Saio, H, Georgy, C and Meynet, G (2015) Stability boundaries for massive stars in the sHR diagram. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 9 (S307). pp. 230-231. ISSN 1743-9221

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Stability boundaries of radial pulsations in massive stars are compared with positions of variable and non-variable blue-supergiants in the spectroscopic HR (sHR) diagram (Langer & Kudritzki 2014), whose vertical axis is $4\log T_{\rm eff}-\log g \,(= \log L/M)$. Observational data indicate that variables tend to have higher $L/M$ than non-variables in agreement with the theoretical prediction. However, many variable blue-supergiants are found to have values of $L/M$ below the theoretical stability boundary; i.e., surface gravities seem to be too high by around 0.2-0.3 dex.