CTC Seminar for 2023-11-15

Series: CTC Seminar
Date: Wednesday 15-Nov-2023
Time: 11:30-12:30 pm
Location: PSC 1136
Speaker: Lisa Dang (University of Montreal)
Title: Exploring the Diversity of Highly Irradiated Exoplanets by Revealing their Multidimensional Nature

Abstract: Although we will never get the same level of details for exoplanets as we do for Solar System bodies, the large diversity of exoplanets revealed by exoplanet hunting missions, e.g. Kepler and TESS, provide thousands of study cases to refine formation and evolution pathways as well as theories of how their climate is shaped by their environment. Particularly amenable for atmospheric characterization, short-period exoplanets with dayside blasted with stellar radiation are some of the best-characterized exoplanets to this day. Due to their synchronous rotation, they exhibit large day-to-night differences and their observation can be difficult to interpret without a full understanding of their “3D-ness”. Fortunately, phase-resolved observations can reveal the inhomogeneous nature of these exoplanets and provide a more comprehensive view into their atmosphere. In this talk, I will present what we have learned from Spitzer phase curve observations of a variety of close-in planets from large hot Jupiters to small lava planets. More excitingly, I will also discuss the continuation of Spitzer’s legacy in the era of JWST and ground-based high-resolution spectroscopy.

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