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Toward improving the accuracy of Cepheid distances through parallax of pulsation

  • Antoine Mérand (a1), Pierre Kervella (a2), Jason P. Aufdenberg (a3) and Alexandre Gallenne (a4)

Abstract

Improvement of the calibration of the Cepheid period–luminosity relation (Leavitt's Law) is one of the main challenges to improve the accuracy of the Hubble constant, H0. Many parallax-of-pulsation methods are promising but have not yet delivered sufficiently accurate distances: observational biases, such as the projection factor, still dominate. We propose a global parallax-of-pulsation method, combining all observables (photometry, spectroscopy, and interferometry), to (i) reduce statistical errors, (ii) use the redundancy among observables to validate our approach, and (iii) achieve 2% accuracy for individual Cepheid distances.

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