Buoyancy-driven oscillations in helio- and asteroseismology

Kuszlewicz, James Stevenson (2017). Buoyancy-driven oscillations in helio- and asteroseismology. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.


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This thesis focuses on the application of asteroseismology to red giants observed with Kepler alongside searching for solar g-modes using the Birmingham Solar Oscillations Network (BiSON). In the case of the Sun, solar gravity modes are highly sought after because they can shed light on the inner rotation profile of the Sun. This thesis contains work showing how the low frequency regime of BiSON data has been cleaned enabling the search to be made in BiSON data without instrumental artefacts. Moving onwards along the stars evolution, thanks to space mission such as Kepler and CoRoT tens of thousands of red giant stars have been observed allowing huge ensemble investigations. The ability to use high-quality, long datasets as constraints to shorter and noiser datasets has been investigated through fitting the background power of 6000 Kepler red giants. Red giants also offer the opportunity to study the inclination angle distribution of stars to confirm that the distribution conforms to the expected isotropy used in many simulations. This can be extended to inferring the obliquity through asteroseismology, as applied to a red-giant, M-dwarf eclipsing binary. This offering a means to probe obliquity distributions in in a different regime to that using traditional spectroscopic techniques.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Physics and Astronomy
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/7658


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