Research report 2015 - Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Rotation and activity of Sun-like stars
Nielsen, Martin B.; Gizon, Laurent
Das Innere der Sonne und der Sterne
SummaryThe origin of magnetic spots on stars like the Sun is not understood. Stellar rotation is a key ingredient in models of stellar magnetism. Five Sun-like stars observed by the Kepler space telescope are found for which both the internal rotation rate (using asteroseismology) and the surface rotation rate (using starspots) could be measured. Together these measurements show that the difference between surface and internal rotation in these stars is small, as in the Sun. The upcoming PLATO space mission will allow to apply this analysis to many thousands of sun-like stars.