Remote Reconnaissance of Exoplanetary Systems: Present and Future
Presented by Rebecca Oppenheimer
American Museum of Natural History
Monday, August 3, 2015
12:00 noon in 169-336
Over the past 20 years or so progress in the direct detection of faint objects orbiting nearby stars has been led by a small, but growing group of astronomers and engineers around the world, but much of that work has been pioneered either at JPL or in collaboration with JPL and others in the United States primarily, including many who have worked at JPL or Caltech over the years. This began with the discovery of Gliese 229B at Palomar, and continues through multiple generations of instruments, partially constructed at JPL and in operation now (Project 1640 and Gemini Planet Imager). I will review the state of the art and provide some speculation on the immediate and more distant future of these efforts centered on the scientific motivation for this work.
JPL Contact: Leonidas Moustakas (3-5095)