This is a progress report on the program of stellar spectroscopy at 1.1 μ reported on by Vaughan and Zirin (1968) and by Zirin (1971). About 450 plates of about 200 stars have been obtained, using a magnetically focused RCA image converter with the 144” and 72” Palomar coudé cameras, giving dispersion of 8 and 17 Å mm-1 respectively. Most of the plates were taken at the latter dispersion and cover about 300 Å. In good seeing a star with J = 3 is obtained in about 90 min. A tube with a fibre optic backplate is now in use. Cooling such a tube is difficult because the cathode is held at high voltage. By completely insulating the cold box, we may use dry ice cooling, and 2 h exposures, reaching J = 5, may be made with this ITT tube.
Our principal interest in this region of the spectrum is the He I 10830 line, but there are other features of interest such as Paschen y and a series of CN bands, λ 10830 is of particular interest because it is produced at relatively high temperatures and thus its presence in stars later than B5 can only be explained by the existence of a high temperature corona or chromosphere or of a strong ultraviolet source, which amounts to the same thing. Vaughan and Zirin found the presence of such chromospheres in a number of stars, and I have pursued the matter since then to determine the existence of chromospheric variability. The 10830 absorption in the Sun is very small from the normal chromosphere and is principally due to the presence of active regions. Emission is only found in large flares. Thus cyclic variations in Sun-like stars could be attributed to sunspot cycles. Unfortunately, main sequence stars are near the limit of our observations. Although definite 10830 absorption has been found in such main sequence stars as 61 Cyg A and B, 70 Oph br, K Cet and ε Eri, the absorption is just barely detectable and variation from plate to plate could be explained by variable quality.