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Asteroseismology

  • Gerald Handler

Abstract

Asteroseismology is the determination of the interior structures of stars by using their oscillations as seismic waves. Simple explanations of the astrophysical background and some basic theoretical considerations needed in this rapidly evolving field are followed by introductions to the most important concepts and methods on the basis of example. Previous and potential applications of asteroseismology are reviewed and future trends are attempted to be foreseen.

Keywords

Binaries: eclipsing Cepheids Convection Delta Scuti stars Hertzsprung-Russell diagram Hydrodynamics Line: profiles Magnetic fields Methods: data analysis Nuclear reactions Space vehicles Stars: atmospheres Stars: chemically peculiar Stars: early-type Stars: evolution Stars: fundamental parameters Stars: horizontal-branch Stars: interiors Stars: magnetic fields Stars: oscillations (including pulsations) Stars: premain-sequence Stars: rotation Techniques: photometric Techniques: radial velocities Techniques: spectroscopic Variables: other White dwarfs 

Notes

Acknowledgments

I am grateful to Victoria Antoci, Tim Bedding, Günter Houdek, and Mike Montgomery for their comments on this manuscript, as well as to Joris De Ridder and Thomas Lebzelter for helpful input. Tim Bedding and Patrick Lenz provided some results reproduced here. I apologize to all colleagues whose work was not properly cited here due to a rigorous restriction on the total number of literature sources to be quoted in this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Handler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for AstronomyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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