EAS Publications Series
Volume 41, 2010Physics and Astrophysics of Planetary Systems
|Page(s)||77 - 84|
|Published online||08 January 2010|
T. Montmerle, D. Ehrenreich and A.-M. Lagrange (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 41 (2010) 77-84
What do stars tell us about planets? Asteroseismology of exoplanet-host stars
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Toulouse et Tarbes, CNRS, Université de Toulouse, Institut Universitaire de France, France
Studying the internal structure of exoplanet-host stars compared to that of similar stars without detected planets is particularly important for the understanding of planetary formation. The observed average overmetallicity of stars with planets is an interesting point in that respect. In this framework, asteroseismic studies represent an excellent tool to determine the structural differences between stars with and without detected planets. It also leads to more precise values of the stellar parameters like mass, gravity, effective temperature, than those obtained from spectroscopy alone. Interestingly enough, the detection of stellar oscillations is obtained with the same instruments as used for the discovery of exoplanets, both from the ground and from space. The time scales however are very different, as the oscillations of solar type stars have periods around five to ten minutes, while the exoplanets orbits may go from a few days up to many years. Here I discuss the asteroseismology of exoplanet-host stars, with a few examples.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2010
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