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Margarida S. Cunha

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Biographic notes
Margarida Cunha graduated in Physics/Applied Mathematics at Porto University in 1994. In 1995 was awarded the PartIII of Mathematics by the University of Cambridge and in 1999 finished her doctorate at the Institute of Astronomy of the same University.

M.S. Cunha's work is focused on the development of seismic diagnostic tools for inference on stellar interiors, as well as on the interpretation of the coupling between stellar oscillations and magnetic fields. In both cases, the main aim is to probe aspects of the physics and dynamics of stars that are still not fully understood, such as to improve the way these are tackled when modeling stars, e.g., with recourse to stellar evolution codes.

Currently, M.S. Cunha's research interests are focused on: 1) The inference of stellar ages, activity and chemistry, particularly for solar-like pulsators during their main sequence evolution; 2) The inference on the structure of post-main sequence stars; 3) The characterization of planet-host stars.


Lastest publications at IAD. L. Holdsworth, M. S. Cunha, H. Shibahashi, D. W. Kurtz, D. M. Bowman, 2018,
K2 observations of the rapidly oscillating Ap star 33 Lib (HD 137949): new frequencies and unique non-linear interactions,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 480, 2976 - 2984
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E. Delgado Mena, C. Lovis, N. C. Santos, J. Gomes da Silva, A. Mortier, M. Tsantaki, S. G. Sousa, P. Figueira, M. S. Cunha, T. L. Campante et al. (including: V. Zh. Adibekyan, J. P. S. Faria), 2018,
Planets around evolved intermediate-mass stars
II. Are there really planets around IC 4651 No. 9122, NGC2423 No. 3, and NGC 4349 No. 127?
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 619, 13
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M. Vrard, T. Kallinger, B. Mosser, C. Barban, F. Baudin, K. Belkacem, M. S. Cunha, 2018,
Amplitude and lifetime of radial modes in red giant star spectra observed by Kepler,
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 616, 12
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P. A. Quitral Manosalva, M. S. Cunha, O. Kochukhov, 2018,
A theoretical tool for the study of radial velocities in the atmospheres of roAp stars,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 480, 11
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A. R. G. Santos, T. L. Campante, W. J. Chaplin, M. S. Cunha, M. N. Lund, R. Keifer, D. Salabert, R. A. García, G. R. Davies, Y. Elsworth, 2018,
Signatures of Magnetic Activity in the Seismic Data of Solar-type Stars Observed by Kepler,
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 237
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B. Nsamba, M. J. P. F. G. Monteiro, T. L. Campante, M. S. Cunha, S. G. Sousa, 2018,
α Centauri A as a potential stellar model calibrator: establishing the nature of its core,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 479
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Margarida S. Cunha
Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia