COLLOQUIUM: Extrasolar Planets with Small Telescopes
We now know more than one thousand extrasolar planets (exoplanets), and another two thousand exoplanet candidates. Many of the best understood ones are so-called transiting exoplanets, and many were discovered by small telescopes. I will review two currently running small telescopes projects (HATNet and HATSouth) that have altogether yielded 60 exoplanets. I will highlight some of the discoveries and recent scientific results from these projects. I will then discuss HATPI, a future project with the goal of imaging 1 PI steradian area of the sky at moderately high spatial resolution, high cadence and high photometric precision. HATPI will search for shallow transits and will catch fast transient phenomena. I will conclude the talk by briefly discussing the future of exoplanetary research, with focus on the upcoming TESS mission.
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2014-2015 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.
- Carol Ann Austin 609-243-2484