Dr. María Camisassa

Postdoctoral Fellow
Instituto de Astrofísica La Plata
Faculty of Astronomical and Geophysical Sciences
National University of La Plata, Argentina

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

E-MAIL: camisassa@fcaglp.unlp.edu.ar | camisassam@gmail.com
WEB: www.fcaglp.unlp.edu.ar/evolgroup/camisassa
PHONE:+54 221 483-7324 (102)
MOBILE: +54 9 11 3770-1284

ORGANIZATION: Faculty of Astronomical and Geophysical Sciences, National University of La Plata view site
STREET: La Plata Observatory - Paseo del Bosque S/N
CITY: B1900FWA La Plata
COUNTRY: Argentina

PUBLICATIONS: List of papers from ADS (Refereed and Other)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I have obtained my PhD in Astronomy at the Faculty of Astronomical and Geophysical Sciences, University of La Plata (Argentina), as a member of  La Plata Stellar Evolution and Pulsation Research group. My research interests rely on all stages of low and intermediate mass stellar evolution, what are their main energy sources, and what are the main uncertainties in the stellar evolution theory. The main focus of my PhD Thesis was to determine properties of stellar populations using white dwarf stars. For such purpose, I calculated precise white dwarf models derived from full evolutionary calculations that take into account the history of their progenitor stars. In order to obtain realistic cooling times, these models take into account all the relevant energy sources. I have calculated evolutionary models using our numerical code LPCODE and also MESA code and I incorporated several physical processes to LPCODE. Even though my research interests have been focused on the physical processes occurring in white dwarf stars, and the numerical modelling of such processes, I also have a strong knowledge of how white dwarf stars are formed, and I have calculated the stages of central hydrogen and helium burning, and the thermally-pulsing AGB.

Although the modelling of stars is my first interest, I personally think that theoretical models are not complete unless they are checked in observations. Therefore I am currently working in comparing the predictions of my theoretical models with the observed properties of the local sample of white dwarfs, provided by thespacial mission GAIA, to obtain information about the properties of stellar populations, such as the age, the star formation rate, the binary fraction, and about the physical processes occurring inside stars, among others.