AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 85 What's New with Old Variable Stars?
Special Session, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 10:00-11:30am, 710/712

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[85.03] Stellar Interferometry of Variable Stars - Lessons Learned and New Directions

M. Creech-Eakman (NMT)

The field of optical/infrared interferometry has grown tremendously in the last decade and is beginning to make important contributions to our understanding of stellar astrophysics. Nowhere is this impact more evident than in our knowledge of variable star atmospheres and their circumstellar environments. Direct measurements of pulsations, asymmetries, hot spots, limb darkening, and mass loss processes have all been made and are causing us to refine our understanding of stellar variability. I will highlight several interesting results from a number of different facilities and talk about where the field of variable star astrophysics is headed based on the new technology and interferometric instrumentation that is currently being developed.

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