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[Seminar:] Precise asteroseismic ages from young pulsating stars

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  • UserSimon Murphy, University of Southern Queensland
  • ClockFriday 14 October 2022, 15:00-16:00
  • HousePhysics West 115.

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The ages of stars are notoriously difficult to determine, especially for young stars that are still shrouded in dust or surrounded by discs. Here, every Myr matters, as we try to probe the processes of planet formation and stellar composition build-up. We typically rely on ensemble ages determined for clusters or associations, but age gradients, age dispersion, and methodological uncertainties limit the available accuracy. Even the Pleiades has age uncertainties close to 50%. I will discuss recent results from asteroseismology of pre-main-sequence delta Scuti pulsators, where age precisions of 10% (1 Myr) can be achieved, and results for main-sequence members of the Pleiades. I will describe the evolution of pulsation frequencies in young stars and how this allows masses and metallicities to be determined in a degeneracy-free way, permitting stellar associations to be dated with much better precision.

This talk is part of the Astrophysics Talks Series series.

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