ASTP 789, Exoplanets: Spring 2018

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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 finding the period due Thursday, Jan 25, at 2:00 PM.
  2. Radial Velocity techniques due Thursday, Feb 8, at 2:00 PM.
  3. Detecting planets via transits
    Due Tuesday, Feb 20, at 2:00 PM.
  4. Planets in the HR 8799 (PDF)
    First cut due in class on Thursday, Mar 27.
    Paper is due Tuesday, Apr 3.
    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.
  5. The minimum mass solar nebula (PDF)
    Due: Tues, Apr 24, in class. This HW is optional: if submitted, its score will replace the score of a homework assignment with a lower score.

Some resources for your final poster project:

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.

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This page maintained by Michael Richmond. Last modified Jan 16, 2018.