Physics & Astronomy Colloquium - Elisabeth Newton, MIT

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Physics & Astronomy Colloquium - Elisabeth Newton, MIT

Title: "Spin and Magnetism in Small Stars"

Friday, April 14, 2017
Wilder 104
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Abstract:  Main sequence stars with masses below approximately 0.35 solar masses (red dwarfs, or M dwarfs) are fully-convective, and are expected to have a different type of dynamo mechanism than solar-type stars. These low-mass stars are the most common type of star in the galaxy, but a lack of observational constraints at ages beyond 1 Gyr has hampered studies of rotational evolution and magnetic activity. To address this, we have made new measurements of rotation and magnetic activity in nearby, field-age M dwarfs. I will discuss the relationships we see between age, rotation, and activity, and what they mean for rotational evolution, starspot properties, and the magnetic dynamo. Upcoming ground-based instruments and space-based surveys offer exciting prospects for continuing the study of cool stars, as well as the exoplanets that orbit them.

For more information, contact:
Tressena Manning

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