On the 5th June Peter Wheatley, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Warwick, will be giving a seminar and answering questions on his work. Please fill out the form below to register attendance and allow sufficient catering.
Location: IAS seminar room and reception
13:30 - 14:00 - Coffee
14:00 - 15:00 - Seminar
Detecting exoplanets and characterising their atmospheres
In this talk I will give a general overview of the methods we use to detect planets around other stars and outline the types of planets we are finding. I will also explain how it is possible to study the atmospheres of exoplanets, even when it is not possible to see the planets directly. Finally, I will describe plans to search for signs of life on exoplanets and discuss factors that are likely to influence the habitability of an exoplanet.