Kepler - The Dirty Work Before the Beautiful Results

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Date/Time:Friday, 09 Apr 2010 from 4:10 pm to 5:10 pm
Location:3 Physics Hall
Contact:Dr. Charles Kerton
Phone:515-294-2298
Channel:Astronomy
Categories:Lectures
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Riley Smith, Iowa State University

In this talk, I will give a few examples of how 'raw' Kepler data gets processed. For my own objects of interest (stars with an effective temperature of < 4000 K), I will show some wonderful null results from the hunt for the elusive epsilon mechanism periodicity in cool stars. However, I will also show a sample of stars with known and published results, in particular solar-like oscillators, as a means of convincing the audience, myself, and my advisor that my data reduction processes are producing realistic results.