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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 IAC. Gehan, B. Mosser, E. Michel, M. S. Cunha, 2021,
Automated approach to measure stellar inclinations: validation through large-scale measurements on the red giant branch,
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 645, 25
>> AbstractB. Nsamba, N. A. M. Moedas, T. L. Campante, M. S. Cunha, J.-C. Suárez, M. J. P. F. G. Monteiro, J. M. Fernandes, C. Jiang, B. Akinsanmi, 2021,
Asteroseismic modelling of solar-type stars: a deeper look at the treatment of initial helium abundance,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 500, 54 - 65
>> AbstractW. H. Ball, W. J. Chaplin, M. B. Nielsen, L. González-Cuesta, S. Mathur, A. R. G. Santos, R. A. García, D. L. Buzasi, B. Mosser, M. Deal et al. (including: B. Nsamba, T. L. Campante, M. S. Cunha), 2020,
Robust asteroseismic properties of the bright planet host HD 38529,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 499, 6084 - 6093
>> AbstractM. S. Cunha, P. P. Avelino, W. J. Chaplin, 2020,
From solar-like to mira stars: a unifying description of stellar pulsators in the presence of stochastic noise,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 499, 4687 - 4697
>> AbstractK. Perraut, M. S. Cunha, A. Romanovskaya, D. Shulyak, T. Ryabchikova, V. Hocdé, N. Nardetto, D. Mourard, A. Meilland, F. Morand, 2020,
Benchmarking the fundamental parameters of Ap stars with optical long-baseline interferometric measurements,
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 642, 13
>> AbstractG. Dréau, M. S. Cunha, M. Vrard, P. P. Avelino, 2020,
On using dipolar modes to constrain the helium glitch in red giant stars,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 497, 1008 - 1014