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Planetary Science Seminar

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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South Mudd 365
Towards Radio Detection and Characterization of Exoplanets
Alex Wolszczan, Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics , Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, The Pennsylvania State University,

I will discuss the ongoing Arecibo programs to detect flaring radio emission from the coolest brown dwarfs and giant exoplanets, and to monitor radio activity of M-dwarf targets of the upcoming near-infrared, Habitable Planet Finder survey with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope. In particular, I will present the most recent detections of flares from two T-type brown dwarfs, which suggest that the same should be possible for hot, young exoplanets such as the relatively nearby HR 8799 system. I will also discuss the results of one year long monitoring of an M9-star, TVLM 513-46546, used as a proxy for the design of our M-dwarf monitoring project.

For more information, please contact Chris Spalding by email at [email protected].