Seminar Series

Extra-Solar Planets - Search, characterization, and population inferences

David Hogg, NYU

07 May 2015 - 15:30

The NASA Kepler mission has increased vastly the number of planets we know about around other stars.  I will review how planets are discovered in this data set, how they are understood physically, and how we can make inferences about the full population of planets in the Galaxy.  The key questions revolve around the formation of planetary systems and the typicality of our Solar System.  Because extra-solar planets imprint such tiny signals (measured in parts per million) on the carrier signals from their host stars, our projects require extremely high levels of precision; we use ideas from data science to obtain calibration and measurement at the required levels.

LCO Seminar Series,
6740 Cortona Dr, Suite 102,
Goleta, CA 93117