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Paper: Long-Term Photometric and Spectroscopic Monitoring of Slowly Pulsating B Stars
Volume: 203, The Impact of Large-Scale Surveys on Pulsating Star Research, IAU Colloquium 176
Page: 395
Authors: Aerts, C.; de Cat, P.; de Ridder, J.; Kolenberg, K.; Waelkens, C.; Mathias, P.; Briquet, M.
Abstract: We review the current status of our long-term monitoring project on slowly pulsating B stars that we started in the course of 1996 and that was recently completed as far as the first part of our plan is concerned. In total, we have selected 17 southern and 8 northern stars. The idea is to fully exploit our current data in the near future and to select the most interesting targets for further very-long-term follow-up monitoring. A first conclusion is that half of the southern targets turn out to be spectroscopic binaries. Some of these have circular orbits and periods of the same order of magnitude as the intrinsic pulsation period(s) of the primary. The eccentric binaries have periods ranging from 12 to 460 d. For most stars the photometric behaviour is dominated by the same frequency as the intrinsic spectroscopic variability. Multiperiodicity in the expected frequency range is found for almost all stars. Two objects, however, turn out to have only one dominant pulsation mode.
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