ASTP 789, Exoplanets: Spring 2015

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Course material can be found online at

Outline for the course, class schedule, etc.

Syllabus and reading assignments (PDF)

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Lectures. The list below serves a general guide to the topics and their sequence, but is not definitive.


Homework sets

  1. Statistics of exoplanets and some dynamics due Thursday, Feb 5, at 3:31 PM.
  2. Star formation and planet formation (PDF) due Thursday, Feb 19, at 3:31 PM.
  3. Planets in the HR 8799 (PDF) first cut due Thursday, Feb 26 at 3:31 PM.
    Paper is due Thursday, Mar 5, at 3:31 PM.
    You may find it useful to read Skemer et al., ApJ 792, 17 (2014). You may also like to look at the orbital motions of the planets in Maire et al., astro-ph 1412.6989.
  4. Detecting planets via radial velocity variations
    Due Thursday, Mar 26, at 4 PM. Yes, really.
  5. Detecting planets via transits
    Due Tuesday, May 12, at 3:30 PM.


For more information:

There are many, many sources for information about exoplanets. Below are just a few that we may visit frequently during the course.

Have too much time on your hands?


This page maintained by Michael Richmond. Last modified Jan 21, 2015.