Effects of moderate abundance changes on the atmospheric structure and colours of Mira variables

M. Scholz, M. J. Ireland, P. R. Wood

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Aims. We study the effects of moderate deviations from solar abundances upon the atmospheric structure and colours of typical Mira variables. Methods. We present two model series of dynamical opacity-sampling models of Mira variables which have (1) 1/3 solar metallicity; and (2) "mild" S-type C/O abundance ratio ([C/O] = 0.9) with typical Zr enhancement (solar +1.0). These series are compared to a previously studied solar-abundance series which has similar fundamental parameters (mass, luminosity, period, radius) that are close to those of o Cet. Results. Both series show noticeable effects of abundance upon stratifications and infrared colours but cycle-to-cycle differences mask these effects at most pulsation phases, with the exception of a narrow-water-filter colour near minimum phase.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA119
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

Bibliographical note

Copyright ESO 2014. First published in Astronomy and astrophysics 565, A119, 2014, published by EDP Sciences. The original publication is available at http://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201323183


  • stars: AGB and post-AGB
  • stars: atmospheres
  • stars: abundances

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