Direct Multi-Wavelength Limb-Darkening Measurements of Three Late-Type Giants with the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer
UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION WASHINGTON DC
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We present direct measurements of the limb-darkened intensity profiles of the late-type giant stars HR5299, HR7635, and HR8621 obtained with the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer NPOI at the Lowell Observatory. A triangle of baselines with lengths of 18.9m, 22.2m, and 37.5m was used. We utilized squared visibility amplitudes beyond the first minimum, as well as triple amplitudes and phases in up to 10 spectral channels covering a wavelength range of 650 nm to 850 nm. We find that our data can best be described by featureless symmetric limb-darkened disk models while uniform disk and fully darkened disk models can be rejected.
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