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The Onset of Pulsation in Red Giants


John R. Percy

Metlin Guler

Erindale Campus, and Department of Astronomy

University of Toronto

Mississauga, Ontario L5L IC6



Presented at the 87th Spring Meeting of the AAVSO, June 20, 1998




The Hipparcos astrometric and photometric database has many applications for undergraduate research projects. As one example, we have investigated the onset of variability in red giants by noting the excess scatter (above and beyond the instrumental scatter) in the Hipparcos photometric measurements of 7600 giants with +1.35 < (V-I) < +1.70. Microvariability (0.00 < ΔV < 0.01) sets in gradually for (V-I) > +1.46 0.01 and variability (ΔV > 0.01) increases rapidly for (V-I)>+1.55. These are, however, reddened colors, but the small contamination by distant reddened supergiants may be offset by the contamination by reddened earlier-type giants. According to three recent effective temperature scales, these two (V-I) colors correspond to 4085 K and 3905 K, respectively, with an internal uncertaintly of 10 K.


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