Line-profile variations (LPVs) are often seen in early-type stars. They were first detected in the β Cephei stars, where they are due to radial as well as to nonradial pulsations (NRP). It is still a matter of debate whether NRP is also the cause of LPVs in broad-lined B- and Be stars.
The study of LPVs of nonradially pulsating stars is often considered to be especially interesting in the case of rapid rotators, because in such stars the line profiles may offer a Doppler image of the stellar surface. Almost all investigators conclude that only sectorial modes with high -values can properly account for the observations of LPVs in broad-lined stars; on the other hand, high-degree modes are almost never seen in slowly rotating stars.
We point out here that the expression for the velocity field which is usually adopted, is not valid for rapid rotators.