Additional pulsation modes have been discovered in many Cepheids, RR Lyrae, and other variable stars. Fourier transforms are used to find, fit, and subtract the main pulsation period and its harmonics to reveal additional modes. Commonly, for every star, the strongest of these modes is presented in a `Petersen diagram', where the shorter-to-longer period ratio is plotted against the longer period. This diagram discards the information about temporal variations, multiple pulsation modes, and signals which are below some chosen signal-to-noise threshold. I here present a new tool to map pulsation modes in variable stars, dubbed the `spectral Petersen diagram'. It shows all signals, irrespective of their multiplicity or significance. Many (thousands) of light curves can be stacked to improve the signal-to-noise ratio and reveal unprecedented detail about the pulsation mode space. This tool is useful to constraint the parameters of variable star models.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- January 2019
- methods: numerical;
- stars: variables: RR Lyrae;
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
- Accepted to MNRAS