Zephyr Penoyre, Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge
Aula Seminari DAM, 7th floor, and via Zoom
Abstract: A thousand-fold increase in the number of stars and the precision with which we can observe their motion allows us to see previously rare phenomena in great numbers and detail. Astrometric binaries are a fantastic example of this - around half of all stars are binaries and precise astrometry enables us to detect a huge number of these, with periods from months to decades. I’ll talk about the different astrometric signals binary stars produce, how we can identify them now, and how those observations will evolve and improve over the lifetime of the Gaia survey. Finally, I'll show how combing astrometric noise with spectroscopic we can go on to infer a first guess at the period and mass ratio of these binaries.