IA/U.Porto Seminar - Asteroseismology of Exoplanet-Host Stars in the TESS Era - 6 abril 2016



Asteroseismology of Exoplanet-Host Stars in the TESS Era

Tiago J. L. C. E. Campante

University of Birmingham, UK



New insights on stellar evolution and stellar interiors physics are being made possible by asteroseismology, the study of stars by the observation of their natural, resonant oscillations. Throughout the duration of the Kepler mission, asteroseismology has also played an important role in the characterization of host stars and their planetary systems. Examples include the precise estimation of the fundamental properties of stellar hosts, the obliquity determination of planetary systems, or orbital eccentricity determination via asterodensity profiling. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will perform a wide-field survey for planets that transit bright host stars. Its excellent photometric precision and long intervals of uninterrupted observations will also enable asteroseismology of solar-type stars and their evolved counterparts. Based on existing all-sky stellar and planetary synthetic populations, we investigate the asteroseismic yield of the mission, placing particular emphasis on the yield of exoplanet-host stars for which we expect to detect solar-like oscillations. This is done both for the cohort of target stars (observed at a 2-min cadence), which will mainly involve low-mass main-sequence hosts, as well as for the cohort of "full-frame image" stars (observed at a 30-min cadence). The latter cohort offers the exciting prospect of conducting asteroseismology on a significant number of evolved hosts. Also, the brightest solar-type hosts with asteroseismology will become some of the best characterized planetary systems known to date. Finally, we discuss the impact of the detected oscillations on the accuracy/precision of the derived properties of the host stars and their planetary systems.


6 de abril de 2016 | 14:00
Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (Auditorium)
Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto
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