Periodic Reporting for period 2 - CepBin (A sub-percent distance scale from binaries and Cepheids)
Reporting period: 2018-05-01 to 2019-10-31
Our results will not only pave the road for 1 % H0 determination, but will also will provide the opportunity to
improve the calibration of a number of secondary methods for distance determination, and as a result
provide a homogeneous catalog of precise distances to nearby galaxies which will be important for many
fields of modern astrophysics. The unique catalog of precise (1-2 %) physical parameters for some 200
binary systems (e.g. 400 red giant stars) emerging from this project, including 20 classical Cepheids, will
lead to an improved understanding of stellar evolution at late stages, and of stellar pulsation theory. Our
much improved understanding of the basic physics of Cepheids will also boost our confidence in the
calibration of the extragalactic distance scale we will achieve in this project.
Based on these data we measured very accurate distanced to the studied systems. We also measured the effect of metal content on the brightness
of Classical Cepheids. We demonstrated that this effect is very small and does not affect cosmic distance determinations with Cepheids.
We also improved calibration of the Baade - Wesselink method for distance determination with classical Cepheids.
We also measured precision distances to several nearby galaxies.
trully accurate determination of the Hubble constant.