About this Research Topic
Asteroseismology offers the exciting prospect of being able to see inside stellar interiors by observing global oscillation modes. The field of asteroseismology has experienced a prolific two decades resulting from the influx of data from ground-based networks such as WET, OGLE, ASAS, DSN, and space missions such as MOST, BRITE, CoRoT, Kepler, K2, soon to be followed by TESS and PLATO.
The purpose of this volume is not only to take stock of accomplishments and barriers to further progress, and but also to assess prospects for future breakthroughs in asteroseismology, even as the methods of doing science are being challenged and transformed by changes in communications and collaboration, massively parallel computing, automated data processing, machine learning, and evolving priorities among various fields of research.
The aim of this Research Topic is to be speculative and even controversial, and to provoke brainstorming and creativity in this field. We intend this volume to be a resource for research advisors and students to inspire new projects and directions. Authors are encouraged to address key questions, challenges, and barriers to progress in each area, and to outline ideas for new data, advances in physics models or computational simulations to address them.
A list of possible, not exhaustive, topical areas follows:
1) Theory and simulation; stellar evolution and pulsation modeling
2) Model atmospheres
3) Stellar abundances
4) What is your ‘wish list’ for asteroseismic data?
5) Dealing with large datasets
6) Binary, disk, and multiple star effects
7) Mode amplitude and selection
8) New pulsation driving mechanisms; undiscovered/unverified variable star types
9) Seismology of astrophysical objects (e.g. stellar disks, giant planets)
10) Constraints on supernova progenitors (e.g. LBVs, RSGs, Be stars)
11) How can asteroseismology inform helioseismology (and vice versa)?
12) How could asteroseismology benefit from an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approach? Why is this field important? What is its ambition? What is the impact and relative importance of this field compared to other sub-disciplines of astrophysics?
Keywords: Stellar pulsation, Stellar evolution, Asteroseismology, Stellar interior, Stellar structure
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