Infrared Spectroscopy of Directly Imaged Exoplanets
Event date
Speaker
Andy Skemer
Affiliation
UC Santa Cruz
Location
N232 R103
Event Type
Colloquium

Thanks to precision radial velocity surveys, Kepler, TESS, GAIA and WFIRST, we will soon have a relatively complete understanding of the demographics of planets and planetary systems. However, to study exoplanets beyond their locations, masses and radii requires photometry and spectroscopy of the planets themselves.  I will describe how novel instrumentation has improved our ability to characterize directly-imaged extrasolar planets, focusing particularly on the thermal infrared (3-5 microns) where self-luminous gas-giants peak in brightness.  New telescopes, adaptive optics systems, integral field spectrographs, and of course, the James Webb Space Telescope, will enable an enormous range of new measurements on a diverse range of extrasolar planets.