Spectroscopic investigation of cool giants and the authenticity of their reported microwave emission.
Surface velocities and metal abundances for 19 red giant stars in the spectral range G5 to M3 are derived on the basis of AAT echelle spectroscopy data. Attention is given to the question of whether the stars reported to emit radio bursts had different physical properties (rotation rate, macroturbulence, microturbulence, and metal abundance) from those without the radio bursts, which might explain why they were radio emitters. The various velocities had values consistent with those previously found for other similar stars. There was an observed increase in both macroturbulent and, less definitely, microturbulent velocities with lateness of spectral type at K3 and later. A weak correlation between surface velocities and 8.4-GHz radio surface fluxes was found. No connection between iron abundances and radio surface fluxes was detected. It is concluded that few, if any, of the cool giants are radio emitters.