First observations of W Virginis stars with K2: Detection of period doubling

E. Plachy, L. Molnár, M. I. Jurkovic, R. Smolec, P. A. Moskalik, A. Pál, L. Szabados, R. Szabó

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)


We present the first analysis of W Vir stars observed by the Kepler space telescope in the K2 mission. Clear cycle-to-cycle variations were detected in the light curves of KT Sco and the globular cluster member M80-V1. While the variations in the former star seem to be irregular on the short time-scale of the K2 data, the latter appears to experience period doubling in its pulsation. Ground-based colour data confirmed that both stars areWVir-type pulsators, while a comparison with historical photometric time series data revealed drastic period changes in both stars. For comparison we reexamine ground-based observations of W Vir, the prototype of the class, and conclude that it shows period doubling instead of mode beating. These results support the notion that non-linear dynamics plays an important role in the pulsation of W Virginis-type stars.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-179
Number of pages7
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Stars: variables: Cepheids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'First observations of W Virginis stars with K2: Detection of period doubling'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this