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Main sequence stars as calibrators for interferometry
Author(s): Pierre Kervella; Frederic Thevenin; Damien Segransan; Emmanuel Di Folco
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Paper Abstract

We present in this paper new and accurate calibrations of the surface brightness-color relations that can be used to predict accurately the angular diameter of dwarf stars and subgiants. These stars present significant advantages as calibrators for interferometric observations. In many cases, they are more stable than giants and supergiants, as they are steadily burning their hydrogen. They are present in large numbers in the solar neighborhood, and offer a broad variety of colors. Their proximity allows to minimize the problems related to interstellar extinction in estimating their true magnitudes and colors. Excluding multiple stars, fast rotators and highly variable stars, it is possible to select reliable calibrators from spectro-photometric observations. Moreover, as opposed to the giant and supergiant stars, the photospheric diameter of dwarf stars is well defined and less sensitive to the assumed atmosphere models. In particular, the limb darkening related problems are alleviated at infrared wavelengths.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550793
Show Author Affiliations
Pierre Kervella, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Frederic Thevenin, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Damien Segransan, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Emmanuel Di Folco, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5491:
New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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