CfA Colloquium Schedule Fall 2013
 19 September 2013

19 September 2013

Speaker: Phil Muirhead (Boston University)

Title:Small Stars with Small Planets and Big Consequences

Abstract: The field of extrasolar planets is rapidly evolving. The quest to discover ever more and ever smaller exoplanets has pushed the field in two primary directions: (1) toward a comprehensive assessment of the frequency and statistics of various types of exoplanets -- used to constrain planet formation and evolution theories -- and (2) toward characterizing the composition, atmosphere, and evolution of individual exoplanets as though they were planets in our own Solar System. I will discuss the important of low-mass stars in this context, emphasizing the phenomenal results from the NASA Kepler Mission, and our efforts to characterize individual terrestrial exoplanets orbiting low-mass stars with existing and novel ground-based instrumentation.


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