Joseph Carson – Direct Imaging of Extrasolar Planets: a review of the overall field and a report on specific work using the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes
“Direct Imaging of Extrasolar Planets: a review of the overall field and a
report on specific work using the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes”
Collegue of Charleston, USA
I provide a comparative review of current state-of-the-art, direct imaging, exoplanet surveys being carried out from both the ground and space. I continue with a report on my group’s work using Spitzer and Hubble observations to investigate mid- to wide-separation (>10 AU) extrasolar planets around nearby stars. I review the technical challenges associated with my group’s work and with direct imaging efforts in general. I also discuss the technical advances, in both software and hardware, that have made the most positive impact on scientists’ ability to directly image extrasolar planets. Finally, I discuss the technological advances needed to overcome remaining obstacles and make significant steps forward, including the eventual direct imaging of Earth-like planets.
Auditorium of Physics Faculty
Tue 13th June 2017