Sarbani Basu is a Professor of Astronomy at Yale University. She received her Ph.D. in India in 1993 and held postdoctoral positions in the UK, Denmark, and the US, before joining Yale in 2000. Her research involves using solar and stellar oscillation frequencies to study properties of the Sun and stars, as well as the properties of stellar matter. She received the 2018 George Ellery Hale Prize of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society for her contributions to the understanding of the internal structure and dynamics of the Sun and stars.
Experiments that replicate conditions in the Sun’s interior have found that the light absorption by certain elements doesn’t match expectations, raising questions about the accuracy of solar models. Read More »