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Too Many Planets? (Or Too Few?) Exoplanet studies in the Era of TESS and JWST
Presented by Joshua Pepper
Lehigh University

Monday, March 5, 2018
12:00 noon in 169-336

The next five years will deliver a huge number of new exoplanet candidates from a variety of sources. K2 and TESS will provide hundreds to thousands of new transit candidates. Gaia is expecting a similar number of astrometric discoveries. Ground-based transit and radial velocity surveys are continuing, and new direct imaging facilities are being deployed. Managing our understanding of these systems will be a crucial task for the astronomical community, along with allocating scarce resources for confirmation and characterization of individual planets. At the same time, most future planning is being developed to focus on the most observable handful of Earthlike planets. In ten years, the exoplanet field will be both shockingly different and strangely similar to the current situation, and we should start preparing. I will discuss the various challenges on the horizon, with a special focus on TESS.

JPL Contact: Eric Mamajek (4-2153)

About the Speaker
Joshua Pepper earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University, and his PhD from the Ohio State University. He was the VIDA (Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-intensive Astrophysics) postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University before becoming an assistant professor at Lehigh University. His research focuses on exoplanet discovery and variable stars. He is the director of the KELT exoplanet survey, is on the the TESS science team, and works on planning for LSST and SDSS-V.

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