Wednesday 19 Sep 2018[Seminar] Early Release Exoplanet Science with JWST

Aarynn Carter - University of Exeter

IAIS Building/LT2 14:00-15:00

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has to potential to transform our understanding of exoplanets and planetary science in general. Its wide selection of instrumental modes will enable studies of transiting and directly imaged planets to an unprecedented precision across a largely unexplored wavelength range. As part of the Early Release Science (ERS) program ~132 hours of JWST time has already been allocated across two proposals specifically focused on exoplanet science. Specifically, The Transiting Exoplanet Community Early Release Science Program (P.I. Natalie Batalha) and High Contrast Imaging of Exoplanet and Exoplanetary Systems with JWST (P.I. Sasha Hinkley). Throughout this seminar I will present an in depth review of these programs, illustrating how they will provide not only huge scientific advances, but also a comprehensive understanding of JWST and its capabilities, very early on in the mission lifetime.

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