III

    1992-10-14

    The thermal analysis of four unirradiated fuel pins to be tested in the FSP-1RR fuels irradiation experiment was completed. This test is a follow-on experiment in the series of fuel pin irradiation tests conducted by the SP-100 Program in the Fast Flux Test Facility. One of the pins contains several meltwire temperature monitors within the fuel and the Li annulus. A post-irradiation examination will verify the accuracy of the pre-irradiation thermal analysis. The purpose of the pre-irradiation analysis was to determine the appropriate insulating gap gas compositions required to provide the design goal cladding operating temperatures and to ensure that the meltwire temperature ranges in the temperature monitored pin bracket peak irradiation temperatures. This paper discusses the methodology and summarizes the results of the analysis.

  18. Thermal analysis of the FSP-1RR irradiation test

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    Webb, R.H.; Lyon, W.F. III )

    1993-01-10

    The thermal analysis of four unirradiated fuel pins to be tested in the FSP-1RR fuels irradiation experiment was completed. This test is a follow-on experiment in the series of fuel pin irradiation tests conducted by the SP-100 Program in the Fast Flux Test Facility. One of the pins contains several meltwire temperature monitors within the fuel and the Li annulus. A post-irradiation examination will verify the accuracy of the pre-irradiation thermal analysis. The purpose of the pre-irradiation analysis was to determine the appropriate insulating gap gas compositions required to provide the design goal cladding operating temperatures and to ensure that the meltwire temperature ranges in the temperature monitored pin bracket peak irradiation temperatures. This paper discusses the methodology and summarizes the results of the analysis.

  19. Ice Clouds

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    2003-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    Heavy water ice clouds almost completely obscure the surface in Vastitas Borealis.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 69.5, Longitude 283.6 East (76.4 West). 19 meter/pixel resolution.

  20. QT/RR curvatures in healthy subjects: sex differences and covariates

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    Hnatkova, Katerina; Kowalski, Donna; Keirns, James J.; van Gelderen, E. Marcel

    2013-01-01

    Data of a large clinical study were used to investigate how much are the QT/RR patterns in healthy subjects curved and whether these curvatures differ between women and men. Daytime drug-free 12-lead Holter recordings were repeated 4 times in each of 176 female healthy subjects and 176 male healthy subjects aged 32.7 ± 9.1 yr. In each of the subjects, up to 1,440 carefully verified QT interval measurements were obtained with QT/RR hysteresis-corrected RR intervals. Individual subject data were used to fit the following regression equation: QT = χ + (δ/γ)(1 − RRγ) + ε, where QT and RR are QT and RR measurements (in s), χ is regression intercept, δ is the QT/RR slope, γ is the QT/RR curvature and provides the lowest regression residual, and ε represents normally distributed zero-centered errors. The bootstrap technique showed the intrasubject reproducibility of QT/RR slopes and curvatures. In women and men, QT/RR curvatures were 0.544 ± 0.661 and 0.797 ± 0.706, respectively (P = 0.0006). The corresponding QT/RR slopes were 0.158 ± 0.030 and 0.139 ± 0.023, respectively (P < 0.0001). QT/RR curvatures were related to QT/RR slopes but not to individually corrected mean QTc intervals or individual QT/RR hysteresis profiles. The individual heart rate correction formula derived from the curvilinear regression provided a significantly lower intrasubject variability of QTc interval than individual optimisation of linear or log-linear QT/RR heart rate corrections. The QT/RR curvature can be reliable measured and expressed numerically. The corresponding heart rate correction formula provides more compact data than the previously proposed approaches. There are substantial sex differences in QT/RR patterns. Women have a QT/RR pattern that is not only steeper than men but also more curved. PMID:24163079

  1. [Heart rate variability study based on a novel RdR RR Intervals Scatter Plot].

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    Lu, Hongwei; Lu, Xiuyun; Wang, Chunfang; Hua, Youyuan; Tian, Jiajia; Liu, Shihai

    2014-08-01

    On the basis of Poincare scatter plot and first order difference scatter plot, a novel heart rate variability (HRV) analysis method based on scatter plots of RR intervals and first order difference of RR intervals (namely, RdR) was proposed. The abscissa of the RdR scatter plot, the x-axis, is RR intervals and the ordinate, y-axis, is the difference between successive RR intervals. The RdR scatter plot includes the information of RR intervals and the difference between successive RR intervals, which captures more HRV information. By RdR scatter plot analysis of some records of MIT-BIH arrhythmias database, we found that the scatter plot of uncoupled premature ventricular contraction (PVC), coupled ventricular bigeminy and ventricular trigeminy PVC had specific graphic characteristics. The RdR scatter plot method has higher detecting performance than the Poincare scatter plot method, and simpler and more intuitive than the first order difference method.

  2. [Heart rate variability study based on a novel RdR RR Intervals Scatter Plot].

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    Lu, Hongwei; Lu, Xiuyun; Wang, Chunfang; Hua, Youyuan; Tian, Jiajia; Liu, Shihai

    2014-08-01

    On the basis of Poincare scatter plot and first order difference scatter plot, a novel heart rate variability (HRV) analysis method based on scatter plots of RR intervals and first order difference of RR intervals (namely, RdR) was proposed. The abscissa of the RdR scatter plot, the x-axis, is RR intervals and the ordinate, y-axis, is the difference between successive RR intervals. The RdR scatter plot includes the information of RR intervals and the difference between successive RR intervals, which captures more HRV information. By RdR scatter plot analysis of some records of MIT-BIH arrhythmias database, we found that the scatter plot of uncoupled premature ventricular contraction (PVC), coupled ventricular bigeminy and ventricular trigeminy PVC had specific graphic characteristics. The RdR scatter plot method has higher detecting performance than the Poincare scatter plot method, and simpler and more intuitive than the first order difference method.

  3. Ventricular cycle length characteristics estimative of prolonged RR interval during atrial fibrillation.

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    Ciaccio, Edward J; Biviano, Angelo B; Gambhir, Alok; Einstein, Andrew J; Garan, Hasan

    2014-03-01

    When atrial fibrillation (AF) is incessant, imaging during a prolonged ventricular RR interval may improve image quality. It was hypothesized that long RR intervals could be predicted from preceding RR values. From the PhysioNet database, electrocardiogram RR intervals were obtained from 74 persistent AF patients. An RR interval lengthened by at least 250 ms beyond the immediately preceding RR interval (termed T0 and T1, respectively) was considered prolonged. A two-parameter scatterplot was used to predict the occurrence of a prolonged interval T0. The scatterplot parameters were: (1) RR variability (RRv) estimated as the average second derivative from 10 previous pairs of RR differences, T13-T2, and (2) Tm-T1, the difference between Tm, the mean from T13 to T2, and T1. For each patient, scatterplots were constructed using preliminary data from the first hour. The ranges of parameters 1 and 2 were adjusted to maximize the proportion of prolonged RR intervals within range. These constraints were used for prediction of prolonged RR in test data collected during the second hour. The mean prolonged event was 1.0 seconds in duration. Actual prolonged events were identified with a mean positive predictive value (PPV) of 80% in the test set. PPV was >80% in 36 of 74 patients. An average of 10.8 prolonged RR intervals per 60 minutes was correctly identified. A method was developed to predict prolonged RR intervals using two parameters and prior statistical sampling for each patient. This or similar methodology may help improve cardiac imaging in many longstanding persistent AF patients. ©2013, The Authors. Journal compilation ©2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Ventricular Cycle Length Characteristics Estimative of Prolonged RR Interval during Atrial Fibrillation

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    CIACCIO, EDWARD J.; BIVIANO, ANGELO B.; GAMBHIR, ALOK; EINSTEIN, ANDREW J.; GARAN, HASAN

    2014-01-01

    Background When atrial fibrillation (AF) is incessant, imaging during a prolonged ventricular RR interval may improve image quality. It was hypothesized that long RR intervals could be predicted from preceding RR values. Methods From the PhysioNet database, electrocardiogram RR intervals were obtained from 74 persistent AF patients. An RR interval lengthened by at least 250 ms beyond the immediately preceding RR interval (termed T0 and T1, respectively) was considered prolonged. A two-parameter scatterplot was used to predict the occurrence of a prolonged interval T0. The scatterplot parameters were: (1) RR variability (RRv) estimated as the average second derivative from 10 previous pairs of RR differences, T13–T2, and (2) Tm–T1, the difference between Tm, the mean from T13 to T2, and T1. For each patient, scatterplots were constructed using preliminary data from the first hour. The ranges of parameters 1 and 2 were adjusted to maximize the proportion of prolonged RR intervals within range. These constraints were used for prediction of prolonged RR in test data collected during the second hour. Results The mean prolonged event was 1.0 seconds in duration. Actual prolonged events were identified with a mean positive predictive value (PPV) of 80% in the test set. PPV was >80% in 36 of 74 patients. An average of 10.8 prolonged RR intervals per 60 minutes was correctly identified. Conclusions A method was developed to predict prolonged RR intervals using two parameters and prior statistical sampling for each patient. This or similar methodology may help improve cardiac imaging in many longstanding persistent AF patients. PMID:23998759

  5. Limits to Cloud Susceptibility

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    Coakley, James A., Jr.

    2002-01-01

    1-kilometer AVHRR observations of ship tracks in low-level clouds off the west coast of the U S. were used to determine limits for the degree to which clouds might be altered by increases in anthropogenic aerosols. Hundreds of tracks were analyzed to determine whether the changes in droplet radii, visible optical depths, and cloud top altitudes that result from the influx of particles from underlying ships were consistent with expectations based on simple models for the indirect effect of aerosols. The models predict substantial increases in sunlight reflected by polluted clouds due to the increases in droplet numbers and cloud liquid water that result from the elevated particle concentrations. Contrary to the model predictions, the analysis of ship tracks revealed a 15-20% reduction in liquid water for the polluted clouds. Studies performed with a large-eddy cloud simulation model suggested that the shortfall in cloud liquid water found in the satellite observations might be attributed to the restriction that the 1-kilometer pixels be completely covered by either polluted or unpolluted cloud. The simulation model revealed that a substantial fraction of the indirect effect is caused by a horizontal redistribution of cloud water in the polluted clouds. Cloud-free gaps in polluted clouds fill in with cloud water while the cloud-free gaps in the surrounding unpolluted clouds remain cloud-free. By limiting the analysis to only overcast pixels, the current study failed to account for the gap-filling predicted by the simulation model. This finding and an analysis of the spatial variability of marine stratus suggest new ways to analyze ship tracks to determine the limit to which particle pollution will alter the amount of sunlight reflected by clouds.

  6. Luminosities and infrared excess in Type II and anomalous Cepheids in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

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    Groenewegen, M. A. T.; Jurkovic, M. I.

    2017-07-01

    Type II and anomalous Cepheids (ACs) are useful distance indicators when there are too few classical Cepheids or when RR Lyrae stars are too faint. Type II and ACs follow a period-luminosity relation as well, but they are less well-studied classes of objects. In this paper we study the sample of 335 Type II and ACs in the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds detected in OGLE-III data. The spectral energy distributions (SEDs) are constructed from photometric data available in the literature and fitted with a dust radiative transfer model, thereby leading to a determination of luminosity and effective temperature. In addition, a subsample of targets is investigated for possible binarity by looking for the light-time travel effect (LITE). Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams (HRD) are constructed and compared to evolutionary tracks and theoretical instability strips (ISs). In agreement with previous suggestions, the BL Her subclass can be explained by the evolution of 0.5-0.6 M⊙ stars evolving off the zero-age horizontal branch and the ACs can be explained by the evolution of 1.1-2.3 M⊙ stars. The evolution of the W Vir subclass is not clear. These objects are at higher luminosities than ACs and evolutionary tracks of 2.5-4 M⊙ stars cross this region in the HRD, but the periods of the W Vir are longer than those of the short period classical Cepheids at these luminosities, which indicates the former have lower masses. A low-mass star experiencing a thermal pulse when the envelope mass is small can make a blue loop into the IS region of the W Vir stars. But the timescale is extremely short, so this is also no explanation for the W Vir as a class. A relation to binarity might be at the origin of the W Vir stars, which has already been explicitly suggested for the peculiar W Vir stars. For 60% of the RV Tau and 10% of the W Vir objects an infrared excess is detected from the SED fitting. A recent result is confirmed that stars exist with luminosities below that predicted from

  7. Cloud Processed CCN Affect Cloud Microphysics

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    Hudson, J. G.; Noble, S. R., Jr.; Tabor, S. S.

    2015-12-01

    Variations in the bimodality/monomodality of CCN spectra (Hudson et al. 2015) exert opposite effects on cloud microphysics in two aircraft field projects. The figure shows two examples, droplet concentration, Nc, and drizzle liquid water content, Ld, against classification of CCN spectral modality. Low ratings go to balanced separated bimodal spectra, high ratings go to single mode spectra, strictly monomodal 8. Intermediate ratings go merged modes, e.g., one mode a shoulder of another. Bimodality is caused by mass or hygroscopicity increases that go only to CCN that made activated cloud droplets. In the Ice in Clouds Experiment-Tropical (ICE-T) small cumuli with lower Nc, greater droplet mean diameters, MD, effective radii, re, spectral widths, σ, cloud liquid water contents, Lc, and Ld were closer to more bimodal (lower modal ratings) below cloud CCN spectra whereas clouds with higher Nc, smaller MD, re, σ, and Ld were closer to more monomodal CCN (higher modal ratings). In polluted stratus clouds of the MArine Stratus/Stratocumulus Experiment (MASE) clouds that had greater Nc, and smaller MD, re, σ, Lc, and Ld were closer to more bimodal CCN spectra whereas clouds with lower Nc, and greater MD, re, σ, Lc, and Ld were closer to more monomodal CCN. These relationships are opposite because the dominant ICE-T cloud processing was coalescence whereas chemical transformations (e.g., SO2 to SO4) were dominant in MASE. Coalescence reduces Nc and thus also CCN concentrations (NCCN) when droplets evaporate. In subsequent clouds the reduced competition increases MD and σ, which further enhance coalescence and drizzle. Chemical transformations do not change Nc but added sulfate enhances droplet and CCN solubility. Thus, lower critical supersaturation (S) CCN can produce more cloud droplets in subsequent cloud cycles, especially for the low W and effective S of stratus. The increased competition reduces MD, re, and σ, which inhibit coalescence and thus reduce drizzle

  8. Dynamic QT/RR relationship in post-myocardial infarction patients with and without cardiac arrest.

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    Järvenpää, Jere; Oikarinen, Lasse; Korhonen, Petri; Väänänen, Heikki; Toivonen, Lauri; Viitasalo, Matti

    2010-12-01

    Changes in QT interval dynamicity may be associated with susceptibility to ventricular fibrillation (VF) after myocardial infarction (MI). We tested the hypothesis that dynamic QT/RR relationship might differ between post-MI patients with and without a history of VF. We also evaluated the influence of negative T-waves on the assessment of QT/RR relationship. We reviewed Holter recordings from 37 post-MI patients resuscitated from VF not associated with new MI (VF group) and 30 patients after MI without known sustained ventricular arrhythmias (control group). With an automated computerized program, we measured QT interval dynamicity as the mean QT/RR slope and as the maximal QT/RR slope determined at stable heart rates. The mean QT/RR slope was 0.20 ± 0.08 in control group and 0.15 ± 0.09 in VF group (p=0.01) whereas corresponding maximal QT/RR slope values were 0.42 ± 0.20 and 0.33 ± 0.18 (p=0.01), respectively. Thirteen control patients (43%) and 22 VF patients (59%) showed only negative or both positive and negative T-waves (p=0.45). Mean QT/RR slope values were similar irrespective of T-wave polarity whereas maximal QT/RR slopes were steeper in cases with both positive and negative T-waves. Cases showing T-waves of both positive and negative polarity exhibited greatest intersubject variability of both QT/RR slope values. Lower mean QT/RR slope may be associated with a risk of VF after MI. A detailed assessment and definition of differing T-wave polarities is essential in evaluating the QT/RR relation in post-MI patients.

  9. Northern Clouds in Motion

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    2011-03-17

    Clouds move above Titan large methane lakes and seas near the moon north pole in this image from NASA Cassini spacecraft. Methane clouds in the troposphere, the lowest part of the atmosphere, appear white here.

  10. Equatorial Titan Clouds

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    2011-03-17

    NASA Cassini spacecraft chronicles the change of seasons as it captures clouds concentrated near the equator of Saturn largest moon, Titan. Methane clouds in the troposphere, the lowest part of the atmosphere, appear white here.

  11. Cloud Computing for radiologists

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    Kharat, Amit T; Safvi, Amjad; Thind, SS; Singh, Amarjit

    2012-01-01

    Cloud computing is a concept wherein a computer grid is created using the Internet with the sole purpose of utilizing shared resources such as computer software, hardware, on a pay-per-use model. Using Cloud computing, radiology users can efficiently manage multimodality imaging units by using the latest software and hardware without paying huge upfront costs. Cloud computing systems usually work on public, private, hybrid, or community models. Using the various components of a Cloud, such as applications, client, infrastructure, storage, services, and processing power, Cloud computing can help imaging units rapidly scale and descale operations and avoid huge spending on maintenance of costly applications and storage. Cloud computing allows flexibility in imaging. It sets free radiology from the confines of a hospital and creates a virtual mobile office. The downsides to Cloud computing involve security and privacy issues which need to be addressed to ensure the success of Cloud computing in the future. PMID:23599560

  12. Noctilucent Cloud Sightings

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    Polar Mesospheric Clouds form during each polar region's summer months in the coldest place in the atmosphere, 50 miles above Earth's surface. Noctilucent Clouds were first observed in 1885 by an a...

  13. South Polar Clouds

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    2011-04-06

    Polar surface winds can reach high velocities. These winds can cause clouds to form when the winds flow into troughs and become chaotic. This image from NASA Mars Odyssey shows trough clouds as linear bands.

  14. Cloud Computing for radiologists.

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    Kharat, Amit T; Safvi, Amjad; Thind, Ss; Singh, Amarjit

    2012-07-01

    Cloud computing is a concept wherein a computer grid is created using the Internet with the sole purpose of utilizing shared resources such as computer software, hardware, on a pay-per-use model. Using Cloud computing, radiology users can efficiently manage multimodality imaging units by using the latest software and hardware without paying huge upfront costs. Cloud computing systems usually work on public, private, hybrid, or community models. Using the various components of a Cloud, such as applications, client, infrastructure, storage, services, and processing power, Cloud computing can help imaging units rapidly scale and descale operations and avoid huge spending on maintenance of costly applications and storage. Cloud computing allows flexibility in imaging. It sets free radiology from the confines of a hospital and creates a virtual mobile office. The downsides to Cloud computing involve security and privacy issues which need to be addressed to ensure the success of Cloud computing in the future.

  15. Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue Crack Growth of RR1000.

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    Pretty, Christopher John; Whitaker, Mark Thomas; Williams, Steve John

    2017-01-04

    Non-isothermal conditions during flight cycles have long led to the requirement for thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) evaluation of aerospace materials. However, the increased temperatures within the gas turbine engine have meant that the requirements for TMF testing now extend to disc alloys along with blade materials. As such, fatigue crack growth rates are required to be evaluated under non-isothermal conditions along with the development of a detailed understanding of related failure mechanisms. In the current work, a TMF crack growth testing method has been developed utilising induction heating and direct current potential drop techniques for polycrystalline nickel-based superalloys, such as RR1000. Results have shown that in-phase (IP) testing produces accelerated crack growth rates compared with out-of-phase (OOP) due to increased temperature at peak stress and therefore increased time dependent crack growth. The ordering of the crack growth rates is supported by detailed fractographic analysis which shows intergranular crack growth in IP test specimens, and transgranular crack growth in 90° OOP and 180° OOP tests. Isothermal tests have also been carried out for comparison of crack growth rates at the point of peak stress in the TMF cycles.

  16. Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue Crack Growth of RR1000

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    Pretty, Christopher John; Whitaker, Mark Thomas; Williams, Steve John

    2017-01-01

    Non-isothermal conditions during flight cycles have long led to the requirement for thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) evaluation of aerospace materials. However, the increased temperatures within the gas turbine engine have meant that the requirements for TMF testing now extend to disc alloys along with blade materials. As such, fatigue crack growth rates are required to be evaluated under non-isothermal conditions along with the development of a detailed understanding of related failure mechanisms. In the current work, a TMF crack growth testing method has been developed utilising induction heating and direct current potential drop techniques for polycrystalline nickel-based superalloys, such as RR1000. Results have shown that in-phase (IP) testing produces accelerated crack growth rates compared with out-of-phase (OOP) due to increased temperature at peak stress and therefore increased time dependent crack growth. The ordering of the crack growth rates is supported by detailed fractographic analysis which shows intergranular crack growth in IP test specimens, and transgranular crack growth in 90° OOP and 180° OOP tests. Isothermal tests have also been carried out for comparison of crack growth rates at the point of peak stress in the TMF cycles. PMID:28772394

  17. Comparing Point Clouds

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    2004-04-01

    Point clouds are one of the most primitive and fundamental surface representations. A popular source of point clouds are three dimensional shape...acquisition devices such as laser range scanners. Another important field where point clouds are found is in the representation of high-dimensional...framework for comparing manifolds given by point clouds is presented in this paper. The underlying theory is based on Gromov-Hausdorff distances, leading

  18. Computer animation of clouds

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    Max, N.

    1994-01-28

    Computer animation of outdoor scenes is enhanced by realistic clouds. I will discuss several different modeling and rendering schemes for clouds, and show how they evolved in my animation work. These include transparency-textured clouds on a 2-D plane, smooth shaded or textured 3-D clouds surfaces, and 3-D volume rendering. For the volume rendering, I will present various illumination schemes, including the density emitter, single scattering, and multiple scattering models.

  19. Cloud Forensics Issues

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    2014-07-01

    encryption is needed and the need for a comprehensive key management process for public key infrastructure, as well as session and other cryptologic keys...In a community cloud, a group of organizations with similar interests or needs share a cloud infrastructure. That infrastructure is not open to the...since it is unlikely that a large proportion of cloud consumers will simultaneously have high utilization needs . The cloud environment can

  20. 21. RAILROAD, RR. BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. ...

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    21. RAILROAD, RR. BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. S of Ms. 50 Proposed 218-foot turn span, design #2339 of Virginia Bridge and Iron Co., Roanoke, Va. 13 May 1914. Act. size: 16x11 in. Credit: Columbus & Greenville RR, Columbus, Ms. Sarcone Photography, Columbus, Ms. - Bridges of the Upper Tombigbee River Valley, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS

  1. 22. RAILROAD, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    22. RAILROAD, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. S of MS. 50 Proposed 218-foot turn span, submitted by the Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 8 May 1914. Act size: approx. 23x34 in. Credit: Columbus & Greenville RR, Columbus, Ms. Sarcone Photography, Columbus, MS. Sep 1978. - Bridges of the Upper Tombigbee River Valley, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS

  2. 20 CFR 225.25 - RR Earnings PIA used in survivor annuities.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false RR Earnings PIA used in survivor annuities... RETIREMENT ACT PRIMARY INSURANCE AMOUNT DETERMINATIONS PIA's Used in Computing Survivor Annuities and the Amount of the Residual Lump-Sum Payable § 225.25 RR Earnings PIA used in survivor annuities. The Railroad...

  3. 27. RAILROAD, RR. BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO. WAVERLY 1.5 mi. ...

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    27. RAILROAD, RR. BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO. WAVERLY 1.5 mi. S of MS. 50 Stress Sheet of 1888 Bridge: Conroy & Sinks, Consulting Engineers, Chicago. July 21, 1910. DWG #978. Act. size around border: 18x11 in. Credit: Columbus and Greenville RR, Columbus, Ms. Sarcone Photography, Columbus, Ms. Sep 1978. - Bridges of the Upper Tombigbee River Valley, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS

  4. 19. BLUEPRINT, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. ...

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    19. BLUEPRINT, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. S of Ms. 50 Map of Tombigbee River at Waverly, 'Proposed Crossing.' 12 May 1888. Credt: Columbus & Greenville, RR, Columbus, Ms. DWG S-3-343. Sarcone Photography, ColumbuS, Ms. Sept 1978. - Bridges of the Upper Tombigbee River Valley, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS

  5. 30. RAILROAD, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    30. RAILROAD, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. S of MS. 50 Detail: Turn machinery. DWG S-3-325. Contr. #7236. Lower right quarter of sheet: Lateral elevation of turn table. July 1914. Credit: Columbus and Greenville RR, Columbus, MS. Sarcone Photography, Columbus, Ms. Sep 1978. - Bridges of the Upper Tombigbee River Valley, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS

  6. 29. RAILROAD, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5. mi. ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    29. RAILROAD, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5. mi. S of MS. 50 Detail: Turn machinery. DWG S-3-325. Contr. #7236. Lower right quarter of sheet: Lateral elevation of turn table. July 1914. Credit: Columbus and Greenville RR, Columbus, Ms. Sarcone Photography, Columbus, Ms. Sep 1978. - Bridges of the Upper Tombigbee River Valley, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS

  7. 31. RAILROAD, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    31. RAILROAD, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. S of MS. 50 Detail: Turn machinery. DWG S-3-325. Contr. #7236. Upper left quarter of sheet: plan and longitudinal elevation of Wedges. July 1914. Credit: Columbus and Greenville RR, Columbus, Ms. Sarcone Photography, Columbus, Ms. Sep 1978 - Bridges of the Upper Tombigbee River Valley, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS

  8. Cloud Computing Explained

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    Metz, Rosalyn

    2010-01-01

    While many talk about the cloud, few actually understand it. Three organizations' definitions come to the forefront when defining the cloud: Gartner, Forrester, and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST). Although both Gartner and Forrester provide definitions of cloud computing, the NIST definition is concise and uses…

  9. Climate Cloud Height

    Atmospheric Science Data Center

    2017-05-16

    article title:  Is Climate Changing Cloud Heights? Too Soon to Say Climate change may eventually change global cloud heights, but scientists need ... whether that's happening already. For details see: Is Climate Changing Cloud Heights? Too Soon to Say . Climate ...

  10. Security in the cloud.

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    Degaspari, John

    2011-08-01

    As more provider organizations look to the cloud computing model, they face a host of security-related questions. What are the appropriate applications for the cloud, what is the best cloud model, and what do they need to know to choose the best vendor? Hospital CIOs and security experts weigh in.

  11. Clouds in Planetary Atmospheres

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    West, R.

    1999-01-01

    In the terrestrial atmosphere clouds are familiar as vast collections of small water drops or ice cyrstals suspended in the air. The study of clouds touches on many facets of armospheric science. The chemistry of clouds is tied to the chemistry of the surrounding atmosphere.

  12. Cloud Computing Explained

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    Metz, Rosalyn

    2010-01-01

    While many talk about the cloud, few actually understand it. Three organizations' definitions come to the forefront when defining the cloud: Gartner, Forrester, and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST). Although both Gartner and Forrester provide definitions of cloud computing, the NIST definition is concise and uses…

  13. Cloud microstructure studies

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    Blau, H. H., Jr.; Fowler, M. G.; Chang, D. T.; Ryan, R. T.

    1972-01-01

    Over two thousand individual cloud droplet size distributions were measured with an optical cloud particle spectrometer flown on the NASA Convair 990 aircraft. Representative droplet spectra and liquid water content, L (gm/cu m) were obtained for oceanic stratiform and cumuliform clouds. For non-precipitating clouds, values of L range from 0.1 gm/cu m to 0.5 gm/cu m; with precipitation, L is often greater than 1 gm/cu m. Measurements were also made in a newly formed contrail and in cirrus clouds.

  14. Intergalactic HI Clouds

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    Briggs, F. H.

    2004-06-01

    Neutral intergalactic clouds are so greatly out numbered by galaxies that their integral HI content is negligible in comparison to that contained in optically luminous galaxies. In fact, no HI cloud that is not associated with a galaxy or grouping of galaxies has yet been identified. This points to a causal relationship that relies on gravitational potentials that bind galaxies also being responsible for confining HI clouds to sufficient density that they can become self-shielding to the ionizing background radiation. Unconfined clouds of low density become ionized, but confined clouds find themselves vulnerable to instability and collapse, leading to star formation.

  15. The CoRR hypothesis for genes in organelles.

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    Allen, John F

    2017-04-11

    Chloroplasts and mitochondria perform energy transduction in photosynthesis and respiration. These processes can be described in physico-chemical terms with no obvious requirement for co-located genetic systems, separat from those of the rest of the cell. Accordingly, biochemists once tended to regard endosymbiosis as untestable evolutionary speculation. Lynn Sagan's seminal 1967 paper "On the Origin of Mitosing Cells" outlined the evolution of eukaryotic cells by endosymbiosis of prokaryotes. The endosymbiont hypothesis is consistent with presence of DNA in chloroplasts and mitochondria, but does not assign it a function. Biochemistry and molecular biology now show that Sagan's proposal has an explanatory reach far beyond that originally envisaged. Prokaryotic origins of photosynthetic and respiratory mechanisms are apparent in protein structural insights into energy coupling. Genome sequencing confirms the underlying, prokaryotic architecture of chloroplasts and mitochondria and illustrates the profound influence of the original mergers of their ancestors' genes and proteins with those of their host cells. Peter Mitchell's 1961 chemiosmotic hypothesis applied the concept of vectorial catalysis that underlies biological energy transduction and cell structure, function, and origins. Continuity of electrical charge separation and membrane sidedness requires compartments within compartments, together with intricate mechanisms for transport within and between them. I suggest that the reason for the persistence of distinct genetic systems within bioenergetic organelles is the selective advantage of subcellular co-location of specific genes with their gene products. Co-location for Redox Regulation - CoRR - provides for a dialogue between chemical reduction-oxidation and the action of genes encoding its protein catalysts. These genes and their protein products are in intimate contact, and cannot be isolated from each other without loss of an essential mechanism of

  16. Clouds Over 'Endurance'

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2004-01-01

    Clouds in the martian sky above 'Endurance Crater' in this image from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity can remind the viewer that Mars, our celestial neighbor, is subject to weather. On Earth, clouds like these would be referred to as 'cirrus' or theaptly nicknamed 'mares' tails.' These clouds occur in a region of strong vertical shear. The cloud particles (ice in this martiancase) fall out, and get dragged along away from the location where they originally condensed, forming characteristic streamers. Opportunity took this picture with its navigation camera during the rover's 282nd martian day (Nov. 8, 2004).

    The mission's atmospheric science team is studying cloud observations to deduce seasonal and time-of-day behavior of the clouds. This helps them gain a better understanding of processes that control cloud formation.

  17. Monitoring biomarkers in fish (Lepidorhombus boscii and Callionymus lyra) from the northern Iberian shelf after the Prestige oil spill.

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    Martínez-Gómez, C; Campillo, J A; Benedicto, J; Fernández, B; Valdés, J; García, I; Sánchez, F

    2006-01-01

    Hepatic biomarker responses were measured in two demersal fish species (Lepidorhombus boscii and Callionymus lyra) from the northern Iberian shelf associated with the massive Prestige oil spill (POS), five months after the accident. The biomarkers selected were 7-ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD), glutathione-S-transferase (GST), glutathione reductase (GR), catalase (CAT), and DNA integrity. Interspecies differences and spatial variations in biomarker responses were observed along the shelf. GST, GR and CAT activities were significantly elevated in L. boscii in the most oil impacted area (Finisterre) and positively correlated (p<0.05) with POS tar aggregate densities. The lack of previous data from the area together with the existence of chronic background pollution of the shelf implies that the observed biomarker responses cannot be solely attributed to the petroleum hydrocarbon components of the spilled oil. This first biological effect assessment showed that L. boscii is a potentially suitable target species to be used in future biomonitoring programmes along the northern Iberian shelf.

  18. A study of the continuum flux and the line structure in the IUE spectrum of Beta Lyrae

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    Aydin, C.; Engin, S.; Brandi, E.; Ferrer, O. E.; Hack, M.

    1988-01-01

    A study of the available archival IUE images of Beta Lyrae has led to the following results: (1) for lambda in the range of 1250 - 1500 A, the eclipse depth at second conjunction is slightly larger than the eclipse depth at primary conjunction; they are equal at about 1670 A; (2) the profiles of the resonance lines of SiIV (and the same seems to be true for NV and CIV) can be described as composite, formed by the superposition of a stationary P Cygni profile that suggests a velocity of approach of -170 km/s and a broad, less strong, emission that seems to yield a velocity distribution in antiphase with the velocity curve of the B8 II component of the system; and (3) the emission lines of the intercombination doublet of semiforbidden N II at about 2140 A suggest a velocity of about -130 km/s. The interpretation of the latter composite profile appears similar to the one suggested by Sahade (1966) to describe H-alpha and He I 5876 and He I 6678, and by Batten and Sahade (1973) to describe H-alpha.

  19. Important influence of respiration on human R-R interval power spectra is largely ignored

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    Brown, T. E.; Beightol, L. A.; Koh, J.; Eckberg, D. L.

    1993-01-01

    Frequency-domain analyses of R-R intervals are used widely to estimate levels of autonomic neural traffic to the human heart. Because respiration modulates autonomic activity, we determined for nine healthy subjects the influence of breathing frequency and tidal volume on R-R interval power spectra (fast-Fourier transform method). We also surveyed published literature to determine current practices in this burgeoning field of scientific inquiry. Supine subjects breathed at rates of 6, 7.5, 10, 15, 17.1, 20, and 24 breaths/min and with nominal tidal volumes of 1,000 and 1,500 ml. R-R interval power at respiratory and low (0.06-0.14 Hz) frequencies declined significantly as breathing frequency increased. R-R interval power at respiratory frequencies was significantly greater at a tidal volume of 1,500 than 1,000 ml. Neither breathing frequency nor tidal volume influenced average R-R intervals significantly. Our review of studies reporting human R-R interval power spectra showed that 51% of the studies controlled respiratory rate, 11% controlled tidal volume, and 11% controlled both respiratory rate and tidal volume. The major implications of our analyses are that breathing parameters strongly influence low-frequency as well as respiratory frequency R-R interval power spectra and that this influence is largely ignored in published research.

  20. Important influence of respiration on human R-R interval power spectra is largely ignored

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Brown, T. E.; Beightol, L. A.; Koh, J.; Eckberg, D. L.

    1993-01-01

    Frequency-domain analyses of R-R intervals are used widely to estimate levels of autonomic neural traffic to the human heart. Because respiration modulates autonomic activity, we determined for nine healthy subjects the influence of breathing frequency and tidal volume on R-R interval power spectra (fast-Fourier transform method). We also surveyed published literature to determine current practices in this burgeoning field of scientific inquiry. Supine subjects breathed at rates of 6, 7.5, 10, 15, 17.1, 20, and 24 breaths/min and with nominal tidal volumes of 1,000 and 1,500 ml. R-R interval power at respiratory and low (0.06-0.14 Hz) frequencies declined significantly as breathing frequency increased. R-R interval power at respiratory frequencies was significantly greater at a tidal volume of 1,500 than 1,000 ml. Neither breathing frequency nor tidal volume influenced average R-R intervals significantly. Our review of studies reporting human R-R interval power spectra showed that 51% of the studies controlled respiratory rate, 11% controlled tidal volume, and 11% controlled both respiratory rate and tidal volume. The major implications of our analyses are that breathing parameters strongly influence low-frequency as well as respiratory frequency R-R interval power spectra and that this influence is largely ignored in published research.

  1. CoRoT archive as a treasury of variable stars

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    Benko, Jozsef M.; Paparo, Margit

    2015-08-01

    The CoRoT satellite supported the scientific community by a huge data base of variable stars. The investigation of RR Lyrae stars (radially pulsating classical variable stars of high amplitude), especially benefit the continuous space data, due to long periodicity. The CoRoT RR Lyrae stars were intensively discussed in numerous papers in the last few years, but the latest runs have not been checked for finding RR Lyrae stars up to now. We found eight new RR Lyrae stars that we investigated for the lately localized characteristics of Blazhko RR Lyrae stars: the period doubling and additional modes. We present the preliminary results here.

  2. Altered relationship between R-R interval and R-R interval variability in endurance athletes with overtraining syndrome.

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    Kiviniemi, A M; Tulppo, M P; Hautala, A J; Vanninen, E; Uusitalo, A L T

    2014-04-01

    Autonomic dysfunction decreases within-subject correlation between R-R interval length (RRi) and vagally mediated RRi variability in cardiac disease. We tested the hypothesis that overtraining syndrome (OTS) may also weaken this relationship. Nine OTS and 10 control endurance athletes underwent 24-h electrocardiogram monitoring, which was repeated in eight OTS and nine control athletes after 6 months, when two OTS athletes still had symptoms of OTS. The power of high-frequency (HF) oscillations of RRi was analyzed in 5-min epochs over the whole recording. Quadratic regression was performed between 5-min values of RRi and log-transformed (ln) HF to obtain R(2) for each recording. The relationship between RRi and HFln was higher in the OTS athletes than controls [R(2): 0.87 (90% confidence interval, CI: 0.84-0.89) vs 0.78 (90% CI: 0.72-0.84); P = 0.034; effect size = 1.22]. Large decrease in R(2) was observed in six recovered OTS athletes after 6 months follow-up [ΔR(2): -0.12 (90% CI: -0.25-0.01); P = 0.11; effect size = 1.44] with no changes in the controls. Mean values of RRi and its variability did not differ between the groups. The within-subject correlation between RRi and vagally mediated RRi variability was stronger in endurance athletes with OTS compared with controls. The present findings may improve the detection of OTS and recovery from OTS in endurance athletes.

  3. THE CALIFORNIA MOLECULAR CLOUD

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    Lada, Charles J.; Lombardi, Marco; Alves, Joao F. E-mail: mlombard@eso.or

    2009-09-20

    We present an analysis of wide-field infrared extinction maps of a region in Perseus just north of the Taurus-Auriga dark cloud complex. From this analysis we have identified a massive, nearby, but previously unrecognized, giant molecular cloud (GMC). Both a uniform foreground star density and measurements of the cloud's velocity field from CO observations indicate that this cloud is likely a coherent structure at a single distance. From comparison of foreground star counts with Galactic models, we derive a distance of 450 +- 23 pc to the cloud. At this distance the cloud extends over roughly 80 pc and has a mass of {approx} 10{sup 5} M{sub sun}, rivaling the Orion (A) molecular cloud as the largest and most massive GMC in the solar neighborhood. Although surprisingly similar in mass and size to the more famous Orion molecular cloud (OMC) the newly recognized cloud displays significantly less star formation activity with more than an order of magnitude fewer young stellar objects than found in the OMC, suggesting that both the level of star formation and perhaps the star formation rate in this cloud are an order of magnitude or more lower than in the OMC. Analysis of extinction maps of both clouds shows that the new cloud contains only 10% the amount of high extinction (A{sub K} > 1.0 mag) material as is found in the OMC. This, in turn, suggests that the level of star formation activity and perhaps the star formation rate in these two clouds may be directly proportional to the total amount of high extinction material and presumably high density gas within them and that there might be a density threshold for star formation on the order of n(H{sub 2}) {approx} a few x 10{sup 4} cm{sup -3}.

  4. Interpretation of MODIS Cloud Images by CloudSat/CALIPSO Cloud Vertical Profiles

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    Wang, T.; Fetzer, E. J.; Wong, S.; Yue, Q.

    2015-12-01

    Clouds observed by passive remote-sensing imager (Aqua-MODIS) are collocated to cloud vertical profiles observed by active profiling sensors (CloudSat radar and CALIPSO lidar) at the pixel-scale. By comparing different layers of cloud types classified in the 2B-CLDCLASS-LIDAR product from CloudSat+CALIPSO to those cloud properties observed by MODIS, we evaluate the occurrence frequencies of cloud types and cloud-overlap in CloudSat+CALIPSO for each MODIS cloud regime defined by cloud optical depth (τ) and cloud-top pressure (P) histograms. We find that about 70% of MODIS clear sky agrees with the clear category in CloudSat+CALIPSO; whereas the remainder is either single layer (~25%) cirrus (Ci), low-level cumulus (Cu), stratocumulus (Sc), or multi-layer (<5%) clouds in CloudSat+CALIPSO. Under MODIS cloudy conditions, 60%, 28%, and 8% of the occurrences show single-, double-, and triple-layer clouds, respectively in CloudSat+CALIPSO. When MODIS identifies single-layer clouds, 50-60% of the MODIS low-level clouds are categorized as stratus (Sc) in CloudSat+CALIPSO. Over the tropics, ~70% of MODIS high and optically thin clouds (considered as cirrus in the histogram) is also identified as Ci in CloudSat+CALIPSO, and ~40% of MODIS high and optically thick clouds (considered as convective in the histogram) agrees with CloudSat+CALIPSO deep convections (DC). Over mid-latitudes these numbers drop to 45% and 10%, respectively. The best agreement occurs in tropical single-layer cloud regimes, where 90% of MODIS high-thin clouds are identified as Ci by CloudSat+CALIPSO and 60% of MODIS high-thick clouds are identified as DC. Worst agreement is found for multi-layer clouds, where cirrus on top of low- and mid-level clouds in MODIS are frequently categorized as high-thick clouds by passive imaging - among these only 5-12% are DC in CloudSat+CALIPSO. It is encouraging that both MODIS low-level clouds (regardless of optical thickness) and high-level thin clouds are consistently

  5. Silicon photonics cloud (SiCloud)

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    DeVore, Peter T. S.; Jiang, Yunshan; Lynch, Michael; Miyatake, Taira; Carmona, Christopher; Chan, Andrew C.; Muniam, Kuhan; Jalali, Bahram

    2015-02-01

    We present SiCloud (Silicon Photonics Cloud), the first free, instructional web-based research and education tool for silicon photonics. SiCloud's vision is to provide a host of instructional and research web-based tools. Such interactive learning tools enhance traditional teaching methods by extending access to a very large audience, resulting in very high impact. Interactive tools engage the brain in a way different from merely reading, and so enhance and reinforce the learning experience. Understanding silicon photonics is challenging as the topic involves a wide range of disciplines, including material science, semiconductor physics, electronics and waveguide optics. This web-based calculator is an interactive analysis tool for optical properties of silicon and related material (SiO2, Si3N4, Al2O3, etc.). It is designed to be a one stop resource for students, researchers and design engineers. The first and most basic aspect of Silicon Photonics is the Material Parameters, which provides the foundation for the Device, Sub-System and System levels. SiCloud includes the common dielectrics and semiconductors for waveguide core, cladding, and photodetection, as well as metals for electrical contacts. SiCloud is a work in progress and its capability is being expanded. SiCloud is being developed at UCLA with funding from the National Science Foundation's Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) Engineering Research Center.

  6. The coefficient of rolling resistance (CoRR) of some pharmaceutical tablets.

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    Ketterhagen, William R; Bharadwaj, Rahul; Hancock, Bruno C

    2010-06-15

    Experiments have been conducted to measure the coefficient of rolling resistance (CoRR) of some pharmaceutical tablets and several common materials, such as glass beads and steel ball bearings. CoRR values are required as inputs for discrete element method (DEM) models which can be used to model particulate flows and solid dosage form manufacturing processes. Until now there have been no CoRR data reported for pharmaceutical materials, and thus these new data will help to facilitate more accurate modeling of pharmaceutical systems. Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Molecular cloning and expression analysis of RrNHX1 and RrVHA-c genes related to salt tolerance in wild Rosa rugosa

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    Feng, Liguo; Ding, Han; Wang, Jia; Wang, Meng; Xia, Wei; Zang, Shu; Sheng, Lixia

    2015-01-01

    Salt stress is one important factor influencing the growth and development of plants, and salt tolerance of plants is a result of combined action of multiple genes and mechanisms. Rosa rugosa is not only an important ornamental plant, but also the natural aromatic plant of high value. Wild R. rugosa which is naturally distributed on the coast and islands of China has a good salt tolerance due to the special living environment. Here, the vacuolar Na+/H+ reverse transporter gene (NHX1) and the vacuolar H+-ATPase subunit C gene (VHA-c) closely related to plant salt tolerance were isolated from wild R. rugosa, and the expression patterns in R. rugosa leaves of the two genes under NaCl stress were determined by real-time quantitative fluorescence PCR. The results showed that the RrNHX1 protein is a constitutive Na+/H+ reverse transporter, the expression of the RrNHX1 gene first increased and then decreased with the increasing salt concentration, and had a time-controlled effect. The RrVHA-c gene is suggestive of the housekeeping feature, its expression pattern showed a similar variation trend with the RrNHX1 gene under the stress of different concentrations of NaCl, and its temporal expression level under 200 mM NaCl stress presented bimodal change. These findings indicated that RrNHX1 and RrVHA-c genes are closely associated with the salt tolerance trait of wild R. rugosa. PMID:26150747

  8. What is a Cloud?

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    Long, C. N.; Wu, W.

    2013-12-01

    There are multiple factors that cause disagreements between differing methods using differing instruments to infer cloud amounts. But along with these issues is a fundamental concern that has permeated all comparisons and supersedes such questions as what are the uncertainty estimates of a given retrieval. To wit: what is a cloud? How can uncertainty of a cloud amount measurement be determined when there is no absolute 'truth' on what defines a cloud, as opposed to cloud-free? Recent research comparing a decade of surface- and satellite-based retrievals of cloud amount for the ARM Southern Great Plains site shows significant disagreements. While Total Sky Imager 100-degree FOV, Shortwave (SW) Radiative Flux Analysis, GOES satellite and PATMOS-x satellite amounts agree relatively well, ISCCP satellite and ARSCL time-series cloud amounts are significantly greater, 15% (ISCCP) and 8% (ARSCL) larger in average diurnal variations. In both cases, it appears that optically thin high ice is counted as 'cloud' in ARSCL and ISCCP that is not categorized as cloud by all the others. Additionally, cloud amounts from three methods (ISCCP, ARSCL, and GOES) show an overall increase of 8%-10% in the annually averaged cloud fractions from 1998 to 2009, while those from the other three (TSI, SWFA, PATMOS-x) show little trend for this period. So one wonders: are cloud amounts increasing or not over this period? The SW Flux Analysis used sky imager retrievals as 'truth' in development of the methodology (Long et al, 2006a), where sky imagery itself used human observations as the model (Long et al., 2006b). Min et al. (2008) then used SW Flux Analysis retrievals as 'truth' to develop an MFRSR-based spectral SW retrieval method. Dupont et al. (2008) show that the SW-based retrievals allow up to a visible optical depth of 0.15 (95% of occurrences) under the 'clear-sky' category which primarily consists of sub-visual cirrus, which by ancestry applies to spectral SW, sky imager and human

  9. Titan's South Polar Cloud

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    Toledo, D.; Rannou, P.; West, R. A.; Lavvas, P.; Del Genio, A. D.; Barbara, J. M.; Roy, M.; Turtle, E. P.

    2014-04-01

    Cassini/ISS cameras detected a newly formed large cloud in the south polar region of Titan on 2012-178 (June 27). Images of this cloud in the continuum filters at 889 nm (MT3) and 935 nm (CB3) clearly reveal different characteristics relative to the'detached haze' layer that extends over all south latitudes. Figure 1 shows I/F at 889 nm, where the cloud patch is observed beyond the latitude -77º and with values of the SZA higher than 90º. In this work, we analyze different MT3/CB3 images taken by ISS cameras, in order to characterize the optical properties of this cloud as well as its altitude. We first analyze images in the MT3 filter at different angles of observation in order to have some constraints on the altitude of the cloud, and subsequently the cloud optical properties are estimated by using radiative transfer simulations.

  10. 78 FR 65758 - Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2011-2012 BMW S1000RR Motorcycles Are...

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    2013-11-01

    ...-2012 BMW S1000RR Motorcycles Are Eligible for Importation AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety... Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that 2011-2012 BMW S1000RR Motorcycles... decide whether non-U.S. certified 2011-2012 BMW S1000RR motorcycles are eligible for importation into the...

  11. Cryptographic Cloud Storage

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    Kamara, Seny; Lauter, Kristin

    We consider the problem of building a secure cloud storage service on top of a public cloud infrastructure where the service provider is not completely trusted by the customer. We describe, at a high level, several architectures that combine recent and non-standard cryptographic primitives in order to achieve our goal. We survey the benefits such an architecture would provide to both customers and service providers and give an overview of recent advances in cryptography motivated specifically by cloud storage.

  12. Ammonia Clouds on Jupiter

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    2007-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Click on the image for movie of Ammonia Ice Clouds on Jupiter

    In this movie, put together from false-color images taken by the New Horizons Ralph instrument as the spacecraft flew past Jupiter in early 2007, show ammonia clouds (appearing as bright blue areas) as they form and disperse over five successive Jupiter 'days.' Scientists noted how the larger cloud travels along with a small, local deep hole.

  13. Ammonia Clouds on Jupiter

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    2007-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Click on the image for movie of Ammonia Ice Clouds on Jupiter

    In this movie, put together from false-color images taken by the New Horizons Ralph instrument as the spacecraft flew past Jupiter in early 2007, show ammonia clouds (appearing as bright blue areas) as they form and disperse over five successive Jupiter 'days.' Scientists noted how the larger cloud travels along with a small, local deep hole.

  14. JINR cloud infrastructure evolution

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    Baranov, A. V.; Balashov, N. A.; Kutovskiy, N. A.; Semenov, R. N.

    2016-09-01

    To fulfil JINR commitments in different national and international projects related to the use of modern information technologies such as cloud and grid computing as well as to provide a modern tool for JINR users for their scientific research a cloud infrastructure was deployed at Laboratory of Information Technologies of Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. OpenNebula software was chosen as a cloud platform. Initially it was set up in simple configuration with single front-end host and a few cloud nodes. Some custom development was done to tune JINR cloud installation to fit local needs: web form in the cloud web-interface for resources request, a menu item with cloud utilization statistics, user authentication via Kerberos, custom driver for OpenVZ containers. Because of high demand in that cloud service and its resources over-utilization it was re-designed to cover increasing users' needs in capacity, availability and reliability. Recently a new cloud instance has been deployed in high-availability configuration with distributed network file system and additional computing power.

  15. Cloud Computing: An Overview

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    Qian, Ling; Luo, Zhiguo; Du, Yujian; Guo, Leitao

    In order to support the maximum number of user and elastic service with the minimum resource, the Internet service provider invented the cloud computing. within a few years, emerging cloud computing has became the hottest technology. From the publication of core papers by Google since 2003 to the commercialization of Amazon EC2 in 2006, and to the service offering of AT&T Synaptic Hosting, the cloud computing has been evolved from internal IT system to public service, from cost-saving tools to revenue generator, and from ISP to telecom. This paper introduces the concept, history, pros and cons of cloud computing as well as the value chain and standardization effort.

  16. SparkClouds: visualizing trends in tag clouds.

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    Lee, Bongshin; Riche, Nathalie Henry; Karlson, Amy K; Carpendale, Sheelash

    2010-01-01

    Tag clouds have proliferated over the web over the last decade. They provide a visual summary of a collection of texts by visually depicting the tag frequency by font size. In use, tag clouds can evolve as the associated data source changes over time. Interesting discussions around tag clouds often include a series of tag clouds and consider how they evolve over time. However, since tag clouds do not explicitly represent trends or support comparisons, the cognitive demands placed on the person for perceiving trends in multiple tag clouds are high. In this paper, we introduce SparkClouds, which integrate sparklines into a tag cloud to convey trends between multiple tag clouds. We present results from a controlled study that compares SparkClouds with two traditional trend visualizations—multiple line graphs and stacked bar charts—as well as Parallel Tag Clouds. Results show that SparkClouds ability to show trends compares favourably to the alternative visualizations.

  17. [Detecting atrial fibrillation and normal sinus rhythm by R-R intervals].

    PubMed

    Lu, Hongwei

    2010-02-01

    This paper aims to find a new method of detecting atrial fibrillation (AF) with fast responding speed and high detecting precision by R-R intervals. Probability density function (PDF) of distance between two points in the reconstructed phase space of R-R intervals of normal sinus rhythm (NSR) and AF is studied. It is found that the distribution of PDF between NSR and AF R-R intervals is significantly different; and based on this finding, a characteristic parameter k is defined. k is used for defection among 400 NSR and 400 AF R-R intervals. The results demonstrate that the new algorithm has fast responding speed and high detecting precision (average sensitivity 97.0%, average specificity 95.2%).

  18. Photocopy of floor plan of the C.B. & Q. R.R ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    Photocopy of floor plan of the C.B. & Q. R.R roundhouse and locomotive shops. June 1980. - Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, Roundhouse & Shops, Broadway & Spring Streets, Aurora, Kane County, IL

  19. Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy R.R car works aurora, ILL. Photocopy ...

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    Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy R.R car works aurora, ILL. Photocopy of an undated lithograph based on an ambrotype by D.C. Pratt, C. 1857 - Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, Roundhouse & Shops, Broadway & Spring Streets, Aurora, Kane County, IL

  20. 24. RAILROAD, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. ...

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    24. RAILROAD, RR BRIDGE MISSISSIPPI, CLAY CO., WAVERLY 1.5 mi. S of MS. 50 Southern R'wy; Co., in Ms. Present and proposed draw bridge over Tombigbee River.' Elevations and Plan, with falsework. Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Co., Milwaukee, Wisc., DWG #S. 3-303. Last Revision, Jan. 11 1915. Act. size: 23x34 in. Credit: Columbus and Greenville Rr, Columbus, Ms. Sarcone Photography, Columbus, MS. Sep 1978. - Bridges of the Upper Tombigbee River Valley, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS