Long-term nonlinear thermal effects in the pulsation of mira variables

A. Ya'ari*, Y. Tuchman

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Dynamical simulations of long-period variables calculated for greater than 500 yr, i.e., longer than the typical thermal timescale for the stellar envelope, reveal clear and significant changes in the internal energy (entropy) structure of the pulsating envelope. These changes cause the envelope to switch from a nearby steady pulsation in the first harmonic overtone to stable pulsation in the fundamental mode. However, as a result of the changes in the envelope's structure, the period of this fundamental mode is significantly snorter than that predicted for the initial, static envelope by linear mode analysis. Our major conclusion, derived from these simulations, is that the pulsation feature of LPVs, including their periods, cannot be predicted by the common linear analysis but only by use of full, nonlinear hydrodynamic models calculated for longer time intervals than has been the common practice.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)350-355
Number of pages6
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART I
StatePublished - 1996


  • Oscillations
  • Stars: Evolution
  • Stars: Interiors
  • Stars: Variables: Other (long-period variables)


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