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Paper: Mean ZZ Ceti Pulsation Period Gauges Stellar Temperature
Volume: 372, 15th European Workshop on White Dwarfs
Page: 587
Authors: Mukadam, A.S.; Montgomery, M.H.; Kim, A.; Winget, D.E.; Kepler, S.O.; Clemens, J.C.
Abstract: The mean pulsation period of ZZ Ceti stars increases with decreasing effective temperature as we traverse from the blue to the red edge of the instability strip. This well-established correlation between the mean period and spectroscopic temperature suggests that the mean period could be utilized as a tool to measure the relative temperature of the star independent of spectroscopy. Measuring the pulsation periods of a ZZ Ceti star is a simple, model-independent, and straight forward process as opposed to a spectroscopic determination of its temperature.

Internal uncertainties in determining the spectroscopic temperature of a ZZ Ceti star are at least 200 K, 15% of the 1350K width of the instability strip. The uncertainties in determining the mean period arise mostly from amplitude modulation in the pulsation spectrum and are smaller than 100 s for 91% of the ZZ Ceti stars, <8% of the 1300 s width of the instability strip. In principle this implies that for 90% of the ZZ Ceti stars, the average uncertainty in determining the location of a ZZ Ceti star within the instability strip decreases by a factor of two in utilizing the mean period of the ZZ Ceti star as a temperature indicator rather than conventional spectroscopy. Presently we only claim that the relative temperatures of ZZ Ceti stars derived by using the mean pulsation period are certainly as good as and perhaps about 15% better than spectroscopy.

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