629. WE-Heraeus-Seminar: Exoplanets: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Observations

Exoplanets: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Observations

Mo, 28.11.2016 16:00  –   Th, 01.12.2016 12:30
Ansgar Reiners (U Göttingen), Juan Cabrera (DLR Berlin)
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany

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The WE-Heraeus-Seminar #629 Exoplanets: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Observations will present a comprehensive overview about the current status of exoplanet research and discuss plans for future developments. The Seminar will be held from November 28 to December 1, 2016, in the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, in the city of Bad Honnef, south of Bonn, Germany, organized by Ansgar Reiners and Juan Cabrera.

Exoplanet research is shifting gears from discovery to exploitation mode: long-term surveys and large-scale satellite missions brought in a rich harvest of extrasolar planet discoveries, allowing statistical investigation of exoplanet samples as well as in-depth analysis of individual systems. In the light of current discoveries, new questions have been raised about their formation and evolutionary processes (low-mass, low-density planets, retrograde orbits, Neptune-mass rocky planets, etc.), which have triggered the development of new missions aiming at the characterization of smaller planets around brighter stars.

The Seminar brings together expertise in all relevant theoretical and observational areas and provide the broad overview necessary to understand the current situation in this field. It shall provide an environment in which the main areas of the field can be discussed at a level sufficient to understand ramifications for the entire subject, and it allows plenty of time for discussion between experts from different areas

List of speakers:

Guillem Anglada Escude Queen Mary University, London
Susanna Barros CAUP, Porto
Gibor Basri University of California at Berkeley
Roy van Boekel Max-Planck Institut f\ür Astronomie, Heidelberg
Szilard Csizmadia German Aerospace Center (DLR), Berlin
Magali Deleuil Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille
Andrea Fortier University of Bern
Eric Gaidos University of Hawaii at Manoa
Thomas Giesen Universität Kassel
Paul Hartogh Max-Planck Institut für Sonnensystemforschung Göttingen
Artie Hatzes Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg
Wilhelm Kley Universität Tübingen
Francesco Pepe Geneva Observatory
Katja Poppenhäger Queen's University of Belfast
Heike Rauer German Aerospace Center (DLR), Berlin
Ignasi Ribas CSIC, Barcelona
Sebastian Wolf Universität Kiel

MONDAY, 28.11.2016
16:00 Organizers Welcome
16:15 G. Basri What is a planet?
17:00 M. Deleuil Results from transit search surveys

TUESDAY, 29.11.2016
09:00 A. Hatzes Results from radial velocity surveys
09:45 Sz. Csizmadia Transit modeling
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 A. Fortier The CHEOPS Mission
11:45 G. Anglada Escudé The radial velocity method
12:30 Lunch break
14:00 I. Ribas The CARMENES Survey
14:45 E. Gaidos Closing the Gap with M Dwarf Planets: Comparing Kepler Statistics with Population Synthesis Models
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Poster discussion

WEDNESDAY, 30.11.2016
09:00 S. Barros Stellar activity and planet characterization
09:45 K. Poppenhaeger Planets and stellar activity
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 S. Wolf Planet formation
11:45 W. Kley Planet evolution
12:30 Lunch break
14:00 R. van Boekel Spectroscopy of planetary atmospheres
14:45 Th. Giesen Molecules in space
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Poster discussion

THURSDAY, 01.12.2016
09:00 F. Pepe ESPRESSO
09:45 H. Rauer The PLATO Mission
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 P. Hartogh Bio-tracers
11:45 organizers Farewell, awards
12:30 Lunch break and adjourn