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Margarida S. Cunha

Investigador Principal,
Investigador FCT, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

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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 CAUP publications
A. R. G. Santos, M. S. Cunha, P. P. Avelino, W. J. Chaplin, T. L. Campante, 2016,
On the contribution of sunspots to the observed frequency shifts of solar acoustic modes,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 461, 224-229
S. Deheuvels, I. M. Brandão, V. Silva Aguirre, J. Ballot, E. Michel, M. S. Cunha, Y. Lebreton, T. Appourchaux, 2016,
Measuring the extent of convective cores in low-mass stars using Kepler data: toward a calibration of core overshooting,
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 589
K. Perraut, I. M. Brandão, M. S. Cunha, D. Shulyak, D. Mourard, N. Nardetto, T. A. ten Brummelaar, 2016,
The fundamental parameters of the roAp star HD 24712. A rapidly oscillator at the red edge of the instability strip,
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 590
B. Smalley, E. Niemczura, S. J. Murphy, H. Lehmann, D. W. Kurtz, D. L. Holdsworth, M. S. Cunha, L. Balona, M. Briquet, H. Bruntt, P. De Cat, P. Lampens, A. O. Thygesen, K. Uytterhoeven, 2015,
KIC 4768731: a bright long-period roAp star in the Kepler field,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 452, 3334-3345
K. Perraut, M. S. Cunha, I. M. Brandão, J. Loridat, D. Mourard, A. Meilland, N. Nardetto, H. McAlister, T. A. ten Brummelaar, J. Sturmann, L. Sturmann, N. Turner, C. Farrington, N. Vargas, 2015,
The fundamental parameters of the Ap star 78 Virginis
Could 78 Vir be a rapidly oscillating Ap star?
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 579, A85-
M. S. Cunha, D. Stello, P. P. Avelino, J. Christensen-Dalsgaard, R. H. D. Townsend, 2015,
Structural Glitches near the Cores of Red Giants Revealed by Oscillations in g-mode Period Spacings from Stellar Models,
The Astrophysical Journal, 805, 127-
A. R. G. Santos, M. S. Cunha, P. P. Avelino, T. L. Campante, 2015,
Spot cycle reconstruction: an empirical tool. Application to the sunspot cycle,
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 580, A62-
V. Antoci, M. S. Cunha, G. Houdek, H. Kjeldsen, R. Trampedach, G. Handler, T. Lüftinger, T. Arentoft, S. J. Murphy, 2014,
The Role of Turbulent Pressure as a Coherent Pulsational Driving Mechanism: The Case of the δ Scuti Star HD 187547,
The Astrophysical Journal, 796, 118_1-118_8
D. L. Holdsworth, B. Smalley, D. W. Kurtz, J. Southworth, M. S. Cunha, K. I. Clubb, 2014,
KIC 7582608: a new Kepler roAp star with frequency variability,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 443, 2049-2062
T. S. Metcalfe, O. L. Creevey, G. Doǧan, S. Mathur, H. Xu, T. R. Bedding, W. J. Chaplin, J. Christensen-Dalsgaard, C. Karoff, R. Trampedach, O. Benomar, B. P. Brown, D. L. Buzasi, T. L. Campante, Z. Çelik, M. S. Cunha, G. R. Davies, S. Deheuvels, A. Derekas, M. P. Di Mauro, R. A. García, J. A. Guzik, R. Howe, K. B. MacGregor, A. Mazumdar, J. Montalbán, M. J. P. F. G. Monteiro, M. Gruberbauer, D. B. Guenther, Y. Lebreton, K. Molaverdikhani, D. Pricopi, R. Simoniello, T. R. White, 2014,
Properties of 42 solar-type Kepler targets from the asteroseismic modeling portal,
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 214, 27_1-27_13