Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 656A, 158-158 (2021/12-1)
Towards a systematic treatment of observational uncertainties in forward asteroseismic modelling of gravity-mode pulsators.
BOWMAN D.M. and MICHIELSEN M.
Abstract (from CDS):
Context. In asteroseismology, the pulsation mode frequencies of a star are the fundamental data that are compared to theoretical predictions to determine a star's interior physics. Recent significant advances in the numerical, theoretical, and statistical asteroseismic methods applied to main-sequence stars with convective cores have renewed interest in investigating the propagation of observational uncertainties within a forward asteroseismic modelling framework. Aims. We aim to quantify the impact of various choices made throughout the observational aspects of extracting pulsation mode frequencies in main-sequence stars with gravity modes. Methods. We use a well-studied benchmark slowly pulsating B star, KIC 7760680, to investigate the sensitivity of forward asteroseismic modelling to various sources of observational uncertainty that affect the precision of the input pulsation mode frequencies. Results. We quantify the impact of the propagation of the observational uncertainties involved in forward asteroseismic modelling. We find that one of the largest sources of uncertainty in our benchmark star is in the manual building of period spacing patterns, such that the inclusion of a potentially ambiguous pulsation mode frequency may yield differences in model parameters of up to 10% for mass and age depending on the radial order of the mode. Conclusions. We conclude that future asteroseismic studies of main-sequence stars with a convective core should quantify and include observational uncertainties introduced by the light curve extraction, iterative pre-whitening, and the building of period spacing patterns, as these propagate into the final modelling results.