The future of exoplanets

Monday, 12. December 2016, 11:00 - 12:00
Location Bibliothek
The future of exoplanets
 
The long-awaited discovery of planets in other solar systems shook up the field of astronomy in 1995. While the early years were mainly spent chasing new discoveries and starting to build the zoo of known exoplanets, the focus then shifted to characterizations of the basic physical properties of exoplanets, such as masses, radii, and distributions of their semi-major axes. Now, with dedicated observational facilities and improving theoretical models, we are entering an era of starting to understand how exoplanets form, evolve, and interact with their environment. Not only can we study exoplanetary atmospheres, but also the complex interplay of exoplanets and the behavior of their host stars is beginning to unfold before our telescopes' eyes. I will present the current state of the field and recent progress on the evolution of exoplanet systems, stellar activity, evaporating atmospheres, and potential impacts on the ultimate question of habitability. I will highlight how upcoming missions, some of which I am involved in, will provide new avenues for our understanding of exoplanets.
 


: Katja Poppenhäger