The Atmospheres of Hot Planets

Department of Physics
Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
McGill University
Montreal QC (CA)

Sala seminari Villa Magliola


Three decades of planet hunting have taught us that short-period planets are abundant in the Galaxy.
Since there are no such planets in the Solar System, it is hard to predict what they are like.

Fortunately, observations from telescopes in space and on the ground are beginning to make a dent in our ignorance.
I will present recent research highlights from my research group, the McGill Exoplanet Characterization Alliance, focusing on two classes of short-period planets:
hot Jupiters and lava planets.

These investigations include theory, numerical simulations, and observations with the Spitzer, Hubble, and Kepler space telescopes.
If time allows, I will discuss the prospects for habitability of nearby temperate terrestrial planets orbiting red dwarf stars, predictions which will soon be tested with JWST.

Impressione artistica di un esopianeta gigante

Impressione artistica di un esopianeta gigante. Credits: Cowan et oth.

Referente locale: Alessandro Sozzetti
Responsabile seminari OATo: Paola Re Fiorentin – Roberto Susino