- Conference date: 20–22 October 2008
- Location: Annapolis (Maryland)
We report on the surprising recent discovery of strong FUV emissions in two bright, nearby Classical Cepheids from analyses of FUSE archival observations and one of our own approved observations just prior to the failure of the satellite. Polaris and β Dor are currently the only two Cepheids to have been observed with FUSE, and β Dor is the only one to have multiple spectra. Both Cepheids show strong C III (977 Å, 1176 Å) and O VI (1032 Å, 1038 Å) emissions, indicative of 50,000–500,000 K plasma, well above the photospheric temperatures of the stars. More remarkably, β Dor displays variability in the FUV emission strengths which appears to be correlated to its 9.84‐d pulsation period. This phenomenon has never before been observed in Cepheids. The FUV studies are presented along with our recent Chandra/XMM X‐ray observations of Polaris and β Dor, in which X‐ray detections were found for both stars. Further X‐ray observations have been proposed to unambiguously determine the origin and nature of the observed high energy emissions from the targets, possibly arising from warm winds, shocks, or pulsationally induced magnetic activity. The initial results of this study are discussed.
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