Review Article

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 217-360

First online:

Asteroseismology and interferometry

  • M. S. CunhaAffiliated withCentro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto Email author 
  • , C. AertsAffiliated withInstituut voor Sterrenkunde, Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenAfdeling Sterrenkunde, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • , J. Christensen-DalsgaardAffiliated withInstitut for Fysik og Astronomi, Aarhus Universitet
  • , A. BaglinAffiliated withLESIA, UMR CNRS 8109
  • , L. BigotAffiliated withObservatoire de la Côte d’Azur, UMR 6202
  • , T. M. BrownAffiliated withLas Cumbres Observatory Inc.
  • , C. CatalaAffiliated withLESIA, UMR CNRS 8109
  • , O. L. CreeveyAffiliated withHigh Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric ResearchInstituto de Astrofsica de Canarias
  • , A. Domiciano de SouzaAffiliated withMax-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie
    • , P. EggenbergerAffiliated withObservatoire de GenèveInstitut d’Astrophysique et de Géophysique de l’Université de Liège Allée du 6 Août
    • , P. J. V. GarciaAffiliated withCentro de Astrofísica da Universidade do PortoDepartamento de Engenharia Física, Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto
    • , F. GrundahlAffiliated withInstitut for Fysik og Astronomi, Aarhus Universitet
    • , P. KervellaAffiliated withLESIA, UMR CNRS 8109
    • , D. W. KurtzAffiliated withCentre for Astrophysics, University of Central Lancashire
    • , P. MathiasAffiliated withObservatoire de la Côte d’Azur, UMR 6203
    • , A. MiglioAffiliated withInstitut d’Astrophysique et de Géophysique de l’Université de Liège Allée du 6 Août
    • , M. J. P. F. G. MonteiroAffiliated withCentro de Astrofísica e Departamento de Matemática Aplicada da Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto
    • , G. PerrinAffiliated withLESIA, UMR CNRS 8109
    • , F. P. PijpersAffiliated withSpace and Atmospheric Physics Group, Imperial College London
    • , D. PourbaixAffiliated withF.R.S-FNRS, Institut d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique, Université Libre de Bruxelles
    • , A. QuirrenbachAffiliated withZentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg
    • , K. Rousselet-PerrautAffiliated withLaboratoire d’Astrophysique de l’Observatoire de Grenoble
    • , T. C. TeixeiraAffiliated withCentro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
    • , F. ThéveninAffiliated withObservatoire de la Côte d’Azur, UMR 6203
    • , M. J. ThompsonAffiliated withSchool of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield

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Asteroseismology provides us with a unique opportunity to improve our understanding of stellar structure and evolution. Recent developments, including the first systematic studies of solar-like pulsators, have boosted the impact of this field of research within astrophysics and have led to a significant increase in the size of the research community. In the present paper we start by reviewing the basic observational and theoretical properties of classical and solar-like pulsators and present results from some of the most recent and outstanding studies of these stars. We centre our review on those classes of pulsators for which interferometric studies are expected to provide a significant input. We discuss current limitations to asteroseismic studies, including difficulties in mode identification and in the accurate determination of global parameters of pulsating stars, and, after a brief review of those aspects of interferometry that are most relevant in this context, anticipate how interferometric observations may contribute to overcome these limitations. Moreover, we present results of recent pilot studies of pulsating stars involving both asteroseismic and interferometric constraints and look into the future, summarizing ongoing efforts concerning the development of future instruments and satellite missions which are expected to have an impact in this field of research.


Stars: variables: general Stars: interiors Techniques: interferometric