The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 217–360

Asteroseismology and interferometry

  • M. S. Cunha
  • C. Aerts
  • J. Christensen-Dalsgaard
  • A. Baglin
  • L. Bigot
  • T. M. Brown
  • C. Catala
  • O. L. Creevey
  • A. Domiciano de Souza
  • P. Eggenberger
  • P. J. V. Garcia
  • F. Grundahl
  • P. Kervella
  • D. W. Kurtz
  • P. Mathias
  • A. Miglio
  • M. J. P. F. G. Monteiro
  • G. Perrin
  • F. P. Pijpers
  • D. Pourbaix
  • A. Quirrenbach
  • K. Rousselet-Perraut
  • T. C. Teixeira
  • F. Thévenin
  • M. J. Thompson
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00159-007-0007-0

Cite this article as:
Cunha, M.S., Aerts, C., Christensen-Dalsgaard, J. et al. Astron Astrophys Rev (2007) 14: 217. doi:10.1007/s00159-007-0007-0

Abstract

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.

keywords

Stars: variables: general Stars: interiors Techniques: interferometric 

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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. S. Cunha
    • 1
  • C. Aerts
    • 2
    • 3
  • J. Christensen-Dalsgaard
    • 4
  • A. Baglin
    • 5
  • L. Bigot
    • 7
  • T. M. Brown
    • 8
  • C. Catala
    • 5
  • O. L. Creevey
    • 9
    • 10
  • A. Domiciano de Souza
    • 11
  • P. Eggenberger
    • 12
    • 13
  • P. J. V. Garcia
    • 1
    • 14
  • F. Grundahl
    • 4
  • P. Kervella
    • 5
  • D. W. Kurtz
    • 15
  • P. Mathias
    • 6
  • A. Miglio
    • 13
  • M. J. P. F. G. Monteiro
    • 16
  • G. Perrin
    • 5
  • F. P. Pijpers
    • 17
  • D. Pourbaix
    • 18
  • A. Quirrenbach
    • 19
  • K. Rousselet-Perraut
    • 20
  • T. C. Teixeira
    • 1
  • F. Thévenin
    • 6
  • M. J. Thompson
    • 21
  1. 1.Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Instituut voor SterrenkundeKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.Afdeling SterrenkundeRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Institut for Fysik og AstronomiAarhus UniversitetAarhusDenmark
  5. 5.LESIAUMR CNRS 8109ParisFrance
  6. 6.Observatoire de la Côte d’AzurUMR 6203Nice Cedex 4France
  7. 7.Observatoire de la Côte d’AzurUMR 6202Nice Cedex 4France
  8. 8.Las Cumbres Observatory Inc.GoletaUSA
  9. 9.High Altitude ObservatoryNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA
  10. 10.Instituto de Astrofsica de CanariasTenerifeSpain
  11. 11.Max-Planck-Institut für RadioastronomieBonnGermany
  12. 12.Observatoire de GenèveSauvernySwitzerland
  13. 13.Institut d’Astrophysique et de Géophysique de l’Université de Liège Allée du 6 AoûtLiègeBelgium
  14. 14.Departamento de Engenharia Física, Faculdade de EngenhariaUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  15. 15.Centre for AstrophysicsUniversity of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  16. 16.Centro de Astrofísica e Departamento de Matemática Aplicada da Faculdade de CiênciasUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  17. 17.Space and Atmospheric Physics GroupImperial College LondonLondonUK
  18. 18.F.R.S-FNRS, Institut d’Astronomie et d’AstrophysiqueUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium
  19. 19.Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  20. 20.Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de l’Observatoire de GrenobleGrenoble Cedex 9France
  21. 21.School of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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