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The Project ASK 'Sounding Stars with Kepler' aims at exploring aspects of stellar modelling and interpretation of the asteroseismic data by high precision asteroseismology obtained for a large sample of stars observed with the Kepler space telescope.

ASK is coordinated by the University of Wrocław (Uniwersytet Wrocławski, UWr, Poland).

The Project is formed by 13 Institutions: seven Beneficiaries and six Partners:

  1. Uniwersytet Wrocławski, UWr, Poland (coordinator, Beneficiary)
  2. Aarhus Universitet, AU,Denmark (Beneficiary)
  3. MTA Konkoly Thege Miklos Csillagaszati Kutatointezet, MTA KTM CSKI, Hungary (Beneficiary)
  4. Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, INAF-OACt, Italy (Beneficiary)
  5. Centro de Investigacao em Astronomia e Astrofisica da Universidade do Porto, CAUP, Portugal (Beneficiary)
  6. Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias,  IAC, Spain (Beneficiary)
  7. Commissariat al Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, CEA, France (Beneficiary)
  8. The University of Sydney, SIfA, Australia (Partner)
  9. The Regents of New Mexico State University, NMSU, USA (Partner)
  10. Los Alamos National Laboratory, LANL, USA (Partner)
  11. Yale University, USA (Partner)
  12. University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, UCAR, USA (Partner)
  13. Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, CfA, USA (Partner)

The duration of the project ASK is 48 months with the effective starting date May 1st, 2011.

The total number of the staff exchanged in this project is 50.

We make an advantgage of the fact that the stellar oscillations occur at different stages of the stellar life and in a wide range of stellar masses. This allows us to apply the techniques of asteroseismology at various evolutionary stages and to connect the stellar structure models with each other to reconstruct the stellar evolution. By applying seismic techniques to such a broad range of stellar types, we achieve a vast increase in the range of physical circumstances over which the physics of stellar interiors can be probed. Using the data acquired by Kepler we work on eliminating the uncertainties of the asteroseismic models related to the interior constitutive physics which include processes such as turbulence, differential rotation, and other 3-D effects, and various shortcomings of current nonlinear pulsation theory in describing mode coupling, excitation, and damping.