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Calibration of the Cepheid Distance Scale

  • Wolfgang P. Gieren (a1) and Pascal Fouqué (a1) (a2)

Abstract

The absolute calibration of the Cepheid period-luminosity (PL) relation with galactic Cepheids is discussed. Various methods, most importantly the cluster ZAMS-fitting scale and the Baade-Wesselink scale are found to yield PL zero points which agree within ∼ ± 0.1 mag. The present Cepheid calibration sets the Large Magellanic Cloud at μ0 (LMC) = 18.6 ± 0.1 mag, in good agreement with the distance derived from SN 1987A and other methods except RR Lyrae stars which seem to give a shorter distance scale.

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