Measuring Inside Stars Using Asteroseismology

TitleMeasuring Inside Stars Using Asteroseismology

SpeakerTim Bedding (University of Sydney)

Special Time:10: 00 am May 17th (Friday)

Location: Lecture Hall, 3rd floor


Asteroseismology uses the natural oscillation modes of stars to study their interiors. The wonderfully precise measurements by NASA's Kepler and TESS missions are ideal data sources for the technique. These space telescopes have been monitoring the brightness of hundreds of thousands of stars, with the main goal of discovering extra-solar planets as they transit their parent stars.  At the same time, observations of stellar oscillations have led to a revolution in asteroseismology. I will discuss some of the key results, including the use of gravity modes to probe the cores of red giant stars, the characterization of stars found to host exoplanets, and the measurement of ages for young stellar associations.

CVTim Bedding is professor at the University of Sydney, Australia.  He received his PhD from that university in 1992, and then moved to Germany for a postdoctoral fellowship at the European Southern Observatory.  He returned to Sydney as a lecturer in 1995 and has been there ever since.  He served as Head of the School of Physics 2012-2018, and is currently an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow.