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Daytona Beach


Physical Sciences

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Presentation without Video

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Essential to understanding the history of the Galaxy’s stellar populations, ages are among the most difficult to measure properties of stars. Accurate stellar ages would provide key leverage on problems ranging from the habitability of exoplanets to the Galaxy’s chemical evolution and age. Gyrochronology, the empirical relation between rotation and age, is believed to be among the best current methods of stellar age determination. Using several hundred wide non-interacting binaries identified in the Kepler mission “K2” extended mission fields we are testing this paradigm. Such wide pairs afford a unique opportunity to unravel and calibrate the effects of mass, rotation, activity and age because components of a given binary should have rotation and activity levels consistent with their masses and a common age. We present preliminary results for several dozen wide pairs in which both components exhibit detectable rotational modulation.

Grant or Award Name

NSF AST-0807919, AST-1358787, PHY-1358879; NASA NNX15AV60G, NNX15_005