1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Science and Technology, Aarhus University3 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Science and Technology, Aarhus University
The aim of asteroseismology is to probe the interiors of stars and quantify their properties, such as radius, mass, rotation and age, through observations of oscillation modes. Using the ultrahigh photometric precision and the extended length of the time series from Kepler one can perform asteroseismology which is orders of magnitudes more accurate than one could do just a few years ago. The Kepler asteroseismic programme is being conducted through the Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium (KASC), whose 400 members are organized into 13 working groups (KASC WGs) by type of variable star. The KASC WGs are established to ensure an efficient and structured work within KASC focusing on data analysis, stellar modelling and publication of data. The goals of the asteroseismic part of the Kepler project are to perform detailed studies of stellar interiors and to support the exoplanet investigation by measuring accurate stellar properties, especially the radius of planet host stars. The first results of the asteroseismic analysis indicate how the future analysis of Kepler data for many types of stars will impact our general understanding of stellar structure and evolution. A series of the most fascinating results from the asteroseismic analysis of Kepler data will be presented.
American Astronomical Society. Bulletin, 2011, Vol 43, Issue 121.04