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Cool Giant Stars are Bigger at 712 nm than at 754 nm

  • A. Quirrenbach (a1), D. Mozurkewich (a2), T. Armstrong (a2), D. Buscher (a3) and C. Hummel (a4)...

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We used the Mark III Optical Interferometer on Mt. Wilson in 1991 and 1992 to measure the diameters of 42 stars with 10 nm wide filters centered at 712 nm and at 754 nm. These filters probe the stellar atmosphere in a strong TiO band (712 nm) and in a “continuum” band relatively free of TiO absorption (754 nm). The data were taken on a North-South baseline that could be configured to lengths between 3.0 m and 31.5 m. Observations of the target stars were interleaved with frequent measurements of calibrator stars. The square of the calibrated visibility amplitude V 2 was determined as a function of baseline length, and a uniform disk model fitted to these data (for details see Mozurkewich et al. 1991). The average formal error of the diameter measurements - derived from the χ2 of the model fits - is 2.5%. Data for a subset of 12 stars have already been published (Quirrenbach et al. 1993).

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Mozurkewich, D., Johnston, K.J., Simon, R.S., Bowers, P.F., Gaume, R., et al. (1991). Astron. J. 101, 22072219.
Quirrenbach, A., Mozurkewich, D., Armstrong, J.T., Buscher, D.F., & Hummel, C.A. (1993). Astrophys. J. 406, 215219.
Tsuji, T. (2000). Astrophys. J. 540, L99L102.

Cool Giant Stars are Bigger at 712 nm than at 754 nm

  • A. Quirrenbach (a1), D. Mozurkewich (a2), T. Armstrong (a2), D. Buscher (a3) and C. Hummel (a4)...

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