Some thoughts on pulsation and binarity
Author: Sterken, Christiaan
Source: Astrophysics and Space Science, Volume 304, Numbers 1-4, August 2006 , pp. 139-143(5)
Abstract:Intensive monitoring of main-sequence stars for pulsational studies continuously reveals new binaries and multiple systems. The resulting extensive data sets lead to exact orbital parameters, and to accurate masses of the components. This is also the case higher up the main sequence, though less frequently. We discuss a few examples where intensive observational efforts are necessary in order to improve our knowledge of the pulsational behaviour in the upper main-sequence instability domains, but we emphasize that observational efforts alone that turn out more and more of the same type of data, are by far insufficient, and that there is urgent need for theoretical developments. Determination of highly accurate stellar parameters is of paramount importance and is much more needed than time-series observations.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2006-08-01