EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 152, 2017Wide-Field Variability Surveys: A 21st Century Perspective – 22nd Los Alamos Stellar Pulsation – Conference Series Meeting
|Number of page(s)||11|
|Section||The distance scale in the era of large surveys|
|Published online||08 September 2017|
Pulsating stars and the distance scale
Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy and Department of Physics & Astronomy, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America
Published online: 8 September 2017
I present an overview of the latest results from the SH0ES project, which obtained homogeneous Hubble Space Telescope (HST) photometry in the optical and near-infrared for ∼ 3500 and ∼ 2300 Cepheids, respectively, across 19 supernova hosts and 4 calibrators to determine the value of H0 with a total uncertainty of 2.4%.
I discuss the current 3.4σ “tension” between this local measurement and predictions of H0 based on observations of the CMB and the assumption of “standard” ΛCDM. I review ongoing efforts to reach σ(H0) = 1%, including recent advances on the absolute calibration of Milky Way Cepheid period-luminosity relations (PLRs) using a novel astrometric technique with HST.
Lastly, I highlight recent results from another collaboration on the development of new statistical techniques to detect, classify and phase extragalactic Miras using noisy and sparsely-sampled observations. I present preliminary Mira PLRs at various wavelengths based on the application of these techniques to a survey of M33.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2017
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