Prospects for X-Ray and FUV Observations to Provide Insight into the 'Cepheid Mass Problem'

Prospects for X-Ray and FUV Observations to Provide Insight into the 'Cepheid Mass Problem'Evans, Nancy RemageEngle, ScottDOI: info:10.3389/fspas.2019.00065v. 665
Evans, Nancy Remage and Engle, Scott. 2019. "Prospects for X-Ray and FUV Observations to Provide Insight into the "Cepheid Mass Problem"." Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences 6:65. https://doi.org/10.3389/fspas.2019.00065
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Type: article
Authors: Evans, Nancy Remage; Engle, Scott
Abstract: The classical Cepheid Leavitt Law (Period-Luminosity relation) has been known for 100 years, and used as in extragalactic distance determination for nearly as long. However, Cepheids still present us with surprises. Recent results about X-ray behavior is just one example. Around minimum radius the pulsation wave from the envelope creates a disruption in the photosphere and chromosphere. X-ray activity, on the other hand remains constant at a low level at this phase. Just after maximum radius, however, X-ray flux increases sharply (four fold in the case of δ Cep). We summarize here the observational program to explore parameters involved and theoretical investigations searching for a basic understanding of this upper atmosphere phenomena.