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An introduction to Asteroseismology of cool stars

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Asteroseismology is one of the major success stories of space-based photometry revolution led by the Kepler and CoRoT missions. The wide-scale detection of oscillations in solar-type stars has led to breakthroughs in in many areas, e.g., the internal rotation of stars, the characterisation of exoplanet host stars, and the measurement of stellar masses and ages for field stars. In fact, Asteroseismology is has now become a reference technique to calibrate many other methods of studying stars. I will explain why this has come to be. I will review why cool stars pulsate, how they pulsate, and what information can be extracted from the pulsations. I will present some of the highlight reel science results from asteroseismology and discuss the bright future ahead with the help of TESS , PLATO, and WFIRST .

This talk is part of the DAMTP Astrophysics Seminar series.

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