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All the Cool Planets are Found by Gravitational Microlensing
Presented by David Bennett
Notre Dame University

Thursday, March 26, 2015
4:00 P.M. in 169-336

Gravitational microlensing is uniquely sensitive to exoplanets that orbit beyond the snow line, where planet formation is thought to be most efficient, according to the core accretion theory. I present a summary of current exoplanet discoveries from gravitational microlensing including both bound and unbound planets, and I discuss how current and future space-based observations, including WFIRST-AFTA, will greatly expand the exoplanet science output from microlensing.

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