Nonlinear beat Cepheid and RR lyrae models

Z. Kolláth, J. R. Buchler, R. Szabó, Z. Csubry

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The numerical hydrodynamic modelling of beat Cepheid behavior has been a long-standing quest in which purely radiative models have failed consistently. We find that beat pulsations occur quite naturally when turbulent convection is accounted for in our hydrodynamics code. The developments of a relaxation code and of a Floquet stability analysis greatly facilitate the search for and the analysis of beat Cepheid models. The conditions for the occurrence of beat behavior can be understood easily and at a fundamental level with the help of amplitude equations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)932-939
Number of pages8
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2002


  • Convection
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Stars: evolution
  • Stars: oscillations
  • Stars: variables: Cepheids
  • Stars: variables: RR Lyr

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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