EAS Publications Series
Volume 38, 2009Nonlinear Pulsations and Hydrodynamics of Cepheids
|Page(s)||91 - 98|
|Published online||15 August 2009|
M. Goupil, Z. Kolláth, N. Nardetto and P. Kervella (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 38 (2009) 91-98
On the Cepheid Metallicity Dichotomy
Konkoly Observatory, Budapest, Hungary
With the aid of stellar atmosphere models, we derive iron abundances [Fe/H] from the OGLE B, V, I photometry on the Magellanic Cloud Cepheids. We show that in both clouds the average metallicities of the first overtone variables are lower than those of the fundamental ones (by ~0.2 and ~0.3 dex in the LMC and SMC, respectively). Consequently, there is a correlation between the overall [Fe/H] and luminosity; the lower luminosity stars tend to be also of lower metallicity. These metallicity dependencies are concordant with the ones derived for the two types of double-mode Cepheids from pulsation theory. Yet another support of this dichotomy comes from the evolution theories that require lower metallicities for blue-looping low-luminosity stars than for high-luminosity ones. We also comment on the possibility of using period-luminosity-color relations to derive more accurate metallicities.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2009
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