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 Sousa Jr., 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
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 withi 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.
The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review
Volume 14, Page 217
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