Big Steps Toward Small Worlds: Exoplanet Atmosphere Characterization in the Next Decade and Beyond

Sep 17, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Speaker
Laura Kreidberg (MPIA) via zoom

Zoom Recording

We now know that exoplanets abound in the Galaxy, with most stars hosting at least one planet. These recently discovered worlds are much more diverse than the planets in the Solar System, and raise many questions about their formation, evolution, and habitability. To address these questions, we turn to atmosphere characterization, which provides a wealth of additional information about the planets. I will discuss the state of the art in atmosphere studies, focusing on new developments in comparative planetology, the 3D nature of atmospheres, cloud and haze formation, and whether rocky planets have atmospheres at all. I will conclude with a discussion of future prospects for atmosphere characterization in the coming decades.