2017 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

MOA-ip-10; Art by Jon Lomberg/MOA

Microlensing in the Era of WFIRST

August 7-11, 2017
Hosted by The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

The 2017 Sagan Summer Workshop will focus on searching for planets with WFIRST microlensing. Leaders in the field will discuss the importance of microlensing to understanding planetary populations and demographics, especially beyond the snow line. They will review the microlensing method, both in the context of current capabilities and the future WFIRST microlensing survey. In addition, speakers will address the broad potential of the WFIRST's Wide Field Imaging microlensing survey for (non-microlensing) science in the galactic bulge. Attendees will participate in hands-on group projects related to the WFIRST microlensing planet survey and will have the opportunity to present their own work through short presentations (research POPs) and posters.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Microlensing Science: Current and Future
  • An Introduction to the Theory of Microlensing
  • Fitting Microlensing Light Curves
  • The K2/C9 and Spitzer Microlens Parallax Campaigns
  • The WFIRST Microlensing Survey
  • Planet Populations Beyond the Snow Line: Formation and Demographics
  • Galactic Science with Wide Field imaging Data in the Galactic Bulge, including microlensing and Galactic Structure
  • Finding Exotic Massive Objects with Microlensing

  • Check back often as we update the following information:
    Preliminary Agenda
    Hands On Sessions
    Registration and Financial Support
    Local Information

    Quick Links
    Registration and Financial Support Application

    There is no registration fee, however we ask that all attendees let us know if you plan to attend. Likewise, if you have registered and your plans change, please let us know.

    If we are supporting some of your travel to the workshop, we ask you to follow these guidelines for Attendees or Speakers

    We have limited funding to cover local expenses (hotel, per diem), however we are not able to offer any airfare support. Successful applicants must following the Travel Guidelines for Attendees. Each application must be accompanied by an advisor's letter of support showing financial need (submitted through this online link). Attendees who are awarded lodging support will be asked stay at the Pasadena Sheraton, the workshop hotel.

    POP/Poster/Talk Submission (opens April 28, 2017)

    Workshop attendees may submit two kinds of presentations: POPs and posters, with each submitted separately through the Presentation Submission site. Typically attendees submit both a poster and a POP presentation but this is not required. We do required all financially supported attendees to make a POP and/or poster presentation as well as to participate in the hands-on sessions. Both are intended to spark discussion during the week and to foster collaborations beyond the workshop. Due to space limitations, the number of POPs and posters that we can accept is limited. First come, first served!

    Research POPs are short (2 minute) presentations. POP slides (maximum of 2 PDF format slides) should be submitted through the online link. The POP schedule will be published roughly two weeks before the workshop.

    Each poster will have a 4' x 4' (1.2 m x 1.2 m) area for display.

    Important Dates
    • January 27: On-line Registration available and Financial Support application period open
    • January 31: Deadline for NASA and JPL Employees to Forecast Attendance (do this even if you're not sure you'll be attending!)
    • February 24: Financial Support application due
    • March 10: Financial Support decisions announced via email
    • May 26: POP/Poster/Talk submission and on-line lunch and workshop dinner purchase periods open
    • July 14: On-line Registration closed, final agenda posted, and deadline to purchase lunches and Wednesday dinner and deadline for POP and poster abstract submission
    • July 28: Final agenda posted
    • August 7-11: Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

    Scientific Organizing Committee
    Local Organizing Committee

    Jennifer Yee, Chair (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

    Dawn Gelino (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Jean Philippe Beaulieu (IAP)

    Wanetta Lockhart (Caltech/IPAC)

    Chas Beichman (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Irene Loera (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    David Bennett (GSFC)

    Helene Mannings (Caltech/IPAC)

    Alan Boss (Carnegie DTM)

    Ellen O'Leary (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Sebastiano Calchi Novati (Caltech/IPAC)

    Roberta Paladini (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Scott Gaudi (The Ohio State University)

    Dawn Gelino (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Roberta Paladini (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)

    Matthew Penny (The Ohio State University)

    Kailash Sahu (STScI)

    Rachel Street (LCOGT)

    2016 Sagan Summer Workshop Attendees

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    (last updated April 28th, 2017 17:47:20)