For many decades the determination of accurate fundamental parameters for stars (masses, radii, temperatures, luminosities, etc.) has mostly been the domain of eclipsing binary systems. That has begun to change as long-baseline interferometric techniques have improved significantly, and powerful new instruments have come online. This paper will review the status of the field, and in particular how the knowledge of precise stellar properties helps us understand stars. Main-sequence stars similar to the Sun are by far the best studied, but much remains to be done for other kinds of objects such as early-type as well as late-type stars including brown dwarfs, evolved stars, metal-poor stars, and pre-main-sequence stars. Progress is illustrated with several examples of how interferometry has contributed significantly in some of these areas.
Resolving The Future Of Astronomy With Long-Baseline Interferometry
- Pub Date:
- September 2014