Travis Metcalfe

Asteroseismology of Sun-like Stars
Contact information:
High Altitude Observatory, NCAR
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder CO 80307-3000
Fellowship status:
Starting year: 2004
AAPF alumnus
Fellowship institution: High Altitude Observatory, NCAR
Research Interests:

Asteroseismology provides a unique opportunity to probe the internal structure of pulsating stars, by matching the observed oscillation frequencies with stellar models. Several current and planned satellite missions will soon yield observations of revolutionary quality for dozens of Sun-like stars. Deriving reliable seismological constraints from these data will require a significant improvement in our analysis methods. I am developing a sophisticated computational method for global seismological analyses of Sun-like stars.

Education and Outreach Interests:

An important part of my project is to integrate my daily research with outreach activities through the Internet, allowing me to disseminate the results in a form that is broadly accessible. I am developing content for the "Windows to the Universe'' project, a web-based learning system for the general public. This resource allows easy access to numerous sources of Earth and Space Science information at multiple educational levels. I am contributing primarily in areas related to white dwarfs and pulsating stars.