Alain Jorissen

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This paper is the first one in a series devoted to the study of the dynamics of the atmospheres of longperiod variable (LPV) stars. Results from a two-monthlong monitoring of the Mira variables RTCyg and XOph around maximum light with the ELODIE spectrograph at the Haute-Provence Observatory are presented. The monitoring covers phases 0.80 to 1.16 for RTCyg(More)
Smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) is used to estimate accretion rates of mass, linear and angular momentum in a binary system where one component undergoes mass loss through a wind. Physical parameters are chosen such as to model the alleged binary precursors of barium stars, whose chemical peculiarities are believed to result from the accretion of the(More)
The role of asymmetric photoreactions (occurringin space or on the primitive Earth) in the origin of biomolecularhomochirality is critically reviewed. A general description of thevarious possible ways for light to interact with chiral moleculesis first presented on the basis of a series expansion of thedielectric constant: natural, magnetic and(More)
This paper reviews the results obtained so far with the newly developed tomographic technique, which probes the velocity field across the atmosphere of long-period variable (LPV) stars. The method cross-correlates the optical spectrum with numerical masks constructed from synthetic spectra and probing layers of increasing depths. This technique reveals that(More)
Smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) is used to estimate accretion rates of mass, linear and angular momentum in a binary system where one component undergoes mass loss through a wind. Physical parameters are chosen such as to model the alleged binary precursors of barium stars, whose chemical peculiarities are believed to result from the accretion of the(More)
This paper presents statistics of the line-doubling phenomenon in a sample of 81 long-period variable (LPV) stars of various periods, spectral types and brightness ranges. The set of observations consists of 315 highresolution optical spectra collected with the spectrograph ELODIE at the Haute-Provence Observatory, during 27 observing nights at one-month(More)
A tomographic method is described that makes it possible to follow the propagation of shock waves across the photosphere of long-period variable stars. The method relies on the correlation of the observed spectrum with numerical masks probing layers of different atmospheric depths. The formation depth of spectral lines is derived from synthetic spectra of(More)
ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS Evolution of the dust mass loss with luminosity along the giant branch of the globular cluster 47 Tuc Abstract. The present paper investigates the properties of the dust mass loss in stars populating the giant branch of the globular cluster 47 Tuc, by combining ISOCAM and DENIS data. Raster maps of 5 fields covering areas ranging(More)
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