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Title: Asteroseismology of red giant stars : a tool for constraining stellar models
Author: Bossini, Diego
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 7266
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2016
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The aim of this thesis is to study stellar evolution and asteroseimology of red-giant stars mainly from a modelling point of view, in particular the impact on core-convective-burning stars of adopting different mixing schemes. Thanks to NASA space telescope Kepler, asteroseismology of thousands of giants provided us new information related to their internal structure, that can be used for finding constraints on their cores. I used several stellar evolution codes (MESA, BaSTI, and PARSEC) to investigate the effect of different mixing schemes in the helium-core-burning stars. Comparing them with observed stars, I concluded that standard stellar models, largely used in literature, cannot describe the combined observed distribution of luminosity and period spacing. I then proposed as solution a penetrative convection model with moderate overshooting parameter. Additional tests on Kepler's open clusters (NGC6791 and NGC6819) and secondary clump stars, allowed me to revised to my mixing model.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: QB Astronomy ; QC Physics