Physics Colloquium - Earth-size Exoplanets

Event Date: 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 4:00pm

ABSTRACT:

Earth-size exoplanets and their slightly larger ‘super-Earth’ cousins are the most abundant planets orbiting close to Sun-like stars.  These planets have diverse physical compositions, unusual atmospheres, and poorly understood origins.  My talk will trace the discovery and early characterization of these small worlds through Doppler surveys, the Kepler mission, and atmospheric transmission spectroscopy.

Andrew W. Howard