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Sep
20
Wed
Colloquium PhD Defense: Jean McKeever
Sep 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium PhD Defense: Jean McKeever @ Business College 103

Asteroseismology of Red Giants: The Detailed Modeling of Red Giants in Eclipsing Binary Systems

Jean McKeever, NMSU

Asteroseismology is an invaluable tool that allows one to peer into the inside of a star and know its fundamental stellar properties with relative ease. There has been much exploration of solar-like oscillations within red giants with recent advances in technology, leading to new innovations in observing. The Kepler mission, with its 4-year observations of a single patch of sky, has opened the floodgates on asteroseismic studies. Binary star systems are also an invaluable tool for their ability to provide independent constraints on fundamental stellar parameters such as mass and radius. The asteroseismic scaling laws link observables in the light curves of stars to the physical parameters in the star, providing a unique tool to study large populations of stars quite easily. In this work we present our 4-year radial velocity observing program to provide accurate dynamical masses for 16 red giants in eclipsing binary systems. From this we find that asteroseismology overestimates the mass and radius of red giants by 15% and 5% respectively. We further attempt to model the pulsations of a few of these stars using stellar evolution and oscillation codes. The goal is to determine which masses are correct and if there is a physical cause for the discrepancy in asteroseismic masses. We find there are many challenges to modeling evolved stars such as red giants and we address a few of the major concerns. These systems are some of the best studied systems to date and further exploration of their asteroseismic mysteries is inevitable.

 

Aug
21
Wed
ASTR 535 – Observational Techniques I
Aug 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Aug
22
Thu
ASTR 503 – Astrophysics
Aug 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
ASTR 565 – Stellar Interiors
Aug 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Aug
23
Fri
Colloquium: Safe Zone Training (Host: Inclusive Astronomy Group)
Aug 23 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: Safe Zone Training (Host: Inclusive Astronomy Group) @ BX102

Safe Zone Training

Dr. Zooey Sophia Pook, NMSU

The SafeZone Training was established to educate and train students, faculty, and staff on how to provide safe and affirming support to members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community.

Aug
26
Mon
ASTR 535 – Observational Techniques I
Aug 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Aug
27
Tue
ASTR 503 – Astrophysics
Aug 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
ASTR 565 – Stellar Interiors
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Aug
28
Wed
ASTR 535 – Observational Techniques I
Aug 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Aug
29
Thu
ASTR 503 – Astrophysics
Aug 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am