Science Seminars

The Extended Atmospheres of Hot Exoplanets

Speaker: Wilson Cauley (LASP)
Date: Thursday, Nov 07, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: SPSC N248

Seminar Abstract:
As the search for Earth-like exoplanets continues to accelerate, giant planets in short-period orbits, or “hot” planets, remain the best systems for atmospheric characterization. Furthermore, these objects represent a class of planets for which we have no solar system analogs and are exciting laboratories for extreme planetary physics. Although they are some of the best-studied exoplanets, we are far from a complete understanding of the chemistry, atmospheric dynamics, and star-planet interactions in hot planet systems. I will discuss some recent exciting results in the atmospheric characterization of short-period planets and my efforts to detect and quantify the atmospheric flows in these fascinating planets.