Journal Article

The unique frequency spectrum of the Blazhko RRc Star LS Her

Patrick Wils, Stelios Kleidis and Eric Broens

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 387, issue 2, pages 783-787
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online May 2008 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
The unique frequency spectrum of the Blazhko RRc Star LS Her

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The Blazhko effect in RR Lyrae stars is still poorly understood theoretically. Stars with multiple Blazhko periods or in which the Blazhko effect itself varies are particularly challenging. This study investigates the Blazhko effect in the RRc star LS Her. Detailed CCD photometry in the V, RC and IC band has been performed on 63 nights during six months. LS Her is confirmed to have a Blazhko period of 12.75 ± 0.02 d. However, where normally the side frequencies of the Blazhko triplet are expected, an equidistant group of three frequencies is found on both sides of the main pulsation frequency. As a consequence, the period and amplitude of the Blazhko effect itself vary in a cycle of 109 ± 4 d. LS Her is a unique object turning out to be very important in the verification of the theories for the Blazhko effect.

Keywords: stars: horizontal branch; stars: individual: RR Lyrae; stars: individual: LS Her; stars: oscillations; stars: Population II

Journal Article.  2496 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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