Seminar Series

Planets Around Red Dwarfs

John Johnson, Caltech

17 Nov 2011 - 16:00

M-type dwarfs are the Galaxy’s most numerous denizens, and for many reasons they represent our best hope of finding Earth-like planets outside the Solar System. I will present recent advances in understanding the fundamental physical properties of M dwarfs using both broadband photometry and optical/NIR spectroscopy. These techniques provide estimates of stellar masses and metallicities without the need for parallaxes, allowing us to identify and characterize low-massplanet-search targets well beyond the solar neighborhood.

LCO Seminar Series,
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Goleta, CA 93117