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Location

Disque Hall Room 919, 32 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Audience

  • Current Students
  • Faculty

Physics Colloquium: The Golden Age of Exoplanet Discovery

Thursday, May 1, 2014

3:30 PM-4:30 PM

Joshua Pepper, PhD, assistant professor of physics, Lehigh University

 

The Golden Age of Exoplanet Discovery: The Next Steps in Exoplanet Discovery and Characterization
 
The past two decades have seen an explosion of discovery of extrasolar planets. We are now assembling a picture of the variety of planetary systems in our galaxy, detecting planets in previously unexpected configurations and types. I will describe the results from recent exoplanet surveys, including NASA's Kepler space mission, and the ways in which our understandings of planet formation and evolution have been revolutionized. I will outline the next steps in exoplanet discovery, including the work of low-cost small telescopes, and the future space missions that will move us toward the direct detection of biomarkers in the atmospheres of habitable exoplanets.

Contact Information

Associate Professor Gordon Richards
215.895.2713
gtr@physics.drexel.edu