Faculty Advisor

Bernhard Beck-Winchatz


The purpose of this research project is to study magnetically active low mass stars using data obtained with the Kepler space telescope. A sample of low mass stars was identified in the Kepler Objects of Interest (KOI) database by selecting stars with a temperature below 3,700 K. Data was obtained from the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes and analyzed using the MATLAB software. Light curves showing the stellar flux vs time were generated for approximately 20 stars, and features showing stellar flares, star spots and planetary transits were identified. We found a weak relationship between magnetic activity and stellar diameter.

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