Precision spectroscopy in astrophysics pages:161-164
ESO ASTROPHYSICS SYMPOSIA
Conference on Precision Spectroscopy in Astrophysics Aveiro, PORTUGAL, SEP 11-15, 2006
We review methodologies currently available to interprete time series of high-resolution high-S/N spectroscopic data of pulsating stars in terms of the kind of (non-radial) modes that are excited. We illustrate the drastic improvement of the detection treshold of line-profile variability thanks to the advancement of the instrumentation over the past two decades. This has led to the opportunity to interprete line-profile variations with amplitudes of order m/s, which is a factor 1000 lower than the earliest line-profile time series studies allowed for.