First Results from the TeraGrid Asteroseismic Modeling Portal

06/01/2011 - 10:30am to 11:30am
NCAR Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room



Travis Metcalfe 


First Results from the TeraGrid Asteroseismic Modeling Portal 

Asteroseismology will soon place our understanding of the Sun into a broader context by providing structural information for hundreds of solar-type stars. In the past, ground-based data on solar-like oscillations have emerged slowly enough that we could try to model one star at a time. NASA's Kepler mission is now producing asteroseismic data for hundreds of stars every few months, so a hands-on approach is a luxury we can no longer afford. We have developed a stellar model-fitting pipeline, which employs a parallel genetic algorithm to match observations from the Kepler mission. We have validated the method using Sun-as-a-star observations as well as data from a wide variety of solar-type stars. The pipeline is now available through the Asteroseismic Modeling Portal (AMP), a Science Gateway website tied to supercomputing resources on the TeraGrid. I will provide an overview of AMP and present some of the first results from its automated analysis of both ground-based and space-based asteroseismic data sets.