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Astronomy Colloquium
The Kepler Cluster Study: Planets and Gyrochronology
Date: Thursday, November 12th
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall, Talk starts at 3:45 PM
Speaker: Soren Miebom, Harvard CfA
Abstract: The precise time-domain observations from NASA's Kepler mission have lead to a breakthrough in the search for exoplanets in star clusters and have begun a new era in the study of stellar rotation. The Kepler Cluster Study (KeCS) was implemented as part of the Kepler mission to search for transiting exoplanets in open star clusters and to study the dependencies of stellar rotation on the most fundamental stellar properties - age and mass. In this talk I will motivate the two primary goals of KeCS, present
our latest results, and discuss some of their implications for our
understanding of the formation and evolution of planetary systemsin star clusters, the angular momentum evolution of Sun-like stars, and for developing a new technique to determine stellar ages - gyrochronology.
Host: Professor Robert Mathieu
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