Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 487, 4128-4135 (2019/August-2)
ROAD+ and K2 photometry of V348 Sgr: probing the pulsation dust connection.
JEFFERY C.S. and HAMBSCH F.-J.
Abstract (from CDS):
V348 Sgr is simultaneously an active hot R Coronae Borealis (RCB) variable, a peculiar extreme helium star, and the hydrogen-deficient central star of a planetary nebula. Explaining the RCB-type variability has been difficult since the star spends much of its time at minimum light. We present new ground-based multicolour photometry covering five observing seasons and 80 d of continuous photometry from space. The latter demonstrate small-amplitude (<0.01 mag) variability at maximum light on time-scales typical for strange-mode pulsation in hot helium supergiants. These could provide a trigger for frequent dust-production episodes; other mechanisms must also be considered. Multicolour photometry probes the reddening properties of extinction events from minimum to maximum light. The latter are comparable with extinction events due to carbonaceous grains seen in cooler RCB stars. Minimal reddening at minimum light is indicative that starlight scattered from circumstellar dust into the line of sight dominates transmitted light.