Fall 2021 not offered
Our ability to place the earth into a cosmic context dramatically improved in the past decades with the discovery of planets around other stars (exoplanets). The study of exoplanets has quickly become a dominant field in astronomy. This course will focus on the fundamentals of exoplanet formation, detection, and characterization (interiors and atmospheres) based on astronomical observables. We will also discuss the assessment of habitability for Earth-like exoplanets and the prospects for the detection of biosignatures.
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||Prerequisites: (ASTR155 AND ASTR211)
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ASTR)(CIS)(PSCI-MN)(SISP)
Selected readings from EXOPLANETS, ed. Sara Seager, and several papers.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Biweekly problem sets, as well as a research project/paper will be assigned. There will be in-class exams and a final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
ASTR224 is for undergraduates only. ASTR524 is for graduate students only.
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