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February 12, 2014, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

MBG Auditorium

COLLOQUIUM: Extrasolar Planets with Small Telescopes

Professor Gaspar Bakos
Princeton University

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.

Colloquium Committee: 

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2019-2020 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, caustin@pppl.gov
Marc-Andre DeLooz, mdelooz@pppl.gov
Erik Gilson, egilson@pppl.gov
Jessica Ilagan, jilagan@pppl.gov
Igor Kaganovich, ikaganov@pppl.gov

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