A&A Colloquium: Jacob Bean (University of Chicago)

3:30–4:30 pm Zoom - for link, please contact, Laticia Rebeles, lrebeles@oddjob.uchicago.edu

Exoplanet detection and characterization on the cusp of JWST The James Webb Space Telescope is expected to transform our understanding of planets and the origins of life by revealing the atmospheric compositions, structures, and dynamics of transiting exoplanets in unprecedented detail. I will present work from my group and the broader exoplanet community on three projects that are connected to JWST's exciting promise in this area. First, I will describe atmospheric characterization efforts that have revealed ultra-hot Jupiters as a population of planets with distinct properties. Second, I will present my group's new high-precision radial velocity spectrograph MAROON-X and our efforts to identify the best targets for JWST atmospheric characterization. MAROON-X was commissioned on the Gemini North telescope last year and is delivering unprecedented radial velocity precision on M dwarfs. Finally, I will conclude with a discussion of how the transiting exoplanet community has come together to optimize the early science results from JWST, and I will give my personal perspective on how we can build on this success moving forward.

Event Type

Colloquia, Seminars, Talks

Mar 31