The Kepler Cepheid V1154 Cyg revisited: Light curve modulation and detection of granulation

A. Derekas, E. Plachy, L. Molnár, Sódor, J. M. Benko, L. Szabados, Zs Bognár, B. Csák, Gy M. Szabó, R. Szabó, A. Pál

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We present a detailed analysis of the bright Cepheid-type variable star V1154 Cygni using 4 yr of continuous observations by the Kepler space telescope.We detected 28 frequencies using the standard Fourier transform method.We identified modulation of the main pulsation frequency and its harmonics with a period of ~159 d. This modulation is also present in the Fourier parameters of the light curve and the O - C diagram. We detected another modulation with a period of about 1160 d. The star also shows significant power in the low-frequency region that we identified as granulation noise. The effective time-scale of the granulation agrees with the extrapolated scalings of red giant stars. Non-detection of solar-like oscillations indicates that the pulsation inhibits other oscillations.We obtained new radial velocity observations that are in a perfect agreement with previous years data, suggesting that there is no high-mass star companion of V1154 Cygni. Finally, we discuss the possible origin of the detected frequency modulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1553-1562
Number of pages10
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Stars: individual: V1154 Cyg
  • Stars: variables: Cepheids
  • Techniques: photometric
  • Techniques: spectroscopic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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