From Hot Jupiters to Super-Earths: A Survey of Exoplanetary Atmospheres


Wednesday, July 21 2010 - 12:00 pm, PDT
Heather Knutson
Department of Astronomy, UC Berkeley

The past decade has marked a period of great progress in our quest to discover and characterize the properties of the planets outside of our own solar system. Observations of transiting systems, in which the planet periodically passes in front of and then behind its star as seen from the earth, have allowed us to study the properties of these distant worlds in unprecedented detail. Dr. Knutson will describe some of our initial measurements of the close-in, gas giant planets known as hot Jupiters, and discuss how these same techniques might be applied to smaller and more earth-like worlds. 

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