Enrico Corsaro


Enrico Corsaro, INAF – Astrophysical Observatory of Catania, Italy

Role: PSM member

I obtained my PhD in Physics in 2013 at the University of Catania (Italy), with a thesis dedicated to asteroseismology, the study of stellar oscillations for the characterization of stars, namely of their fundamental properties and internal structure. Presently, I am working on detailed studies of stellar oscillations in evolved targets (red giants) and in stars belonging to open clusters using photometric observations acquired by NASA Kepler and TESS space missions. This type of analysis is performed using numerical and statistical methods based on a Bayesian approach for inferences on high-dimensional spaces, which I personally developed during my career with the publicly available code DIAMONDS (Corsaro & De Ridder 2014), already in use among several international scientific groups worldwide that operate in the field of asteroseismology.

My contribute to the PLATO Consortium is relative to the PLATO Stellar Science WP128 for the data analysis exercise. This exercise foresees the analysis of solar-like oscillations in PLATO-simulated datasets originated from Kepler targets (from main sequence to red giant stars). My role in this exercise is to perform the asteroseismic data analysis using the Bayesian approach implemented in DIAMONDS, in order to compare results with those from other pipelines and techniques. The aim of this work is to understand to what extent it will be possible to characterize stellar oscillation properties in stars observed by PLATO, therefore to understand what precision and accuracy will be achievable to constrain parameters of stellar mass, radius, stellar evolutionary stage, and internal structure and differential rotation for the best cases.