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An interferometric view on hot star disks

Grant number: 12/04916-7
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 03, 2012
Effective date (End): September 02, 2013
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Astronomy - Stellar Astrophysics
Principal Investigator:Alex Cavaliéri Carciofi
Grantee:Daniel Moser Faes
Supervisor abroad: Philippe Bendjoya
Home Institution: Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France  
Associated to the scholarship:10/19060-5 - An interferometric view on hot star disks, BP.DR


Among hot stars, one class has been extensively studied by modern techniques: the Be stars. Mainly due to interferometry, which is capable of angularly resolving their circumstellar environment and even their photosphere, much progress have been achieved to our understanding of physical processes of great astrophysical interest such as stellar rotation, dynamical processes in astrophysical disks, kinematic viscosity, etc. The objective of this work is to investigate the recent history of Achernar, the nearest Be star. For this purpose, we will use a large set of observational data, such as AMBER spectro-interferometry (VLTI/ESO), FEROS spectroscopy (ESO) and optical polarimetry (OPD/LNA). Our dataset is, undoubtedly, the best set of observations available for any Be star to date. The radiative transfer code HDUST will be used to analyze and interpret the observational dataset, aiming at obtaining a realistic physical model of the circumstellar environment in interaction with the stellar photosphere. It is proposed an academic visit at the University of Nice (France), where the student will spend one year working with Prof. Dr. Armando Domiciano de Souza. This will support and strengthen the existing collaboration between the advisor and the Interferometry Group of Nice. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
FAES, D. M.; CARCIOFI, A. C.; RIVINIUS, TH.; STEFL, S.; BAADE, D.; DE SOUZA, A. DOMICIANO. Differential interferometric phases at high spectral resolution as a sensitive physical diagnostic of circumstellar disks. Astronomy & Astrophysics, v. 555, JUL 2013. Web of Science Citations: 2.

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