Radek Smolec webpage

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC) in Warsaw. In 2009-2011 I was a postdoctoral researcher in Institute of Astronomy, University of Vienna.

My work focuses on classical pulsators: RR Lyrae stars and Cepheids. I analyse photometric data for these stars and model their variability with nonlinear convective pulsation codes. Currently I am PI of two projects:
  • Multi-mode, non-radial and modulated pulsation of RR Lyrae stars and Cepheids, OPUS/NCN
  • Period doubling and chaos in hydrodynamic type-II Cepheid models, Iuventus+/MNiSW

I am a member of the Araucaria group. I model pulsating stars in eclispsing binary systems observed by the group and model the stellar evolution of the binary system components using MESA stellar evolution code. I also analyse the data from the first Polish scientific satellites: Lem and Heweliusz, which are part of BRITE Constellation.

I obtained my PhD in 2009 at NCAC. My PhD Thesis, Nonlinear modelling of radial stellar pulsation, is here. My MSc thesis (Metalicznosc gwiazd RR Lutni a efekt Blazki, in Polish) is here.

Last update: 23 Oct 2015