The low amplitude radially pulsating classical Cepheid Polaris (α UMi) has well observed decreasing radial velocity and light amplitudes and an increasing period. Recent work indicates that Polaris may stop pulsating by 1995 (Dinshaw et al, 1989), which would make it an excellent indicator for the red edge of the Cepheid instability strip in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.
We have calculated Population I envelope models with 200 mass shells of a 5.5 M⊙
star near Teff
= 5700 K and log(L/L⊙
) = 3.11 which match Polaris’ characteristics (Arellano Ferro, 1984). Models were calculated using the Linear Non Adiabatic pulsation analysis code of Castor (1971). The effects of convection on the pulsational stability were calculated with the time dependent convection theory of Cox, Brownlee and Eilers (1966) as discussed by Cox and Guili (1968). The characteristics of the models were altered until the appropriate period, temperature and luminosity were obtained.