AGB variables and the Mira period-luminosity relation
Published data for large-amplitude asymptotic giant branch variables in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) are re-analysed to establish the constants for an infrared (K) period-luminosity relation of the form MK=ρ[log P- 2.38]+δ. A slope of ρ=-3.51 ± 0.20 and a zero-point of δ=-7.15 ± 0.06 are found for oxygen-rich Miras (if a distance modulus of 18.39 ± 0.05 is used for the LMC). Assuming this slope is applicable to Galactic Miras we discuss the zero-point for these stars using the revised Hipparcos parallaxes together with published very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) parallaxes for OH masers and Miras in globular clusters. These result in a mean zero-point of δ=-7.25 ± 0.07 for O-rich Galactic Miras. The zero-point for Miras in the Galactic bulge is not significantly different from this value.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- May 2008
- 15 pages, 3 figures, accepted for MNRAS